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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 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 level[edit]

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.

West Bank bantustans[edit]

Move protection: Recently been in an AfD that ended with no consensus. An editor moved this page to another title just on his own. Another editor requested reversion at the RMT. Though I've reverted the undiscussed move. This article should be move protected, and move should be only done by a page mover/admin after a valid RM discussion. Thank you. ─ The Aafī on Mobile (talk) 20:16, 22 November 2020 (UTC)


Indefinite extended confirmed protection: Arbitration enforcement – A large part of this book focuses on WWII in Poland which requires ECP. (t · c) buidhe 23:16, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

  • Note buidhe, This page cannot be ECP even due to arbitration enforcement of it, because the distruptive editing only happens at one IP range (96.65.1.xx) and one user which is not yet autoconfirmed. IMO, the page would be likely indef semi-protection instead as preemptive action to prevent further distruptive behavior. (talk) 05:13, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Doug Barrowman[edit]

Temporary extended protection: Constant reversions by a single-purpose user, SeonaMillar, for over 5 months. They continue to make edits to the lead paragraph without engaging in the ongoing Talk discussion on the topic, and content isn't written from a NPOV. Should be noted that the constructive edits of the single-purpose user have been accepted and added to the relevant section on the page, but they keep duplicating the content into the lead paragraph. Extended discussion on Talk page. ScepticalChymist (talk) 12:42, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Slavery in India[edit]

Temporary protection: Persistent vandalism. Serols (talk) 15:16, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 3 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 10:22, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

User talk:ChessEric[edit]

Semi-protection: Repeated vandalism by someone pretending to be Destroyeraa and TornadoLGS among others. Talk page has been vandalized four times in two days. ChessEric (talk · contribs) 20:14, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

(Non-administrator comment) Yes, I believe ChessEric's page should be protected for at least two days. Also, the vandal has taken to impersonating me, sadly. ~ Destroyeraa🌀 20:16, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Vande Mataram[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Continuous change of sourced song language by IPs and new accounts. Goes back far long, as can be seen from the articles history, a mid-term semi here should be apt. Gotitbro (talk) 20:31, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. There has been only one instance of vandalism in the past month. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 09:54, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Israel–Pakistan relations[edit]

Extended confirmed protection: Arbitration enforcement. 4thfile4thrank {talk} :? 22:21, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

President of Belarus[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – Persistent POV-pushing by new editors and IPs. ― Tartan357 Talk 22:43, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Israel relationship with other countries[edit]

Indefinite Extended confirmed protection: Arbitration enforcement. (talk) 23:01, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

  • No, that is way too much protection. Temporary ext’d confirmed is the most IMO. Indefinite is way to much. ~ Destroyeraa🌀 23:50, 23 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Arbitration enforcement is for use on articles reasonably construed as belonging to the Arab–Israeli conflict. I’m a bit uncertain how these articles might belong to the Arab-Israeli conflict. --Malcolmxl5 (talk) 04:18, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Creator deity[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Vandalism and disruptive edits. Editor2020 (talk) 23:03, 23 November 2020 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. CLCStudent (talk) 23:12, 23 November 2020 (UTC)


Create protection: Repeatedly recreated – Extended confirmed, in case of socking. 4thfile4thrank {talk} :? 01:00, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

United States Disciplinary Barracks[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Some days after the semi-protection ended, BLP violations from IPs started again. Two, twicetalk 01:10, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Auschwitz Album[edit]

Extended confirmed protection: Arbitration enforcement. HurricaneTracker495 (talk) 01:53, 24 November 2020 (UTC)


Indefinite extended confirmed protection: Arbitration enforcement – WP:ARBPIA4#ARBPIA_General_Sanctions. nableezy - 02:04, 24 November 2020 (UTC) 02:04, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protected--Ymblanter (talk) 07:41, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Sonderkommando photographs[edit]

Indefinite extended confirmed protection: Arbitration enforcement. (talk) 02:21, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Tinago Falls[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. ----Rdp060707 (Your questions?/My fight against the devil) 03:31, 24 November 2020 (UTC)


Indefinite extended protection: I am planning to use this to substitute my signature, so it would be really bad is someone vandalized this. Best regards, 4thfile4thrank {talk} :? 03:39, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Non-admin comment: 4thfile4thrank, When you create this page, I don't believe there are persistent vandalism from any IP users for now. As you know, if it doesn't see any vandalism or distruptive editing happened in a user page, articles, or talk pages, pages cannot be protected preemptively. Let see if there are vandalism from IP users after you create the page. (talk) 03:58, 24 November 2020 (UTC)
@ There is none, but user pages can be protected at request, and there is no reason for anyone to edit my signature, as it is a signature. Best regards, 4thfile4thrank {talk} :? 04:00, 24 November 2020 (UTC)


Extended confirmed protection: Arbitration enforcement. a gd fan (talk) 04:24, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy![edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry – Persistent sock puppetry from Justin The Osmosis Jones Fan (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log). Lord Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 06:07, 24 November 2020 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content – Unfortunately, pending changes doesn't seem to be working. Aoi (青い) (talk) 07:00, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Kundan Group[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content – IP spam. Csgir (talk) 08:14, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Timeline of the 21st century[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry – Block evasion continued just a few days after the expiration of the 1-month semi-protection by Ymblanter. See User talk: and WP:YAYSMAY15 for more. — MarkH21talk 09:59, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Talk:Kamala Harris 2020 presidential campaign[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – It's in a cycle of abuse from a sequence of new-registered accounts. Account adds obscenity, gets blocked, starts new account, starts again. Text needs revdel. How best to deal with this?. DBaK (talk) 10:17, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Dinosaur articles[edit]

Indefinite pending changes protection Persistent vandalism - Pages have been persistently targeted for nearly a year by a Seoul based dynamic IP, blocking the range for several months did not deter them. Hemiauchenia (talk) 11:20, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Main page vandalism. Desertarun (talk) 11:27, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Aespa (group)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Unregistered user keep adding unnecessary unsourced information. Paper9oll | Talk:(Paper9oll) 13:22, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

MasterChef Junior (American season 6)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Multiple IP-only and unregistered users have been vandalizing page due to a recent death of one of the contestant deaths, which is not notable to the show itself. Request protection. SanAnMan (talk) 13:40, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Current requests for reduction in protection level[edit]

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 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.

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.