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Page Protection Is a tool that allows Administrators, Content moderators, and FANDOM Staff to lock down actions for a certain page for a set amount of time. The protection disallows anyone without the correct permissions to perform the action in question. There are 4 types of protection in MediaWiki:

  • Move Protection: Prevents anyone without the correct permissions form moving the page in question.
  • Edit Protection: Prevents anyone without the correct permissions from editing the page in question.
  • Upload Protection: Prevents anyone without the correct permissions from uploading a new version of the file or creating the file in question. This type of protection can only be applied to files.
  • Create Protection: (Also known as salting): Prevents anyone without the correct permissions from creating the page in question. This type of protection can only be applied to pages that have been deleted or do not exist.


There are 3 protection levels in this wiki:

  • Unprotected or All - Allows all users (No restriction)
  • Semi-Protected or Block new and Unregistered users - Disallows anyone that does not have an autoconfirmed user privileges from preforming the action in question.
  • Fully Protected or Administrators and content moderators only - Disallows anyone without the "Protect" permission from preforming the action in question.
    • There is an extra option for Full Protection - Cascading protection: When selected, this option protects all pages included in the protected page.

Reasons for protecting

See Also: Wikipedia's Protection Policy

A page might be edit-protected because of excessive vandalism, spam, edit warring or it is a high-traffic page, or is a high-use template. Create protection is only used for pages that have been deleted and should not be re-created. A request for page protection or change in protection level may be requested on a content moderator's wall or an administrator's wall.

  • You can see further reasons in the sections below.
  • A Content Moderator or an Administrator may protect any personal pages at their discretion.
  • When protecting a page please be sure to put {{Protected}} on the article.

Types of Protections

Move Protection

Move protection Prevents anyone without the correct privileges from moving the page to a new title. This type of protection is used when a page does not need to be moved, or the page in question has been subject to heavy page-move vandalism. Examples include Policy pages, Noticeboards, critical wiki pages, and high-traffic articles. This type of protection is often used in twain with Edit Protection.

Edit Protection

Edit Protection Prevents anyone without the correct privileges from editing the protected page. This is the most common type of protection. This type of protection is used under the following criteria:

  • The page in question is a high-traffic page
  • The page in question is has a high transclusion count
  • The template in question is used very often
  • The page in question has a history of high rates of vandalism
  • The page in question is under an edit war/dispute
  • The page in question is under an active edit (A Content Moderator or an Administrator may protect a page in this fashion at their discretion.)

Once a page is protected in this way, it is unlikely to be unprotected. This type of protection is often used in twain with Move Protection.

Upload Protection

Upload protection Prevents anyone without the correct privileges from uploading a new version of the file in question or uploading the file in question. This type of protection is used under the following criteria:

  • The file in question is subject to high rates of upload-vandalism
  • The file in question is a high-use file
  • The file in question is part of the wiki's interface

A Content Moderator or an Administrator may protect any personal files at their discretion.

Create Protection

Create protection Prevents anyone without the correct privileges from creating the page in question. This type of protection should only be used when the circumstances dictate so. This type of protection is used under the following criteria:

  • The page in question is a spam article (See the Deletion Policy for more information)
  • The page in question has been deleted multiple times but has been re-created.
  • The page in question is under a title where no page should be created
  • The page in question is an userpage of a blocked user
  • The page in question is a system message (In this case, it can only be created by administrators)

When not to protect a page

When a page is protected, it disallows a large percentage of contributors from adding to the article, thus hurting the wiki. When a page is vandalized, it should not be protected just because of that. Page protection should be as short as possible while maintaining its effectiveness as much as possible.

  • Talk pages should never be protected unless the circumstances are extreme.
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