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Bots noticeboard

This is a message board for coordinating and discussing bot-related issues on Wikipedia (also including other programs interacting with the MediaWiki software). Although this page is frequented mainly by bot owners, any user is welcome to leave a message or join the discussion here.

If you want to report an issue or bug with a specific bot, follow the steps outlined in WP:BOTISSUE first. This not the place for requests for bot approvals or requesting that tasks be done by a bot. General questions about the MediaWiki software (such as the use of templates, etc.) should be asked at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical).


Limits on custom signatures[edit]

Please see mw:New requirements for user signatures. One of the goals is to make it easier for bots/scripts/tools to recognize custom signatures (e.g., by requiring that they all contain a link). Please share information or examples over there. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:16, 4 March 2020 (UTC)

Commented, but holy hell does that VE hot garbage make it impossible to make any sort of sensible comment or edit them after the fact. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 18:40, 4 March 2020 (UTC)
Hey, don't blame VE for that. That's pure, unmitigated LiquidThreads Flow Structured Discussions --AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 19:14, 4 March 2020 (UTC)

New Pywikibot release 3.0.20200306[edit]

(Pywikibot) A new pywikibot release 3.0.20200206 was deployed as gerrit Tag and at pypi. It also was marked as „stable“ release and the „python2“ tag. The PAWS web shell depends on this „stable“ tag. The „python2“ tag indicates a Python 2 compatible stable version and should be used by Python 2 users.

Among others the changes includes:

  • The Site method media_wikimessages() may return MediaWiki messages for foreign language codes.
  • For ISBN related tasks the stdnum package is required. (Task 132919, Task 144288, Task 241141)
  • The modules weblib and botirc were removed (Task 85001, Task 212632), also some outdated methods.

The following code cleanup changes are announced for the next release:

  • Test Site should be invokend by Site('test', 'wikipedia') instead of the deprecated Site('test', 'test').
  • MediaWiki versions prior to (LTS) 1.19 will no loner supported (Task 245350).
  • The submodul „compat“, which was introduced to facilitate Pywikibot „compat“ to „core“ migration, will be deleted.
  • For Python 2 the package ipaddress is mandatory (Task 243171); the submodule tools.ip will be deleted.
  • Python 2.6 supporting backports.py will be deleted. (Task 244664)

All changes are visible in the history file, e.g. here

Best  @xqt 07:33, 6 March 2020 (UTC)

Discussion at Wikipedia talk:Bot policy#Bot expirations?[edit]

 You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Bot policy#Bot expirations?. Sdkb (talk) 08:25, 10 March 2020 (UTC) Sdkb (talk) 08:25, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

New Pywikibot release 3.0.20200326[edit]

(Pywikibot) A new pywikibot release 3.0.20200226 was deployed as gerrit Tag and at pypi. It also was marked as „stable“ release and the „python2“ tag. The PAWS web shell depends on this „stable“ tag. The „python2“ tag indicates a Python 2 compatible stable version and should be used by Python 2 users.

Among others the changes includes:


The following code cleanup changes are announced for one of the next releases:

  • Test Site should be invokend by Site('test', 'wikipedia') instead of the deprecated Site('test', 'test').
  • MediaWiki versions prior to (LTS) 1.19 will no loner supported (Task 245350).
  • For Python 2 the package ipaddress is mandatory (Task 243171); the submodule tools.ip will be deleted.
  • Featured articles interwiki link related functions will be desupported.

All changes are visible in the history file, e.g. here

Best  @xqt 12:04, 27 March 2020 (UTC)