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SmackBot - Big diffs[edit]

Hi, Rich. Your generally cool bot's edit: is not incorrect, but the diff is unnecessarily huge. Is that a bug? What are you doing? Changing spacing? (Or is there a bug in the diff viewer itself?) -- (talk) 19:12, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

The tiny changes are part of the WP:AWB "General fixs", which is removing spaces between "." and refs, quite correctly, if a little pedantically. It is a fine question as to what should be included in General Fixes, and what not to, but on balance I think the developers have it more or less correct, and I chose to have General Fixes turned on (generally) for three reasons, firstly to get the most value from each edit, secondly to make other edits looking for GF problems unnecessary, and thirdly because of the number of AWB edits occurring it's likely articles will get a GF hit at some point, and this reduces the chance of big diffs. Having said that, there have been GF's in the past that have caused me to turn GF off for longish periods. Rich Farmbrough, 09:52 1 February 2008 (GMT).