Debate:Do sysops block editing on pages when it seems their opponents are making strong points?

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I doubt it, such a deed would be utterly anti-Christian and dishonest. Angband 08:22, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

I unblocked several dozen article which had a shortage of "opposing views". There is nothing wrong with a page having a balance of conservative and liberal views on matters of opinion, such as whether the minimum wage actually benefits inner city blacks. --Ed Poor Talk 08:31, 24 March 2008 (EDT)
In general most sysops seem more than happy to leave pages unlocked, even if their content is controversial. Sadly there are a few pages which have been permanently locked for the cause of preventing vandalism. This reason is dubious, often the pages in question have experienced minimal vandalism whereas other, more frequent targets have never been protected. Also the indefinite locking of a page to prevent short term vandalism, especially given the rigorous checking of all edits, does seem somewhat ludicrous. It is in these cases that the premise of this debate may be correct, and perhaps those sysops who do regularly protect pages could consider unprotecting them on a trial basis, to see if the problems do lie in vandalism, or whether they lie in opposing viewpoints. TheGySom 08:41, 24 March 2008 (EDT)
I'd like to get a list of the pages which have been locked "too long". I could probably unlock a lot of them, as suggested. --Ed Poor Talk 17:13, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

Ok, how about these for a start:

Several of these appear to have been originally protected solely for ideological reasons (see the protection log), the rest simply do not need protection. TheGySom 20:12, 25 March 2008 (EDT)

You said "too long", so would you do me the favor of recording the dates on which the cited articles were protected? --Ed Poor Talk 10:53, 1 April 2008 (EDT)

I just had a quick look at some of the pages, and couldn't find a place saying when they had been locked. Just so you know - JamesCA 22:09, 22 August 2011 (EDT)


I have often seen otherwise benign articles (or even their talk pages) locked in order to enforce a certain view. However, when I wanted to edit, they would get unlocked after asking The user formerly known as DLerner 08:46, 24 March 2008 (EDT)