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You may have arrived at this page via a link on a protected page.

A protected page is one which can only be edited by sysops.

There are a number of possible reasons why a page might be protected.

1) Permanently

  • Pages in the MediaWiki namespace are protected by default, for several reasons:
  1. Many messages are in plain HTML, hence users could insert malicious scripts,
  2. Vandalism of some messages would be extremely disruptive, for example changes to the text of the links in the sidebar would immediately be visible to all users,
  3. A few messages can cause the software to stop working if they are changed.

2) Semi-permanently:

  • Protecting the Main Page from vandalism.
  • Maintaining the integrity of past press releases.
  • Protecting certain "system administration" pages.

3) Temporarily:

  • Enforcing a "cool down" period to stop an "edit war," upon request.
  • Protecting a page that has been a recent target of persistent vandalism or persistent edits by a banned user.
  • Preventing changes to a page while investigating a possible bug.

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