User talk:Rick Block

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If you're here to respond to a comment I posted on your talk page, feel free to reply on your talk page (so the question and answer are together). I ALWAYS watch talk pages I've posted comments to for a while. If you leave me a message, I'll respond here unless you ask me not to.

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Not mentioned as nominator[edit]

Hello Rick Block! Could you please help? I only just noticed that the feature article Tintin in Tibet that I nominated and ensured promoted has not shown anyone as the nominator here Wikipedia:Featured articles promoted in 2014#Promoted in September 2014, even though I am the primary nominator and I also invited my fellow editor Midnightblueowl to share the credit. Can you help us both receive our additional star for this article on Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by featured article nominations? Maybe I messed things up by adding a second person as nominator. Thanks so much! Cheers. Prhartcom (talk) 17:02, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

This edit will do the trick. The bot didn't know how to deal with {{usert}} (it should know now). -- Rick Block (talk) 05:29, 1 January 2015 (UTC)


Was there a reason the bot did this? Thanks - SchroCat (talk) 09:01, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

The list was deleted from WP:FL, here. -- Rick Block (talk) 19:23, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
That would explain it, although the deletion was by a vandal in this instance. I've undone the strikeout. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 19:45, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Problem with old FLC set[edit]

Hi. Hope you're well. There was an old set of universities of Canada series which were separately named based on their province or area which now all redirect to universities of Canada. I changed the names of the lists back to their original names when promoted so we wouldn't have the nonsense of five or so former featured lists all called "universities of Canada" but was reverted by the bot. [[1]] Any way of rectifying it? Cowlibob (talk) 19:48, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

List of admins[edit]

This edit by Rick Bot broke the list of admins page. Guettarda (talk) 19:54, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

MfD nomination of Wikipedia:List of administrator hopefuls[edit]

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User:Rick Bot and Wikipedia:List of administrators[edit]

Rick Bot seems to have gotten confused somehow. Yesterday, it reported 596 active admins [2]. Today, it's reporting 447 active admins [3]. That's an enormous, unprecedented (by more than one order of magnitude) drop. Something's not working right... --Hammersoft (talk) 16:23, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

The bot fetches the current list of admins every time it runs. Today it only got a partial list (apparently only the first 1000). My guess is it will be fine tomorrow but I'll keep an eye on it. Thanks for letting me know. -- Rick Block (talk) 04:01, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Rick_Bot down[edit]

user:Rick_Bot is not currently working. I'm attempting to figure out why and will fix it as soon as I can. -- Rick Block (talk) 16:01, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

It's working again. If anyone notices any problems, please let me know. -- Rick Block (talk) 21:39, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Archive debates/2015 January index[edit]

Is it possible to run Rick Bot to index January 2015 CFD discussions? I'm not sure of the proper procedure I just noticed that December, February and March were indexed but not January. Liz Read! Talk! 10:02, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Sure. It waits until it thinks all the discussions are closed. If this takes more than a few weeks after the end of the month (or if it's confused about whether discussions are closed or not), a month might get skipped. I'll run it manually to create the January index. -- Rick Block (talk) 16:12, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Rick! I imagine it's confusing to the bot as it did index March but there is still (4+ months later) one discussion that hasn't been closed yet. I've been working at CfD on and off for two years and this is the first time I've come across the indexes but it's nice to know all of the information is in one place. Thank you again for your bot. Liz Read! Talk! 18:25, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Rick Bot question[edit]

Hello Rick Block! Random question here – how hard would it be to get Rick Bot to track Good articles, and update the WP:List of Wikipedians by Good Articles page, in the same way it already tracks Featured articles?... Just randomly curious. Thanks in advance! --IJBall (contribstalk) 22:37, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

There was some discussion about this quite a while ago, see Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Good articles/Newsletter#Automating Good Article contribution recognition. Things are somewhat different now (the WBFAN updates are now completely automated, and I've abandoned the DYK archives), but the brief answer is still that it would take more time than I have available. I don't know if anyone ever pursued this at WP:BOTREQ. You could search the archives there if you're interested. -- Rick Block (talk) 15:22, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
Interesting. Thanks for the answer! I might pursue this further on my end, if I have time... --IJBall (contribstalk) 04:36, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

List of Wikipedians by number of Featured list nominations[edit]

Hi there,

You forgot to add a star by my name Birdienest81 denoting that I promoted the 73rd Academy Awards to a featured list.

--Birdienest81 (talk) 21:24, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
The bot has occasional glitches. This edit will do the trick. The star should show up tomorrow. -- Rick Block (talk) 05:51, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:List of administrators and Rick Bot[edit]

Yesterday, Rick Bot reported 575 active admins [4]. Today, it reports 437 [5]. Hrm. Me thinks something changed (and it wasn't a >100 drop in active admins). --Hammersoft (talk) 17:25, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Looks like the fetch of the current list of admins did not complete for some reason (network glitch?). I'm running it again. -- Rick Block (talk) 18:33, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

It did it again [6]. Not sure why, after a very long period of uninterrupted service. --Hammersoft (talk) 17:56, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Definitely looks like network glitches. The bot uses the api interface to get 500 admins at a time and continues fetching until the returned list doesn't say there are more to fetch. If this keeps happening I suppose I'll have to make the bot a little more resilient in the face network glitches (like also check to make sure the fetch succeeds). It's been doing strange things with WP:WBFLN as well. -- Rick Block (talk) 05:45, 1 October 2015 (UTC)


Hi Rick, Can you please start this and this report for Urdu Wikipedia? We really need them, Thanks. Muhammad Shuaib (talk) 18:47, 13 October 2015 (UTC)

Hi Muhammad, I'd be happy to share the source code (in fact, it's at User:Rick Bot/scripts), but I'd rather not take on running a bot against any of the non-English wikipedias. The source code is mostly Unix shell and awk, but also uses a custom version of one of the pywikipediabot functions. -- Rick Block (talk) 00:04, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
Great, Thanks for sharing source codes. :) --Muhammad Shuaib (talk) 12:02, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

Missing FAs[edit]

I noticed (because one of mine is missing) that Wikipedia:Featured articles promoted in 2015 is missing the last three three articles listed on Wikipedia:Featured_article_candidates/Featured_log/September_2015. Could you please correct this error and investigate how it happened and make sure its not repeated elsewhere? Thanks, BollyJeff | talk 14:17, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

I added the missing 3 from September to WP:FA2015 and checked the rest of the months in 2015 (they're complete). The bot uses cURL to fetch various pages (like the monthly FA logs). Fairly recently, these page fetches have started failing occasionally (I'm not quite sure why). I've been making the bot more resilient (retrying failed fetches) but haven't gotten everywhere yet. -- Rick Block (talk) 16:38, 30 November 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. Now would you know how long before (or if) this would get reflected in Wikipedia:List_of_Wikipedians_by_featured_article_nominations? BollyJeff | talk 17:23, 30 November 2015 (UTC)
The next time the bot runs (tomorrow). If you look at the history of WP:WBFAN you'll see the bot updates it every day. -- Rick Block (talk) 01:58, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

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