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Most pages on Wikipedia are only protected temporarily, to prevent edit wars or to control vandalism. You should be able to edit the page when it is unprotected in a short while. In the meantime, please feel free to discuss the changes you want to make on the talk page of the page in question. However a few types of pages are protected indefinitely:

If you discover a page that appears to have been protected and then forgotten about, you can request to have it unprotected by posting on Wikipedia:Requests for page protection. If a page has only recently been protected, it may be best to wait a few days first, unless some resolution has been reached on the talk page.

If you think that an edit needs to be made to a protected page, please discuss the change first on its talk page. If the page is only semi-protected, a logged-in user will make the change if necessary. If the page is fully protected, you can use the template {{editprotected}} to attract the attention of a Wikipedia administrator who can make the change if it has consensus.