Difference between revisions of "Wikitravel:Protected page policy"
Revision as of 22:28, 11 August 2010
The revolutionary nature of Wiki is the ability for any reader of any article to edit that page right now. Wiki is the enabling technology that is making Wikitravel into a really great travel guide. Wikitravellers know that we need to keep Wikitravel open and available to make it succeed. We depend on the distributed effort of the millions of people on the Internet to get high-quality, up-to-date and reliable articles.
However, in some circumstances, it may be necessary to protect a page on Wikitravel. When a page is protected, it can only be edited by administrators. This is an extreme measure and shouldn't be taken lightly. Whenever possible, we prefer to counteract abusive actions by some users with the ability of other users to edit a page.
Reasons to protect a page
Administrators may protect a page whenever they feel that this step is warranted. They are expected to use their judgement, and to err on the side of openness. Some example reasons why a page should be permanently fully protected would be:
Reasons for temporary full protection include:
Pages can also be semi-protected, allowing established users to edit, but blocking anonymous users:
See Wikitravel:Protected pages for the full list.
Process for protecting a page
Before or immediately after protecting a page, the administrator should note the protection on the accompanying talk page, and add a link on the protected pages page, with a justification for why the page was protected. Other Wikitravellers can and should comment on the protect action there, but it's not the place for discussing the particulars of an edit war.
If the protect action isn't in the above list of reasons, it should be strongly defended and the reason should be added to the above list.
A page should be unprotected as soon as it's feasible. When a page is unprotected, a note to that effect should be put on the protected pages page.