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This page is for AWB'ers who can't find anything to put it to use on, or who would like to help others with this powerful tool.

Below are tasks for which a page-autoloader with various capabilities would be especially useful. That is, the people posting these tasks need the help of AWB'ers! If you have AWB, please lend a hand. Note that Linky may also be useful for completing the tasks on this list (see WP:OTS#Tabs and tabbing).

Please note that Wikipedia:Bot requests sometimes has one-time tasks which can be done easily using AWB. Similarly, issues at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Working/Manual#Multiple merge targets can also usually be handled with AWB.

See also Wikipedia:WikiProject Check Wikipedia.

Spread a template[edit]

(copied from User talk:Izkala) I am in the process of creating {{Edward Elgar}}, and added it already to his article. It should go also to the linked articles. Do we have a bot to do that? Could there be one? It would have to check if the template is already there, and if not, insert it before any other navbox, before categories and other things that don't show on the screen, after external links, or references, or whatever is last. - Adding: this will happen to other composers also. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:53, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

@Gerda Arendt: By saying that "It should go also to the linked articles", I assume you mean the links on the navbox? Any number of articles could have him linked in general passing, but that wouldn't mean the navbox needs to be added to those pages. Shouldn't be too far for a regular user to do. Simply insert it before the first category (and hence after the last navbox template). Alex|The|Whovian? 14:59, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
I am not sure if I understand exactly what you mean. Of course I mean (only) the articles mentioned in the navbox, sorry for not being specific. I could add the navbox to them manually, but for an estimated 100, and more to come, that's a lot of uncreative work, therefore I asked if we have a bot for it, - the problem must come up more often. I was referred to here by Andy, as you can see. - Different from what you say, the composer navbox should go before any other navbox, not after. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:06, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Sorry. Busy day. I meant it should be easy for an editor to do this through AWB (not manually), and I misread your initial post and only saw "not insert it before any other navbox". Alex|The|Whovian? 15:12, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Got it, inserted a comma for clarity, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:15, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Doing... -- John of Reading (talk) 15:46, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Lovely, noticed, - thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:57, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done "I am the navbox placer, and I am the dreamer of dreams..." -- John of Reading (talk) 16:05, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Lovely song, after all these, - what when more compositions come in, and the next composer? Should I ping you here? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:15, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Here is better, as other AWB users may get the job done for you if I'm offline. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:33, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

Obsolete DYK categories[edit]

Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2016 June 14

For the members of the category on the left, please remove the text on the right, in order to empty the category. Note that there is a non-breaking space code after the word "nominations". Our usual CFD bot doesn't seem able to handle the non-breaking space code. – Fayenatic London 13:42, 5 July 2016 (UTC)


At Wikipedia:WikiProject Orphanage we've started working on the backlog in Category:Orphaned articles from February 2009. There seem to be some number of articles in this category which are not actually orphans. John of Reading had looked into this (see Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Orphanage#A_half_way_FULL_hurrah_.21). I understand that there's some means using AWB of freshening the {{Orphan}} tags. If so, would someone here be willing to do that for us? ~Kvng (talk) 20:57, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

@Kvng: My AWB solution was too slow, but GoingBatty (ping!) may be able to re-run a query and remove some tags with BattyBot. -- John of Reading (talk) 21:02, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
You did revise your estimate from 3 days down to several hours. Several hours seems like might be reasonable. ~Kvng (talk) 21:15, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
@Kvng: OK, I'll set it running overnight. I'm off to bed now (UK time). -- John of Reading (talk) 21:48, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
@Kvng and John of Reading: Yes check.svg Done! GoingBatty (talk) 05:07, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! ~Kvng (talk) 16:06, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Add a new subcategory[edit]

Out of the 814 articles in Category:British military personnel killed in World War I, 93 involve those killed at the Somme. Would someone please replace this category with Category:British military personnel killed at the Battle of the Somme on each of the affected articles?

Extended content

Here's the complete list, culled manually by me. Even a bot could do this, as noted in WP:BOTPOL: Before adding sensitive categories to articles by bot, the input should be manually checked article by article, rather than uploaded from an existing list in Wikipedia; this list is the result of that manual checking, as can be seen from the recent history of my sandbox, but I figured it would be easier to bring it here. Feel free to send this to BOTR if AWB isn't the best route. Nyttend (talk) 03:30, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

@Nyttend: I'm willing to take this on, it seems pretty straightforward. I think AWB will work here. I'll let you know when I'm done. Omni Flames (talk) 03:44, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Doing... Omni Flames (talk) 04:01, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
@Nyttend: Yes check.svg Done Omni Flames (talk) 10:38, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! Nyttend (talk) 12:13, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Goodreads author IDs[edit]

{{Goodreads author}} can now draw down a value from Wikidata. All the values in the current instances have been migrated to Wikidata. Please can someone remove the values from this wiki (excepting those used in citations)? (sample edit.) Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:19, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

@Andy: Yes check.svg Done — JJMC89(T·C) 05:57, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
@JJMC89: Thank you. May I call on you for similar jobs with other templates? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:11, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
Sure, Andy. Face-smile.svg — JJMC89(T·C) 01:13, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Finish populating Category:Depressariinae stubs[edit]

Please go though the pages listed at User:Od Mishehu/temp, and replace {{Gelechioidea-stub}} with {{Depressariinae-stub}}. עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 21:18, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

@Od Mishehu: Yes check.svg Done — JJMC89(T·C) 04:03, 24 July 2016 (UTC)