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This is a page for requesting work to be done by bots per the bot policy. This is an appropriate place to simply put ideas for bots. If you need a piece of software written for a specific article you may get a faster response time at the computer help desk. You might also check Wikipedia:Bots/Status to see if the bot you are looking for already exists, in which case you can contact the operator directly on his or her talkpage.

If you have a question about one particular bot, it should be directed to the bot owner's talk page or to the Bot Owners' Noticeboard. If a bot is acting improperly, a note about that should be posted to the owner's talk page and to the Administrators' Noticeboard. A link to such a posting may be posted at the Bot Owners' Noticeboard.

If you are a bot operator and you complete a request, note what you did, and archive it. {{BOTREQ}} can be used to give common responses, and to make it easier to see at-a-glance what the response is.

There are a number of common requests which are regularly denied, either because they are too complicated to program, or do not have consensus from the Wikipedia community. Please see Wikipedia:Bots/Frequently denied bots for a list of such requests, and ensure that your idea is not among them.

If you are requesting that a bot be used to add a WikiProject banner to the talkpages of all articles in a particular category or its subcategories, please be very careful to check the category tree for any unwanted subcategories. It is best to give a complete list of categories that should be worked through individually, rather than one category to be analyzed recursively. Compare the difference between a recursive list and a properly vetted one.



Adminbot for titleblacklisted page creation[edit]

When two Regional Indicator Symbols are combined to form a country code, some mobile devices interpret the letters by displaying the flag of the country in question. We've already created several of these combinations as redirects to the flag article, e.g. 🇷🇺 redirects Flag of Russia. Robin0van0der0vliet has proposed that all country codes be created for this purpose (full list), and while I've created 🇳🇱 and would like to do the rest, all those page creations would take quite a while for a human. Could someone write a bot to do it? Titles that include Regional Indicator Symbols are blacklisted, so you'll need an adminbot to do this project. I've already looked through the full list and can't see any entries that I wouldn't be willing to create. Nyttend (talk) 02:39, 10 January 2015 (UTC)

Or a bot with templateeditor, like AnomieBOT II. Is there consensus somewhere that all these redirects should be created? Anomie 16:55, 10 January 2015 (UTC)
There's not been a specific discussion for having a bot do it, but we have a small agreement in the relevant section of WP:AN, "Redirects for ALL emoji flags". Nyttend (talk) 00:30, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
Not much there. Mass page creation has a fairly high bar since the "anybot" mess a few years ago, so I'd rather see an attempt at getting consensus at WP:VPR. If there's consensus, I can have AnomieBOT II do it. Anomie 11:20, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
I proposed it on the village pump 4 days ago. Still 1 comment, who agrees. Robin0van0der0vliet (talk) (contributions) 16:59, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Assuming no one comes along to object before it gets archived, I'll look at having AnomieBOT II do the creations. Anomie 17:33, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Symbol wait.svg BRFA filed Anomie 17:21, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Recategorization task[edit]

May a bot be scheduled to move all those pages whose names include (case-insensitive) "Labelled Map" or "Labeled Map" from the categories Category:Graphic templates and Category:Graphics templates to Category:Labelled map templates, please?
Sardanaphalus (talk) 12:11, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

If you take your proposal to WP:CFD then a bot will process if your proposal is agreed. It's best to avoid using bots to recategorise outside that process. BencherliteTalk 12:42, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks for your response. The task, though, isn't renaming/merging/deleting a category but recategorizing many of – but not all – the pages within it. Should I post my request there nonetheless..? Sardanaphalus (talk) 11:34, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Update: It looks like Spiderjerky (talk · contribs) has taken on and completed this task – thank you, Spiderjerky! Sardanaphalus (talk) 19:06, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

FindArticles.com[edit]

FindArticles.com used to be (I believe) a large aggregator of magazine articles from a variety of publications. We have a substantial number of articles linking to the original site - either to individual articles which were hosted at the site, or to generic "find articles by this person" searches (eg this removal) - I count around 17000 links in the main namespace, almost all of which are specific article links.

Unfortunately, it looks like the entire site now redirects to search.com, an obscure but not very useful search engine, and this material is completely gone; the links just provide traffic to a commercial search engine. Every one of these will need converted to archive.org links/plain-text magazine citations, or (for the few search links) simply removed outright. Does a bot exist that can do this? Andrew Gray (talk) 18:41, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

@Andrew Gray: It seems that archive.org doesn't have any findarticles.com pages archived - it shows "Page cannot be crawled or displayed due to robots.txt." Is there another site that might have some pages archived? GoingBatty (talk) 03:01, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
That's demoralising - I have a horrible feeling that's the new owners, too. Nothing I can think of. Andrew Gray (talk) 21:02, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Dates - abbreviated months[edit]

There was an RFC last year on the use of date abbreviations, that closed in April 2014, the result was not to allow Sept as an abbreviation for September and also not to use full stops following the abbreviated month names. See RFC detail.

Could a BOT implement this as there seems to still be articles that fail to meet this change to the MOS. Probably could continue to run on a periodic basis to catch new non-compliances.

Detail would be to change dates that use Sept to Sep and to remove the full stop following a shortened month, assuming it is not at the end of a sentence. Though if in running text then Sept should be expanded to September and other months expanded as appropriate, as short months are not allowed in running text. Obviously the BOT should avoid quotes and reference titles when doing this.

Keith D (talk) 22:41, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Keith D: This seems like a perfectly viable bot, and I would be happy to work on this. I can set something up that will periodically find and replace what you have said, with the listed exceptions. I'll try to develop it at the weekend, ready to BRfA. Rcsprinter123 (witter) @ 23:30, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Many thanks, will keep an eye open for progress. Keith D (talk) 01:17, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
FYI, BattyBot task 25 already performs fixes for month abbreviations, along with other date formatting errors, in citation templates. It runs about once a month on articles in the CS1 date error category.
The proposed bot should also avoid "fixing" the word "sept" (also terms like Cégep de Sept-Îles and Sept-Rivières Regional County Municipality) when it is not an abbreviation for September. It should also avoid proper nouns like Live from the UK Sept./2006. Be careful out there. – Jonesey95 (talk) 03:09, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Further to the above, it should also avoid editing quoted material and titles of works. I can't see how a bot can do this task safely, Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:23, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
I agree with Pigsonthewing that quotes and titles cannot be reliably identified, so this bot cannot be reliable. Furthermore, I believe it falls under the restrictions in the WP:COSMETICBOT section of the "WP:Bot policy" Jc3s5h (talk) 15:54, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
Some good points have been made above, so I withdraw my offer to develop this bot. Rcsprinter123 (quip) @ 16:06, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

BTCBot[edit]

Hello! I have a splendid idea for a good bot. I need code (probably in Python) so that there will be a bot that updates the BTC Price, on the article Bitcoin. I just put that part in the article, and I was wondering if that would be a good idea for a bot. I am ready to create another account so I can implement this bot in place when it is approved at BRFA. Let me know what you think. Yoshi24517Chat Absent 17:15, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Yoshi24517 Gut reaction, this seems like a bad idea as the BTC value values wildly throughout the day and that means many unnecessary micro-edits to the page to update how much a BTC is worth compared to real world currency. I note that other similar articles such as New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and Japan Exchange Group don't list the closing price on their page. Keeping in mind that we're supposed to provide secondary information about the concept of the subject and not exacting details, I'd be opposed to this bot. Hasteur (talk) 14:37, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I agree with Hasteur. There are thousands of stock exchanges, indices, publicly traded companies, and currencies. Updating prices for them all on a daily, or even weekly basis would be a waste of resources, as short-term fluctuations in prices are mostly random noise. Doing it quarterly or annually might be useful. But it seems silly to do it for just one article and doing it for all the potential thousands would need a wider debate. Also, it's generally better for the person who writes the bot to run it. Mr.Z-man 16:38, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Task force tagging (ants)[edit]

Hi! I would like to request User:Yobot or any other bot to tag all ant-related articles with Template:WPINSECTS. I've notified WikiProject Insects about this request and estimate that this run involves about 1800 pages excluding redirects.

  • What to do:
    • Add or expand {{WikiProject Insects|class=|importance=|ants=yes|ants-priority=}} to the listed categories
    • If possible, auto assess stubs

I am aware that "including all subcategories" requests goes against Yobot's rules, but there should not be any "oops I forgot to exclude that category" moments here as all member pages of Category:Ant taxonomy are taxa or list of taxa (and I've spent quite some time expanding/managing these categories). If the bot owner still prefer a 100% no-oopises list, I'll expand this list with the about 30 remaining subcategories.

Thanks in advance, jonkerztalk 16:03, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

n.b. as the sandbox presently stands, it will be |ants-importance= not |ants-priority= as shown above. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:48, 26 January 2015 (UTC)