On 10/16/06, Rory Stolzenberg <rory096(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Temporarily, it can be useful, but admins tend to forget to unprotect it;
look at my user page for an example. While my userpage isn't a talk page
(and it doesn't matter enough to me to get it unprotected), it's an
of something that an admin protected from vandalism then completely forgot
about and never unprotected.
I was gone, but this one's piqued my interest, so here's what I have to say
on the matter:
Our backend code is stupid.
Protection should not be "forever until it is turned off." Instead, like
blocking any just about anything else, it should have a duration after which
it automatically expires.
We've got some article pages that have been "Protected" for weeks or
with no edit and next to no discussions on the talk pages, because either
some admin is too damn lazy to remove the protection or enjoys keeping it
protected because they feel they own the article that way.