User:FrescoBot/Details

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Bot details

Here are some details and links about FrescoBot major tasks. If you have any doubt or suggestion you can contact me at User talk:Basilicofresco.

Commons-related[edit]

Task 6 and Task 8: the bot analyzes selected articles, checks a matching target on Commons and then add the proper Commons template. This of course helps editors to find out new pictures, but these links are also precious to readers, non-English editors and bots.

Link-related[edit]

Syntax[edit]

Task 2 and Task 7: it fixes a lot of different syntax problems within wikilink and external links, included few non-trivial wrong spacing typos around links. Here is the exceptions list. It also removes misplaced invisible LTR marks within wikilinks, category links and image links. I wish to use a more informative edit summary, but as you can see these regex fix a pretty large number of different syntax/spacing problems: this approach helps to keep as low as possible the number of edits. If you wonder why it is so important to clean syntax on Wikipedia take a look at Wikipedia:WikiProject Check Wikipedia.

Broken links[edit]

Task 3 and Task 4: the bot checks and tries to fix broken links to sections. It looks for case mismatch and spelling variations. This is an important task because even a simple case mismatch can break a section wikilink and these broken links will appear blue and not red. Please note that case mismatches do not break the section wikilink only with Internet Explorer.

Link specificity[edit]

With Task 12 the bot tries to improve, where possible without human intervention, the link specificity. Actually it is just enforcing Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Linking#Link specificity, Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Linking#Link clarity and intuitiveness in piped links.

References related[edit]

These tasks are directly related to Reference section.

  • Task 9 removes any unnecessary asterisk in front of {{reflist}} templates, reflist synonyms and <references/> tags.
  • Task 10: if footnotes tags (e.g. <references/>) or templates (e.g. {{reflist}}) are found within the "External links" section and a "Reference" section does not exist, then a new "Reference" section is created and these tags are moved there.

Gallery problems[edit]

FrescoBot is fixing several problems also within image galleries.As usual I try to fix in one single edit many different problems.

  • Syntax issues
    • images inserted in the gallery with standard markup using square brackets (eg. [1], [2])
    • nonexistent parameters like thumb, left, right, upright, size, etc. File:Imagename.jpg|left|Description --> File:Imagename.jpg|Description (example)
    • empty and completely redundant gallery tags like <gallery></gallery><gallery>... --> <gallery>... (example)
    • multiple pipe characters after the filename [3]
    • missing pipe character after the filename [4]
    • captions as image parameters and therefore not visible [5]
    • categories mistakenly inserted in dummy galleries [6]
  • HTML tags problems
    • tags not closed [7] [8]
    • pointless br tags at the end of the line [9]
    • center tags without any content [10]
    • center tags around galleries in packed mode [11]
    • closing tags without the open tag [12] [13]
    • other less common problems with tags
  • Dummy caption: it will blank common dummy captions (eg. Add caption here) [14] [15]
  • Duplicate images in the same gallery with the same description [16], [17]
  • Nonexistent images
    • lines without any valid image name (like [18], [19], [20])
    • before removing any suspect invalid image the bot will check for the existence of the file [21]
    • if the file apparently does not exist then it will try to fix some common mistakes like a missing/extra | at the end/beginning of the filename [22] [23]
  • Invisibile characters
    • invisible LTR (U+200E) and RTL (U+200F) marks in the filename area (completely useless) [24]
    • other invisible control characters (from U+2027 to U+202F) in the filename area (completely useless)
  • unexpanded special strings
    • unexpanded user signatures (3 or more tildes within the galleries) [25]
    • unexpanded magic words [26]