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This thread was archived on 8 July 2009 by Azliq7.

A lot of userpages are often vandalized by IP addresses each day, and many more were by IPs that forgot to log onto their own account. In fact, most userpage vandalism is committed by IPs. Under RS:DEU, there's really no need to edit someone else's userpage except for a few reasons that IPs aren't likely to listen to.

So I'm looking for a way to auto protect or semi-protect all userpages except from the user the page is about, or if that's not possible, have users request protection from an admin.

If we semi-protect all userpages:

  • IPs cannot vandalize pages and therefore userpage vandalism will be reduced
  • Users can still clear red links, remove offensive material, and correct what little vandalism is still there.

If we protect all userpages:

  • All normal users and IPS can't vandalize pages or edit it unnecessarily, therefore all unnecessary userpage edits are abolished.
  • Only admins can clear red links and remove offensive material. Normal users can't do it but there's always 1 or 2 admins online.

As you can see, there's benefits for both options if this proposal succeeds. Dragon claw.png Zezzima Talk Edit # SkillsFile:Turmoil.gif|Yay turmoil! 18:57, 6 July 2009 (UTC)


Support - Per the reasons above. Dragon claw.png Zezzima Talk Edit # SkillsFile:Turmoil.gif|Yay turmoil! 18:57, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - This would just be a waste of admin time. There are thousands of account and they don't need protected. Full protection on userpages would even block the user from editing their own page. Just revert as you see it.

Bonziiznob Talk

19:34, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Slight Oppose - There are legitimate reasons for a user to edit another's userpage, such as fixing up broken code or links. --Quarenon  Talk 19:37, 6 July 2009 (UTC) Oppose - The only case for a user page to need protection is if it is actively vandalized, also most edits to the user page of another user is to fix something on it. - TehKittyCatTalk Wikian-Book 19:46, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - There's a saying: "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everybody". Instead of making a generic one-size-fits-all policy, why not let the individual users decide? Some people might not want their page protected, some might want it semi-protected, and some might want it fully protected. Butterman62 (talk) 19:47, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - Talk about a waste of admin time like Bonzii said.... Andrew talk 20:52, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - Waste of time. People rarely edit other users' userpages, and vandalism to userpages is pretty rare. Ancient talisman.png Oil4 Talk 21:04, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - Per above. If a user wants their page semi-/fully-protected then they could ask any of the active admins or make a request to any that may be passing through. Quest.png Gaz Lloyd 7:^]Events!99s 21:23, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - Per Gaz. What if you don't want your page protected? If you do then ask, if not, don't. It sorts itself out.--Joe Click Here for Awesomeness 18:17, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - Per Gaz, if you want you page protected, just ask. cflm (talk) 07:35, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - Per Gaz. Runecrafting.gif Mo 55 55 Talk|Sign 18:18, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - There is what, 11000+ users? How long do you think it would take to protect all of those pages? If we fully protect all pages, how is a normal user going to edit their own userpage? Every user has a right to have their own userpage that they can actively edit and tell the community about themselves. If we protect fully, we're basically taking away the users rights to edit their own personal page. No one has the right to do that unless the account is only here to make our wiki a badder place. If you want your page semi-protected, just contact an administrator. --Lovely torso armourSupirion1Talk Contribs #Summoning.png 00:02, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

How it would be done - The admins would not have to go protect each user page, it would be requested to Wikia to have them protect the entire user namespace. This is why you can't edit pages in the MediaWiki namespace. It is just a simple change of settings to do it. For the record, I oppose this and have above. - TehKittyCatTalk Wikian-Book 00:10, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

Request for closure, per snow. --Serenity1137 00:37, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

Closed - User pages will NOT be "automatically" protected. If the pages require protection, the user is entitled to request an administrator to protect his/her userpage, and the admin will decide whether to semi-protect (or fully protect) the user page based on the Protection policy.   az talk   10:14, 8 July 2009 (UTC)