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FamilySearch Wiki:Page Protection Policy

This policy describes the valid reasons for protecting or unprotecting a page in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. It also gives guidance to help avoid the protection process, as page protection limits collaboration on the Wiki content, and should be avoided where possible.

Protection is the restriction of editing (often only temporary) of an individual Wiki page. It can only be done by those with moderator privileges, and above.

Guidelines for contributors

Any contributor may request:

Before requesting that a page be protected, please ensure that there is a valid reason to do so. Valid reasons include:

  • repeated vandalism
  • pages that should not be modified for copyright or legal reasons
  • pages that are very frequently transcluded
  • a contributor is confirmed as deceased (for the User page, only)
  • protecting your own User page, if you are retiring as an editor
  • during an edit war, the page has been reverted three or more times

If there is a disagreement between editors on the content of an article page, please follow this escalation process instead of requesting page protection:

  1. Negotiation
  2. Dispute resolution
  3. Mediation
  4. Arbitration

If you are in the process of creating a page, or doing a major edit, you may place the In use template at the top of the page.

Guidelines for Moderators and Administrators

  1. When you are reviewing a request for an article to be protected, first ensure that the Guidelines for Contributors have been followed.
  2. If you agree that the page needs to be protected, select “Administrators only” and determine whether the protection is to be temporary (select a length of time) or infinite.
  3. If the protection is infinite, decide whether or not the page can be moved (have its name altered).
  4. If the protection is infinite, decide whether or not the protection is to be cascaded. Cascading protection fully protects a page, and extends that full protection automatically to any page that is transcluded onto the protected page, whether directly or indirectly. This includes templates, images and other media.
  5. Be sure to list the reasons you are protecting the page.

Moderators and administrators may unprotect a page if the reason for its protection no longer applies, a reasonable period has elapsed, and there is no consensus that continued protection is necessary.

OK to protect:

  • items already listed under Guidelines for Contributors
  • pages that are very visible, such as the Main Page
  • pages that are normally reserved for editing by certain FamilySearch departments, such as those for Historical Record Collections or FamilySearch Indexing
  • highly visible templates which are used on an extremely large number of pages or substituted with great frequency
  • articles that have been deleted but are repeatedly recreated

Do not protect:

  • a page to further your own position in content disputes. Persistent edit warring by particular users may be better addressed by blocking or banning, so as not to prevent normal editing of the page by others.
  • a page as a preemptive measure against vandalism that has not yet occurred.
  • FamilySearch Wiki:Sandbox and other sandboxes. These should not ordinarily be protected since their purpose is to let new users test and experiment with wiki syntax. These pages are automatically cleaned on a regular basis.
  • User talk pages, including those who are retired, deceased, or blocked. In extreme cases of abuse, the talk page may be protected for a short time to prevent abusive editing.
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