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SysopProtection
Keep in mind that these policies are ultimately guidelines. If it's found that a policy restricts something that the reason the policy was created didn't intend to restrict, then the policy should be changed.

Page protection is a technical feature in the MediaWiki software that enables administrators to restrict who can edit, move, or create a particular page. Although the nature of a wiki is that articles and other pages should be open to editing by all, it is sometimes necessary to protect pages for various reasons. All protections and unprotections are logged and viewable by anyone. The different levels of protection and why they might be applied are detailed below.

Full protection

SysopProtection

Pages which are fully protected can only be edited or moved by administrators; additionally, files that are full-protected also can only have new versions uploaded by administrators. These pages will usually display a red padlock in the upper right corner that links to this page. This type of protection can be implemented by typing in "|sysopprotect" within the {{Icons/SubIcon}} template on pages. Full protection may be applied for reasons including but not limited to the following:

Permanent

  • In order to protect the integrity of the site, pages in the "MediaWiki" namespace are automatically fully protected and cannot be unprotected. These pages control the interface and other high-visibility portions of the site and so unwanted edits to these pages would be highly disruptive. Additionally, some messages are in plain HTML, which opens up the possibility that users could insert malicious scripts, and a few messages can cause the software to stop working if they are changed.
  • The Main Page is permanently protected, as it is highly visible and changes to it generally should only be made with community consensus.
  • Many policies are fully protected, as changes should only be made with community consensus.
  • Heavily-used templates should be protected, as vandalism to such templates would be highly visible and could remain visible even after being removed due to caching.

Temporary

  • Articles may be fully protected to stop an "edit war" and encourage the users involved to discuss the matter on the associated talk page. In such cases, protection is not an endorsement of the current version.
  • User pages may be fully protected if a user persists in violating the user page policy.
  • Administrators may protect their own user pages and/or user subpages at their leisure.

Semi-protection

Semiprotection

Pages which are semi-protected can only be edited by "autoconfirmed" users (meaning that your account is at least four days old). These pages will usually display a gray padlock in the upper right corner that links to this page. This type of protection can be implemented by typing in "|autoprotect" within the {{Icons/SubIcon}} template on pages. Semi-protection may be applied for reasons including but not limited to the following:

  • Articles which are frequently vandalized or frequently have fanon added to them are semi-protected either temporarily or permanently to stop the vandalism and fanon. Note that articles generally should not be preemptively semi-protected simply to ward off vandalism that may or may not actually occur without a good reason to do so.
  • Pages where voting takes place are often semi-protected to prevent sockpuppet votes.
  • Users may request unconditional semi-protection of their own user page and/or user subpages (but not their user talk page).

Move protection

MoveProtection

Pages which are move-protected can only be moved to a new title by administrators. This may be applied by itself or in combination with semi-protection. These pages will usually display a green padlock in the upper-right corner that links to this page. This type of protection can be implemented by typing in "|moveprotect" within the {{Icons/SubIcon}} template on pages. Move protection may be applied for reasons including but not limited to the following:

  • High-profile articles and other pages can and should be move-protected to prevent malicious page moves. Unlike semi-protection, preemptive move protection is accepted and encouraged, as pagemove vandalism requires an administrator to clean up.
  • Articles that are being moved back and forth between two or more different titles as part of a dispute should be move-protected until the matter is discussed and resolved. In such a case, protection is not an endorsement of the current title.
  • All files are automatically move-protected by the MediaWiki software and cannot be unprotected. Users wishing to have a file moved to a new name can request this with an administrator.
  • Users may request unconditional move-protection of their own user page, user subpages, and/or user talk page.

Upload protection

UploadProtection

Files which are upload-protected can only have new versions uploaded by administrators. This may be applied by itself or in combination with semi- or full protection. These pages will usually display a purple padlock in the upper-right corner that links to this page. This type of protection can be implemented by typing in "|uprotect" within the {{Icons/SubIcon}} template on pages. Upload protection may be applied for reasons including but not limited to the following:

  • Highly-visible images, such as those used in the interface or permanently located on the Main Page, can and should be upload-protected to prevent disruption.
  • Files where there is a dispute between two versions may be temporarily upload-protected while the dispute is resolved. In such cases, protection is not an endorsement of the current version.
  • Files subject to frequent upload abuse/vandalism may be upload-protected temporarily or permanently.
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