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Page protection is the ability to limit who can edit a page. Administrators have the ability to both protect and unprotect pages should the need arise.

Uses

The majority of pages on a wikia should remain unprotected to encourage all users to participate.

Places where you may want to use protection may include:

  • Protecting frequently vandalised pages, such as the main page on busy communities.
  • Maintaining the integrity of the site's wordmark and favicon.
  • Protecting community policies that have been set in stone.
  • Templates containing complex code or are necessary for a particular wiki.

Temporary protection might be used for:

  • Enforcing a "cool down" period to stop an edit war, upon request.
  • Protecting a page or image that has been a recent target of persistent vandalism.

Protection levels

There are four protection levels admins can use when protecting a page.

  • Semi-protection: protection of a page against editing by an unregistered or non-autoconfirmed user.
  • Full protection: protection of a page against editing by a non-admin.
  • Cascading protection: protection of a page from editing by a non-admin, as well as any other pages on the wikia linked to on the page.
  • Move protection: protection of a page against moving by a non-admin.

Step by step

Protecting pages

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  • 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.

Unprotect

  • 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

Cascading protection

Confirming protection. You need to check the "cascading protection" box in order to activate cascading protection.

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. When a template is vandalized, especially on a page which uses many templates, it may not be immediately obvious which page/template needs to be fixed, prolonging the amount of time that the page remains vandalized.

To use cascading protection, Just click the "protect" link as usual; cascade protect is there among normal protection options. The protection level must be "sysop" in order to activate cascading protection; it will not work at the "autoconfirmed" level, which only affects new and unregistered users.

Advice

  • Do not make the common mistake of protecting pages unnecessarily.
  • Do not protect a page you are involved in an edit dispute over. Admin powers are not editor privileges - admins should only act as servants to the user community at large.
  • Temporarily protected pages should not be left protected for very long.
  • Talk pages and user talk pages should not be protected except in extreme circumstances.
  • On a wiki where it is required to have an account in order to edit, be aware that semi-protected pages may not be useful. A majority of the editors on that wiki are likely to already have reached autoconfirmed status.

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