This page documents an English MicroWiki policy.
It describes a widely accepted standard that all editors should normally follow. Changes made to it should reflect consensus.
Protection of a page is a type of action taken by an administrator that prevents certain or all user groups from editing or creating a specified page. This is usually done in response to vandalism or a threat of vandalism, or in some instances of high traffic pages and templates. Protection is usually done at the discretion of an individual administrator. Users may request protection of their pages by contacting individual administrators. Proposed changes to any protected page should be requested on the talk page of the affected page, and admins should ideally be notified.
A protected page is marked at its top right by a padlock icon, usually added by the
Types of protection
The following technical options are available to administrators for protecting different actions to pages:
- Edit protection protects the page from being edited.
- Move protection protects the page from being moved or renamed.
- Creation protection prevents a page (normally a previously deleted one) from being created.
- Upload protection prevents new versions of a file from being uploaded, but it does not prevent editing to the file's description page (unless edit protection is applied).
The following technical options are available to administrators for adding protection levels to the different actions to pages:
- Semi-protection prevents the action by unregistered users and users with accounts that are not confirmed.
- Full protection prevents the action by everyone except administrators.
|Unregistered or newly registered||Confirmed or autoconfirmed||Extended confirmed||Template editor||Admin||Interface admin||Appropriate for|
|No protection||normal editing||The vast majority of pages. This is the default protection level.|
|Semi||cannot edit||normal editing||Pages that have been persistently vandalized by anonymous and registered users. Some highly visible templates and modules.|
|Extended confirmed||cannot edit||normal editing*||Pages where semi-protection has failed, or high-risk templates where template protection would be too restrictive.|
|Template||cannot edit||normal editing||High-risk or very-frequently used templates and modules. Some high-risk pages outside of template space.|
|Full||cannot edit||normal editing||Pages with persistent disruption from extended confirmed accounts. Critical templates and modules.|
|Interface||cannot edit||normal editing||Scripts, stylesheets, and similar objects central to operation of the site or that are in other editors' user spaces.|
|* In order to edit through extended confirmed protection, a template editor must also be extended confirmed, but in practice this is almost always the case.|
Other modes of protection:
Creation protection (salting)
Administrators can prevent the creation of pages. This type of protection is useful for pages that have been deleted but repeatedly recreated. Such protection is case-sensitive. There are several levels of creation protection that can be applied to pages, identical to the levels for edit protection. A list of protected titles can be found at Special:ProtectedTitles.
Pages that have been creation-protected are sometimes referred to as "salted". Editors wishing to re-create a salted title with appropriate content should contact an administrator (preferably the protecting administrator). To make a convincing case for re-creation, it is helpful to show a draft version of the intended article when filing a request.