Administrators can protect pages to restrict editing.
- Full protection disables editing for everyone except other administrators. Fully protected images cannot be overwritten by new uploads.
- Semi protection disables editing for IP accounts completelyfurr and new accounts that are less than 4 days old. This is primarily used for pages that need to be editable by established users but have become a primary target for new account vandalism. Semi protections should normally only be utilized temporarily.
- Cascading Protection disables editing on the cascade protected page and any pages included in that page (i.e. images, templates, and template-transcluded pages).
Any type of protection, as well as unprotection, may be requested by contacting an administrator. Non-administrators can propose changes to protected pages on the related talk page. All protections and unprotections are automatically logged in the protection log.
Indefinite full protections are used for:
- High visibility pages such as the Main Page in order to prevent vandalism.
- Certain "FFXIclopedia administration" pages, including policy and legal pages.
- Certain "system administration" pages, including many templates, and the entire MediaWiki namespace. These are pages that need rarely be changed, and that because of widespread usage can cause large-scale disruption if vandalized, or modified ill-advisedly. Again, admins should not make significant changes to these pages without prior discussion.
- Pages deleted by consensus that are repeatedly recreated.
- Pages which effectively act as mirrors of Square Enix content.
Temporary full protections are used for:
- Enforcing a "cool down" period to stop an edit war.
Indefinite semi protections are used for:
- Highly visible or popular pages that can have or could become a target for new account vandalism.
- Certain counter-vandalism pages used against vandals that should be editable by regular users reporting them.
Temporary semi protections are used for:
- Popular pages that have become a target for successive vandalism but need to be locked temporarily until the vandal is dealt with.
Indefinite cascading protection should only be used for:
- Square-Enix news articles that contain images associated with the content itself.
- Protection pages used to transclude articles repeatedly created by vandals.
Except in cases of clear vandalism, or issues with legal impact such as copyright or defamation, pages protected in an edit war are protected in whatever version they happen to be currently in. Protection during an edit war is not an endorsement of the current version. Editors should not ask for a specific version of a page to be protected or, if it has already been protected, reverted to a different version. Instead, editors should attempt to resolve the dispute on the related talk page.
During edit wars, admins should not generally protect pages when they are involved as a party to the dispute. Admins should edit pages that are protected due to a content dispute with caution, and administrators doing so should indicate this on the article's talk page.
Any administrator may unprotect any page after a reasonable period has lapsed, particularly if there is no discussion on the talk page.