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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 Wikipedia:OTS#Tabs_and_tabbing).

See also Wikipedia:WikiProject Check Wikipedia.

Changing Unicode music symbols to {{music}}[edit]

Often I see ♭ used instead of , ♯ (or worse, #) used instead of , etc. Would it be possible to run an AWB scan for Unicode musical symbols and replace them as necessary? Eman235/talk 15:58, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Verlon Thompson[edit]

Verlon Thompson -> [[Verlon Thompson]] Introduce links now that he has an article. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 01:10, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done -- John of Reading (talk) 06:13, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Jesse Frasure[edit]

Jesse Frasure -> [[Jesse Frasure]] Introduce links to underlinked article. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 16:37, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Links added to 19 pages. -- John of Reading (talk) 18:26, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

AWB task request on Wikimedia Commons[edit]

I am on Ubuntu now and can not use AWB, please perform these tasks--

A
B

(for camera date issue dates are wrongly shown)

Regards. --Tito Dutta (talk) 06:39, 20 August 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done INeverCry 00:10, 23 August 2015 (UTC)

Orphaning of Template:Please be neutral[edit]

The 400 transclusions of Template:Please be neutral have got to be orphaned; assistance would be appreciated. Alakzi (talk) 13:42, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

Changing HTTP to HTTPS for selected domains[edit]

For numerous reasons (I refer you to [1]), HTTPS should be preferred over HTTP. Obviously not all websites support HTTPS (yet), but some of the most-linked websites on Wikipedia do. Among them are Google Books, Google News, YouTube, and the Internet Archive. The latter switched to HTTPS by default in 2013 and—while still allowing HTTP connections for backward compatibility—encourages others to use HTTPS links. For a couple of months now, I have been switching IA, Google and other selected links to HTTPS using AWB, which is considered an improvement of Wikipedia. However, Materialscientist recently removed my name from the CheckPage, stating that I was violating AWB rules with these kind of edits, although he never bothered to elaborate. Anyhow, my question is whether those kind of edits are what AWB is supposed to be used for, and whether I should be allowed to execute them. --bender235 (talk) 16:46, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

You are doing a pointless exercise and breaking the link history. HTTP!=HTTPS there are website serving different content on the two different protocols (like you wouldn't expect ftp:// to be web content). Doing this is like removing www. from URLs (it's used for load balancing BTW). Additionally, HTTPS offers no ISP-level caching a very design goal of HTTP. Companies advocating this are running their own private backbone and are heavily invested in tracking their users where caching is something to be worked around. — Dispenser 01:03, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
Even if everybody agreed that it is a truly useful change, it violates AWB Rules of Use: "Do not make insignificant or inconsequential edits. An edit that has no noticeable effect on the rendered page is generally considered an insignificant edit." Monkeying with URLs does not have a noticeable effect on the rendered page. Chris the speller yack 04:54, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
Unfortunately I have to clear some misconceptions again. @Dispenser: I was not talking about random websites, but only those four named above. No links will be broken. All of them serve identical content via HTTTP and HTTPS (compare [2] and [3] for instance). @Chris the speller: this edit is far from insignificant. I linked an explanation website by Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States above, but apparently none of you read it. In essence, the purpose of HTTPS for Google Books etc. is the same as for Wikipedia (which, as you may have noticed, switched to HTTPS by default this year): it protects privacy and integrity of content delivered to the reader. PS: explain to me how the edit would be "insignificant" if "everybody agreed it was truly useful"? How can something be "truly useful" but "insignificant" at the same time? --bender235 (talk) 14:13, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
@Bender235: AWB's rules clearly define what they mean by "insignificant edit", and that is generally one that cannot be detected by a reader looking at the page. Changing "http" to "https" cannot be detected by a reader looking at the page. Surely you can differentiate between what is insignificant from the point of view of the reader looking at the page and what is insignificant from the point of view of editors who are digging deep behind the scenes. I am not piling on; I am just pointing out that it violates the letter of the rules, if not the intent, and that you may expect to receive complaints if you make such edits with AWB. If the edits are truly useful, and you make a bot request (WP:BOTREQ), you should have no trouble getting approval. It's just that AWB is not the right tool for this, by its own charter. Chris the speller yack 16:42, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
@Chris the speller: I see. But this of course means AWB violates its own rules permanently. Because changing pipped links like [[Airplanes]] to [[Airplane]]s, or correct template links like {{cn}} to {{citation needed|date=August 2015}}, and hundreds of other so-called "minor edits," are barely noticeable by the average reader, yet are done by AWB and considered an improvement of Wikipedia. It just seems confusing to me. --bender235 (talk) 17:38, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
@Bender235: Some of AWB's general fixes, such as the two you mentioned, would be considered insignificant if made on their own, but helpful when made in conjunction with other changes that impact the reader's view. GoingBatty (talk) 18:27, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
I see. So should this HTTP->HTTPS switch be included as a minor (secondary) automatic fix in AWB? --bender235 (talk) 04:02, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
@Bender235: You could submit a feature request if you like. GoingBatty (talk) 05:13, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

Ted Hewitt[edit]

Ted Hewitt -> [[Ted Hewitt]] Introduce wikilinks. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 01:06, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

@TenPoundHammer: Yes check.svg Done using Find link. GoingBatty (talk) 02:56, 31 August 2015 (UTC)