Administrators, Assistants, and Content Moderators on C.Syde's Wiki can protect and unprotect pages. Protection of a page or image means that a non-administrator cannot modify it. Administrators, Assistants, and Content Moderators can also semi-protect a page, which prevents unregistered users and new users from editing it, but allows auto-confirmed users to edit it.
Many pages on C.Syde's Wiki are protected or semi-protected. Pages may, however, be temporarily or permanently unprotected for various reasons.
Preventing vandalism to templates used on a significant number of pages.
Maintaining the integrity of the site's logo and favicon.
Maintaining the integrity of key copyright and licence pages.
Protecting pages inside the help namespace.
Protecting individual pages that have been repeatedly or severely vandalised by numerous registered users.
Protecting user pages and user talk pages belonging to users that are indefinitely blocked, and are ineligible to be unblocked.
Protecting user pages and user talk pages from vandalism, or harassment. (Full protection of user talk pages should be temporary).
Protecting user pages and user talk pages belonging to users whose accounts are globally disabled.
Uses of semi-protection
Protecting the main page and templates used on the main page.
Protecting complex or widely-used templates from edits by inexperienced users.
Protecting pages inside the main namespace.
Protecting pages inside the project namespace.
Protecting pages inside the fanon namespace.
Protecting pages inside the talk namespace.
Cases when protection is not used
The application of page protection or semi-protection typically falls to the administrators, assistants, and content moderators. However, there are some instances where page protection should not be used. Page protection should not generally be used to:
Prevent edits to talk pages. Talk pages should remain open to all edits, especially if the parent article is locked.
Fully protect pages that do not have a history of vandalism, unless there are other valid reasons for fully protecting the said pages.
Fully protect a particular version of a page that an administrator, assistant, or content moderator prefers or feels is valid, over other possibly valid versions.
Fully protect user pages, especially user pages of users that don't have administrator, assistant, or content moderator status. There may be some exceptions, but they should be kept to a minimum.
What to do if a page is protected?
Editors wishing to edit a protected page may suggest edits through that page's talk page. If an editor is unsure of why a particular article is protected, they may ask a member of the administrative team, preferably the person who issued the protection in the first place. If an editor cannot determine the reason why a page was protected or believes a page should be unprotected, they can propose page unprotection on the administrators' noticeboard.