Open main menu
This page is a translated version of a page Commons:Protection policy and the translation is 63% complete. Changes to the translation template, respectively the source language can be submitted through Commons:Protection policy and have to be approved by a translation administrator.

Other languages:
Bahasa Indonesia • ‎Deutsch • ‎English • ‎dansk • ‎français • ‎português • ‎português do Brasil • ‎suomi • ‎العربية • ‎فارسی • ‎日本語 • ‎한국어




This ability is usually only used to combat vandalism and edit wars and the protection is usually temporary. Some exceptions include heavily used templates and archived user right request pages.





全保護されたページは管理者を除いては編集することが制限されます。全保護されたページに管理者を除いては上書きアップロードすることは制限されます。 Pages may be full protected indefinitely if they are heavily used images or frequently transcluded templates to prevent vandalism. Indefinite full protection may also be used for pages which should not be modified for copyright or legal reasons, such as Commons:GNU Free Documentation License.

Pages experiencing edit warring as the result of a dispute may be temporarily protected. During this time, administrators should only make significant changes if there is consensus to do so. Any proposed changes should be discussed on the talk page. Such requests may, if they are immediate and uncontroversial, be accompanied by the {{Editprotected}} tag to attract administrators' attention.






Cascading protection fully protects all pages transcluded on the protected page, including any images and their file description page, and any templates. Due to the widespread and powerful nature of cascading protection, its usage should be kept to a minimum. On Commons, cascading protection should only be used in rare situations where there's a consensus to do so.

In the past, it wasn't possible to protect nonexistent pages from being created. As a workaround, these pages were transcluded on a page that had cascading protection. It is now possible to protect pages using MediaWiki's built-in protection of nonexistent pages, which is applied in the same manner as ordinary protection. However, the old method has not been abandoned completely.

Cascading semiprotection is disabled, because it enabled non-sysops to fully protect pages by transcluding them.


Upload protection might be used to prevent overwriting of files that are either heavily used across Wikimedia projects (e.g. template icons) or used in a dangerous location (e.g. wiki's main pages) in order to prevent vandalism. These protections might be indefinitely or temporary, for example only as long as a file is on a wiki's main page. For “heavily used” files [upload=sysop] and (to prevent malicious or accidental moves) [move=sysop] should be used. [edit=sysop] is not needed (and not useful since it, for example, does not allow category changes) if just the file's contents are important (e.g. if only very few views of the file page can be expected as it happens in non-linked template use).

Template protection

Template protection is used on higher risk templates such as those with a high transclusion count or those with licensing information. Templates under this protection can only be edited by administrators and those with the template editor user right.