NSWiki:Protected page

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Administrators have the ability to "protect" pages or images such that they cannot be modified except by other admins. This ability is only to be used in limited circumstances.


  1. Do not edit a temporarily protected page except to add a protected page notice.
  2. Do not protect a page you are involved in an edit dispute over.

See NSwiki:Protection policy for more detailed advice and the purpose of protected pages.


  1. Protect the page, supplying a reason.
  2. Add {{protected}} (or {{vprotected}} for vandalism) to the top of the temporarily protected page and make mention of the protection in the edit summary.
  3. List pages you protect on NSwiki:Protected page; if it is protected due to a conflict, you may want to list all user names/IPs involved in the conflict.
  4. Consider encouraging a resolution between the disputing parties.
  5. Remove the protection (while supplying a reason) once the conflict has been resolved.
  6. Remove {{protected}} from the top of an unprotected page and make mention of the removal in the edit summary.

See also


See Wikipedia:meta:Protected pages considered harmful, Wikipedia:meta:edit wars

Viewing the source of a protected page

To view the source of e.g. Main Page, use one of the following:

The latter also gives Wikipedia:metadata: (see Wikipedia:m:page metadata) about the last edit. It is an XML file; tags are coded in its source, and plainly shown when rendered by the browser. However, blank lines in the wikisource are shown in the xml-source, but not in the rendering.

List of protected pages

If you protect a page, or find a protected page not listed here, please add it to this list. Please also add a short description of ten words or less indicating why you protected it. If you need to say more, discuss on the talk page of the page you protected. Also see NSwiki:Protection log for recent unprotections, which replaces the manual list of recently unprotected pages. The {{protected}} header automatically adds Category:Protected to the page, adding it to the Category's listing.

Semi-permanently protected pages or images (various reasons)

These template pages

Semi-permanently protected (system administration reasons)

The following pages are automatically generated and are usually protected for system administration reasons:

User pages

User pages and their subpages are frequently targets for vandalism, and may be protected upon request of the user associated with the page if there is a history of vandalism. Add protected user pages to this list. User pages should not be protected unless there is a history of vandalism, and should be unprotected as soon as practicable -- see NSwiki:User page for more.

User talk pages

User talk pages should only be protected in cases of persistent vandalism, and then only for as brief a period as possible.

User talk pages presently protected include:

  • (none)

Pages protected due to edit wars or vandalism