Grand Theft Wiki:Protection

This page is protected from editing to deal with vandalism

Any page on Grand Theft Wiki can be protected from editing. When a page is protected, only administrators can edit it.

Pages are protected for one of three reasons:

  1. If the page is an important page, such as the Main Page, it cannot afford to be allowed to be vandalised, so should always be protected.
  2. If a page, image or template is transcluded (included) into a lot of other pages, any vandalism would affect a large proportion of the site, so these are often protected.
  3. If a page is repeatedly vandalised, then temporary or permanent protection can help stop that.

Any administrator can protect any page, except Special and MediaWiki namespaces. However, pages should only be protected when there is good reason. This site is a wiki, so having a lot of pages only editable by Staff defeats the object of community participation.

If a user believes that there is a need for a page to be protected, they should mention it on the article's talk page, or directly on the talk page of an administrator to ensure that the message is seen. The administrator can then make a decision as to whether protection is really necessary.

Users may request that their user page, or some of its subpages, be protected. A decision will be made on an individual basis as to whether this is appropriate.

Protection Template

A protection template is not required, because any user (who is not an admin) who tries to edit a protected page will see the message at MediaWiki:Protectedpagetext, shown below:

However, where protection is controversial or for temporary reasons, adding a protection template is useful.

On-page template

One method of showing that pages are protected is to use {{protect|small=yes}}, which displays the small padlock in the top right corner of the page. This is not an invasive box, and it still links to this explanation page if people notice the icon.

Talk page template

Adding a protection template to the top of the talk page is useful. This will explain the reasons behind the protection to any users who may be confused or even upset. The standard template is {{protect}}, shown below:

When a page is protected, Template:Protect should be used in one form or another. This template does not protect the page, it merely explains that it is protected. Using any of these templates will place the page in Category:Protected.

Temporary protections

For pages temporarily protected to prevent vandalism, a temporary expiration can be initiated. Using the notation of: {{Template:Protect|expiry={{#time:F j, Y|+2 months}}}}, we can specify a date that is (for example) exactly two months from the current time. When that date has passed, the page will be moved into Category:Expired Protected, so that a passing Staff member knows that those pages should be unprotected.

An alternative method is to specify a time period by using {{subst:#time: instead.

The expiry time on a page is at the discretion of the Staff member applying the protection. If the vandalism is happening quite often on a large important article, such as Grand Theft Auto IV, the protection should probably be long-term. If the vandalism is only by one user, that user should be suspended or banned instead of the page being protected.