User:CommonsNotificationBot

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CommonsNotificationBot
This user is a bot
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BOT CommonsNotification (r97) is offline as of 2012-06-26 17:50
DEV CommonsNotification (dev) is offline as of 2011-08-24 11:31
Operator ErrantX (t)
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Approved?

Initial Approval

Task Extension Approval
Flagged? No
Task(s) Monitoring Commons for image deletions
Edit rate Various
Edit period(s) Constant
Automatic or manual? Automatic
Programming language(s) Python
Exclusion compliant? No
Source code published? found here
Emergency shutoff-compliant? Yes


CommonsNotificationBot is a bot designed to inform Wikipedia users of actions occurring on Wikimedia Commons, such as deletions. These can impact heavily on Wikipedia articles (either through the deletion of widely used images or by leaving articles with dead images). There is no established process for Commons admins (who are stretched anyway) to notify projects using images being deleted, an action that can have significant impact here.

The initial functionality is very basic; it watches for certain deletion related events and tries to inform people with the ability to fix any potential issues (like, replacing the image or performing a local redirect).

As of August 2011 the bot also runs across English Wikipedia file deletion categories.

What does the Bot watch for?[edit]

Current CommonsNotification bot checks for:

Where does the Bot place notifications?[edit]

For nominations:

  • If the image is used on less than 50 articles and less than 75 pages in total then a notification will be placed on the talk page of all articles containing the image (note: a notification will not be placed on any non-article talk pages).
  • If the image is used on more than 50 articles or more than 75 pages in total then a notification will be placed only on WP:VPM.

For deletions:

  • Logs to Wikipedia:Commons Deletions
  • If the image is used on more than 50 articles or more than 75 pages in total then a notification will be placed only on WP:VPM.

What should I do?[edit]

If the bot has placed a notice on an article talk page you are watching there are a number of things you could do...

If the image has been deleted
  • Remove the deleted image reference from the article text (this may already have been done by another bot)
  • Find a new image to replace the deleted one
If the image has been nominated for speedy deletion
  • If you think the CSD has not been met (note: Commons CSD is different to ours here) contest the deletion
  • Otherwise try to find a replacement image
If the image has been flagged on the Village Pump or Administrators Noticeboard
  • Check for the type of usage in articles (from my current testing it looks like it is mostly images used in infoboxes have this level of usage)
  • If the deletion of the image will cause a problem, try to fix it:
    • Using a local redirect
    • My modifying the usage of the image (i.e. in the infobox example) to use a different file
    • Contact someone at commons to delay deletion or work out a plan to overcome issues with the deletion

A note on Commons CSD[edit]

The Speedy deletion process on Wikimedia Commons is a slower process to that on Wikipedia. It can take up to several days for a speedy deletion request to be fulfilled. So there is no rush to remove or replace images when they are nominated. You have time to find a placement.

Bot changelog[edit]

Key

  • b=beta
  • r=release
  • Crystal Clear action run approved.svg=production bot
  • Crystal Clear question bot.svg=development bot
  • Crystal Clear action run.svg=future/proposed
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg b00 2011-05-04 - First release for trial run.
  • Checks for deletions and speedy nominations
  • Posts notifications to article talk & central locations
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg b52 2011-05-06 - Major code clean up
  • Added a test/development mode ticket
  • Fixed a number of bugs
  • A full fix for the ongoing encoded chars problem ticket
  • Introducing botconfig.py
  • Only places notifications on talk pages if it thinks none already exists
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg b52a 2011-05-08 - Bot no longer places deletion notifications on article talk pages, per discussion (quick fix to get things working while dev is ongoing)
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg b65 2011-05-09 - New tracking & tweaks based on feedback
  • Bot status page (to show online/offline status of production/development bots)
  • Cleaner tracking of locally uploaded files
  • Added a check to make sure all image revisions were deleted at commons (request) ticket
  • Added a new way to track processed images (mostly for when the bot restarts) using a seperate machine-readable page rather than the human-readable log
  • Bot no longer notifies article talk pages upon deletion of images - instead it will only centrally notify about widely used images (per request) ticket
  • Add notifo notifications to Bot operator when it crashes ticket
  • Bot tries to "fail gracefully" and update the status page on crashing ticket
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg r71 2011-05-16 - Bot tweaked & approved
  • Changed username to CommonsNotificationBot
  • Expanded checked categories slightly for "production" version
  • No longer notifies WP:AN per request.
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg r71a 2011-05-17 - Temporarily disabling monitoring of CSD Flickr categories due to strange behaviour of the Commons Flickr bot
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg r73 2011-05-26 - Expand what the bot tracks
  • Bot now tracks deletion requests on commons (ticket)
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg r78 2011-05-31 - Some fixes and improvements to reduce the amount of edits made
  • Fixed a minor error on the /log page where the = symbol in URI's broke the template display (ticket)
  • Store the tracking log locally, only save it on-wiki hourly (to reduce user space edits) (ticket)
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg r79 2011-06-01 - Tweaks & bug fix
  • Fixed a bug where the tracking log was not clearing old entries.. and grew and grew! (ticket)
  • Increase tracking log save time to every 2 hrs
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg r82 2011-06-29 - Tracking unsourced
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg r91 2011-08-22 - Expanded functionality
  • Improved edit summary (ticket)
  • Monitor English Wikipedia file CSD categories (ticket, BRFA)
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg r92 2011-08-24 - Consolidated Notifications
  • A "messy hack" to let the bot consolidate multiple notifications on some pages (ticket)
Crystal Clear action run approved.svg r97 2011-11-30 - Bug fixes
  • Enable multi/condensed notifications for commons as well (ticket)
  • Fixing issue with templates in tracking log (ticket)