Wikipedia:High-risk templates

  • following the wikipedia:protection policy, page protection may be indefinitely applied to all templates, template redirects, and lua modules that have been identified by the community as being of high risk to wikipedia. if fully protected, so that they can only be edited by administrators, or template-protected, so that they can only be edited by administrators and template editors, these pages should be changed only after consensus for the change has been established on the corresponding talk page. if semi-protected, templates and modules may be edited by any established user, but users should ensure there is consensus for their edits and avoid edit wars.

    the most common reasons a template or module is considered high-risk are:

    • it is used in a permanently highly visible location, and it isn't cascade protected.
    • it is transcluded into a very large number of pages.
    • it is substituted extremely frequently by multiple users on an ongoing basis (for example, templates used to warn users about inappropriate editing).

    there are no fixed criteria, and no fixed number of transclusions, that are used to decide whether a template or module is high-risk. each page is considered separately. if a template or module relates to a biography of a living person that would strengthen any arguments in favor of its preemptive protection.

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Following the Wikipedia:Protection policy, page protection may be indefinitely applied to all templates, template redirects, and Lua modules that have been identified by the community as being of high risk to Wikipedia. If fully protected, so that they can only be edited by administrators, or template-protected, so that they can only be edited by administrators and template editors, these pages should be changed only after consensus for the change has been established on the corresponding talk page. If semi-protected, templates and modules may be edited by any established user, but users should ensure there is consensus for their edits and avoid edit wars.

The most common reasons a template or module is considered high-risk are:

  • It is used in a permanently highly visible location, and it isn't cascade protected.
  • It is transcluded into a very large number of pages.
  • It is substituted extremely frequently by multiple users on an ongoing basis (for example, templates used to warn users about inappropriate editing).

There are no fixed criteria, and no fixed number of transclusions, that are used to decide whether a template or module is high-risk. Each page is considered separately. If a template or module relates to a biography of a living person that would strengthen any arguments in favor of its preemptive protection.