Wikipedia:Bot requests

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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.

Placing from category to another category[edit]


I would like to ask for replacing all subcategories from Category:Video games developed in Japan by company to Category:Video games by Japanese company, from Category:Video games developed in the United States by company to Category:Video games by the United States company and from Category:Video games developed in the United Kingdom by company to Category:Video games by the United Kingdom company. --Bedivere.cs (talk) 22:02, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Bedivere.cs was this discussed on Cfd first? Can you provide us a link? Otherwise, you should go via WP:CfD first. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:15, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Task done. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:20, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Replace literal hard spaces with corresponding HTML entity[edit]

Per Wikipedia_talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Feature_requests/Archive_10#Replace_literal_hard_spaces_with_corresponding_HTML_entity I would like to replace hard spaces with normal spaces unless nbsp is required using AWB's logic. The list is based on a db scan to the June dump and contains ~20,000 pages. Any disagreements? -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:09, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Um.... I think that falls afoul of Wikipedia:COSMETICBOT. Please refrain from doing this without securing a positive consensus establishing the exception to the rule. Hasteur (talk) 16:28, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Hasteur, I think that is is this not more cosmetic as removing invisible characters that many bots are doing for a long time now. Since this change is instructed by Manual of Style and is not just a change for readbility is more than cosmetic. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:47, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Does it cause a difference in the visible prose you change? No? It's a cosmetic edit and therefore should not be done by itself. If the activity is done as part of some sort of bot operation, that's a different argument, but should not be done for the sake of fixing this cosmetic error. Hasteur (talk) 19:12, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
I would ask Magioladitis to rephrase the description of this bot. The description here makes it seem like the Unicode non-breaking space will usually be replaced with a normal space, but upon reading the linked post in Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Feature requests it seems that the Unicode non-breaking space will usually be replaced with the HTML entity; only if the HTML entity is invalid will it be replaced by a normal space. Jc3s5h (talk) 21:03, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Jc3s5h you are right. Please add feedback at User_talk:Magioladitis#No-break_spaces. -- Magioladitis (talk)

I receive feedback/suggestions/complains on my talk page. Feel free to raise your opinion there. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:07, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

I abandoned the idea to perform this task as a bot task for now. AWB's logic expanded to cover some of these cases. I am working manually to gather more feedback. Please post any feedback/suggestions/complains on my talk page. Thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:41, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Tagging for WikiProject Athletics[edit]

Per instructions in my bot's page, the community should be notified for mass tagging to reduce errors. Tagging for WikiProject Athletics will start in 3 days in the categories given to me by User:Sillyfolkboy, a lead member of the project. The list can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Athletics/Categories. Please report any disagreements/doubts/concerns on my talk page. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:34, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Bot to generate data for Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by number of edits[edit]

Since Toolserver went off line the page Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by number of edits is no longer being updated (Also WP:10000)

A previous request was made by WereSpielChequers [1] but not answered. However as it was for all "non-migrated" processes it may have been a bit general for someone to take on, so I thought I would re-request specifically for this job only.

I'm not sure it it helps but this configuration page was left by MZMcBride (last edited 1 November 2013‎)

Yes, its a frivolous page with stats that have little real meaning (see all the caveats) - however as with games etc, statistics and comparisons are good ways to encourage some people. When I found it via another users userbox it gave me a lift to find I was in the top 5000. Basically I think its a bit of fun that is worth fixing if we can. Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 17:17, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Marking inactive users on the list of members of a WikiProject[edit]

At various places on wikiprojects, there are some lists of members who signed up for some specific task or get involved in the project. I am thinking of a bot that could review some of these lists, check the date of the last contribution of each member, and if it is older than a year ago (say), then mark this user as inactive, either by moving him/her to a separate list, or simply add a small text after the name of the contributor. The lists on which the bot operates would be added to the bot on an individual basis (if the corresponding team is interested). The bot would not generate much traffic as the task could be performed every week, for instance, because we don't need to have a very up-to-date result.

I can write the code for this bot, but I want to check first that it hasn't been done already. What do you think? -- Pintoch (talk) 14:32, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Just a thought, but what may define inactive for one project may be very active for annother (or vice versa). If you do this you need to support a great many forms of "inactive" (Last contribution, Last edit to a page inside a related article to the project, Last discussion participated on in the project's talk page, etc.). There's also Dispenser's User Activity script that sounds like it does most of what you propose to do. Hasteur (talk) 15:17, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
@Hasteur: Thanks for the link, that's indeed very close to what I am looking for! You are right, the notion of "inactive member" is hard to define. But I think that for a start, simply considering that a user is inactive when he hasn't made a single contribution to the entire English Wikipedia would be already very useful. The users who remain active on another unrelated project might still think of removing themselves from the list. Running the User Activity script on Wikipedia:WikiProject_Computer_science/Participants rules out 128 participants. --Pintoch (talk) 16:18, 29 July 2014 (UTC)