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Source:Meteorite, Re.:Ref Desk.Misc.[edit]

This bot has malfunctioned and removed a source I was placing there. 06:16, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Resolved; see User talk:Ummit#bot again. —Steve Summit (talk) 04:19, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

The bot had malfunctioned at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Science[edit]

The bot just asploded Wikipedia:Reference desk/Science. I've reverted the change and will be monitoring its next few edits and blocking if it continues to break pages. - CHAIRBOY () 01:36, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for catching that. Either Wikipedia is horribly slow tonight, or some part of the network is, because the bot wasn't getting anywhere. I control-C'ed out of it, not realizing that it was evidently in the middle of submitting its changes to the Science desk. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:53, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Looks like it flipped out on the Science desk again. :( Arakunem 02:07, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

Yeah. It's not the bot's fault per se, but rather, something that's gone ghastlily wrong with my Verizon DSL connection, which for the past couple of days has had such horrendous latency and bletcherously low bandwidth that I (and my bot) can hardly do anything. Sorry about this, folks. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:14, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
The bot's last edit was October 23, 2008. Should we manually add the desk headers for the time being? ~AH1(TCU) 23:48, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Language RD[edit]

Has the bot forgotten about WP:RD/L? It hasn't been archived in several days. —Angr 06:45, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

The bot is manually invoked (not fully automatic), and I was traveling last week, with limited 'net access. Archiving is mostly back to normal now. —Steve Summit (talk) 22:13, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Hate to be a pain, but the Language desk is full again! —Angr 11:00, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

Oh! Thanks. I had no idea. (The bot's been issuing an error message for the past week or two, but I misinterpreted it and didn't realize what was actually going on.) Fixed now. —Steve Summit (talk) 00:37, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

Bot marked edits[edit]

Out of curiosity, why doesn't this bot mark its own edits as a "bot edit"? It is because it is not approved? Or maybe because it is only semi-automatic? Killiondude (talk) 06:00, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Either I didn't know there was such a thing as a "bot edit", or I don't actually know how to set it. I should learn about that. (But since you asked, Scsbot is approved for the tasks it does.) —Steve Summit (talk)
If you look at your watchlist you have the option to hide minor edits, bot edits, etc. Bot edits are marked on watchlists with a b in front of the page name they edit. I don't know how to do set any of that stuff because I have never created/ran a bot but I just noticed that this bot doesn't do that. Although perhaps I'm going crazy and I just overlooked it. I think the only way to tell is to monitor my watchlist when your bot archives those pages. Killiondude (talk) 05:46, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
Clearly this bot should set that bit. I'll work on it. Now that you mention it, I'm surprised that, well, no one has ever mentioned it. Thanks. —Steve Summit (talk) 15:20, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
Either you changed something or I was wrong originally. The bot just archived the page and it showed up as a b on my watchlist. Sorry if it was my fault and I didn't see it correctly. Killiondude (talk) 01:03, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
Oh! Cool. Thanks. (No, I hadn't changed anything yet.) —Steve Summit (talk) 19:29, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
Gah! I'm such a loser. Sorry about that. I was mistaken. Killiondude (talk) 19:57, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
For future reference, marking an account as a bot is done by bureaucrats. The Wikipedia:Bureaucrats' noticeboard is probably the best place to ask if the bot is already approved (there may be another process I'm not familiar with, but someone there would point you in the right direction). --Tango (talk) 00:14, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks, but I do know this bot is approved! (The question was merely what mechanism caused bot edits to be flagged as such -- I wasn't sure whether it was because the user making the edit had the bot bit set, or something else.) —Steve Summit (talk) 01:44, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Mathematics reference desk oddities[edit]

I'm not quite sure what's going on, but something strange is happening with the date section headers and archiving on the Wikipedia:Reference desk/Mathematics page. -- Tcncv (talk) 04:08, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Oh! Let's continue this conversation on my talk page. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:25, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

Corruption in WP:RD/S[edit]

Further to my earlier message about corruptions to WP:RD/S at User talk:Ummit#Scsbot issue: parsing snafu, today's corruption [1]. Given that it's now doing multiple corruptions (and with no obviously unusual or hard to parse markup implicated) I think it's best that the bot stop until you get around to beating it back into shape. I'll leave notes on the talk pages of those project pages affected so they know to do stuff manually in the interim. -- Finlay McWalterTalk 00:36, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Another one just now. -- BenRG (talk) 00:39, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
And it deleted the same text yesterday. Line length limit? -- BenRG (talk) 00:43, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
See response here. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:21, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

Bot malfunction.[edit]

The bot seems to have broken the misc desk includes here.

I'd fix it, but I can't quite tell what's been done wrong. APL (talk) 02:04, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

It looks fine now. The bot reported no errors. Perhaps you caught it right in the middle of its run, when it had deleted the content from the main page and linked to the archive page, but not created the archive page yet. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:57, 27 November 2009 (UTC)

Reference desk[edit]

Bot forgot to add new date headers on 6th /7th june -see Wikipedia_talk:Reference_desk#Date_headers_going_AWOL.

Thanks. (talk) 22:39, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

OK; see replies elsewhere. —Steve Summit (talk) 00:57, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

Problem with headers[edit]

Hi, Scsbot added headers in wrong order in this edit[2].—Emil J. 10:32, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

Known glitch, thanks. —Steve Summit (talk) 01:30, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
But not yet fixed - diff -- John of Reading (talk) 07:23, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
Now fixed, finally. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:44, 6 September 2012 (UTC)


Just mention, Wikipedia_talk:Help_desk#Archive  Chzz  ►  01:05, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

Peculiar addition of date headers[edit]

See this edit. —teb728 t c 00:57, 18 December 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, it's a known bug. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:19, 18 December 2011 (UTC)
Looks like it happened again: [3] RudolfRed (talk) 00:24, 19 February 2012 (UTC)
This bug is finally fixed. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:44, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Minor error in adding multiple sections[edit]

See this edit: – sections are added in wrong order. --CiaPan (talk) 09:23, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

This bug is finally fixed. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:44, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Help desk date headings not being added[edit]

Hiya. Scsbot has not added date headings to Wikipedia:Help desk for a couple of days. Did we do something to piss it off? (humour) fredgandt 01:29, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

No, just sort of a "perfect storm" of logistical glitches. (Blame it on the SOPA blackout, if you like.) —Steve Summit (talk) 02:13, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
With pleasure! Face-wink.svg fredgandt 02:14, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

Heading mixup at the math Ref Desk[edit]

This change: [4]. Maybe as no new questions were asked for two days, or as it took a two day holiday (or both), but to insert headings after questions added on those days, and out of order, was very odd.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 03:31, 30 January 2012 (UTC)

This bug is finally fixed. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:44, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Date header missed?[edit]

At the help desk, the bot seems to have missed to add the date header for February 22 and thus I added it manually (I accidentally added it in the wrong spot initially). Are there any problems with the bot? Toshio Yamaguchi (talk) 15:13, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

The bot is not 100% reliable at adding date headers, and for various reasons the backup pass that might have caught the omission didn't run last night. Thanks for noticing and fixing it yourself. —Steve Summit (talk) 15:22, 22 February 2012 (UTC)


What is the purpose of the bot? What does it do? Could you put that on the bot's page? Allen (talk)

Yes, there is information here and here. —Steve Summit (talk) 03:45, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

Out of order dates again[edit]

Bot owner might want to take a look at this edit. SpinningSpark 00:21, 23 June 2012 (UTC)

And again. —Bkell (talk) 00:27, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
This bug is finally fixed. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:44, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Wrong month links descriptions in Archives[edit]

The monthly archives' links on the last daily page of May seem mismatched. See Language RD Archive of May, 31 – it contains this code:

    | [[Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Language/April 2013|May]] 
    | [[Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Language/May 2013|May]] 
    | [[Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Language/June 2013|Jul]]

(slightly reordered for better readability). Note the visible contents does not correspond to actual links destinations.

Same error on May, 31 on Maths and Computing, did not check other desks.--CiaPan (talk) 05:45, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

Oh, dear. I see what you mean.
Now I don't remember whether that text is generated explicitly by the bot, or implicitly by one of several archive header templates. I'll look into it.
(And, moving this thread to my talk page, since discussion here stops the bot.) —Steve Summit (talk) 13:45, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Reference desk/Computing[edit]

For some strange reason, Scsbot has archived January 12th's discussions even they were still active.[5] It did not touch January 9th, 10th or the 11th. There's been no activity in the 9th's discussions since the 9th but it left it on the page. Not sure what's going on here, but I reverted the bot. I am cross-posting this on the Reference Desk talk page and the Scsbot talk page. A Quest For Knowledge (talk) 11:48, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Adding date too early at Wikipedia:Help Desk[edit]

Was wondering why the bot had just added the heading for 29 May already- it usually does it just after midnight UTC, so is 12 hours early. I'm reverting it. Diff is [6]. Joseph2302 (talk) 10:49, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Help desk August 7 heading[edit]

The August 7 heading hadn't been added at the Help desk, so I did that. -- (talk) 09:52, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

Help desk August 8 heading[edit]

The August 8 heading hadn't been added at the Help desk, so I did that. -- (talk) 07:08, 8 August 2015 (UTC)


your bot needs fixing and the archives as well. (talk) 03:44, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean; that boilerplate wording has been standard for years.
(Editing the archives is lightly discouraged, but not prohibited.) —Steve Summit (talk) 03:51, 2 January 2017 (UTC)