Wikipedia:Bots/Fulfilled requests/2011

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  • Contributions
  • Operator: Avicennasis
  • Programming language: Python/Pywikipediabot
  • Function: checking to see if any page has a useful link at Commons.
  • Description: This is essentially what AvicBot does now for Geo-pages and the Main page. (Tasks 2 & 3. e.g., pages like this) However, I believe it would be useful on a wider scope. An example of a page it found with a useful Commons link, that wasn't Geo-based/Main page-linked, is 2000 United States Census, where I added the template myself. -Avicennasis @ 21:59, 18 July 2011 (UTC)
Can you do a run of about 50 pages as a trial? Shouldn't be a problem. -DJSasso (talk) 23:35, 18 July 2011 (UTC)
 Done see here. :-) -Avicennasis @ 01:46, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
Are you running this as autonomous or are you manually accepting each change? The edits look good I am just asking because once in awhile we have issues with our article names not matching en and some people assuming they are the same article when they aren't. Not a common problem but something you might want to watch for. Either way I will Approve this request. -DJSasso (talk) 12:59, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. :-) I've been running it autonomously for the most part, however I have been checking the pages afterwards. -Avicennasis @ 16:42, 19 July 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Auntof6
  • Programming language: Manual
  • Function: Categorize templates. This would include templates listed at Special:UncategorizedTemplates (2,077 pages as of 10/13/2011) and templates that have some categories but need to be in more or different ones. This would make it easier for editors to find the templates they need, and could prevent having duplicate templates created.
    This work would include the following:
    • Make sure each template is in at least one template category.
    • Where applicable, put each template (or its parent category) in a non-template category.
    • For template documentation pages, flag them with {{documentation subpage}} or equivalent
    • This would sometimes involve creating a new template documentation page.

Thanks. Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:06, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

 Approved. all except for creating new doc pages, they should be made in public. fr33kman 22:00, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the approval. Would the new doc pages need to be done in public if it was just moving existing documentation off the main template page and onto the separate doc page? That's all I've been doing in connection with this. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:17, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
No, if it is just a verbatim copy/paste job that'd be fine. fr33kman 22:19, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
It's verbatim except for adding or changing categories, the main point of this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:20, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
 Approved. then it's fine. fr33kman 22:21, 17 October 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Auntof6
  • Programming language: AWB
  • Function: Change the date used in cleanup tags where the date is not specified in the standard way (month year)
  • Description: This will not only to make the dates standard; it will also move some pages from redlinked categories to blue-linked categories. There are about 100 pages just within "Articles with unsourced statements since". There may be more for other cleanup tags. The ones I want to change have dates in the following forms, among others:
    • Apr 2011 (the month should be spelled out
    • Month day, year (no, not literally, they have the actual month, day, and year)
    • yyyy-mm-dd

Thanks. Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 03:10, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

As long as you are only touching cleanup tags then go for it. But don't change the format of other dates in the actual article because that is a British/American thing so sometimes one or the other is appropriate. -DJSasso (talk) 03:12, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
Understood: I'm only planning to change the dates in cleanup tags. The only reason I even care about those is that they're tied to categories. --Auntof6 (talk) 03:25, 4 October 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Auntof6
  • Programming language: AWB
  • Function: Change links to North-West Frontier Province so that they display "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa"
  • Description: The Pakistani province formerly called North-West Frontier Province is now called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. I'd like to use the bot to change articles that link to the old name so that they display the new name. I've already made quite a few similar changes, but there are between 90 and 100 of these. The old name currently redirects to the new name, but I'd like to have the new name be the one displayed in articles. Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 07:23, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
Symbol keep vote.svgSymbol support vote.svg Speedily Approved. Chenzw  Talk  08:04, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. These are done. --Auntof6 (talk) 16:39, 30 September 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Auntof6
  • Programming language: AWB
  • Function: add category to uncategorized templates
  • Description: I've found a large number (a little over 600) of country-related templates that are not categorized. I'd like to use my bot to add template categories to them. The templates are named in the following forms, where XXX is either a country name (such as "Australia" or a country abbreviation (such as "AUS"):

You can see a few templates that I changed as a test:

I picked those because I could find something that used them; not all these templates are used. Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 01:42, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Go for it. I can't see much trouble arising from this. -DJSasso (talk) 12:22, 19 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, these are done. There were 609 altogether. --Auntof6 (talk) 01:01, 20 September 2011 (UTC)


  • Operator : Hedwig in Washington
  • Automatic or Manually Assisted : automatic
  • Programming Language(s) : Python (pywikipedia), daily update
  • Function Summary : Interwiki, Internationalization by removing chaos in Babel so it can be used properly and easy. Double redirects will be added shortly
  • Already has a bot flag (Y/N) : Yes: DE, EN, AR, NL, NN, KA, DA, BE-X-OLD, BAT-SMG, ARZ and LB, others pending. see here
  • Function Details : just using the standard; parameters: -auto -all - log -catr

I humbly request bot status on this wiki in order to update Interwiki, and improve Internationalization by removing chaos in Babel so it can be used properly and easy by everyone.

Thank you for consideration! --Hedwig in Washington (talk) 03:02, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

Go ahead and do 50 trial edits. -DJSasso (talk) 17:47, 4 September 2011 (UTC)
Tests done. User pages shouldn't be touched anymore, a mistake in the setting made the bot do interwikis on User pages. --Hedwig in Washington (talk) 16:54, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
I notice you are doing interwikies on templates which is good if the bot is handled properly. So I want to ask you if your bot is smart enough to put interwikies on the documentation page if a template has one. I will look through your template edits to see if you did any with a document page but the first few I looked at didn't. If it can't I would suggest turning off that namespace. -DJSasso (talk) 18:37, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
Do you mean soemthing like: template:anytemplate/doc, /meta /xml? Those will be ignored. AFAIK there are no Interwikis on docs so far. I think they are not necessarily useful, since every Wiki does everything a little different. And if someone wants to see those docs there's always the Interwiki on the template page. -- Linking templates makes a lot of sense, since there are many templates that are likely to be used all over. Infoboxes for cities e.g. --Hedwig in Washington (talk) 20:39, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
Well my point was that when there is a Template:andtemplate/doc that is where the interwikis for the template belong. They should not be on the template itself. This is why I am suggesting you turn off your bot if it can't do that. Most interwiki bot runners don't run their bots on templates for this reason since pywikipedia used to not respect that rule however it may have changed in the 6 or so months since I last ran my bot. See Template:Infobox Ice Hockey Player for an example of what I mean, the interwikis are on the doc not on the template. -DJSasso (talk) 11:47, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
Got it. I stopped working on templates. Pywikipedia can't do that, yet. That's very inconvenient for the users. Unless you know where the interwikis might be, you'll think that there are none for this template. Hmmm..... guess that's how it is. Again, I stopped templates until I find a way to do it correctly. Thanks for your help! I appreciate it!! --Hedwig in Washington 16:38, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
 Done You are flagged. Thanks for your work. :) -DJSasso 17:45, 22 September 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Auntof6
  • Programming language: AWB
  • Function: Stub sorting, fixing CheckWikipedia errors, category diffusion
  • Description: It was suggested that I set up a bot account because I have been asking for the flood flag quite a bit. The kinds of things I've used the flood flag for, and would like to use the bot account for, are:
    1. Stub sorting: Changing stub tags to more-specific stub tags where appropriate. Examples: mostly changing {{stub}} to other stub tags, but also changes like {{geo-stub}} to {{US-geo-stub}}. This would be semi-automated -- I would look at each article, determine what change, if any, should be made, and make the change manually.
    2. Fixing CheckWikipedia errors: Fixing formatting and syntax exceptions that are flagged here. This would include fixing things like heading hierarchy and formatting, changing HTML to WikiMarkup, fixing mismatched brackets, etc.
    3. Category diffusion: moving articles into more specific categories. This would include categories in Category:Categories requiring diffusion as well as other categories that need the same kind of work.

I haven't set up the account yet, because I'm not clear on whether the kinds of things I'd use it for would be acceptable, and I wouldn't want to have this request denied and have the account sitting there unused. I would set it up if this request is approved or you want me to run a trial. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:16, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Go ahead and create the account. Run a trial of #1 of say 25 edits. (I know you have been doing it already but lets do it just for the sake of a test) Run a trial on #2 of say 25 edits. As for #3 like grif mentioned on the other thread, have a specific task in mind. Like come to this page and say I want to defuse Category:Fruit into Category:Apples or whatever and we can approve those tasks as they come up because sometimes things like that might not be wanted or needed and people will object and if you are a bot they can't see the changes to object. We try to keep fewer larger categories here than on en so category diffusing is a bit more troublesome to be hidden by a bot flag. Give that a go and we can flag ya. -DJSasso (talk) 18:53, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. I have set up the account and asked for it to be approved for AWB. I will run the trials when I get that approval. --Auntof6 (talk) 21:44, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
OK, the trials for #1 (stub sorting) and #2 (CheckWikipedia errors) are done. Please note that some of the pages changed for the stub sorting task had their stub tags removed. I do this as part of stub sorting when an article is longer than a stub.
For #3 (category diffusion), how about this as a task: for any pages in the categories "American x actors", where "x" is either movie, radio, stage, television, or voice, remove the category "American actors". That would remove pages from the main category if they are already effectively diffused into the lower categories.
I await your evaluation. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:58, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
 Done Alright they look find to me. Go ahead and do all three tasks, just come back here for any future cat tasks. Also please make a userpage for your bot that mentions who runs it and what its tasks are. Thanks! -DJSasso (talk) 00:28, 2 September 2011 (UTC)
Userpage done. One pass of task 3 done -- there were only a handful, not as many as I expected. Tasks 1 and 2 are ongoing. Thanks for everyone's input and help! --Auntof6 (talk) 23:06, 2 September 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Grunny
  • Programming language: Pywikipedia
  • Function: Category moving bot
  • Description: One-off run to move categories per request here using Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task :).

Grunny (talk) 10:03, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

Go for it but please manually check a few of them while running to make sure its working, since its part of pywikipedia it shouldn't be a problem. -DJSasso (talk) 11:39, 25 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, and all done. :) Cheers, Grunny (talk) 10:27, 26 August 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Avicennasis
  • Programming language: AWB
  • Function: 2 Addition tasks - Stub-sorting, Protection tag fixes
  • Description: For stub sorting, I will compile lists based on matching templates. I.E., all pages in Category:Stubs with the {{Taxobox}} template should be have their {{stub}} tag replaced with {{biology-stub}}. Similar pairs exist - {{Infobox movie}} and {{movie-stub}}, et cetera. My most recent flood flag request was essentially for this. Also, I can run through Category:Wikipedia pages with incorrect protection templates and clear it out so that only properly protected pages are tagged as such. I suspect the reason there are so many in this category currently is because of copying templates and such from EnWp. These would be manually reviewed by me before the change - just like I maintain this category on EnWp.

---Avicennasis @ 13:26, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Strongly oppose any automatic or semi-automatic stub sorting via a bot - firstly, this has gone horrifically wrong in the past when it has been trialled, no point doing it again when it can be done manually. Secondly, it really isn't that important a job if something isn't categorised, the time it takes would be much better spent actually expanding them out of stub form. Second part of the task I'd have no worries about, however. Just my 2p. Goblin 17:17, 11 June 2011 (UTC) I ♥ Barras!
I wasn't aware of prior problems with stub sorting - can you point me towards some info on what happened? Although I do believe that very narrow parameters should avoid most problems. If an article already has {{Infobox film}} and {{stub}} on it, what are the chances that {{movie-stub}} would not be more appropriate? As for content, I'm more of a behind-the-scenes editor. :-) (Plus its somewhat difficult for me to write in Simple English at times - I frequently find myself utilizing sizable words when diminutive ones would suffice.) -Avicennasis @ 18:15, 11 June 2011 (UTC)
Personally I would prefer it to happen with AWB on your main account (non flood flagged) so that it can be monitored. I am of the opinion that we are too worried about flooding the recent changes here. Anyone really worried about vandalism will go back and check anyways. I would just do this on your main account. Or an un-bot flagged account so that it still shows up in recent changes. I am not a fan of hiding this type of editing behind a bot flag. I don't mind the work being done semi-automated though. -DJSasso (talk) 19:33, 11 June 2011 (UTC)
Fixing the protect tags I don't mind being bot done though. -DJSasso (talk) 19:35, 11 June 2011 (UTC)
I certianly don't mind using my main account. :-) I just think some editors, who might not care about 20 or 50 edits flooding RC, might still be peeved at 2,800 edits for stub sorting. -Avicennasis @ 22:18, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

 Approved. for task of protection tag fixes. Denied. for other requests tasks. Flagging is  Done. Jon@talk:~$ 03:10, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! I've cleaned up as much as I can in Category:Wikipedia pages with incorrect protection templates - the rest will have to be done by an admin, as they are protected by cascading protection.
Side note - Since AvicBot is already flagged, and SimpleWp allows for automatic approval of interwiki bots, would there be any objection to running this task here? (Do I have to file a new task request?) -Avicennasis @ 19:08, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
If the task meets the requirements for the auto approval then I see no issue with you running this task with this flagged bot. Respectfully, Jon@talk:~$ 22:19, 30 June 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Auntof6
  • Programming language: AWB
  • Function: Put navigational templates to use. I sometimes find navigational templates that aren't being used, such as {{Ain communes}}. I would like general approval to add nav boxes to pages that they navigate, but if you don't want to give the general approval, then I'd like approval for this specific one.

Thanks. Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 01:36, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

 Approved. - for this task only (if Orashmatash hasn't finished them already). I am hesitant to give the general approval for this task because most articles that are linked from these navigational templates are very short stubs, and I don't want to encourage the creation of more stubs for the purpose of making such templates useful, which also encourages editors to create them (and transclude the templates) en masse. Do refer to this and this for an elaboration of my views. Chenzw  Talk  16:08, 19 November 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, understood. These are now done. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:37, 19 November 2011 (UTC)


The bot has already been approved but the flag was removed due to my inactivity. here πr2 (talk • changes) 00:04, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

You've done almost no edits in a year. I would prefer to see you active here for awhile before giving the flag back. The purpose of removing for inactivity was that you could be out of touch with how things happen in the community. (but mostly for security) But if another crats wants to give it back they certainly can. -DJSasso (talk) 14:58, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Okay, that makes sense. Thank you. πr2 (talk • changes) 15:29, 29 October 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: MC10
  • Programming language: Python (pywikipedia)
  • Function: Run python -cleanup -autonomous -namespace:0 -start:!, exactly.
  • Description: This will be another interwiki-fixing bot.

Bot is flagged on mc10 (t/c) 04:54, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Go ahead and run 50 test edits. -DJSasso (talk) 11:53, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
 Approved. Chenzw  Talk  16:12, 19 November 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, Chenzw. mc10 (t/c) 18:07, 19 November 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Katarighe
  • Programming language: C# .NET, using the MediaWiki API
  • Function: Replacing QD Templates when a author removes it.
  • Description: This bot helps patrol the Category. If a page which has been nominated for speedy deletion has its speedy tag removed by the creator of the page, this bot will replace the tag (if it was nominated under G10 then the bot will blank the page in the process) and warn the user who did it. If a user is warned many times and does not follow the rules, then the bot will report to the Vandalism in Progress noticeboard notifying that the user is disrupting the QD process and an admin may block the user for a period of time. --Mohamed Aden Ighe (talk) 16:21, 26 November 2011 (UTC)
    I don't really see this as necessary here. Our Recent changes moves so slowly that the person who put the QD on the page generally sees that it was removed right away and fixes. Not to mention the fact that the majority of our editors have the ability to delete pages so things don't get QD'd all that often except for the few people that aren't admins. -DJSasso (talk) 13:38, 29 November 2011 (UTC)
    • Denied. Chenzw  Talk  02:25, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

Auntof6Bot (26 November 2011)

  1. explicitly add the area-only categories to all Nobel Prize winner articles, not just American ones, after which {{Nobelprize}} would have the automatic categorization removed
  2. change the categories for American winners (who are already in a separate category) to be the combined nationality/area categories

This will take a couple of passes; I will provide specifics if you wish.

Thanks. Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 09:07, 26 November 2011 (UTC)

  • I don't see that this category needs to be diffused. There are only 40 pages in the category and they don't extend past a page worth of listings. I mean I have no problem with it if others agree that it should be. I am just putting it out there that its probably not something that needs to be done. -DJSasso (talk) 13:40, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Auntof6Bot (17 December 2011)

  • Contributions
  • Operator: Auntof6
  • Programming language: AWB, checking each change before saving
  • Function: Italicize titles
  • Description: For articles on movies, books, and albums, add {{italictitle}}. Also make sure the title is in italics where used in the article.

Thanks. Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 04:45, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

Go for it. Just make sure to be careful that it is the actual title when its being done and not just a phrase that happens to be the same as the title. See that mistake on en before when AWB with a few users kept changing "new jersey" to "New Jersey" cause they were assuming it was the place and didn't realize they meant an actual new jersey. -DJSasso (talk) 22:01, 17 December 2011 (UTC)
Symbol keep vote.svgSymbol support vote.svg Speedily Approved. per DJSasso. Jon@talk:~$ 23:09, 19 December 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. I have made a pass through movie titles and am working on books now. May I add other things that are supposed to have italic titles, as per en:WP:MOSTITLE? I would especially like to do TV programs series, computer/video games, plays (including musicals), operas, and periodicals. --Auntof6 (talk) 23:18, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
If you could post an example? Best, Jon@talk:~$ 02:24, 28 December 2011 (UTC)
Here's a diff of a change to a TV series article that shows what I would like to do. I added {{italictitle}} and put the title in italics where it's used in the article. Is that the kind of example you're looking for? --Auntof6 (talk) 02:32, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

Yes, thank you. At times I need illustrative assistance. Symbol keep vote.svg Approved. for the new task. Best, Jon@talk:~$ 02:34, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

Auntof6Bot (6 December 2011)

  • Contributions
  • Operator: Auntof6
  • Programming language: AWB
  • Function: Simplify specific verbiage
  • Description: I'd like to remove use of the following phrases where they are used to describe where something is:
    • situated (situated on, situated in, etc.)
    • located (located on a river, located in, etc.)
    • found (can be found, is found, etc.)

A search shows these words are used in over 1500 pages (of course, some of those might not fall under describing location). For example, I would change "is situated in", "is located in", and "can be found in" to "is in". In case it makes a difference, I plan to verify each change before saving.

Thanks. Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:53, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Approved for trial (100 edits). Jon@talk:~$ 23:10, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

  • Trial complete. Edits for the trial have edit summary "BOT TRIAL: simplify wording and/or general cleanup". --Auntof6 (talk) 04:20, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
Changes look good. Only thing I am hesitant about is the possibility that changing "is located in" to "is in" could possibly change the meaning but I am not sure. At the very least situated should be changed to located or be removed. -DJSasso (talk) 14:01, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
Such as where "located in" would mean "placed in at the time of creation" or something like that, as opposed to meaning "its location is in"? There were some along those lines that I questioned, and I either left them as they were or simplified the wording a different way. I am checking each change. --Auntof6 (talk) 19:54, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. I will let another crat weigh in before approval. :) -DJSasso (talk) 20:43, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
Understood. Standing by. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:48, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

I need more information before I would action this request... is there any review or is this fully auto? Thanks, Jon@talk:~$ 20:06, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

I review all changes before saving. --Auntof6 (talk) 21:10, 22 December 2011 (UTC)
 Comment. I'm not so sure, DJ or another crat, can you comment on the content changes themselves? I do prefer all content changes are unflagged, but I could be in the minority on that. For now Symbol dot dot dot.svg On hold. Jon@talk:~$ 21:46, 22 December 2011 (UTC)
In light of that how about we approve you for the task but only on your main account? I have to agree I somewhat prefer content work to be unflagged. This was why I was waiting on another crats opinion. If you think you could only do small chunks say 100 at a time over a few days (or even separated by a few hours each time you run 100) on your main account I don't think anyone would have any problem with flooding. What do you think Jon? -DJSasso (talk) 15:04, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
I agree.  Approved. per the constraints above. Jon@talk:~$ 15:56, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
If I understand correctly, you are saying not to do this under my bot account, and if I do it under my main account, to not do too many at a time so there isn't a flooding problem. That is fine with me. I have a question, though: if I do this under my main account, is approval even needed? I'm not being belligerent, just trying to understand. Thanks, and I'll proceed under my main account, not doing more than 100 at a time. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:08, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

I don't see it as "belligerent", it is only fair that you understand. Basically, it is a bot task, and we know that it is a bot. We would like to see the changes in recent changes, since there is a small chance of error. We won't be quick to pounce if we see you do a chunk of 109 basically. We just want those changes in the RC feeds. If there is any issue, we will talk firstly on your talk page. Happy botting! Jon@talk:~$ 00:28, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

Auntof6Bot (2 December 2011)

  • Contributions
  • Operator: Auntof6
  • Programming language: AWB
  • Function: Remove duplicate commonscat tags from category pages
  • Description: I've noticed that a number of categories have duplicate tags pointing to Wikimedia Commons. That is, they have both {{commonscat}} and {{commons cat}}, and both point to the same thing. This appears to have been caused by a series of bot edits. It causes the Wikimedia Commons box to appear twice, which sometimes overlays the text on the page. An example is Category:1865 births. I'd like to use Auntof6Bot to remove the duplicates. There are potentially between 250 and 500 of these, because that is how many categories are using {{commons cat}}, but the number is duplicates is probably lower.

Thanks. Bot is already flagged from an earlier request, just requesting approval for this task. --Auntof6 (talk) 01:41, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

Go for it. It is something I have been meaning to do for awhile. -DJSasso (talk) 12:51, 2 December 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, it is done. There were about 400 of them. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:10, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

Symbol keep vote.svgSymbol support vote.svg Speedily Approved. Jon@talk:~$ 23:10, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

OrashmatashBot I

  • Contributions
  • Operator: Orashmatash
  • Programming language: Python (PyWikipediaBot)
  • Function: Interwiki links (for now)
  • Description: This bot runs on PyWikipediaBot. I tried (and failed) before to do this. PiRSquared17 helped me with everything and I finally have it working. It will add interwiki links for now, and I will request approval for new tasks later on. Thanks!

--Orashmatash 18:38, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Approved for trial (100 edits). (Without flag)--Eptalon (talk) 21:27, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
Could you please state which options you will be using when you run pywikipedia. -DJSasso (talk) 19:41, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
Sure. -start:!, -start:(letter).
Those are the only options I will be using. --Orashmatash 19:40, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
Alright well finish up the tests, shouldn't be an issue once you have run your trial. -DJSasso (talk) 20:30, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
Oh, I almost forgot. I may also use -start:(letter) -hint. I haven't used that option yet, so I was just going to tell you. --Orashmatash 17:06, 18 November 2011 (UTC)
What is the frequency you will be running this function? Jon@talk:~$ 01:07, 21 November 2011 (UTC)
Whenever I come across a page with no interwikis, I will execute the command (article name) -hint:en. In other words, quite often. Is this going to be a problem? --Orashmatash is travelling 13:07, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

Shouldn't be a problem...but if you are using it in this way do you really need to use a bot? Can't you just add the link to and allow the other bots to do the rest? Interwiki bots are really for ongoing tasks and don't really stop. Seems like an awful lot of work just to do the odd page when you could just put on a single interwiki and let bots take care of the rest. That being said either way shouldn't be a problem. Just finish up your test edits and we can probably flag. -DJSasso (talk) 13:14, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

I'm with Djsasso as well. Volunteers are free to spend time where they wish. I was going to recommend in this case setting the bot up as a background process on a crontab or similar. Just want to offer alternatives to make life easy is all. Jon@talk:~$ 15:11, 21 November 2011 (UTC)
No, no. You misunderstood me. I will usually be running -start:! -hint:en. If I don't have that running (i.e. When I have just started the bot), I will execute the above command. -Orashmatash- 17:52, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

Trial complete. according to the Toolserver. It has 5 deleted edits (probably from adding IWs to pages which were deleted afterwards). -Orashmatash- 16:48, 9 December 2011 (UTC) Symbol keep vote.svg Approved. for task. Actually, seven deleted contributions. However, everything appears in order. Approved unless another crat has a cogent exception. Best, Jon@talk:~$ 18:22, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Thank you! -Orashmatash- 23:14, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Morgankevinj AWB

  • Contributions
  • Operator: Morgankevinj
  • Programming language: Autowikibrowser
  • Function: find and replace
  • Description: It searches for contractions and replaces them with the simpler two word form. It is user-assisted to avoid altering quoted information.

MorganKevinJ(talk) 04:57, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Personally I would rather see this done on a main account with AWB in manual mode, not bot mode. Which shouldn't be a problem since it is user-assisted. However, I might be in the minority. I don't have a problem with content tasks like this flooding the RC. -DJSasso (talk) 12:29, 5 January 2011 (UTC)
I agree with my colleague above. Please run this task under your main account. Since it alters the content, it will remain visable. Thank you for your hard work. Warmly, Jon@talk:~$ 13:35, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Denied. per above. Jon@talk:~$ 13:35, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Not that I really have much say, not a crat, but I think replacing the contractions is pretty uncontroversial. And when pumping out around 100 of these at a time, I can't see the bot flag doing any harm here.--Gordonrox2448 (talk) 19:25, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
    Any content editing is controversial and shouldn't be done by a bot. Frankly people here are too touchy about "flooding" RC. Until you are in the area of multiple hundreds of edits its really not a big deal to be showing up on the RC. And even then its not that big a deal. -DJSasso (talk) 20:06, 21 January 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Hazard-SJ
  • Programming language: AutoWikiBrowser
  • Function: Typo fixing using RegEx and general maintenance.
  • Description: The bot will be making edits similar to my previous AWB edits. The bot tab only opens when the account is flagged as a bot, and so, I'd like it flagged as such. It is difficult to be doing other things and manually pressing the button each time, especially when I could be doing more constructive work, like article expansion/creation etc.  Hazard-SJ  ±  01:23, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done This should absolutely not be done by a bot, I believe it even says so in the AWB documentation. RegEx typofixing and general maintenance should never be done by a bot. Do it on your account unflagged if you want to do it. -DJSasso (talk) 18:55, 1 September 2011 (UTC)


I-20the highway 23:56, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Approved for trial (25 edits). Jon@talk:~$ 12:07, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

 Comment.It may be a while for it to find broken interwiki links. I'm using -auto -cleanup -ns:0 -lang:simple for now. I-20the highway 13:11, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

  • Denied. - Not done, hasn't done the test edits not commented here again. -Barras (talk) 10:00, 24 February 2011 (UTC)


Can you explain what you mean by wordlists? -DJSasso (talk) 12:40, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Huh, why do you link the contribs to wiktionary? Crats here have no power over there. -Barras (talk) 18:47, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Denied. - Not enough input; no more comments from bot op for almost one month. -Barras (talk) 09:59, 24 February 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Hydriz
  • Programming language: Python (pywikipedia)
  • Function: To add interwiki links and tag featured articles
  • Description: This bot will add interwiki links and tag featured articles of other languages. However, this bot will do minor stuff like cleaning the sandbox.

This bot will only run on the two Simple English wikis, unless there are requests from other projects to run the bot on their wikis. Besides, this bot already has the bot flag in Simple English Wiktionary. HydrizTalkBot 10:51, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

Symbol dot dot dot.svg Comment Suggest this one isn't completed for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is no need for a bot to clean the sandbox - User:Chris G Bot has done this successfully for years. Secondly, the user has recently been involved with a number of conflicts and has had at least one proposal to ban him. Whilst I am not saying he will, we should not be handing out bot flags out to users who could potentially misuse them (And anyone near a ban or block, imo, has that potential) and cause mass disruption to the wiki. Finally, the user clearly doesn't understand our bot policies, as edits are ranging back to the tail end of last year, and yet a request for a flag has only just been asked? You're meant to ask before trial edits, not afterwards. In short? User cannot be trusted to operate a bot. Goblin 12:18, 14 February 2011 (UTC) I ♥ Pmlineditor!
 Comment. - Well, any task is to be approved by bureaucrats (excluding interwikis). This request isn't clear enough. The bot run today without approval, so it is blocked now. The approving bureaucrat may unblock the bot. As of now, not approved for the task he's done, so it shouldn't be running. -Barras (talk) 12:22, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
I won't approve it. Don't feel this user should be using a bot. And as Barras mentions this request isn't clear enough. -DJSasso (talk) 12:40, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Denied. - Per comments above. -Barras (talk) 09:58, 24 February 2011 (UTC)


  • Contributions
  • Operator: Pmlineditor
  • Programming language: Pywikipedia
  • Function: interwiki
  • Description: Add, remove and fix interwiki links. I actually did a few edits without approval much earlier, because I wanted to ensure that it worked fine, but did not actually seek approval due to my inactivity. I'll probably run this bot whenever I'm active.

--Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 11:21, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Just mentioning that I don't operate an interwiki bot anywhere else. Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 11:24, 3 February 2011 (UTC)
Just run some more test edits so I can have some recent ones to look at. Doesn't have to be too many. I am sure its good to go being the standard pywikipedia. I will flag once I take a look at them. -DJSasso (talk) 13:00, 3 February 2011 (UTC)
X mark.svg Withdrawn No time to run the bot, and there are enough iw bots anyway. Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 09:29, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Policy Discussion

There are accountability and attribution issues with permitting the TS to make logged out edits. Also, by the very nature of a flagged bot, a bot is logged in. For this I'd like to softblock the TS addresses. Best, Jon@talk:~$ 18:43, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

As by the toolserver policy, all bots run from there must be logged in, I don't see why we can't use the en:wp method en:Template:ToolserIP. While a single logged out bot edit here and there is not an issue, should a bot logout in a major batch, the flooding could be highly annoying. (talk) 06:21, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
Totally agree. The softblock method you mention above is an enforcement tool supported by Meta (Role Account), this wiki, (Role account, attribution, bot accountability), and the TS policy. Jon@talk:~$ 16:02, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
Any objections? Jon@talk:~$ 02:25, 28 December 2011 (UTC)
Agree that there is no reason not to leave the IP unblocked. The softblock serves as an effective way for developers to know if their bots are malfunctioning. Chenzw  Talk  14:45, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

Is there actually a problem being solved here instead of a potential problem? I have never seen a rash of edits from a toolserver bot in all the years I have been here. I have no specific objection...but I am a fan of less bureaucracy. -DJSasso (talk) 15:07, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Should we opt out from the automatic approval via meta? Crats here are very active and it would probably be better looking at the most recent case. That would mean that all requests for local bot flags would then only be granted here. Opinions? -Barras talk 21:24, 6 August 2012 (UTC)