Exactly. Protocol applies to many walks of life. That does not make it a verb, poor you. And "protocol" is first and foremost a diplomatic word, later hijacked for use in other fields - nothing more normal.PROTOCOL DOES NOT HAVE TO BE DIPLOMATIC PROTOCOL during modern times.
There are also Internet, software and technology protocols and some others.
As a matter of fact, one can say, "Joe Pack protocols to his girlfriend", as it is merely to denote the meaning.
Tell me, does the Webster, American dictionary, list "protocol" as a verb? NOT. Sigh.