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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 levelEdit

Daniel BryanEdit

Semi-protection: Too much disruption for pending changes. StaticVapor message me! 20:12, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

  Semi-protected for a period of 1 week, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. agreed — Ched (talk) 20:31, 18 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Automated comment: @Ched: One or more pages in this request have not been protected.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 20:46, 18 September 2019 (UTC)
  Note: It's extended-confirmed protected.....Ched? Lectonar (talk) 11:03, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
  Note: mis-clicked - hopefully right this time. TY for the heads up @Lectonar:. — Ched (talk) 12:58, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

2020 in video gamingEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing. LG-Gunther :  Talk  02:56, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

  Question: I see some bad edits, but I also see a lot of good ones from IPs and non-autoconfirmed accounts. Do you think that the trade off in losing those positive edits is worth it? – Muboshgu (talk) 05:11, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
  Declined – Likely collateral damage as one or several users who are making improvements would be affected by the requested protection. Lectonar (talk) 11:00, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Slieve LeagueEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – IP that does not seem to understand that Achill Island is a different island than Ireland. The Banner talk 11:05, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

  DeclinedWarn the user appropriately then report them to AIV or ANI if they continue. Just one IP, has stopped after warning. Lectonar (talk) 13:20, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Short descriptive headerEdit

Permanent semi-protection: High-visibility templates. InvalidOS (talk) 12:26, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Anonymous for the VoicelessEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – IP vandalism resumed immediately after protection was lifted. LynxTufts (talk) 13:54, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

  Semi-protected -- Deepfriedokra 14:10, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
  User(s) blocked. -- Deepfriedokra 14:10, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

George BooleEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Short-term vandalism from multiple IPs. -- LuK3 (Talk) 14:23, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

  Semi-protected -- Deepfriedokra 14:30, 19 September 2019 (UTC):  User(s) blocked. -- Deepfriedokra 14:30, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Star Wars film articlesEdit

Semi-protection: IP editors are repeatedly making stylistic changes that are not needing to be made, specifically the addition of piped links that aren’d needed. This is over multiple accounts and semi-protection would prevent this for now, or at least get the editor to make an account and discuss things. Toa Nidhiki05 15:00, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to already be protected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 15:05, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Eastern equine encephalitisEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – repeated vandalism by several accounts past two days. MB 16:19, 19 September 2019 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Article has been the target of POV-pushing IPs from Southern California for the past couple of days. Could be a conflict of interest? –Skywatcher68 (talk) 16:45, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Leung Chun-yingEdit

Semi-protection: IP returned to vandalize an article about an unpopular figure with the German word for asshole right after the previous semi-protection expired. _dk (talk) 17:01, 19 September 2019 (UTC)


Temporary pending changes: Persistent vandalism – Persistent vandalism from IPs and non-confirmed accounts. InvalidOS (talk) 17:08, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Current requests for reduction in protection levelEdit

Please post requests in this section for removing or reducing the protection level of a page if the protecting admin is inactive or you have already asked them.
  • To find out the username of the admin who protected the page click on "history" at the top of the page, then click on "View logs for this page" which is under the title of the page. The protecting admin is the username in blue before the words "protected", "changed protection level" or "pending changes". If there are a number of entries on the log page, you might find it easier to select "Protection log" or "Pending changes log" from the dropdown menu in the blue box.
  • Requests to downgrade full protection to template protection on templates and modules can be directed straight here; you do not need to ask the protecting admin first.
  • Requests for removing create protection on redlinked articles are generally assisted by having a draft version of the intended article prepared beforehand.
  • If you want to make spelling corrections or add uncontroversial information to a protected page please add {{Edit fully-protected}} to the article's talk page, along with an explanation of what you want to add to the page. If the talk page is protected please use the section below.

Check the rolling archive if you cannot find your request. Only recently answered requests are still listed here.

Current requests for edits to a protected pageEdit

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. ~~~~


Talk:Pedophilia (edit | subject | history | links | watch | logs) On the causes of pedophilia, I had identified an article was about the heritability of pedophilia, which then had useful links to research done by other scientists.

From there, here are a plethora of research articles that can be cited for aspects of heritability of pedophilia.

Rainero I, Rubino E, Negro E, et al. Heterosexual pedophilia in a frontotemporal dementia patient with a mutation in the progranulin gene. Biol Psychol. 2011;70(9):e43–e44. "Rainero et al. suggest a link between PRGN gene abnormalities and pedophilic behavior, especially concerning effects of this mutation for frontal functioning."

Alanko K, Salo B, Mokros A, Santtila P. Evidence for heritability of adult men's sexual interest in youth under age 16 from a population-based extended twin design. The J. Sex Med. 2013;10(4):1090–99. "The main outcome measure was responses in a confidential survey concerning sexual interest, fantasies, or activity pertaining to children under the age of 16 years during the previous 12 months." "The incidence of sexual interest in children under age was 3%. Twin correlations were higher for monozygotic than for dizygotic twins. Behavioral genetic model fitting indicated that a model including genetic effects as well as nonshared environmental influences (including measurement error), but not common environmental influences, fits the data best. The amount of variance attributable to nonadditive genetic influences (heritability) was estimated at 14.6%."

Please add those to the Talk:Pedophilia page so they could be discussed on and eventually used to contribute to the article on Pedophilia. The second study can be also used on updating the page on Hebephilia.

Talk:The Dolan TwinsEdit

Talk:The Dolan Twins (edit | subject | history | links | watch | logs) Please add the template {{reqphoto}} to this talk page to encourage whoever can edit this page to add a photograph of the subject. (talk) 19:31, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

  •  Y Partly done - I have added the |needs-photo= flag to the {{WikiProject Biography}} banner to accomplish the same effect with less clutter. @Primefac: is it your intention to semiprotect this talk page forever? Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 12:29, 18 September 2019 (UTC)
    Ivanvector, I believe I did that because we were getting hammered with IPs being silly and not actually doing anything productive. I don't mind removing the semiprot, but I suspect after a few more IP vandals it'll be back on... Primefac (talk) 15:57, 18 September 2019 (UTC)
    @Primefac: thanks, I'll try to keep an eye on it. Looks like the disruptive activity was two years ago, hopefully they've found something better to do, but hard to say with semiprot on all that time. Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 17:42, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

Handled requestsEdit

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