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Page protection is a technical feature in the MediaWiki software (which powers Casualty Wiki) that enables administrators to restrict who can edit, move, or create a particular page. Although the nature of a wiki is that articles and other pages should be open to editing by all, it is sometimes necessary to protect pages for various reasons. All protections and unprotections are logged and viewable by anyone. The different levels of protection and why they might be applied are detailed below.

Protected pages should automatically generate the relevant icon in the top right corner. This is done automatically if the out of universe template is on the page. If not, {{icons}} can simply be typed at the top of the page so protection icons are generated automatically.

Full protection

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Pages which are fully protected can only be edited or moved by administrators; additionally, files that are full-protected also can only have new versions uploaded by administrators. These pages will have a gold padlock icon (see right) in the upper right corner that links to this page. Full protection may be applied for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

Permanent

  • In order to protect the integrity of the site, pages in the MediaWiki: namespace are automatically fully protected and cannot be unprotected. These pages control the interface and other high-visibility portions of the site and so unwanted edits to these pages would be highly disruptive. Additionally, some messages are in plain HTML, which opens up the possibility that users could insert malicious scripts, and a few messages can cause the software to stop working if they are changed.
  • The Main Page is permanently protected, as it is highly visible and changes to it generally should only be made with community consensus.
  • Many policies are fully protected, as changes should only be made with community consensus.
  • Heavily-used templates should be protected, as vandalism to such templates would be highly visible and could remain visible even after being removed due to caching.

Temporary

  • Articles may be fully protected to stop an "edit war" and encourage the users involved to discuss the matter on the associated talk page. In such cases, protection is not an endorsement of the current version.
  • Articles may also be fully protected due to excessive vandalism among autoconfirmed users, where semi-protection would be useless.
  • Administrators may protect their own user pages and/or user subpages at their leisure.

Semi-protection

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Pages which are semi-protected can only be edited by "autoconfirmed" users (meaning that your account is at least four days old). These pages will display a gray padlock icon (see right) in the upper right corner that links to this page. Semi-protection may be applied for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Articles which are frequently vandalised or frequently have fanon added to them are semi-protected either temporarily or permanently to stop the vandalism and fanon. Note that articles generally should not be preemptively semi-protected simply to ward off vandalism that may or may not actually occur without a good reason to do so.
  • Pages which should only have changes made to them in certain circumstances but where non-administrators have reason to edit the page, such as the featured and good article randomizers used on the Main Page, are typically semi-protected.
  • Users may request unconditional semi-protection of their own user page and/or user subpages (but not their user talk page).
  • Upcoming episode pages are often semi-protected until the epsidoe airs, in order to maintain the integrity of the wiki and prevent vandalism.

Move protection

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Pages which are move-protected can only be moved to a new title by administrators. This may be applied by itself or in combination with semi-protection. These pages will display a green padlock (see right) in the upper-right corner that links to this page. Move protection may be applied for reasons including but not limited to the following:

  • High-profile articles and other pages can and should be move-protected to prevent malicious page moves. Unlike semi-protection, preemptive move protection is accepted and encouraged, as pagemove vandalism requires an administrator to clean up.
  • Articles that are being moved back and forth between two or more different titles as part of a dispute should be move-protected until the matter is discussed and resolved. In such a case, protection is not an endorsement of the current title.
  • All files are automatically move-protected by the MediaWiki software and cannot be unprotected. Users wishing to have a file moved to a new name can request this with an administrator.
  • Users may request unconditional move-protection of their own user page, user subpages, and/or user talk page.
  • Characters' pages that are linked to on Holby City Wiki or have nicknames often have their articles move protected to prevent disputes with naming.
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