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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.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content. Jetstreamer Talk 11:31, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

Tegan Nox[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – Disruptive and unsourced changes by some IP hopper. Wario-Man (talk) 12:27, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

Hakim Ziyech[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing. Paul Vaurie (talk) 15:01, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

Han Taiwanese[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Disruptive political editing by rotating northern Taiwan-based IPs: 1 (they were blocked); 2 and 3 are merely block evasion

Similar episode occurred last time page was protected. CaradhrasAiguo (leave language) 15:46, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

Olympus Has Fallen[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism which involves dozens of grammar and style errors. BattleshipMan (talk) 16:28, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

KSI vs. Logan Paul[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – Most recent edits have been by IP editors adding false information or vandalism. –WPA (talk) 18:06, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

AMCHA Initiative[edit]

Semi-protection - Persistent vandalism by User:ImTheIP, using non-neutral language. Just discovered today (11.25.20) although vandalism occurred since September 2020. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Worlduse (talkcontribs) 19:19, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

List of satirical news websites[edit]

Indefinite pending changes: Long term persistent addition of WP:PROMO/non-notable sites. While we are generally doing a good job of catching it, thinking Pending Changes may be helpful. S0091 (talk) 20:31, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

Asian News International[edit]

Temporary extended protection: Content Dispute/Edit Warring. Best regards, 4thfile4thrank {talk} :? 21:06, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

Akinwunmi Ambode[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – On-going edit war. Stuartyeates (talk) 21:28, 25 November 2020 (UTC)


Semi-protection: High level of vandalism - addition of nonsense material (talk) 23:12, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

UFC 257[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Disruptive editing since November 24. Cassiopeia(talk) 08:21, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Joe Alwyn[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: High level of unsourced content added by IPs to a BLP. D🐶ggy54321 (let's chat!) 12:20, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Hasan Âli Yücel[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. CLCStudent (talk) 13:08, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Ian Michael Smith[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Was protected a year ago, and was immediately vandalized once the protection expired. דוד (talk) 14:02, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

The Voice (American season 19)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Persistent, on-going vandalism by anonymous editors. livelikemusic (TALK!) 14:21, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Faizabad Airport[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Multiple IPs and users changing the WP:COMMONNAME of the article [1], [2] [3] [4]. Fylindfotberserk (talk) 14:45, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Violation of WP:COMMONNAME continues [5], now another IP. - Fylindfotberserk (talk) 15:12, 26 November 2020 (UTC)


Indefinite pending changes: Persistent disruptive editing. EN-Jungwon (talk) 15:11, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

2020 North Indian Ocean cyclone season[edit]

Pending changes: Persistent disruptive editing – IPs adding unsourced information. ~ Destroyeraa🌀 16:19, 26 November 2020 (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 16:19, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Qizil Arslan[edit]

Semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism. Kansas Bear (talk) 16:46, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Dries Van Langenhove[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Previously protected for the same reason. Persistent changing of the subject's pronouns to be feminine across multiple IPs, despite no indication of the subject identifying as a woman outside of their Twitter bio. (It seems the bio is possibly intended as satire.). Perryprog (talk) 17:53, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Road roller[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – One[6] too many jojokes on the article. Opalzukor (talk) 18:13, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Roy Keane[edit]

Temporary protection: Persistent vandalism. Serols (talk) 18:51, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Sex differences in intelligence[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Generally sensitive topic. Opalzukor (talk) 19:08, 26 November 2020 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry – Sockpuppeting goes back at least a year. S0091 (talk) 19:42, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi S0091, if you are requesting this because of me. No reason to worry, I'm no sockpuppet. I think I may have edited out sources by mistake so you were totally correct in reverting my edit. I'm sorry for the confusion! I'll be more careful from now on.Historian734 (talk) 20:17, 26 November 2020 (UTC)
@Historian734: like I stated in my request, the issues go back at least a year and the article's history is a mess. I hope having the page protected with quell the disruption so if there are issues with content and sourcing, it can be worked out. S0091 (talk) 20:34, 26 November 2020 (UTC)
Aha, ok cool. Historian734 (talk) 22:25, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation[edit]

Temporary full protection: Content dispute/edit warring – 1-day protection so that the discussion under Talk:Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation#Criticism can flourish, while preventing an edit war. Alternatively, 1-day pending changes protection. Opalzukor (talk) 19:45, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Brigham Young University[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Persistent vandalism from several IP users. Donner60 (talk) 23:14, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Vandalism has stopped as of this edit, 30 minutes later. I will report again if it restarts. Donner60 (talk) 23:45, 26 November 2020 (UTC)


Temporary full protection: Content dispute/edit warring – Content dispute. Khirurg (talk) 23:24, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

James Acaster[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Frequent jokes, incorrect information and other intentional vandalism. This stayed in the article for a fortnight because an intermediary vandalism edit was reverted, this one overlooked. Other vandalism from November: [7][8][9]. — Bilorv (talk) 23:48, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Josh Campbell[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Leschnei (talk) 01:37, 27 November 2020 (UTC)

Joseph Pennacchio[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent Vandalism. For over a year, anons have made repeated BLP violations. Nothing good has ever comefrom anons editing it in at least ten months. HurricaneTracker495 (talk) 02:18, 27 November 2020 (UTC)


Pending changes: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content. Nithintalk 02:40, 27 November 2020 (UTC)

Vice President of the United States[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Chompy Ace 03:03, 27 November 2020 (UTC)

Give In to Me[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing. (CC) Tbhotch 03:13, 27 November 2020 (UTC)

Brian Ellis (Australian politician)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – Repeated removal of sourced info. The-Pope (talk) 04:32, 27 November 2020 (UTC)

Cavendish Road State High School[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. KH-1 (talk) 04:56, 27 November 2020 (UTC)


Semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism. .💠245CMR💠.👥📜 06:06, 27 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.

Windows 2000[edit]

Unprotection: No reason to keep this page move-protected. It was apparently originally protected because Willy on Wheels hit it twice (and Grawp once). O.N.R. (talk) 17:25, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to have already been unprotected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 17:36, 25 November 2020 (UTC)
  • I have invited KrakatoaKatie to this discussion – Old Naval Rooftops, please usually ask the protecting administrator first ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:44, 25 November 2020 (UTC)
    • Okay with me to unprotect. Katietalk 02:09, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

File:George Floyd neck knelt on by police officer.png[edit]

Indefinite extended confirmed protection: Persistent vandalism – Only used in a few pages, and extended confirmed users would never vandalize pages. Best regards, 4thfile4thrank {talk} :? 18:40, 26 November 2020 (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.

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.