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What is rambot?
What is the name of the bot?
There is a problem with the bot. How do I block it?
Is your bot slowing down Wikipedia?
Can I have the source code to your bot?
I hate bots, what do I do?
How do we know the geographic data is accurate or correct?
What good are these articles? They are just gazetteer entries and not encyclopedia articles. There is also too high of a percentage of these articles. We want variety!
My favorite city XXX is missing, where is it?
If we're interested in adding further information about a city or town to its article, will the updates by the bot delete what we've added?
Some of the cities are just neighborhoods and not really cities
Where did all the bot entries go from Recent Changes?
The rambot screwed up an accented character or some other character. What's up with that?
There is a duplicate article on X
Are the rambot entries available under alternate licenses?
How many county and city entries are in the rambot's database?
Undoing damage (false zeros)
I posted this some time ago on Wikipedia:Bot requests and someone has pointed out what should have been obvious—that I should bring it up with you.
In all the demographics for U.S. census places, the information is cluttered up by useless false precision of the numbers. All of the marked zeros in this example below are useless, misleading information.
Gene Nygaard 05:32, 24 Feb 2005 (UTC)
Hey, thanks for getting these external links templates onto US city pages. I have a small suggestion: use different scale templates for different size cities. We have a series of templates in addition to geolinks-US-cityscale including geolinks-US-hoodscale which might be appropriate for small towns, and geolinks-US-countyscale which might be appropriate for metropolises. It would probably be easy for you to deal with this using the city area info you are already deriving from the census? --Chinasaur 09:16, 16 Apr 2005 (UTC)
I was wondering if your bot can add the taxoboxes on all US City articles... like the example at the bottom of the page of Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities... maybe fill in some of the information while it's at it? -- AllyUnion (talk) 05:58, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC)
One of the statistics paragraphs in this article is truncated:
all of the Rambot articles should have this at the top:
Problems with Vermont
There exist separate pages at Rutland, Vermont, Rutland (town), Vermont and Rutland City, Vermont. Rutland (city), Vermont also existed until it was redirected. If anything the city should be at Rutland, Vermont. The numbers are also slightly different - any ideas why? --SPUI (talk) 01:36, 13 July 2005 (UTC)
Stupid 0.01% statistics
Rambot not only has "Problems with Vermont", but with ALL villages less than some 1000 inhabitants. The statistic decimal figures have no sense at populations less than 100. The term "City" should not be used for small places - or at least be checked by political data.
If this is not possible, the program of RAMBOT should be changed and omit 1-2 decimal figures behind the decimal point at small cities: e.g. to 0.1% when population is less than 5000 (resp. the area is smaller than 20.0 km²), and just to 1% when less than 500 persons (or smaller than 1 km² ; personal data are changing much more quicker than areas of communities).
As an example, I have changed the false data of Beardsley, Minnesota (population 262):
Additionally such small „cities“ should not included in the Category:Cities in Minnesota, resp. in the Category of the relevant state.
Other incorrect data like "For every 100 females there are 88.5 males" should be changed likewise. If just one boy is born (I think this will be the case within 2-3 years) or 1 girl will marriage to the neighbouring village, the relation will change to 100 : 89.2 , and in both cases to 90%. --Geof 06:01, 18 July 2005 (UTC) that is nice
Are versions of Rambot at work in non-English Wikipedias? Almafeta 17:28, 22 July 2005 (UTC)
I would like to have Rambot"tage" in Nepal Bhasa wikipedia. What do I do?--Eukesh 17:28, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
Possible New Article for West New York'o philes
A prominent newspaper editor who worked for papers like the New York Daily Mirror named Philip A. Payne lived in West New York, according to an article in the Jan. 29, 2006 Union City Reporter (which I assume was also printed in the Hudson Reporter's other area papers.) There is no article on him as of now, and I have other article I wish to work on, so as a suggestion, if anyone wants to make a one on him, and you want the article as reference, you can see it in full at: http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/9012/philippaynearticle7hw.jpg. I'm sending this message to more than one Wikipedian that I saw on the History page for the West New York article, so you don't have to respond to me about this. You can also begin a section on Noteworthy Residents for that city's page (as I did for Union City), and place him in there. Nightscream 00:10, 1 February 2006 (UTC)
Township naming conventions
A couple quick points regarding township articles:
Huw 13:21, 26 February 2006 (UTC)
Problems with U.S. county articles
Most of the county articles created by Rambot include the line "Census-recognised communities" instead of "Census-recognized communities" (which is the typical U.S. spelling). As the articles should all be in American English... could you add this to the bot's long, long, long to-do list, please? I'm taking care of the Washington counties, but I think the rest may be a bit too much. Matt Yeager ♫ (Talk?) 06:06, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Magic:The Gathering card
Howdy! In honour of the prodigious quantity of articles submitted and modified by this bot over its lifetime, I award Rambot with its own Magic: the Gathering-style trading card. Feel free to do whatever you want with it, and keep up the good work! :) GeeJo (t)⁄(c) • 20:00, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
Can Rambot do for Canada what it has done for the United States? I'm sure articles such as Orono, Ontario would benefit greatly from whatever facts and statistics Rambot could fetch and add. NeonMerlin 03:01, 16 August 2006 (UTC)
There may be copyright problems with Canadian statistics. Statistics Canada's Copyright / permission to reproduce page says, "Reproduction of free information on this site, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution is prohibited except with written permission from the Statistics Canada Copyright Administrator". In other words, the data can be used freely for non-commercial reproduction only, which is unacceptable for Wikipedia. 220.127.116.11 14:35, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Other possible uses of Rambot
I see here people have suggested Rambot doing the same thing it has done for U.S. towns with towns in other countries, and U.S. towns on other Wikipedias. I think that's a good idea, and was wondering if it could be taken yet a step further.
As I see it, Rambot's taking a set of information from an external source (U.S. census data), organizing it to fit a pre-defined format, and sticking it on Wikipedia. So, why does it have to be limited to towns? Why can't it input, say, the winners of awards shows by year? (See the various "Dove Awards of ____" articles, like Dove Awards of 2004 and Dove Awards of 2005 for examples of what I'm talking about. Going back and filling them all in from sometime in the 1960s onwards would be tedious.) Or anything that's just a list of pre-defined data from an external source, really.
- Good idea, that would help making articles for... pretty much every other place in the word, which would make Wikipedia the only site to do this. --escondites 19:26, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
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|To Rambot, on the occasion of Minneapolis, Minnesota reaching featured article. -Susanlesch 21:52, 1 July 2007 (UTC)|
Coordinate false precision
The Industry, California article claims to give the city's coordinates to the nearest second. Per WP:GEO#Precision, this is too precise for an area of 30.80 km2. May we please have the seconds removed, and coordinates given only to the nearest minute, for all cities and regions whose area is listed in an infobox and is less than, say, 4 km2 (1.5 mi2) times the cosine of the latitude? 06:56, 22 March 2010 (UTC)
UN/LOCODE:USNYC listed at Redirects for discussion
An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect UN/LOCODE:USNYC. Since you had some involvement with the UN/LOCODE:USNYC redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion (if you have not already done so). Epicgenius(talk to me • see my contributions) 17:22, 12 June 2013 (UTC)
Estimation of unique geographical names
Could Rambot possibly give an exact number or estimation of the number of unique place names in the United States? I want to know how many counties and places are the only ones with that particular name.--Prisencolinensinainciusol (talk) 23:04, 10 June 2015 (UTC)
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