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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

Dave MeltzerEdit

Indefinite extended confirmed: Persistent vandalism – Article is often vandalised with IP editors insisting individual is not a journalist. WP:PW is under WP:General Sanctions has a long history of vandalism. Requesting ECP for an indefinite length but any protection as suitable. Has been protected twice in the past, and once very recently. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 07:32, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

  Declined @Lee Vilenski: Sorry but I can't see how protection would be justified at the moment. The last IP edits were on 12 August 2019. They were by one user: (talk · contribs). The IP was blocked for 24 hours. If it resumes, please put an explanation at the article talk page with a brief reason for why the edits are misguided. Then put a polite message on the user's talk pointing them to the article talk. Then post again or notify me if the problem persists. Johnuniq (talk) 11:10, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
@Johnuniq: Just an FYI this was discussed at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Professional_wrestling#Dave_Meltzer_disruption and the IP was aware of the discussion. - Galatz גאליץשיחה Talk 13:26, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
  Note: Concur. Last edit wwas 9 days ago. Also, extnded confirmed is for autoconfirmed users with < 500 edits. -- Dlohcierekim 14:33, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Shahid MasoodEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Consistently vandalized by IPs and new users. And, they are not willing to discuss the changes. Störm (talk) 10:27, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Castle View Enterprise AcademyEdit

Semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism and nonsense additions to school article Fob.schools (talk) 10:47, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

  Semi-protected -- Dlohcierekim 14:55, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
  User(s) blocked. -- Dlohcierekim 14:55, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

List of highest-grossing Punjabi filmsEdit

Temporary extended confirmed: Persistent disruptive editing. SangrurUser (talk) 14:34, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Dancing with the Stars (American season 28)Edit

Temporary semi-protection: The casting of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is causing controversy. I think the article should be protected until either Spicer drops out of competing, is eliminated, or the season ends in late November. Pahiy (talk) 16:38, 21 August 2019 (UTC)


Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Unknown IP addresses are editing page and making unconstructive edits. Harshil want to talk? 16:39, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

2020 Pakistan Super LeagueEdit

Temporary pending changes: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content – Different players are being added to different teams by IP users without references. Tried to engage users. Please protect until April 2020 (After the tournament has completed). Thanks. So said The Great Wiki Lord. (talk) 17:37, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Ahmed Rajib HaiderEdit

Semi-protection: Persistent IP editor with poor english removing fair-use photo in biography of dead person with only explanation being that (in their opinion) the person was not notable enough to be worthy of a photo - which is not a Wikipedia policy. Given the nature of his death this seems like a case of attempted damnatio memoriae.PlanespotterA320 (talk) 17:39, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to already be protected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 18:43, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

INX Media caseEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Harshil want to talk? 17:58, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

  Semi-protected -- Dlohcierekim 18:08, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

IP hopper vandalizing multiple pagesEdit

Temporary semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism. Galatz גאליץשיחה Talk 18:13, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Veena MalikEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – constant vandalism by probably the same user on several ips. SacredDragonX (talk) 18:15, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

  Semi-protected -- Dlohcierekim 18:36, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
  User(s) blocked. -- Dlohcierekim 18:36, 21 August 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. ~~~~

Handled requestsEdit

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