Wikipedia:WikiProject Hinduism/Automation

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The automation department of the Hinduism WikiProject uses various automated and semi-automated methods to perform batch tasks that would be extremely tedious to do manually; it collects requests for tasks, discusses whether they are suitable for automation, and attempts to match them with bot operators or users of semi-automated tools for implementation. All project members are invited to request tasks and to comment on the suitability of outstanding requests.

What is automation for?[edit]

The current scope of the Hinduism WikiProject is enormous and covers thousands of articles. These articles must be tagged, their infoboxes replaced or deprecated, and so forth. Given the sheer number of articles, it is quite tedious to do these things by hand; therefore, various automated or semi-automated processes must be set up to perform these maintenance tasks.

How to help?[edit]

Depending on the nature of the task, it can be either completely automated and run by a bot, or semi-automated via AWB, requiring a user's decision to whether or not implement the changes. Indeed, in order to minimize false positives, some of the operations should be performed by hand.

Rules of thumb:

  • If you don't have a bot, don't take up a task that can be automated and involves a great number of articles - you will lose precious time pressing Ctrl-S in AWB.
  • Don't create your own bot if there is no need to - a few bots will probably be more than enough.
  • Don't assign yourself a task if you don't have time for it.
  • If you can only do a part of a task, once finished, update the number of articles remaining, and move it back to unassigned.
  • If the task is semi-automated only, it is because there are numerous false positives, so check every article before saving.
  • Don't forget to uncheck "ignore unexisting pages" in AWB's "Set options" tab when dealing with talk pages!
  • If you want to help, look at the list of unassigned tasks below, assign it to yourself by adding your name to the appropriate column, and start kickin' :)
  • Once completed, put this fact in a visible manner somewhere in the list.

What is a task?[edit]

A task is a maintenance operation that can be executed on a precise set of articles. It can be identified by several parameters:

  • Its name
  • A description of the initial set of articles on which the operation must be performed and of the unitary operation itself, along with conditional parameters. The initial set can be:
    • A category
    • A list of pages transcluding a template
  • Whether or not it can be automated (see above)
  • The number of articles in the initial set

Note: "non-recurrent" tasks should actually be reperformed once every few months, to take into account new articles created on the subject. However, moving a finished non-recurrent task back to unassigned will be done at discretion of the project coordinators.

General notes[edit]

When a task involves tagging articles from a stub tag and automatically rating them as "Stub-Class", the auto parameter in {{WikiProject Hinduism}} must be set:

{{WikiProject Hinduism
|class=Stub
|auto=yes
...
}}

Participants[edit]

Bots and operators[edit]

Bot Operator
LostBot (talk · contribs · logs) Lostintherush

Current tasks[edit]



Non-recurrent (unassigned)[edit]

Task Brief explanation Can be automated? # of articles involved # remaining Assigned to / last time done:
Category:Hindu deities and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed -- Lost(talk) 10:56, 21 November 2006 (UTC)
Category:Hindu mythology stubs and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed -- Lost(talk) 14:27, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
Category:Hindu astronomy and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed -- Lost(talk) 15:33, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
Category:Hindu festivals and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed -- Lost(talk) 18:02, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
Category:Hinduism by country and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed -- Lost(talk) 18:02, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
Category:Hindu religious clothing and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed — Lost(talk) 05:23, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
Category:Hindu pilgrimage sites and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed — Lost(talk) 05:19, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
Category:Hindu temples and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed — Lost(talk) 05:19, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
Category:Shaktism and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed — Lost(talk) 05:19, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
Category:Shaivism and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed — Lost(talk) 05:19, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
Category:Vaishnavism and subcats tagging with WP Hinduism Yes Completed — Lost(talk) 10:00, 2 December 2006 (UTC)