User talk:SuggestBot

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If you're here because you want SuggestBot to send you suggestions, please see the instructions at the top of User:SuggestBot. We offer both subscription services and the possibility of receiving a single set of suggestions.

Feedback on recommendations, ideas for new features, questions about how SuggestBot works, or anything else related to SuggestBot are all examples of topics welcome below. A bot moves older feedback to the archives regularly, there is also an archive in User:SuggestBot/FeedbackArchive. Thanks for stopping by to let us you what you think! Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 11:07, 25 December 2013 (UTC)


Can SuggestBot send suggestions daily? Kpgjhpjm (talk) 02:19, 11 May 2018 (UTC)


I've pasted the Suggestbot code to my user talk page so I that can get suggestions for articles to improve upon and I haven't received those suggestions yet?? Please help JC7V-constructive zone 17:11, 1 August 2018 (UTC)

Never mind, got my first suggestions from SuggestBot. JC7V-constructive zone 17:17, 1 August 2018 (UTC)

Suggestions added on incorrect page[edit]

Cool bot! I think I have found a bug. I've subscribed to SuggestBot on a subpage. However, the suggestions were added on my talk page: Special:Diff/859340586. This contradicts this statement from template documentation:

If you have other user pages, you can add the code there. For example, you may have created a subpage called "To Do" to save a list of things you want to do on Wikipedia. In that case, you can add the code to User:MyName/To Do. Then the suggestions will be posted to your "To Do" page instead of your talk page.

—⁠andrybak (talk) 07:03, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

Hi andrybak, thanks for asking about this! I'm not sure this is a bug. The documentation you quote refers to the one-time request template, whereas the userbox you put on your subpage is for subscriptions. This was a good opportunity to improve the subscription documentation, though, so it's clearer how SuggestBot behaves when the userbox is put on a subpage. The bot will in that case post on your user talk page, because when I developed this I found some of our users put all their user boxes on a subpage to keep their user page clean. If SuggestBot then posts to the subpage, that content would get transcluded on the user page and probably make them rather upset.
I've updated our documentation to describe the userbox behaviour in this case. I also went ahead and added the config template to your subpage so the suggestions start showing up there. Thanks again for getting in touch so I could improve our documentation. Happy to answer other questions about SuggestBot as well, of course! Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 14:48, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
Looks like adding "config" template did not help: Special:Diff/863533584, suggestion appeared on talk page again. Maybe I should remove the userbox? —⁠andrybak (talk) 12:55, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Hi andrybak, I am sorry to hear that they once again showed up on your talk page! Thanks for letting me know about it. I haven't had time to fully resolve the problem yet, but I did look into what is stored in our database and it has your subpage there. Next I'll have to figure out why it thinks it shouldn't post to that page, which I'm aiming to look into this coming weekend.
I did look at SuggestBot's contributions and noticed it does post correctly to some other subscribers subpages, so if I can't figure this out it looks like removing the userbox will solve the problem. Hopefully, that won't be necessary. I'll get back to you with more information once I've had the opportunity to look at what's going on here. And again, apologies for this happening, and thanks for getting in touch! Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 14:41, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
No problem, I don't mind the suggestions on my talk page. Thanks for looking into the issue. —⁠andrybak (talk) 17:22, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Questions, 1 WikiProject requested; limit of 3 requests?[edit]

Greetings, I had requested WikiProject Catholicism articles & on my talk page, it shows articles from WikiProject Biograpy articles instead. Is there a way to "force" SuggestBot to find only articles from that 1 WP? I requested via Teahouse.

Can more than 3 WP be added in 1 request?

Regards, JoeHebda • (talk) 12:47, 2 October 2018 (UTC)

@JoeHebda: It's currently not possible to restrict suggestions to a specific WikiProject, unfortunately. I have ideas for how to do WikiProject-specific suggestions as it's a feature request that comes up fairly quickly as soon as WikiProjects are mentioned, but haven't yet had the time to implement them. So the way the bot currently works is that it'll use the WikiProjects as seeds for the suggestions, but there is no guarantee that the suggested articles will match the project.
You can add as many WikiProjects as you like, the only technical requirement is that they have a category named "WikiProject Foo articles" so the bot can find them (it uses the titles of the articles/talk pages from that category). I would suspect there's a practical limit, in that you might find it useful to go from three to six WikiProjects, but adding another three or six won't improve the suggestions.
Hope that's helpful, and sorry that we still can't do WikiProject-specific suggestions! Cheers, 15:38, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Missing suggest bot?[edit]

Hello, my last list of suggestion was received on 29 October. Is the bot broken again? Cheers. Eagleash (talk) 19:46, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

Just about to ask that as well. I should get suggestions twice a month but my last was also 29 October. TheDoctorWho (talk) 04:16, 27 November 2018 (UTC)
@Eagleash and TheDoctorWho: Oh darn! Sorry that the suggestions have been missing, but thanks so much for letting me know about it! The bot was broken and I've restarted it, and it looks like it's posting suggestions as it should again now. Am currently doing maintenance work, and one part of the process will make it easier for me to keep an eye on what's going on so this doesn't happen again. So sorry to that they've been missing for over a month, and thanks again for notifying me! Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 19:42, 2 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. Eagleash (talk) 20:50, 2 December 2018 (UTC)
@Nettrom: - Sounds similar to issues with enwp10 tool failing about monthly here. I had suggested some kind of Restart button there. To make it easier to get it running again. Specifically for Suggestbot could there be a "daily test job" setup? To see if SB is running & if it fails, send error message to you. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 14:39, 3 December 2018 (UTC)