User talk:R'n'B

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A bowl of strawberries for you![edit]

Erdbeerteller01.jpg I apologize for my silly error, and hope this bowl of strawberries will help to make amends. Thank you for your work reverting vandals, and sorry for confusing you with the original vandal. ~Adjwilley (talk) 04:12, 18 May 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! No harm done. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 10:39, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

A belated barnstar for you![edit]

Super Disambiguator's Barnstar.png The Super Disambiguator's Barnstar
The Super Disambiguator's Barnstar is awarded to the winners of the Disambiguation pages with links monthly challenge, who have gone above and beyond to remove ambiguous links. Your achievment will be recorded at the Hall of Fame.
This award is presented to R'n'B, for successfully fixing 3057 links in the challenge of January 2012. Nick Number (talk) 14:01, 20 June 2012 (UTC)


There is a current discussion about changes to the v:Wikiversity:Bots policy. As a bot operator we would welcome your input at v:Wikiversity_talk:Bots#Update. --mikeu talk 15:13, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz (disambiguation) listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz (disambiguation). Since you had some involvement with the Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz (disambiguation) redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. -- Tavix (talk) 02:09, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Merger discussion for Guanín (bronze)[edit]


An article that you have been involved in editing—Guanín (bronze) —has been proposed for merging with another article. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. Anomalocaris (talk) 21:03, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Automatic category-redirect moves[edit]

Hi, I'm wondering if RussBot, or any bot, automatically moves pages that are accidentally placed into a category-#redirect into their target category, kind of similar to this? (although Category:Main-belt asteroids has no category-#redirects at the moment, but it still functions) I'm creating some categories and will base my decisions off of the answer to this question. Thanks!   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  17:47, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Yes. As the diff you linked to indicates, RussBot will move a page that has been placed in a redirected category into the category that is the target of the redirect. Category:Main Belt asteroids is indeed a redirect (it contains the {{Category redirect}} template). (The "dispenser" tool you linked to is looking for hard redirects, which aren't used in the category namespace.) You should note, however, that the bot is designed (as you suggested) for accidental miscategorizations; it contains various delays and throttles so that it is not a substitute for using the WP:CFD process for massive category renamings. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 18:52, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
Thank you :)   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  19:22, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

RussBot re-creating deleted category[edit]

Hi, I noticed that RussBot re-created a category redirect page a few minutes after I deleted it as unnecessary: see

Is this intentional? – Fayenatic London 08:31, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

No, it's not intentional. It's effectively a race condition. The bot loads a list of categories with redirect templates, then processes it; you must have deleted the category after the list was loaded but before it reached this item. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 11:33, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
"Processes it"? Is it seeking to deal with any contents in the category, for which it needs the redirect to exist? Well, I guess I can just ignore it. I noticed that you picked up a similar one shortly afterwards – thanks. – Fayenatic London 12:24, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
To be more specific, the bot touches each category redirect, so that if the page was in Category:Wikipedia non-empty soft redirected categories or a similar maintenance category before the bot ran, it will be cleared out. That requires saving the category page, which results in creation if the page has been deleted in the meantime. I will take a look at the code to see if it's possible to prevent this. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 14:19, 12 February 2016 (UTC)