PrivacyWiki:Protection policy

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This website is built around the principle that anyone can edit it, and it therefore aims to have as many of its pages as possible open for public editing so that anyone can add material and correct errors. However, in some particular circumstances, because of a specifically identified likelihood of damage resulting if editing is left open, some individual pages may need to be subject to technical restrictions (often only temporary but sometimes indefinitely) on who is permitted to modify them. The placing of such restrictions on pages is called protection.

Protection can be applied to or removed from pages only by PrivacyTools's administrators, although any user may request protection. Protection can be indefinite or expire after a specified time period.

The most commonly used types of protection are full protection, which means that a page can be modified only by administrators; and semi-protection, which means that a page can be modified only by users who are logged in and whose accounts have been confirmed (any account is automatically confirmed if it has existed for at least four days and has made at least ten edits). Other types of protection are detailed below. Protected pages are marked with a small padlock icon in the top right corner of the article page; different color padlocks represent different protection types, as shown in the images at the right. The template {{pp}} is usually placed on protected pages to display the padlock. Even when protected, the source code (text) of the page can still be viewed and copied by any user.

Overview of types of protection

The following technical options are available to administrators for protecting different actions to pages:

  • Edit protection protects the page from being edited.
  • Move protection protects the page from being moved or renamed.
  • Creation protection prevents a page (normally a previously deleted one) from being created (also known as "salting").
  • Upload protection prevents new versions of a file from being uploaded, but it does not prevent editing to the file's description page (unless edit protection is applied).

The following technical options are available to administrators for adding protection levels to the different actions to pages:

  • Semi-protection prevents the action by unregistered contributors and contributors with accounts that are not confirmed.
  • Template protection prevents the action by everyone except template editors and administrators (who have this right as part of their toolset).
  • Full protection prevents the action by everyone except administrators.

Any type of protection (with the exception of cascading protection) may be requested at PrivacyWiki:Requests for page protection. Changes to a fully protected page should be proposed on the corresponding talk page, and carried out by an administrator if they are uncontroversial or if there is consensus for them.

Types of protection

Full Protection

A fully protected page can be edited or moved only by administrators. The protection may be for a specified time or may be indefinite.

Modifications to a fully protected page can be proposed on its talk page (or at another appropriate forum) for discussion. Administrators can make changes to the protected article reflecting consensus.

Semi

Semi-protection prevents edits from unregistered users (IP addresses), as well as edits from any account that is not autoconfirmed (at least four days old and has made at least ten edits to Wikipedia) or confirmed. This level of protection is useful when there is a significant amount of disruption or vandalism from new or unregistered users, or to prevent sockpuppets of blocked or banned users from editing, especially when it occurs on biographies of living persons who have had a recent high level of media interest. An alternative to semi-protection is pending changes, which is sometimes favored when an article is being vandalized regularly, but otherwise receives a low amount of editing.

Such users can request edits to a semi-protected page by proposing them on its talk page. If the page in question and its talk page are both protected, please make your edit request at PrivacyWiki:Request for edit instead.

Template

A template-protected page can be edited only by administrators or users in the Template editors group. This protection level should be used almost exclusively on high-risk templates and modules. In cases where pages in other namespaces become transcluded to a very high degree, this protection level is also valid.

This is a protection level that replaces full protection on pages that are merely protected due to high transclusion rates, rather than content disputes. It should be used on templates whose risk factor would have otherwise warranted full protection. It should not be used on less risky templates on the grounds that the template editor user right exists—the existence of the right should not result in more templates becoming uneditable for the general editing community.

Editors may request edits to a template-protected page by proposing them on its talk page.

Office

In response to issues such as copyright infringement or libel, the PrivacyTools team reserves the right to fully protect any page on this site. Such actions override any community decision. Administrators should not edit or unprotect such pages without permission from the PrivacyTools team.