The current practice for protecting a page is to:
# change the status to protected via the protection form
# add a [[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Protection_templates | protection template ]] to the page
The purpose of this task is to discuss and decide if MediaWiki should automatically added some similar/equivalent notice to the page automatically (rather than an editor adding a protection template to the page manually).
**Downsides of editors adding templates manually:**
- requires extra editor attention
- adds two extra edits to a page's history (one when the page is protected to add the template, and a second one, after the protection expires, to remove it)
**Downsides of MediaWiki adding notices automatically:**
[to be filled out]
* Proposed in #community-wishlist-survey-2016. Received 31 support votes, ranked #50 out of 265 proposals. [[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Categories/Admins_and_stewards#CW2016-R050 | View full proposal with discussion and votes here ]].