Page protection is the ability to limit who can edit a page. Administrators and Content Moderators have the ability to both protect and unprotect pages should the need arise.
Places where you may want to use protection may include:
- Protecting frequently vandalized pages, such as the main page on busy communities.
- Maintaining the integrity of the site's wordmark and favicon.
- Protecting community policy statements.
- Templates that contain complex code and/or are necessary for a particular wiki.
Temporary protection might be used for:
- Enforcing a cooldown period to stop an edit war, upon request.
- Protecting a page or image that has been a recent target of persistent vandalism.
There are three protection levels that can be chosen for each protection option. Protection levels for all protected pages can be found on Special:Protectedpages (edit, move, and upload) and Special:Protectedtitles (creation).
- Unprotected: Allows everybody to edit and rename the page.
- Semi-protection: Prevents an unregistered and non-autoconfirmed user from uploading new file versions, editing, renaming, and/or creating the page (if it does not exist). This protection level is usually sufficient for most purposes and can be set by choosing "Block new and unregistered users" in the options list.
- Full protection: Limits uploading new file versions, editing, renaming, and/or creating the page (if it does not exist) to administrators and content moderators. This protection level might be appropriate for a community policy page, wiki wordmark, or a favicon. It can be set by choosing "Administrators and content moderators only" in the options list.
- Edit protection: Limits who can edit a page.
- Move protection: Limits who can rename a page. By default, the move protection level will match the edit protection level, but they can be set independently of each other as well.
- Upload protection: Limits who can upload a new version of an existing file.
- Create protection: Limits who can create a page that does not yet exist or has been deleted. This can be useful to prevent repeated creation of unwanted or maliciously named pages.
- Cascading protection: This option extends full protection to all templates and files included on the page.
Step by step
- To protect a page, photo, template, click on the arrow on the "Edit" button next to the title to produce a dropdown menu. Then click "Protect."
- On the protection page that then appears, you can set the desired protection level.
- You may want the page move protection to be set at a different level than the editing protection. By default, they match. To set a different level, select the check box in the "Move" section, then choose which protection level you would like.
- To set cascading protection, click the check box next to "Protect pages included in this page (cascading protection)."
- Select a default reason for protection in the dropdown menu, or add in your own reason in the box below.
- Click "Confirm" to save your changes.
- To unprotect or change the protection for a specific page, use the Edit button dropdown to visit the protection page for it.
- Remove or alter the protection options.
- Click "Confirm" to save your changes.
Cascading protection is a form of page protection which allows you to protect a page so that all templates and images on the page will also be protected without needing to protect them individually. This is useful on pages, such as a wiki main page, where most of the included images and templates are used only on that page.
To use cascading protection, just click the "protect" link as usual; cascade protect is there among normal protection options. The page must be fully protected in order to activate cascading protection.
- Do not make the common mistake of protecting pages unnecessarily. A single vandalizing edit is not a reason to permanently protect a page against all edits.
- Page protection levels should make sense. If a page is repeatedly vandalized by IPs, then semi-protection will stop that; full-protection is not necessary. If two established editors are having an edit war, then temporary full-protection of the page is needed.
- Most page protections should be temporary, so that they expire when the current problem is past.
- If IP vandalism is a problem on most or all pages on a wiki, disabling anonymous editing through WikiFeatures is a better solution than mass page protection.
- Talk pages should not be protected except in extreme circumstances.
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