The majority of pages on the wiki should remain publicly editable, and not protected. Pages may, however, be temporarily or permanently protected for reasons listed below. A list of protected pages can be viewed here.
A page/file that is fully protected can only be edited by administrators and content moderators.
- The Main Page is fully protected as it is highly visible and edits to it generally should only be made with consensus of the administration.
- Many policies are fully protected, as modifications should only be made with consensus of the administration.
- Copyright and license pages are protected to maintain integrity.
- Heavily-used templates are protected as vandalism to such templates would be highly visible.
- High-traffic pages are protected to prevent vandalism and spam.
- The interface and system messages in the MediaWiki namespace are protected automatically, along with personal .css and .js pages.
- Administrators may protect their own user pages, subpages and/or blogs at their leisure.
- Non-admin user pages, subpages and/or blogs of a non-administrator may be protected at their request.
A page/file that is fully protected can only be edited by administrators and content moderators, for a limited period of time.
- Articles may be temporarily protected to stop an "edit war" and/or to encourage users involved in a series of edits to discuss the matter on the associated talk page.
- A page or image that is not considered a high-traffic page but has been a recent target of persistent vandalism by users should be temporarily protected.
A page/file that is fully protected can only be edited by autoconfirmed users (users whose accounts are at least four days old).
- Articles which frequently have fanon added to them should be semi-protected.
- Pages which should only have changes made to them in certain circumstances but where non-administrators have reason to edit the page should be semi-protected.