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Protection is generally used when a page is particularly vulnerable to vandalism and it is not possible to block individual IP addresses or accounts from editing. There are many different forms of protection, and are each used to deal with certain types of vandalism. These are the most common forms of protection, in order of restriction:

Full protectionEdit

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Full protection is generally the most restricted form of protection, only allowing admins to edit the page. Permanent full protection is used in the following situations:

  • On most policy pages (as editing them would require consensus).
  • Sometimes, users can request their own user page to be protected.

Temporary full protection is used in the following situations:

  • Persistent vandalism in a short period of time.
  • Edit warring between multiple users (to allow a "cool down" period).

If an admin feels it meets one or more of this criteria, they may protect the page. Once they've protected it, they can also add "{{Protected}}" to the top of the page. This will produce a lock symbol which, when the user rolls their mouse over it, explains to them that only admins can edit the page.

Create protectionEdit

Create protection (also known as "salting") protects a page from being recreated by anyone who is not an admin. Note that the page is cap-sensitive (except for the first letter), so in other words it matters whether its caps or not. Create protection is used in the following situations:

  • When there's no need for a page with that name to be created.
  • When the page is persistently recreated by vandals.

Move protectionEdit

Possibly the most lenient form of protection, giving a page "move protection" prevents it from being moved. Note that this will only affect logged-in users who are not admins, as IP addresses are not allowed to move any page, and all users can still edit the page. Move protection is used in the following situations:

  • When there's no need for that page to be moved.
  • When there's a dispute on what the page should be called.
  • When moving the page may cause several double redirects which inexperienced users may be unable to handle properly.

Note that a single time where move vandalism has occurred is not grounds for move protection (unless if there's no need for that page to be moved). It usually has to occur at least twice for action to be taken.

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