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Denna sida är en officiell policy på svenska Wikitravel. Den är allmänt accepterad, och betraktas som en standard som alla ska följa. För att föreslå förändringar i policyn är det bäst att använda diskussionssidan, såvida det inte rör mindre detaljer.

Med skrivskydd förstås den metod som används för att förhindra redigering av sidan av vanliga användare. Det finns flera anledningar till varför en sida kan vara skrivskyddad:

  • Sidan innehåller information som inte får ändras, t.ex. text på specialsidor
  • Sidan innehåller information som inte får ändras av juridiska orsaker
  • Sidan innehåller automatiskt genererad information, till exempel: Wikitravel:Korta sidor
  • Sidan har blivit föremål för oönskad redigering, t.ex. allvarligt redigeringskrig och alla andra försök att lösa problemet har inte lyckats.

Wikitravels administratörer kan skrivskydda och låsa upp sidor. De skall därvid följa manual för administratörer och vad som sägs i den här artikeln. Skrivskyddade sidor förtecknas automatiskt i lista över skyddade sidor.

Anledningen till skrivskyddet skall framgå av artikelns diskussionssida.

Riktlinjer för skrivskydd

In general, every page should be able to be edited by any user. The guidelines for protecting pages are:

  • Page protection should be a last resort.
  • Pages should only be protected when it is absolutely necessary and there is no other solution that is less restrictive.
  • All the solutions for handling unwanted edits should be tried first.
  • Only in cases where none of these solutions are likely to be effective should a page be considered for protection.
  • Even then, it should only be protected if it is highly undesirable to ever change the page.
  • Pages proposed for protection should be discussed, preferably before they are protected.

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 protected would be:

  • The text of the page must remain verbatim on the site. An example is the full text of the Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 license, which is a legal document not open to interpretation by Wikitravellers.
  • A policy page has legal ramifications for the Wikitravel project. Some policy is important to the continued existence of the project and the livelihoods of Wikitravellers. If these pages are repeatedly compromised, they should be protected.
  • A page causes a security risk for Wikitravel. Hopefully the MediaWiki software is robust enough to deal with simple security attacks through the Wiki interface, but if in some case it's not, administrators should take the step of protecting the page.
  • An out-of-control edit war is underway. If two or more Wikitravellers are involved in an extended edit war over a page and are unable or unwilling to discuss the issue on the appropriate talk page, an administrator can use the page protection feature to declare a cooling-off period on the article until contributors are willing to talk out their differences. Administrators should not protect a page if they are personally involved in the edit war; they should ask another administrator to do it instead.
  • A page is subject to repeated vandalism. This is a special case of the edit war; if a user is repeatedly and systematically vandalizing a page, it should be protected until the user gets their head straight, or they wander away, or they get banned.

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.