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Purpose and operation[edit]

Created to use AWB to automate tagging articles for WP:WPBIO and WP:MILHIST. It will run manually when I have a block of time to feed it articles.


Please read these before leaving me a message.

  1. Why are you tagging talk pages with {{WPBiography}}
    So that the warning about the higher standards required of living person and active politician biographies appears (if applicable), and so that the article will appear in Category:Unassessed biography articles. This will make it easier for Wikipedia 1.0 reviewers to locate unassessed articles. Eventually all articles should have an assessment so all I'm doing is hastening the inevitable
  2. What's this class/importance thing all about anyway?
    Please see the WikiProject Council's Assessment FAQ.
  3. Why have you tagged stubs with class=Stub? Isn't Stub-Class different from a stub article?
    They serve very different purposes, yes, and we need to categorize them seperately for a variety of reasons, but in most cases a stub article is Stub-Class in Wikipedia 1.0 parlance. We'll get a few false positives (less than 10% I would imagine) but it's a small price to pay for the huge benefit of automation. Also, a false positive is likely to result in the article being destubbed and properly assessed, which might not otherwise happen.
  4. My article has been tagged with a living persons warning. Is there something wrong with my article? Am I now under pressure to remove any bias/POV?
    All living persons articles are being tagged this way, so the chances are that there's nothing wrong with the article you are working on. If indeed you've been working towards making a truthful, neutral article then thank you very much and please be assured there's no time limit as such. If you need help with a biography article, or are worried about non-neutral statements in a living persons bio, please post your questions at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Biography.
  5. A biography or military history article has been automatically tagged as "Stub class" and has a message which looks like this: {{stubclass}}. The article is better than a Stub. What do I do?
    Remove {{stubclass}} or the auto=yes parameter, and change the class= parameter to one of Start, B, A, GA or FA. A-class articles are rare, FA and GA is indicated by a template on the talk page. So, for a recently-former stub you're probably looking at a Start-class, maybe a B. The official meanings of these grades are at Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Assessment.
  6. Why do you get some false positives?
    Almost invariably because of errors or inconsistencies in categorization, although there are other causes which I'll detail in a moment.
    • Categorization errors - Some articles are incorrectly categorized. If a person is in the Politicians category they will get flagged as being part of the Politics and Government work group
    If you find any false positives please just remove them; in minor cases (article is categorized incorrectly etc etc) I don't need to know, so if you can please just fix it (and if you can't/won't I'm always happy to help). If I'm tagging any complete categories incorrectly, or something is seriously amiss, let me know or ask an admin to block the bot if it's really terrible.