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Bots Newsletter, March 2018[edit]

Bots Newsletter, March 2018
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Here is the 5th issue of the Bots Newsletter (formerly the BAG Newletter). You can subscribe/unsubscribe from future newsletters by adding/removing your name from this list.

Highlights for this newsletter include:


We currently have 6 open bot requests at Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval, and could use your help processing!


While there were no large-scale bot-related discussion in the past few months, you can check WP:BOTN and WT:BOTPOL (and their corresponding archives) for smaller issues that came up.

New things

Thank you! edited by: Headbomb 03:12, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

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Somebody help me please[edit]

Hi everyone. I'm from another language of wiki and i'm trying to Boot Python. But i can't. can someone tell what i should to do ? --Bazom (talk) 16:22, 3 March 2018 (UTC) Google is such a wondrous tool.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 18:53, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

Bots and the spam blacklist[edit]

I've noticed that ClueBot III has sometimes triggered the spam blacklist (see Special:Log/spamblacklist/ClueBot III (must be logged in to view)), preventing it from archiving discussions. Is there a way to fix that? I left a message at User talk:ClueBot Commons but it was archived without a reply. — MRD2014 Talk 19:19, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

See phab:T36928 for more on this topic. — xaosflux Talk 19:26, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
@MRD2014: as for the bot behavior, best operation would be for the bot to confirm that their edit of adding text completes before making an edit to remove text. The write could fail for any sort of reason. — xaosflux Talk 13:02, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
At least API returns if the edit fails due to blacklist. But it doesn't say which link (last I checked). So what AAB does is strip all the user text and potential links. It's always tripping on Google's custom search links, since video games project uses a custom reliable source search. —  HELLKNOWZ   ▎TALK 13:20, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
It does tell you what matched the blacklist, e.g.
    "edit": {
        "spamblacklist": "",
        "result": "Failure"
matching that custom search link against the rule \bgoogle\..{2,6}/(cse|amp)/. You can also test individual URLs against the blacklist using action=spamblacklist. Anomie 22:04, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Ah, yes, now I remember something like that. —  HELLKNOWZ   ▎TALK 23:10, 19 March 2018 (UTC)