Wikipedia:Requests for page protection

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Requests for page protection

This page is for requesting that a page, file or template be fully protected, create protected (salted), extended confirmed protected, semi-protected, added to pending changes, move-protected, template protected, upload protected (file-specific), or unprotected. Please read up on the protection policy. Full protection is used to stop edit warring between multiple users or to prevent vandalism to high-risk templates; semi-protection and pending changes are usually used only to prevent IP and new user vandalism (see the rough guide to semi-protection); and move protection is used to stop page-move wars. Extended confirmed protection is used where semi-protection has proved insufficient (see the rough guide to extended confirmed protection)

After a page has been protected, the protection is listed in the page history and logs with a short description indicating why it was protected, and the article is listed on Special:Protectedpages. Further discussion should take place on the Talk page of the article. In the case of full protection due to edit warring, admins do not revert to specific versions of the page, except to get rid of obvious vandalism.


If you would like to request to have a page protected, have a page's existing protection level lowered or raised, or would like to submit an edit request for a protected page, please follow these steps (note: if you enable the Twinkle gadget for your Wikipedia account, this process can be largely automated for you):

  1. If you are requesting unprotection, the correct protocol is to ask the protecting administrator first for unprotection (the admin's user account name can be found in the page's edit history). If for any reason he or she is unresponsive, unwilling, or unable to lower protection then you may list your request on this page.
  2. Add a level 3 header (i.e. === [[Example title]] ===) with the exact title of the page you would like (un)protected. If the page is not in the article namespace, include the namespace prefix (e.g. Template:Example template or User:Example user). Place your request at the bottom of either the protection or unprotection list, depending on the nature of your request. Please make sure you have spelled the name of the article properly; a common error stems from mistaken requests for the protection of redirects, particularly capitalised ones (Twinkle can make sure this never happens to you!)
  3. Place the pagelinks template below the header, in the form of * {{pagelinks|Example title}} (note the asterisk).
  4. If you are requesting protection, write the type of request (full protection, semi-protection, pending changes, move protection) and a brief reason for your request below your header.
  5. Please do not add arbitrary requests for a protection expiry time to your request, or request indefinite protection arbitrarily.
    • If there is a reason for a page to be protected for a certain amount of time, such as protecting a user talk page until the user is unblocked, please make this clear.
    • If you are requesting indefinite semi-protection or pending changes, be aware that it is only applied to articles with endemic and endless vandalism problems which multiple increasing periods of temporary semi-protection or pending changes have failed to stop.
    • Note that different expiry times can be set for edit- and for move-protections— thus, an article can, for example, be semi-edit-protected for a week and also fully-move-protected indefinitely.
  6. Sign your request with four tildes ~~~~ and click Publish changes.
  • Note: editors should not consider requesting page protection as a method for continuing an argument from elsewhere nor as a venue for starting a new discussion regarding article content. If a request contains excessive argument, appears to be intended to resolve a content dispute, includes personal attacks or uncivil comments, or has any other unrelated discussion, it will be removed from this page and no action will be taken.
For single page requests
=== [[Example Article Name]] ===
* {{pagelinks|Example Article Name}}
'''Semi-protection:''' High level of IP vandalism. ~~~~
=== [[Template:Example Template Name]] ===
* {{pagelinks|Template:Example Template Name}}
'''Reduction in protection level:''' From full protection to template editor protection. ~~~~
For multiple page requests with the same criteria
=== Short descriptive header ===
* {{pagelinks|Wikipedia:Example Page Name 1}}
* {{pagelinks|Wikipedia:Example Page Name 2}}
'''Temporary semi-protection:''' High level of IP vandalism. ~~~~
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Administrator instructions

Current requests for increase in protection level[edit]

Andy Brassell[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – Not sure what has triggered this, but lots of disruptive editing going on today. Semiprotection for a day or two might help calm things down. MarginalCost (talk) 22:23, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

Declined seems to have stopped now. Please re-request if it starts again. SoWhy 12:12, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Li Hongzhi[edit]

Indefinite full-protection: Persistent vandalism – LTA target right now. IanDBeacon (talk) 22:23, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

Changing this to indefinite Full-protection as this article is subject to Arbitration Committee sanctions. --IanDBeacon (talk) 22:42, 22 September 2019 (UTC)
Extended confirmed protected for a period of 2 months, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Lectonar (talk) 11:31, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Cape Verde[edit]

Temporary full protection: Content dispute/edit warring – Continued edit warring despite the extended confirmed block. Largoplazo (talk) 14:33, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. There has been one edit, which was undone, since unprotection. One edit getting undone isn't an edit war. Ping me if it edit warring develops again. – Muboshgu (talk) 16:13, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

User:Andrew Base[edit]

Indefinite Extended Confirmed Protection - I would like extended confirmed protection on my user page so that only I and extended confirmed users can edit it. Andrew Base (talk) 14:59, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Damn Daniel[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – 16 edits by 10 users in past 3 weeks, and only 1 was constructive ([1]). Persistent vandalism of the year. EvergreenFir (talk) 16:09, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected ST47 (talk) 16:23, 23 September 2019 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry – Sock puppetry starting back up after previous protection. -- LuK3 (Talk) 16:55, 23 September 2019 (UTC)


Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Not sure why doc pages for templates don't have the same requirements of editor level as templates.... let's lock this up no need for an ip editor playing with this. Moxy 🍁 16:56, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Current requests for reduction in protection level[edit]

AJ Lee[edit]

Unprotection: She retired nearly 5 years ago and has not even been heard once since then. Nobody is going to vandalise this page if they don't care about her there are so many better women now that pretty much everyone has forgotten she existed yet for years this page has remained protected. Just to add insult with AJ Styles now there and one of the most popular wrestlers there people won't even remember her as AJ just automatically assuming she's AJ Styles. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎ (talk) 11:18, September 23, 2019 (UTC)

  • WikiLeon protected the page in 2015. I'd be curious to hear their opinion. – Muboshgu (talk) 16:16, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Current requests for edits to a protected page[edit]

Ideally, requests should be made on the article talk page rather than here.

  • Unless the talk page itself is protected, you may instead add the appropriate template among {{Edit protected}}, {{Edit template-protected}}, {{Edit extended-protected}}, or {{Edit semi-protected}} to the article's talk page if you would like to make a change rather than requesting it here. Doing so will automatically place the page in the appropriate category for the request to be reviewed.
  • Where requests are made due to the editor having a conflict of interest (COI; see Wikipedia:Suggestions for COI compliance), the {{request edit}} template should be used.
  • Requests to move move-protected pages should be made at Wikipedia:Requested moves, not here.
  • If the discussion page and the article are both protected preventing you from making an edit request, this page is the right place to make that request. Please see the top of this page for instructions on how to post requests.
  • This page is not for continuing or starting discussions regarding content should both an article and its discussion page be protected. Please make a request only if you have a specific edit you wish to make.

Create a level 3 header with a link to the article in question, then a {{Pagelinks}} template and then the reason. It looks like this: Example (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) your request here. ~~~~

Handled requests[edit]

A rolling archive of the last seven days of protection requests can be found at Wikipedia:Requests for page protection/Rolling archive.