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Unprotecting some pages recently makes me think we may need a protection policy, or at least a guideline for administrators. It's my opinion that indefinite-length page protections shouldn't be applied as a counter to vandalism. We have the three-revert rule and I feel that there are other, better tools to stop vandalism - i.e., blocks on a per-user basis rather than a per-page basis. Certainly pages like World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King don't need to stay protected for years past the date they're last relevant. Any thoughts on this? --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 13:53, 21 July 2017 (UTC)

Well, considering I've been removing the protection on some pages, like Deathwing and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, I agree. However, I recently put locks on several pages because of a known vandal literally creating several dozen accounts to bypass the "per-user blocks" we put on him. So the last time he popped up, I had to put these locks for 24 hours... Wish there was a better way do to this because it stopped every single user to work on these pages during that time Xporc (talk) 13:59, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, I think temporary blocks are fine - within reason (part of this I suppose would be deciding what's reasonable). And indefinite blocks on high-use templates and images, like {{Itemtip}}, make sense. And as I told Sandwichman in the admin e-mail, if those edits keep happening and we can track down a pattern that we can plug into the abuse filter, we have that as well. --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 14:02, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
To me, those short-term locks on pages popular for vandals sounds like a good idea, but yeah generally I think long term protections should be limited to important templates, seeing as we have a good handful og active and experienced editors these days. PeterWind (talk) 17:23, 22 July 2017 (UTC)
Created Wowpedia:Protection policy. Please review and vote. It looks like there already was Wowpedia:Protected pages serving as what looks to be a guideline, but it's fairly lacking and somewhat dated. --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 19:29, 23 July 2017 (UTC)