Wikipedia:Requests for page protection

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 the protection policy for details. 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 that 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

Place requests for new or upgrading pending changes, semi-protection, full protection, move protection, create protection, template editor protection, or upload protection at the BOTTOM of this section. Check the rolling archive of fulfilled and denied requests or, failing that, the page history if you cannot find your request. Only recently answered requests are still listed here.

Zombie (The Cranberries song)Edit

Indefinite extended confirmed protection Persistent disruptive editing – Problems with new user, out of control, ruined chronology, merged Live performances section with the first section. He plans to merge more, "one dozen or two dozen more edits". See talk page. Oroborvs (talk) 00:10, 15 May 2021 (UTC)

Protection isn't an ideal solution when dealing with a single user. There's dispute resolution options as well as WP:AIV for disruptive editing and WP:ANEW for edit-warring. OhNoitsJamie Talk 01:52, 15 May 2021 (UTC)
  Not done per Ohnoitsjamie. I would just add that WP:ANI is better for "disruptive editing" generally, and WP:AIV is specifically more for obvious vandalism, which this does not appear to be. I recommend communicating with the user on their user talk page before starting a discussion at ANI. Mz7 (talk) 05:31, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

Chloe BennetEdit

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Can we have a more permanent extended-confirmed protection please. Bennet's article constantly gets disruptive edits and the current protection is clearly not working. Govvy (talk) 11:28, 15 May 2021 (UTC)

  Note: There is pending changes protection since May 6. I've temporarily blocked a disruptive IP editor. I would like @Ohnoitsjamie:'s view on further protection. Fences&Windows 12:35, 15 May 2021 (UTC)
Added two more Brazilian rangeblocks (one full, one partial). OhNoitsJamie Talk 15:44, 15 May 2021 (UTC)
  User(s) blocked. If the disruption continues despite the blocks, then feel free to re-report. Mz7 (talk) 05:39, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

List of Turkish football championsEdit

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – there is IP vandalism in the page. ~𝓐𝓭𝓲𝓰𝓪𝓫𝓻𝓮𝓴 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓕𝓲𝓻𝓼𝓽~Contact   12:03, 15 May 2021 (UTC)

  Note: There is an unresolved discussion at Talk:List of Turkish football champions#RSSSF source and editorial integrity about the topic of this dispute. The removals are not vandalism but a content dispute about what counts as a Turkish national contest. Please get more input to reach consensus, Adigabrek, following WP:DR. Neutral notices to noticeboards, WikiProjects, and/or an RfC may be appropriate. Fences&Windows 12:50, 15 May 2021 (UTC)

The Suite Life of Zack & CodyEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. IanDBeacon (talk) 20:11, 15 May 2021 (UTC)

  Not done Only one disruption in the last two weeks. CaptainEek Edits Ho Cap'n! 03:05, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

2016 Nagorno-Karabakh conflictEdit

Semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry, see Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Bobbybillyquit. Soon after one "minor edit" making vandal is blocked, another pops up to carry on. FDW777 (talk) 21:20, 15 May 2021 (UTC)

@FDW777: Themicjinh, which is a sockpuppet of Bobbybillyquit, has been blocked indefinitely by Mz7. (talk) 23:24, 15 May 2021 (UTC)
  Declined. I considered protecting when I blocked the most recent sock, and I figured that with only three edits concentrated in the last few days, we're not at the level where we need protection yet. If they keep refusing to give up, then maybe. Mz7 (talk) 05:35, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

Rascal FlattsEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Repeated changing of genres. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 23:30, 15 May 2021 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – merging nick names to real names of characters by IP editors. Run n Fly (talk) 03:51, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

Brown Line (CTA)Edit

Semi-protection: Constant re-addition of unsourced claims by IP. Cards84664 04:08, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

Sarah Jane WaddellEdit

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Repeated personal attacks vandalism to this redirect. PamD 05:57, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: A request for protection/unprotection for one or more pages in this request was recently made, and was denied at some point within the last 8 days.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 06:12, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

2021 North Indian Ocean cyclone seasonEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing. HurricaneEdgar 06:08, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

The Imposter (2012 film)Edit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent Amongus vandalism due to page title by IPs and new users. Dudhhr (talk) 06:08, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

User talk:Sjones23Edit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry – Disruption from sockpuppet of the banned user It's gonna be awesome. Lord Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 06:15, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

Occupy DemocratsEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Protection on this page recently expired, prompting a mix of IP editors and burner accounts to immediately begin blanking large sections of it again. Chetsford (talk) 06:50, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

Gabbi TuftEdit

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. — Czello 07:08, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

Current requests for reduction in protection levelEdit

Before posting, first discuss with the protecting admin at their talk page. Only post below if you receive no (favourable) reply.

  • 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.


Unprotection: Globally locked and blocked user due to being compromised, no longer needed. CutlassCiera 15:52, 15 May 2021 (UTC)

Yes, MadamEdit

Unprotection: The 1985 film was the target, not this page. (CC) Tbhotch 18:31, 15 May 2021 (UTC)

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.

Handled requestsEdit

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