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.



Replacing toolserver functions[edit]

With the Toolserver now dead, various non-migrated processes have now stopped, WP:EDITS being an example. Would anyone be willing to take them over? ϢereSpielChequers 22:52, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

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)

SuggestBot for articles you choose[edit]

I would like to request a bot like SuggestBot but the user can request articles so they can easily compare a set of articles. NickGibson3900 (Talk - Cont.) 03:58, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Category:K League players[edit]

K League, The top division of South Korea, was renamed K League Classic in 2013 and now K League commonly means all professional leagues in Korea including first division K League Classic and second division K League Challenge, not specific a league. In other words, 'K League Classic players' include 'K League players' because two leagues are not different, just renamed. So all pages under Category:K League players should be moved to Category:K League Classic players.--z4617925 (talk) 01:29, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

@Z4617925: Once this is done, Category:K League players would have no entries. Should a change be made to the category structure so the empty category could be deleted? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 14:41, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: Yes, Category:K League players should be deleted after all pages in the category are moved to Category:K League Classic players.--z4617925 (talk) 01:56, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
@Z4617925: Once the category is deleted, are there any other changes needed to the category structure? Also, could you please provide a link to the discussion where consensus was formed to make this change? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 02:22, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Replace literal hard spaces with corresponding HTML entity[edit]

Per Wikipedia_talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Feature_requests#Add_to_Gen_Fixes:_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)