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The automation department of the Novels 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 Novels 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 {{NovelsWikiProject}} must be set:

{{NovelsWikiProject
|class=Stub
|auto=yes
...
}}

This populates the category automatically_assessed_novel_articles with articles so tagged, which then can be reviewed by editors. You should either confirm the "stub" as such or change the rating to a different class. Also you should make sure the "priority / importance" and other parameters are set correctly if you can.

Participants[edit]

Bot operators[edit]

  1. KevinalewisBot (talk · contribs)
  2. Grafikbot (talk · contribs)

AWB users[edit]

  1. Kevinalewis (talk · contribs)

Current tasks[edit]

Recurrent[edit]

Task Brief explanation Can be automated? # of articles involved Assigned to / last time done:
Novels WikiProject Newsletter delivery Every month, the Novels WikiProject newsletter must be delivered to all people taking part in the project (unless they choose not to receive it). Plus a few others who have requested copies. Yes ~200 Grafikbot (N/A, monthly)
Clean out Category:Uncategorised books This not always in existence category sometimes has novel articles assigned to it that need categories attached. ? Variable Can be done by any editor.

Last done by ? on ?.

Non-recurrent (assigned and pending)[edit]

Task Brief explanation Can be automated? # of articles involved # remaining Assigned to / last time done:
Category:Novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub. Yes 200+ Pending KevinalewisBot (talk · contribs)
Category:Story stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub. Yes 500+ Pending KevinalewisBot (talk · contribs)
Category:Book stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub. No 100+ Pending

Non-recurrent (unassigned)[edit]

Task Brief explanation Can be automated? # of articles involved # remaining Assigned to / last time done:
Category:American novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ?
Category:American story stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ?

Non-recurrent (completed)[edit]

Task Brief explanation Can be automated? # of articles involved # remaining Assigned to / last time done:
Category:18th century novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Outstanding
Category:19th century novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007
Category:1900s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Outstanding
Category:1910s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Outstanding
Category:1920s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007
Category:1930s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007
Category:1940s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007
Category:1950s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007
Category:1960s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007
Category:1970s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007
Category:1980s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007
Category:1990s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007
Category:2000s novel stubs All articles to be tagged and auto-assessed as Stub Yes  ? Done KevinalewisBot 23 March 2007

Proposed tasks[edit]

Please add a brief description of the proposed task below; once it has been determined that it can be safely carried out, and that there are no objections to doing so, it will be moved into the tables above.

All project members are invited to comment on these requests—particularly if they notice any problems with the proposal!


All stubs[edit]

use these to create worklists above

Waiting on work-group creation[edit]

  • War novel stubs

To be sorted[edit]

[+] Novel stubs [+] Novels by genre stubs [+] Story stubs etc.

Logs[edit]

Resources[edit]