User talk:SuggestBot

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If you're looking for recommendations, you have two options. Should you want to try it out just once, please go to User:SuggestBot/Requests. If you want recommendations regularly, you can add yourself to the list of SuggestBot Regulars.

Feedback on recommendations, ideas for new features, questions about how SuggestBot works, or anything else related to SuggestBot are all examples of topics welcome below. A bot moves older feedback to the archives regularly, there is also an archive in User:SuggestBot/FeedbackArchive. Thanks for stopping by to let us you what you think! Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 11:07, 25 December 2013 (UTC)


You could make the list bigger and you could look at the user's page to see if they have listed things they like. --DangerousJXD (talk) 07:34, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Documentation suggestion[edit]

Hi. I tried SuggestBot, and it did indeed find several pages that I am interested in. Thank you, this is very useful.

One suggestion I have is that the Documentation page is a bit confusing, so I had to kind of guess about the page where I should put the template code. (I added it to User:Margin1522/todo, and it worked fine.)

I think it's confusing because it doesn't explain that "Example" is an example user name. Specifically where it says "a page in your userspace (e.g. "User:Example/Suggestions") ". I think it would be clearer if we give this user a name, say MyName. The following is an example of how I think this might be done.

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This is the way SuggestBot usually works – it fetches your last few hundred edits and suggests articles that are similar and in need of improvement. To get such a set of suggestions, add the following code to the page where you want to view the suggestions:


Normally you will add the code to your user talk page. For example, if your user name is "MyName", add the code to User talk:MyName. If you have other user pages, you can add the code there. For example, you may have created a subpage called "To Do" to save a list of things you want to do on Wikipedia. In that case, you can add the code to User talk:MyName/To Do. Then the suggestions will be posted to your "To Do" page instead of your talk page.

We look for users who have added the template code at regular intervals, so you should get the suggestions fairly quickly, usually within about fifteen minutes.

-------- end example --------

One other thing, I suspect a lot of users who view this page are new and might not know what to make of the BNF explanation at the end. That was prefectly clear to me, but a new user might see that and get scared off. I wonder if it might be better to move that to the main SuggestBot page, where you explain the technical stuff.

Anyway, thanks. This is a really useful tool. --Margin1522 (talk) 09:27, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

@Margin1522: Hi, thanks for trying out SuggestBot! I was happy to hear you found it useful. Thanks also for the great suggestions to improve the documentation! I agree that not explaining the example further could be confusing and I really liked your suggested improvement, so I changed the documentation so it uses it. As you mention, the BNF is likely also confusing, it's on my mind whenever I translate the documentation as I'm not sure it's worth having there or not. I added templates to collapse the section by default for now, but I might simply delete it at some point in the future.
Thanks again for the feedback and the improvements, and I hope SuggestBot continues to be useful in the future! Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 16:06, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
@Nettrom:Hi, I looked at your version and it was better than mine. One other place where I goofed up -- if they add a subpage, most users will add it to their User page, not their talk page, right? So maybe we should change User talk:MyName/To Do to simply User:MyName/To Do. Anyway, thanks again. After I'm done working through this batch, I think I'm going to come back for more suggestions. --Margin1522 (talk) 17:08, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
@Margin1522: Ah, nice catch on the namespace issue, I think you're totally right that they're likely to not have in "User talk". Went ahead and fixed that too. Thanks again! Regards, Nettrom (talk) 17:31, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

How do I get it in this style?[edit]

I've seen variations of how SuggestBot suggests articles. One of them can be seen at this page: User:Obiwankenobi/suggest#Articles_you_might_like_to_edit.2C_from_SuggestBot_31 (No affiliation with user, just an example, and a big page btw) and the other variation is at User_talk:Tutelary/SuggestBot. How would I switch variations to maybe what Obi's got on that page? It seems it has a nicer border and a quality level and what not. Tutelary (talk) 02:31, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

@Tutelary: Hi, I'm sorry for taking so long to respond to this. The larger variant is sent to users who have subscribed to receive suggestions periodically. We can send you suggestions once a week, every two weeks, or once a month (every four weeks), and here's a link to the instructions on how to subscribe.
Besides the design, there are currently a few other differences between subscribing and using the request feature. As mentioned, subscribing has a limit on how often you get suggestions, while you can request suggestions as often as you like. Secondly the suggestions you get when subscribing are always based on your contribution history, you cannot control it by telling it which articles you are interested in (there's a thread about that above here, and it's a feature I'm interested in working on). Lastly, when you subscribe you can have it replace the suggestions instead of appending them.
I hope that helps, please let me know if you have any questions about this and I'll do my best to help! And thanks for using SuggestBot! Regards, Nettrom (talk) 16:19, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

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Commended for suggesting! The FedExitor.exe (talk) 23:59, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Redirect user talk page to author[edit]

Hi, but I suggested that this talk page is redirected to other user talk pages who have controlled this bot account. Can you clarify this section? --Allen talk 04:27, 26 September 2014 (UTC)