Protection is the ability to limit who can edit a page. Administrators and content moderators may protect pages to preserve the quality of the page and integrity of the wiki. A protected page can still be read.
When the need to restrict edit access does arise, the following is taken into account:
Acceptable reasons[edit source]
- Vandalism has persisted over a long period of time
- Stopping an edit war
- Protect the proper display of the wiki (i.e. wiki logo, frequently used templates, the main page, policy pages, etc.)
Unacceptable reasons[edit source]
- Disagreeing with an administrator or moderator; this is conflict of interest.
- If an edit war between a moderator and a community member arises, the page may be locked temporarily, preferably by a moderator foreign to the disagreement, after which a conversation must occur to find a solution.
- Reserving the page to be edited later as a staff project.
- Marking a page as done -- wiki pages are never done, as language can always be improved upon.
Levels of protection[edit source]
When the need for protection arises, the administrators or content moderators will use their best judgment to find a balance between protecting the integrity of the wiki and allowing everyone to participate.
Fully protected[edit source]
This is the highest level of protection and restricts editing to administrators and Content Moderators. Content articles may only be fully protected for a short period of time. If you do find a permanently protected content article, contact an administrator for review.
Semi-protected articles prevent unregistered and non-Autoconfirmed users from editing. This protection level is usually sufficient for most purposes.