Wikipedia:Bot requests/Archive 21

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Afd notification

Yes check.svgY Done§hep¡Talk to me! 16:58, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
Recently all article in Category:Ohio high school sports conferences have been listed for deletion; but the creators were not notified of the process. Is it allowed for a bot to mass send Afd notices for one category or is that against policy? If it's okay is there a bot that can do this? Thanks! §hep¡Talk to me! 23:19, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

If it was opt in then it would be fine. -- maelgwn - talk 01:52, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
Did it by hand, nevermind. §hep¡Talk to me! 16:58, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Two requests: one small and one... medium?

 §hep¡Talk to me! 16:37, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Hi! One doable, one maybe doable.

  1. There are some in Category:Châteaux in France that need the museums wikiproject banner removed. These were left over from the less than thoroughly refined tagging of Category:Museums. I think this is doable and probably easy.
Yes check.svgY Done Removed all instances of {{WikiProject Museums}} in Category:Châteaux in France and subcats. §hep¡Talk to me! 00:50, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
  1. In Category:Unassessed-Class Museums articles there are 500+ articles remaining. If possible I'd like those that are either classed as stub/start for another project and/or have some form of {{stub}} tag within the article to be classed as stub/start for the museums project. They already have a museums banner. Is this doable? I'm not sure, especially about the internal stub classing because there are so many different kinds of stub tags.

There's no rush on any of this of course and I appreciate any help. Thanks! TravellingCarithe Busy Bee 00:06, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Yes check.svgY Done Stub assessment right now. §hep¡Talk to me! 00:29, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
Would all classes be okay to assess. ie B, GA, ect. If not that's fine but I can do all of the assessments if that helps. §hep¡Talk to me! 01:37, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... Auto-assessment §hep¡Talk to me! 02:30, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done Finished assessment. §hep¡Talk to me! 16:37, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
Wow! Thanks *so* much. I really appreciate it, as do the rest of us in the museums project. TravellingCarithe Busy Bee 01:00, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Working version of User:SatyrBot/WikiProject to do lists

Would it be possible to get a second bot to do what SatyrBot was doing before the owner left on a wikibreak? It would be a tremendous help for various wikiprojects. I was looking for something similar for a very very long time... Any takers? Renata (talk) 08:54, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

I might poke at it a bit. Q T C 05:35, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
See also User:B. Wolterding/Cleanup listings. --B. Wolterding (talk) 17:57, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

List of the most active WikiProjects

For a WikiProject cooperation project, I'd like a list of the most active WikiProjects. It's quite hard to measure this, but I'd say the average bytes/month for the past half year on the project talk page would be a good measure. Any other idea would be great, too. I just know that it'll probably require a bot to do some analysis :)

Thanks, User:Krator (t c) 10:56, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

I think WP:WPSPAM would probably win hands down. Kelly hi! 17:45, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject-specific orphan tagger

Hi, WikiProject Orphanage is wondering if we could get a bot to run through Category:All orphaned articles and put together lists/categories of orphan sorted by WikiProject/Portal. That way we could refer those categories of orphan en masse to the editors with the most experience in that area, and get their aid for the ones that we aren't knowledgeable enough to de-orphan. Thanks! --Aervanath lives in the Orphanage 07:42, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

What about pages that fall under more then one project? Not to mention that templates on talk pages for WikiProjects really have no standardized format so it would be near impossible to figure out what project it belongs to. Q T C 18:52, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
If there is no standardized format, then I guess the bot would have to be able to recognize each template individually. I don't see that sort of parsing as being a big deal, though. As for being on more than one project, there's no reason why the bot couldn't put the orphan on more than one WikiProject's orphan list. If parsing the talk pages for the project templates does turn out to be too much of a problem, the bot could just go by the categories on the article, printing out lists of orphans in each category, and then WikiProject Orphanage can submit those lists to the various WikiProjects by hand.--Aervanath lives in the Orphanage 17:58, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
Listings of maintenance categories (including orphaned articles) per WikiProject are available here: User:B. Wolterding/Cleanup listings. Does that solve your problem? --B. Wolterding (talk) 17:54, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
That is perfect. Please let me know when this is actually up and running.--Aervanath lives in the Orphanage 18:50, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
It is available, right now. You can request listings for your WikiProject at User:B. Wolterding/Cleanup listings. I'm just not advertising it on a wide basis yet, since the bot is still in its trial phase. --B. Wolterding (talk) 19:06, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
Cool. Thanks!--Aervanath lives in the Orphanage 06:49, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Melab-1's Bot

I would like a bot to use so that I can reatin the content in my userpsges in order so I do not have to tediously revert vandalism. Melab-1 (talk) 01:53, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

If they are constantly vandalized you could list your page at User:ClueBot/Optin and have ClueBot look after the vandalized pages. §hep¡Talk to me! 01:56, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Yeah but I would like to have a bot for pages since I can't lock my own user pages by myself. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Melab-1 (talkcontribs) 16:56, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
You do realize that your user pages have never been vandalized? Also adding your page to ClueBot's list doesn't require to lock any pages --T-rex 18:40, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

WP:LGBT newsletter delivery assistance needed

Well, I'm a big ol' dorkus. I don't know what I'm doing, and I'd rather get someone who is familiar with bots than end up spamming every English user on the site. Our erstwhile newsletter delivery method, Satyrbot, is on extended holiday with its owner, User:SatyrTN, until his house is completed. He is incommunicado until then. I have a newsletter I'd like to send out to our members, but I've never done this before. Help? --Moni3 (talk) 19:31, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

I can send it out for you. ((ShepBot (talk · contribs). §hep¡Talk to me! 19:46, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
Contact anyone at Category:Newsletter delivery bots -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 12:24, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
I would also offer to do this if I knew who to send it to, what letter it was e.t.c ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 13:55, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
Wow, I had no idea our WP was so popular. User:Stepshep was the lucky dog who contacted me first, so I've asked him to deliver it. Perhaps next time I shall set up bidding...hmmm... I do appreciate the offers, though. Thank you for rescuing me in my hour of stupidity. --Moni3 (talk) 15:08, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Signature Signing Bot

I'm not sure where else to ask, can I have a bot like SineBot to sign posts on my wiki?

SineBot does this when you forget to sign: —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kremzeek! (talkcontribs) 19:07, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Ask User talk:slakr for the source. Soxred 93 02:23, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

List of doping cases in sport

This list has hundreds of links, a lot of them being dead. It would be helpful if a bot could remove the broken links, replacing them with this tag: [dead link]

Orjanlothe (talk) 11:50, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Yes check.svgY Done using the CheckLinks Tool. Is that what you wanted? §hep¡Talk to me! 17:06, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Fantastic!, thank you!

Orjanlothe (talk) 17:56, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Image tagging cleanup: Publicity photos with missing fair use rationale

I have been going through Category:Publicity_photographs_with_missing_fair-use_rationale and I realized that many of these images actually do have a fair use rationale but do not have the correct parameter added in to remove them from this category's list.

I would like to know if a bot could go through that category and do the following:

IF the image has both {{Non-free promotional}} and the string "{{Non-free use rationale"
THEN change {{Non-free promotional}} to {{Non-free promotional|image_has_rationale=yes}}

I would only be concerned about incorrectly formatted fair use rationales slipping through, but that is a risk I am willing to take because every page I have found with both parameters has a correctly created non-free rationale in place.

The goal for this request is to make Category:Publicity photographs with missing fair-use rationale more accurate to remove the photos from the list that actually do have a fair use rationale that utilizes the {{Non-free use rationale}} template. I have been manually going through each image so far and every case like this just needed the parameter added in to get it off the list.

Please let me know if a bot can streamline this action.

-- Guroadrunner (talk) 07:24, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Looking into this now -- maelgwn - talk 12:20, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
BRFA filed -- maelgwn - talk 12:32, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
 Done -- maelgwn - talk 04:23, 18 June 2008 (UTC)



Hello, I want to create a bot named UnknownBot. If you accepted the request, the users who approved my bot will give a barnstar as I can. Thanks! Unknownquinones (talk) 13:06, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

This will have to be done at Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval. --T-rex 14:18, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
May be your should be reading Wikipedia:Bot policy also. Best wishes -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 14:22, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Open Refs

Is there a bot already in existence that can detect open refs? That is, detect that a <ref> is not followed by a </ref> (perhaps confined to recent edits, I don't know). If so, could it generate a list of such articles and deliver it to my talk page (or somewhere). I feel in a fixin' mood. Thanks, Phlegm Rooster (talk) 05:51, 14 June 2008 (UTC)



I want to make a bot that archives pages according to the size of the page instead of how much time. Is that possible? Please help me create a bot because i don't know how to make one. Thank you!!! --LCondolence_ 00:01, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Aren't you looking for Wikipedia:Creating a bot then? -- Ricky81682 (talk) 00:05, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
MiszaBot already does this, see here. BJTalk 00:21, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

I need a selected list of old AfDs

There is a Deletion sorting page for In popular culture articles, but through various other pages, I have discovered this list is vastly incomplete. I would like to be able to have a list of all the deleted IPC articles so I can go through page histories and see if there is possibly any content worth restoring. Making a list like this by hand (going through each and every day of the AfD history) would be extremely tedious. Can anyone help me? —Preceding unsigned comment added by NickPenguin (talkcontribs)

Sorry, even if list could be made, you couldn't see the deleted contributions because you are not an admin. You will have to trust the deletion decision. -- maelgwn - talk 10:12, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
I do trust the admin's deletion decision, I trust they believed the article subject was not notable enough for a seperate article to exist. However, that's not to say that some of this content isn't suitable for a focused and selective list in the parent article. For example, some of the deleted article concern major works of literature, and I'm sure their importance is highlighted with a list of major derivative works.
Also, I don't want to view the deleted article, I want to view the parent article history and see where the IPC content was split out. Based on the quality of the content at that point, I may selectively restore some content, or perhaps ask if the deleted article could be userfied. I simply want the list so I know what I'm looking at. --NickPenguin(contribs) 16:35, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Bot needed to clean up 50,000+ disambiguation pages

Due to the fact that many disambiguation pages predate Wikipedia:Manual of Style (disambiguation pages), and the fact that many/most editors are not familiar with the manual of style, about 2/3 of our disambiguation pages need some sort of cleanup.

A sizeable amount of this cleanup (though not all) could be done with a bot. Each entry in a disambiguation page is supposed to start with an asterisk, end with no punctuation, contain only one blue linked term, and this blue link should generally not be piped (so clumsy article titles like Mercury (element) should look exactly like that). In addition, DAB pages should contain no external links, no references sections, and (with a few exceptions) be in no categories except Category:Disambiguation.

It would be very helpful to have a bot which could check all 100,000 DAB pages, removing periods from the end of entries, removing categories, converting numbered lists to bulleted lists, commenting out external links and references sections, and in those cases where it would be possible for the bot to do so, removing extra blue links and inappropriate piping of article titles. I estimate that the bot would end up doing cleanup on about 50,000 pages.

This has been discussed on Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation and, while there is agreement that this needs doing, none of us have the technical knowhow to write our own bot. --Xyzzyplugh (talk) 17:40, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

if you can give some diffs of dabs that you have cleaned up Ill take a look at the issue and see what I can do. βcommand 17:42, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
[1], [2], [3]. These don't involve all of what needs to be done, but the other stuff (removing categories, commenting out external links, etc.) is pretty straightforward. --Xyzzyplugh (talk) 18:14, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
How would categories on page like Auburn Township, Ohio be handled? §hep¡Talk to me! 20:35, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
I'm not entirely up to speed on the exact set of categories which are currently considered appropriate, this would have to be figured out before the bot could start removing any categories, with the help of the folks at Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation. The categories that article is in look appropriate to be left in place, though. --Xyzzyplugh (talk) 22:15, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
There are some extra considerations:
  1. Sentences should end with a full stop, and there are disambiguation pages with sentences.(eg)
  2. There are disambiguation pages with two relevant (disambiguating) blue links on the same line (eg). New entries should be made for the second entry.
  3. Pipes are often used to good effect, and are fairly common when the blue link occurs after the red link. Removing the pipe without altering the description may result in loss of information, nonsensical descriptions,(eg) or a redlink.(eg)
  4. Where there are multiple blue links it is not always obvious which one should remain(eg)
It may be better to restrict some of these tasks to leaving a cleanup tag. -- zzuuzz (talk) 21:21, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
There are definitely extra considerations. In the first example you gave, though, the manual of style says "Even when the entry forms a complete sentence, do not include commas or periods at the end of the line". As to your other concerns, yes, the bot will not be able to clean up every instance of piping or every entry with multiple links, but will instead only be able to do so in situations which appear to be straightforward and which shouldn't cause problems.
Basically, it should revolve around looking at whether linked terms match the title of the disambiguation page. If the page is Voodoo, then entries would only be cleaned of extra links if they have exactly one blue-linked term which contains the article title. If an entry has no blue linked terms which contain "Voodoo", or more than one, then the bot can't know what to do with that and should do nothing.
As for piping, it should only remove piping in straightforward situations. Probably 95% of the inappropriate piping involves either changing something like [[Sequim, Washington]] to [[Sequim, Washington|Sequim]], or [[Tarzan (1999 film)]] to [[Tarzan (1999 film)|Tarzan]], and these should be fairly straightforward to fix (the only complication being the odd ways editors try to add italics around the name of the film, which a bot should also be able to deal with.(Note, for those who might not be familiar with the manual of style - the bot would be removing the piping, not adding it) --Xyzzyplugh (talk) 22:06, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
Just to clarify that first point - the solution is not to remove the full stop from the second sentence, but to convert the two sentences into one and then remove the full stop (that's a job for a human). Perhaps the bot could check for existence of two full stops and not remove the second one, but flag it accordingly. -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:19, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
There are problems with that Voodoo example. For instance assume the James Kelly disambig page had only two links, it should still link to the article Jim Kelly (martial artist) which means the same thing, but doesn't include the phrase, as well as the article James M. Kelly (politician) which wouldn't be seen as a match following a simple comparison. --T-rex 00:08, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
As I said above, if the entry does not have a blue linked term containing the article title, then the bot shouldn't be doing anything with the links in that entry. So the bot would probably do nothing regarding both of the entries that you mentioned. This is not a problem, as we would rather have a bot which fixes 90% of the problems correctly than have one which fixes 95% of problems, but messes up many of those other 5%. (A further comment, added afterwards - I'm not sure I'm understanding you here, but you may be thinking the bot will be removing entries entirely. It won't. The bot will only be de-linking and de-piping. If one of the entries on the James Kelly page says nothing but "Jammmees Kelly iz a rad dudde!!", the bot will not be removing that) --Xyzzyplugh (talk) 09:53, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
Ok, make that three links then, adding one to James Kelly (pirate) as well. Fact is that a bot that creates some problems should never be used no matter how many it may fix. --T-rex 18:11, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
You haven't explained what problems you think the bot would cause. If the bot saw "*[[James Kelly (pirate)]] (died 1701)", it wouldn't change that in any way. If it saw "*[[James Kelly (pirate)|James Kelly]] (died 1701)", it would remove the piping. If it saw "*[[James Kelly (pirate)]] (died 1701), English [[pirate]] active in the [[Indian Ocean]]", it would de-link "pirate" and "Indian Ocean" (Or at least, that's my plan). --Xyzzyplugh (talk) 18:30, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

If you can come up with some very specific rules for what this bot should do, I can try implementing it. Kaldari (talk) 16:53, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Why not have a bot dump the differing types of pages into a list? Start with the simpler one (no bullets, nothing in bold) and then another for the piping issue (i.e., the first word after the asterisk or the word in bold should not be piped). That way, you can manually see what's wrong and if there's larger patterns. This seems too hard for a bot to fix but really easy for a bot to identify. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 18:27, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
I'm not exactly sure what you're suggesting. Are you saying that the issues I described above would be too hard for a bot to fix, or that the bot could identify other issues which it couldn't fix and flag those pages? If the bot was going to clean up 50,000 pages and then mark thousands of others as needing cleanup, that would be fine. If the bot was merely going to mark every page which needed cleanup as needing cleanup, that would be totally useless, as we already know that 60+% of disambiguation pages need cleanup. Any editor who wants to clean up disambiguation pages merely needs to click on any 3 random DAB pages, 2 of them will need cleanup. --Xyzzyplugh (talk) 18:24, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

I'd be interested in doing this. I'm not a member of the WikiProject, but I did a lot of disambiguation cleanup at one point and the MoS is straight forward enough. I suggest that as a compromise, the bot should correct easily fixed formatting problems (inappropriate bolding, numbering, simple punctuation, etc.), while building a list of potentially problematic pages for the more complex issues (piped links, punctuation where multiple sentences are involved, and so forth). — xDanielx T/C\R 00:23, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

It looks like I'm not going to be able to get into this project for a while, so if you're able to work on it, that would be great. I like your idea of fixing the obvious problems and building a list for the more complex issues. Unsupervised bot editing isn't always the best answer for fixing problems on Wikipedia. Kaldari (talk) 14:58, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
Sounds good -- I put together a list of (~100k) articles with {{disambig}} transcluded (guess I'll need to do the other templates later) and I've been working on the programming. I should have something working within a few days. As a totally random aside, has anyone else found that libxml2 doesn't like the XML generated by the MediaWiki API? (W3C validates it with a no-DTD warning.) I can find another library or parse the responses manually, just wondering.... — xDanielx T/C\R 19:23, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

"1990's [sic]" etc. cleanup

I think that a relatively easy spelling correction that could be done would be changing "1990's" (etc.) to "1990s" (etc.). I say relatively easy as there are only so many decades that you would need to enter and as it is never "1990's", there should be no objections to changing such words (unlike an "its" / "it's" bot, say). It Is Me Here (talk) 16:18, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

I know WP:AWB will do this if general fixes are turned on. §hep¡Talk to me! 18:01, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
There definitely are instances in which "1990's" is the correct spelling. Please do not change all instances of "1990's" without manually checking them! For example: "1989's most successful athlete was Bo Diddly, while 1990's most successful athlete was Richard Nixon." Kaldari (talk) 15:04, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
And what about quoted text that should preserve spelling and grammatical errors? 1 != 2 15:07, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

PNG crusade bot

I left a note on User:Remember the dot's talk page, but it doesn't appear the bot is running anymore (last run was in mid-April). Is there anyone willing to run this bot, or a clone, on a semi-regular basis? The category of images tagged with {{ShouldBePNG}} is getting extremely backlogged. Kelly hi! 23:53, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

I'll take a crack at coding this one. east.718 at 01:49, June 17, 2008
There is a link to the source code on the bot's userpage. It's GPL so it's reusable. -- JLaTondre (talk) 03:16, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
Unfortunately, 1/ it's written in what looks like VB, which I can't read, 2/ I don't trust anything I haven't coded, and 3/ I've already submitted a BRFA. :) east.718 at 05:36, June 17, 2008

Archive bot for Wikipedia:Editor review

Note: This is a renewed discussion from Wikipedia:Bot requests/Archive 20. Yechiel (Shalom) 16:45, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

There are two parts to archiving an editor review, and the order in which they are done is inconsequential.

  1. Link to the editor review page in Wikipedia:Editor review/Archive.
  2. Untransclude the editor review from the main editor review page.

Previously I have done both tasks myself. I've stopped doing it, and it's apparent that nobody else wants to do it either.

There are a couple of possibilities. One way is to place archive templates, which have not yet been created for this specific purpose, on an expired editor review page. Then a bot sees the archive templates and untranscludes the page and links to it in an archive list. This is similar to the process at Wikipedia:Suspected sock puppets. It may be necessary in this scenario to switch to a "by month" format instead of the current "by username" format.

Another way is to have the bot automatically add a link to the archive in Wikipedia:Editor review/Archive as soon as the request is filed, or at a designated time thereafter, e.g. if the bot runs once a week. Then a human untranscludes the editor review page at his or her discretion. This might be better because it's a less drastic change from the current system.

I don't know whether bots can be programmed to archive pages based on the alphabetical order of a subpage title. In other words, will a bot know how to sort Wikipedia:Editor review/WikiMan53 before Wikipedia:Editor review/WikipedianProlific just based on the fact that M comes before p? If yes, that's probably what I want. If not, switching to archiving based on month of the request will preserve some archiving system without requiring undue human intervention. Shalom (HelloPeace) 18:30, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

either way is doable it is possible to maintain the current method and if you want even archive by last edit timestamp, then sort them to the archive page. βcommand 2 18:40, 12 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks Betacommand. Right now the archive actually uses the first edit timestamp, i.e. when was the page created. I would think you could program that just as easily as the last edit timestamp. Hold off for now while I ask a couple of my friends if they think this is a good idea. Shalom (HelloPeace) 03:48, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
I'd agree with Shalom, preferring alphabetical order but eschewing it if it's easier to program chronologically. I don't know a lot about programming (only a rudimentary knowledge of TI-BASIC), so it would be up to the programmer. bibliomaniac15 03:56, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
I would prefer alphabetical but that doesn't really matter to me. What I do think is important, though, is that the reviews that get archived have a decent amount of reviewing; frequently I won't archive an old review if it only has a few lines. Of course the bot won't be able to tell when someone's gotten a lengthy review but it's all total crap, but having the bot will probably be worth it, and at least a length requirement would be a start. Would this be difficult? delldot talk 05:40, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
you tell me what you want and how, I can normally do it. βcommand 22:39, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

(Unindent) I think the best way to do this is to create an archive template for editor reviews. That way, a human decides that the page should be archived, and the bot takes care of the rest - same as with WP:SSP. If someone wants me to modify one of the existing archive templates, I'll give it a try. Shalom (HelloPeace) 02:30, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Next steps

A lot has happened in the last month. It's probably best if someone other than Betacommand creates this bot.

I'm going to create Template:Era (stands for "Editor review archive") to be placed at the top of editor review pages. A human will add this archive. The bot will not do this automatically.

A bot should occasionally scan Wikipedia:Editor review for pages with the archive template, and will untransclude that editor review from the main page, and will add it to Wikipedia:Editor review/Archive according to alphabetical order. If possible, add it according to exact alphabetical order. (From the sorting at WP:O and WP:DEP, it would seem possible for a bot to do this.) If that's not possible, then ask the bot to find the first letter of the subpage, and edit the section of the archive page corresponding to that letter of the alphabet. (That should be easy to do.) Either way, it will more or less maintain the current system while not creating too much workload for humans.

Please leave me a message on my talk page with comments about the progress of this request, or if there is any need for clarification. Yechiel (Shalom) 16:45, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Please Help Me Make A Bot!


please? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Clipchipskip (talkcontribs) 23:48, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Creating a bot. giggy (:O) 00:01, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Category:Fooian football clubs

Is there any chance that someone could create a bot that would move all "Fooian football clubs" categories (which can be found in Category:Football (soccer) clubs) to Category:Football (soccer) clubs by country? I have started the process off by doing all of the As and Bs manually, but to do the rest from C to Z is a bit too much to do manually, so a bot would be perfect. – PeeJay 10:03, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

This could be done relatively easily with AWB, but you might want to point to an established consensus first. dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) 10:13, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
I can probably get you one of those. I should also add to the request that each category should be sorted by the name of the country, rather than the demonym used in the category's name. – PeeJay 10:17, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
That would be a bit more difficult to do with AWB (or at least, with my skills), though it probably could be done with something more complex. If you can point to some agreement amongst Soccer/Football editors that the cats should be the way you're asking for them, it should be a good start. dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) 10:24, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
I've created a discussion at WP:FOOTY requesting consensus on this matter. – PeeJay 10:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
My only worry is that I won't get (m)any replies to the discussion topic, due to the fact that no one at WP:FOOTY seems to care that much about the organisation of their sub-categories. I'm fairly sure I can guarantee there will be no opposition to the move, however. – PeeJay 12:00, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
IF and when you get the consensus let me know. I could do it with python. CWii(Talk|Contribs) 13:23, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
Well, after 10 hours, I currently have two users (including myself) in support of the move, and none opposed. – PeeJay 20:59, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
OK, it's been over two days now, and I've only had one reply to the suggestion. Could we go ahead with making the bot now? – PeeJay 11:23, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Ah yes. Symbol wait.svg BRFA filed CWii(Talk|Contribs) 01:56, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... a trial CWii(Talk|Contribs) 16:13, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
It doesn't seem to have worked properly. Instead of just moving some categories, it's also moved the articles that were in Category:Football (soccer) clubs. I'll undo this now. – PeeJay 14:49, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

OK, I've done all the moves manually now. No need for this request any more. – PeeJay 16:08, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Well, isn't that just dandy :P CWii(Talk|Contribs) 18:28, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Melab-1's Bot


I would like a bot to use so that I can reatin the content in my userpsges in order so I do not have to tediously revert vandalism.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Melab-1 (talkcontribs) 18:23, 19 June 2008

Sorry but it doesn't work like that. The are already bots running that do this. If you want another go make one. CWii(Talk|Contribs) 18:25, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Content isn't lost when somebody vandalizes. Q T C 18:40, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

"oldrequestbot" for Articles requested for more than ...

Wikipedia:Articles requested for more than a year and Wikipedia:Articles requested for more than two years are difficult to maintain because they require daily updates and decision making. I believe that a bot perform the task. Basically, the bot would review all posts at Wikipedia:Requested articles (including all subpages) that are (as of today) between June 18, 2006 and June 17, 2007. If the requested article still is red linked, then the bot would need to determine whether the request had already been posted at Wikipedia:Articles requested for more than a year and Wikipedia:Articles requested for more than two years. If not previously posted at Wikipedia:Articles requested for more than a year or Wikipedia:Articles requested for more than two years, then the bot would post the requested article at Wikipedia:Articles requested for more than a year in a predetermined format and predetermined location. The bot also would review all posts at Wikipedia:Requested articles that are (as of today) before June 17, 2006. The bot would perform the same screening as for the one year old request. If the requests are more than two years old, the bot would post the requests at Wikipedia:Articles requested for more than two years. There may be some missed articles/mistakes, but those can be addressed manually. The bot can run once a month or so. Bebestbe (talk) 17:28, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

  • Ive got a very good Idea for how to do this, but we would need to impliment a method for timestamping these request, and maintaining constant formating of the pages. we would need a template {{requested article|John jane doe}} and a HTML comment for each line with a timestamp <!-17:28, 17 June 2008 (UTC)-> if we can do this then creating a bot to maintain those pages will be no big deal. it will be able to maintain old lists and remove the pages that get created. βcommand 2 18:22, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
    • Going forward, I don't think anyone will have any problem with maintaining constant formating of the pages to whatever you suggest. The existing pages weren't so well maintained. Can you gather the old data for posting? Bebestbe (talk) 02:56, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Lists of articles with "X" in the title

Could someone please give instructions on how to generate a list of all articles that have a particular phrase in them? Specifically, we'd like to have a list of all articles with the phrase "video game" in them so User:Giggabot can run tag maintenance, but I'd also like to be able to generate similar lists in the future. Thanks! JohnnyMrNinja 11:15, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

To clarify, I meant "a particular phrase in the title". JohnnyMrNinja 11:21, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
One of the database dumps is a list of all article titles[4]. Using that is probably the easiest. -- JLaTondre (talk) 12:29, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
This link will bring up what you requested. Bebestbe (talk) 15:15, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Sort list of new cemeteries

I did a search sort for cemetery articles not listed in List of cemeteries. I posted the results at User:Bebestbe/New cemeteries. The trouble we're having (see this post is that the list on my user page isn't organised by geographic location, making it very difficult to add the info to List of cemeteries. Can you get a bot to organised User:Bebestbe/New cemeteries by geographic location and perhaps add text next to each entry that would make it easier to add the info to List of cemeteries? Even better, if you can have the bot add the info from User:Bebestbe/New cemeteries to List of cemeteries in the proper format, that would be great. Bebestbe (talk) 15:12, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Add navbox to articles in Category:Infoshops

I would like if a bot could add the navigational footer {{Infoshops}} to all the articles in the Category:Infoshops category. Any help appreciated, Skomorokh 22:31, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Yes this can be done very easily. ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 22:53, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
 Done (by hand/script) ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 23:01, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! Is there a trick to it so I don't have to bother those in the know the next time I have a similar request? Skomorokh 23:03, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
Well because there were not that many pages in the category I just went through each page opening a tab in mozilla for each. Then went through each one and added the template and then clicked on the save button on them all (tabs are very usefull). If it was bigger then I probably would have made a script for it :> ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 23:09, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
Ah, ok. Sorry for getting you do the hard work I could have done myself! Skomorokh 23:47, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Category:Contemporary classical music performers

Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... §hep¡Talk to me! 00:40, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done §hep¡Talk to me! 00:47, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
A thousand thanks for your kindness. Badagnani (talk) 00:49, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Category:Contemporary classical music ensembles

Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... §hep¡Talk to me! 00:59, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done §hep¡Talk to me! 01:00, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Wonderful, thanks again. Badagnani (talk) 01:13, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

WPTHAI tagging request

  • Request: add {{WikiProject Thailand}} to all articles in the following categories that don't already have it:

Thank you,

Badagnani (talk) 00:41, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

 Working TinucherianBot can do this for you -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 02:44, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Doing...  : It is dangerous to run Bot over categories recursively. Hence I have handpicked the subcategories that I found relavent from the top level categories above. You can see the list here .Should you find to run the bot for tagging for more categories , let me know. I have collected 1925 unique articles to check. Will keep you posted once completed. You can see the progress here -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 14:06, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, I hadn't asked for any subcats, but if that's possible, I think it's wonderful. Thanks for your great help. Badagnani (talk) 16:49, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done . Around 1204 articles were newly tagged with {{WikiProject Thailand}} -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 18:27, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Thank you so much!!!! Badagnani (talk) 19:06, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Image tagging cleanup: Publicity photos of logos with missing fair use rationale

This is a modified request of a similar request that was fulfilled one week ago. The new request involves images with a valid {{logo fur}} tag.

I have been going through Category:Publicity_photographs_with_missing_fair-use_rationale and I realized that many of these images actually do have a fair use rationale but do not have the correct parameter added in to remove them from this category's list.

I would like to know if a bot could go through that category and do the following:

IF the image has both {{Non-free promotional}} and the string "{{logo fur"
THEN change {{Non-free promotional}} to {{Non-free promotional|image_has_rationale=yes}}

I would only be concerned about incorrectly formatted fair use rationales slipping through, but that is a risk I am willing to take because every page I have found with both parameters has a correctly created non-free rationale in place.

The goal for this additional request is to make Category:Publicity photographs with missing fair-use rationale more accurate to remove the photos from the list that actually do have a fair use rationale that utilizes a Non-free use rationale template. I have been manually going through each image so far and every case like this just needed the parameter added in to get it off the list.

Please let me know if a bot can streamline this action.

-- Guroadrunner (talk) 09:53, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Can do, but it would really good if someone could do a database query to find the articles that need changing? (Or is there a toolserver tool that could do it?) -- maelgwn - talk 11:26, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
I performed the query and saved the results as tools:~erwin85/dbq/fairuselogo.txt. It lists 124 images and is encoded in utf8. AFAIK there's no such tool. --Erwin85 (talk) 15:12, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
Tah, will do now -- maelgwn - talk 04:09, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Uk station usage statistics


Following a discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject UK Railways#05/06 usage update, there is a request for a bot that can look at all articles which transclude template:Infobox UK station, and produce a list of any articles for which the usage0506 parameter is blank. No changes to the articles would be required, as we can add these manually once the list has been produced. Does anyone have a suitable bot that can do this? —  Tivedshambo  (t/c) 23:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Also can the same be applied for usage0607 ? Simply south (talk) 09:04, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
I'm not sure whether this is required now but neither am I sure whether it was ever to be honest. By adding hidden links to the template this information can be obtained without the need for a bot. Adambro (talk) 11:43, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

One of those template wizards fixed this one up, see Category:UK_stations_without_latest_usage_statistics -- maelgwn - talk 02:20, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Rename/move bot

moved from WP:BRFA

I'm not sure if I need a new bot, because I don't know if a bot already exists that can do this or not.

Are all the bots on Wikipedia listed somewhere?

I need to retitle about 200 pages (don't worry, they are all drafts in project space)

Is there a rename-bot to make this chore easier?

Renaming these by hand would take me all day.

I look forward to your replies.

The Transhumanist 20:01, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Not sure about a rename bot, but this is the most current list of bots. §hep¡Talk to me! 21:17, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
There are none. What's the next step? The Transhumanist 21:39, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
Tell us what you want done and chances are someone hanging around here will do it! (eg list of pages to be moved, and where they should be moved to) -- maelgwn - talk 23:51, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
I can do this, I just need more information. βcommand 12:45, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
If you point me to the list of pages, I could zip through them with AWB (I've got the module working now). RichardΩ612 Ɣ ɸ 05:55, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Assessment run for WP:SHIPS


A first time experiment starting with Category:Aircraft carriers and all subcategories except for any category with Fictional or Fiction in the title. Please tag talk pages with {{WikiProject Ships|class=|importance=}} only, please. In addition, all category or template talk pages need to be tagged however, those pages may use {{WikiProject Ships|class=Template|importance=NA}} or {{WikiProject Ships|class=Category|importance=NA}} respectively. I've looked through the tree on this category and don't see anything that would create a large mess and it could be possible that the majority of pages are already tagged for the project but I figure this is the best way to get started. Please advise and thank you! --Brad (talk) 14:52, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

I'll see what I can do... CWii(Talk|Contribs) 18:23, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
All the categories are here excluding titles that contain "fiction" and its variations. Some of these definitely don't belong under WP:SHIPS, some categories are about planes. §hep¡Talk to me! 22:24, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
The only other exception based on your list would be Category:Parasite aircraft. If you were referring to a seaplane tender, they're ships. --Brad (talk) 22:39, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Atleast that's the only one. I saw that, then generated the list so CWii doesn't get slapped by angry editors. Better to be safe than... :D §hep¡Talk to me! 22:48, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Yes, understandable. I wouldn't want more articles assessed than necessary. --Brad (talk) 19:53, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

(outdent) Category:Amphibious warfare vessels and all subcategories can be done as well. There are no exclusions seen in this tree. --Brad (talk) 19:53, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

  • May as well disregard. I've started doing it with AWB. --Brad (talk) 19:58, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
    • Sorry noone has gotten back to you. As you may or may not know CWii left Wikipedia. §hep¡Talk to me! 20:45, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

I will do this :-) off to BRFA (again 8-)). -- maelgwn - talk 00:54, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Please do not run a bot on this. I withdraw the entire request. Already have tagged 1,200+ articles. --Brad (talk) 01:28, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
Resolved, so I marked it as such. §hep¡Talk to me! 02:03, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Automatic template updating bot for

In the Latvian Wikipedia I have to update every Formula One driver's infobox after each race. Most of them only need to add 1 to their current races. Some also have to add 1 to podiums, pole positions or wins. I think that via a semi-automatic bot (enabled by me after the race) a list of articles inputted by me could have the race value added by 1 and, if I choose to, also the podium, win or pole value could be updated. Is this possible and if yes, could someone, please, make such a bot for me? --SpeedKing (talk) 12:02, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Anti-Hagger bot

I consider this to be a fairly urgent request. Our featured articles are being vandalized at breathtaking rates (i.e., like almost once every two minutes) with redirects to Hagger?, or something like it. This kind of thing should be fairly easy for a bot to catch, and we need one, as sadly our communication structure it too slow and stupid to actually allow functional semiprotection on a featured article. My proposal is thus:

  1. The bot monitors the featured article, and automatically reverts any edit redirecting it elsewhere.
  2. The bot automatically reverts an edit removing nearly all of the content from a featured article and replacing it with anything containing the word "Hagger".
  3. The bot could automatically revert any move by a new account redirecting to a nonexistant page containing the term "Hagger" or "Haggar".
  4. If we want to make it really intricate, we could allow the term "Hagger" and "Haggar" to be fluid, in case vandals move onto another term.

Again, this is a fairly urgent request, as our featured articles are being destroyed by this. The Evil Spartan (talk) 07:53, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Points 2, 3, and 4 have no hope because there are an infinite number of hagger variations, but point one should be implemented into antivandal bots. giggy (:O) 08:45, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
Fixed point 2. Point 3 would not bee too difficult: only if the redirect contains only the word "hagger" and any non-alphabetic characters. If you're still scared, we could verify the page directed to does not exist. The Evil Spartan (talk) 19:50, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
It shouldn't be too hard with regex (unfortunately, I can't code to save my life)...... Dendodge .. TalkContribs 19:53, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
I don't have a place to run it from any more, but I'm fairly confident that I could make some or all of those work. I really should update Perlwikipedia to work for IRC parsing, then we could filter by article name and do some of this. Periodic updates would not work for this, it would have to be live - there are simple too many featured articles to load them all at the necessary rate - I'd be shot by Brion, no doubt. And my ISP... Once I get my stuff back, I'll work on some of this. --uǝʌǝsʎʇɹoɟʇs(st47) 23:41, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
This is a trivial task; I'll work on it when I get a shred of free time (and I do have a stable server to run it from). east.718 at 23:54, June 25, 2008
Yay! --uǝʌǝsʎʇɹoɟʇs(st47) 01:08, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
Good luck with the regexing, he's using some quite clever usage of unicode to emulate standard ASCII. Q T C 22:14, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

WikiProjectAustralia + museum-stub ?= Australia-museum-stub

Another one that I'm not entirely sure is possible....

When I created {{Australia-museum-stub}} (in a slightly out of process manner, because I didn't know there was a process but that's been fixed) enough articles were tagged to save the stub/cat but I think a number of articles were missed. Is it possible for a bot to see the overlap where an Article's talk page contains {{WikiProject Australia}} and the article has the template {{museum-stub}} and convert the museum stub template to {{Australia-museum-stub}}? If it's not possible, no worries. If it is possible, no rush whatsoever. Thanks! TravellingCarithe Busy Bee 22:55, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

I did a check with the AWB list comparer and only found 4 overlaps. I changed those over, and guess that's all of them? §hep¡Talk to me! 02:01, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
Oh crap, sorry for wasting your time, really thought there were more. Let me double check how I was coming up with them and see where I went wrong. TravellingCarithe Busy Bee 02:32, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
It really took about 30 seconds. And there's always the possibility AWB missed some it compared some 60,000(?sounds about right) articles to 700 some. I would more than happily ask someone else to check my work. §hep¡Talk to me! 02:43, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

Help modifying ProteinBoxBot pages

Hello, I'm writing to see if anyone is interested in helping out our ProteinBoxBot effort on a relatively quick timeline. (Obviously, PBB is a bot itself, but the primary developer completed his master's thesis and no longer actively working on the project.) The problem is that the template code for PBB pages is quite complex, and for formatting issues, we had to put it at the top of the page. For newbie editors, of course, this is pretty intimidating (see this source, for example). With the intent of moving the human-readable content to the top, I made this change (coupled with the creation of Template:PBB and Template:PBB/ITK (gene)). Would anyone be interested in helping to code a bot to automate that change for the ~9000 pages which transclude {{PBB_Controls}}? Specifically, this would involve moving the PBB_Controls template to the bottom of the page, removing the GNF_Protein_box template from the main namespace page, and creating a subpage of Template:PBB with the GNF_Protein_box content.

Why the quick timeline? We have a paper appearing in a science journal on July 8, and I expect there to be a spike in the number of people who try to edit those pages. If we have those gene pages cleaned up a bit as described above by then, I think we'll have a higher hit rate of getting new editors to stay...

Let me know if anyone is interested. I'll watch here and on my talk page... Thanks! AndrewGNF (talk) 00:22, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

Category:Desserts by country

Can { { WPFOOD } } be added to the talk pages of all articles in Category:Desserts by country that aren't already tagged? Badagnani (talk) 06:00, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

Also all articles in the following subcats:

  • Australian desserts
  • Desserts of Brazil
  • British desserts
  • Chilean desserts
  • Chinese dessert
  • French desserts
  • Greek desserts
  • Indian desserts
  • Italian desserts
  • Japanese desserts and sweets
  • Korean desserts
  • Mexican desserts
  • Pakistani desserts
  • Polish desserts
  • Portuguese desserts
  • Romanian desserts
  • Slovenian desserts
  • Turkish cuisine desserts
  • American desserts

Badagnani (talk) 06:03, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

A few of the above subcats have subcats of their own, and if the talk pages of the articles in those could be tagged as well, it would be great. Badagnani (talk) 06:05, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

 Working :TinucherianBot can do this for you. -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 06:06, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... Bot Running over the following categories : Desserts by country|Australian desserts|Desserts of Brazil|British desserts|Chilean desserts|Chinese dessert|French desserts|French pastry|Greek desserts|Indian desserts|Italian desserts|Japanese desserts and sweets|Wagashi|Korean desserts|Korean snacks|Mexican desserts|Pakistani desserts|Polish desserts|Portuguese desserts|Romanian desserts|Slovenian desserts|Turkish cuisine desserts|American desserts|American pies -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 06:31, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
Fantastic. Badagnani (talk) 06:46, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done : completed tagging of 178 articles of 385 that were checked -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 07:13, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

Category:Desserts and Category:Salads

Thank you for tagging the above desserts.

Can the talk pages of all the articles in Category:Desserts and Category:Salads be tagged with { { WPFOOD } } ? Badagnani (talk) 07:33, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

 Working :TinucherianBot can do this for you. I am working on this -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 07:51, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... :: Bot running over the following categories : Desserts|Brand name desserts|Cakes|Chocolate desserts|Confectionery|Cookies|Custard desserts|Dessert sauces|Doughnuts|Frozen desserts|Ice cream|Pastry|Pies|Puddings|Sweet breads|Dessert stubs|Ice cream brands|Australian confectionery|Brand name confectionery|British confectionery|Chocolate|Confectionery companies of the United States|Doughnuts|Ice cream|Marshmallows|New Zealand confectionery|Confectionery stubs|American Licorice brands|August Storck KG brands|Brand name chocolate|Breath mints|Cadbury-Schweppes brands|Candy bars|Farley's & Sathers brands|Ferrara Pan brands|Ferrero brands|Frankford brands|Gum|Hershey brands|Just Born brands|Mars brands|Necco brands|Nestlé brands|Willy Wonka brands|Perfetti Van Melle brands|Swizzels Matlow Brands|Tootsie Roll brands|Topps confectionery products|Wrigley brands|Brand name cookies|Doughnut shops|Frozen desserts|Brand name frozen desserts|Ice cream brands|Ice cream parlors|Italian pastry|French pastry|Tarts|American pies|Australian pies|British pies|Pie throwing|Savoury pies|Sweet pies|Pie stubs|British puddings|Rice pudding|Waffles|Salad dressings|Salads . Around 2022 articles to be checked -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 09:44, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

Yes check.svgY Done : Completed Tagging of 1091 new articles of the 2022 articles that were checked -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 13:38, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

WP:CHICAGO bot assistance needed

A few weeks ago I made the same request below and curiously someone attempted to help using AWB. That is not what I want. I need a bot to run every few days. It seems User:SatyrTN and his bot User:SatyrBot are no longer active. WP:CHICAGO needs articles in WP:CHIBOTCATS tagged with {{WikiProject Chicago}}. It would also be helpful if the bot autostubbed talk pages that have templates from other projects with class=stub. I think his bot also tagged newly found articles with FA, FL, and GA parameters and added them to class when it added the template. Satyr is not responding to either wiki messages or email regarding so we can not start with his old code.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 07:10, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

I'll see what I can do. As for running it every few days is something that at this time due to school I cannot do. Weekly perhaps? CWii(Talk|Contribs) 13:26, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Weekly would be fine. It is sure better than not once in the last six weeks.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 05:15, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Oh god. I forgot. Sorry. :P CWii(Talk|Contribs) 02:07, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Okay, I'll tell you what. I'll do a run right now without assessments. CWii(Talk|Contribs) 02:10, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
I see you added Category:John Bot tagging 1. Do most tagging bots use AWB and categories? When will you actually search the cats for new articles?--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 18:39, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
My bot uses python so it will recurse the Category:John Bot tagging 1 and do the categories in it. I'm working on the assessment code right now and there is a bug that needs to be fixed so hang tight. CWii(Talk|Contribs) 19:41, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
I don't know what python is or the meaning of the word recurse as used, but remain patient and hopeful.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 18:53, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
Python is a programming language, used for programming Wikipedia bots with the pywikipedia libraries, just so you know =P RichardΩ612 Ɣ ɸ 19:46, June 13, 2008 (UTC)
Thanks.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 15:55, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Sigh, this request is on my waiting list at the moment. It's hard managing many bots :P CWii(Talk|Contribs) 18:29, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

I'm going to do a run right now... John Bot (talk) 18:36, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Is there somewhere I can monitor the tagging?--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 19:24, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Contribs, but there are so many categories that it isn't done processing them all.... Wow, this isn't going to be easy. Anyway I'm going to halt the bot and build me a LFS. Sorry, CWii(Talk|Contribs) 19:59, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Whose contribs is what I am asking.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 21:45, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
John bot's. CWii(Talk|Contribs) 21:46, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
That is what I thought. I am expecting to see like 500 or 1000 edits marked something like "adding {{ChicagoWikiProject}}" from today. Above it says it is in the middle of a run. What is going on?--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 22:51, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
I just want to make sure that this is where I should be looking for progress.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 03:10, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

It is. Again there are just so many categories that I need to recode the bot to handle it. CWii(Talk|Contribs) 12:35, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

It's running now. CWii(Talk|Contribs) 12:24, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
I saw it ran but did not recognize the redirect {{ChicagoWikiProject}} and thus many pages had {{WikiProject Chicago}} added as a duplicate. I have started removing some duplications. It is not coded to match class with GA, FA, or FL or to match any article page stub template with class=stub, but it tagged the expected number of new articles, which was between 500-1000.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 18:44, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
Is the new replacement bot running?--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 04:07, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
You probably are not aware but the user Cwii, has left wikipedia (see thier talk page). I don't know how much the bot has done.
I use AWB and the best i possibly could do is go through a list of Chicago stub articles and tag them with the template and auto assess as 'stub class'. Create a list of all the articles using this, and then take the stub articles out of the list. And then run the bot through the rest of the articles simply tagging them with the template (no assessment). Obviously there are a large ammount of articles so running it through AWB is going to take a while. As for running it on a regular basis the best i could probably do is monthly. You might want to look for someone else to write somthing using maybe python or somthing else (im just learning pyton so theres no way i could do it), that way it won't take as long, because AWB can be slow at times, espically if im using the internet at the same time. I read that some did try to help you, using AWB but thats not what you wanted, and now i think about it, it could take ages to go through every article in that cat. Any idea how many articles?? I might try compliing a list just to see how many articles there are. . If you want me to try it, i will., let me know. Printer222 (talk) 04:50, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
I'm back now but I'm in no mood to take a on task this huge. CWii(Talk|Contribs) 21:41, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Ya, the replacement bot ran like 4 days ago. I hope we did talk about this. I'm pretty sure some convo went on. If you have an questions about what's happening feel free to stop by my talkpage! §hep¡Talk to me! 22:26, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Someone to do a database sweep for a CSS class

Per this discussion, I suspect that this CSS is unused and should therefore be removed from MediaWiki:Common.css, but we'd be mad not to do a thorough sweep first. Can anyone with a database dump and/or toolserver access have a check through the most recent versions of all pages for this CSS class, before we go break anything by taking it out? For that matter, if anyone fitting the above description is really bored, could you do the same for all the CSS classes in Mediawiki:Common.css?? Many thanks in advance, Happymelon 20:07, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Food tagging request

Can { { WPFOOD } } be added to the talk pages of all articles in the following categories that aren't already tagged?

Thank you,

Badagnani (talk) 03:58, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

 WorkingHere I am again :) ... TinucherianBot can take this up. -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 04:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Should I include resturant subcategories like this Category:Hamburger restaurants ?? -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 04:43, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks again--I think Category:Hamburger restaurants and Category:Fast-food hamburger restaurants (as well as all other restaurant articles) would be under the purview of User:Jerem43 -- maybe in { { WP:Foodservice } }? See Template:WikiProject Food and Drink/Foodservice taskforce--it looks like the right one. Badagnani (talk) 05:07, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Sorry to ask again... I am a bit confused here... Does restaurant chains falls under WP:FOOD and need to be tagged with {{WPFOOD}} ? -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 05:18, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

I'll try to explain. User:Jerem43 is making sub-projects with their own templates. So in the case of restaurant articles, Template:WikiProject Food and Drink/Foodservice taskforce is good enough (you don't need to also add WPFOOD, because Template:WikiProject Food and Drink/Foodservice taskforce is part of WPFOOD). Badagnani (talk) 05:22, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Ok.. I understood. I will skip the restaurant categories and tag only the primarily food categories only.. Btw I have a suggestion too... Why doesnt the task forces use the common banner and use parameter switches for the taskforces like we do for {{WP India}} or {{WikiProject Christianity}} ? -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 05:28, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Well, I think he is doing that; he said "Please tag all restaurant categories with the following string: { { WikiProjectFoodservice |Foodservice=yes } }"; doesn't that mean he's using parameter switches? I'm more familiar with WPAFRICA which has a "Ghana=yes" or "Liberia=yes" or whatever that focuses the template within the main project banner. Whatever the case, User:Jerem43 is the one who knows best about this. Badagnani (talk) 06:51, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... Bot running over the following categories : Beef dishes|Pork dishes|Poultry dishes|Seafood dishes|Arab cuisine|Greek cuisine|Bulgarian cuisine|German cuisine|Hamburgers (food)|Chicken dishes|Brand name hot dogs|Fish dishes|Arab cuisine stubs|Algerian cuisine|Iraqi cuisine|Jordanian cuisine|Kuwaiti cuisine|Lebanese cuisine|Levantine cuisine|Libyan cuisine|Moroccan cuisine|Palestinian cuisine|Saudi cuisine|Syrian cuisine|Tunisian cuisine|Yemeni cuisine|Greek cheeses|Greek desserts|Greek restaurants|Greek wine|Greek cuisine stubs|Bulgarian sausages|Bulgarian cheeses|Bulgarian wine|German cheeses|German sausages|Silesian cuisine|German wine|Lebanese wine|Israeli cuisine|Palestinian cheeses|Wine grapes of Greece|Greek wines|Bulgarian wines|Hot dogs|German wines|Israeli wine|Ancient wines -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 05:41, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done : Completed Tagging of 357 new articles of the 748 articles that were checked -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 06:47, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Excellent; it's been a pleasure working with you again (or, more properly, having you work for WPFOOD). Badagnani (talk) 06:52, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Housekeeping for RFA Review

Resolved: See also WP:CFD/W. Now I know, and knowing is half the battle. UltraExactZZ Claims ~ Evidence 17:26, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

When putting together templates and categories for the RfA Review, I created a category Category:Editor Responses to RfA Review, which should actually be Category:Wikipedian responses to RfA Review. CFD approved a speedy rename, and the new category is set and ready, but there are over 200 userpages to move from Editor Responses to Wikipedian responses. Is there a bot that could handle this task? Thanks in advance, UltraExactZZ Claims ~ Evidence 17:09, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Post it at WP:CFD/W, and it'll be handled fairly quickly - there are a number of bots which do category renamings in their spare time. Happymelon 17:20, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Done. Thanks! UltraExactZZ Claims ~ Evidence 17:26, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

I need a parameter added to WPFood

Hello, I would like to ask if some one can have a bot run an errand for the The WikiProject Food and drink Foodservice task force.

I would like to have a bot please do some tag changes if that is possible:

  1. On all articles in the category Category:Restaurants, and all of its sub-categories, have it modify the project tag by adding the |Foodservice=yes parameter on the end of the {{WikiProject Food and drink}} or {{WPFOOD}} tags.
  2. On any article in the restaurant category tagged with the {{WikiProjectFoodservice}} or {{WPF}} tags, delete those tags.


--Jeremy ( Blah blah...) 07:31, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes can do! -- maelgwn - talk 08:51, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Hold on, Currently TinucherianBot is adding {{WikiProject Food and drink}} as per request of Jeremy on Category:Restaurants. See here. Once that is done , you can start adding the |Foodservice=yes parameter. I will update once this is completed. -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 09:05, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Ok I am waiting on my BRFA now anyway, but all ready. -- maelgwn - talk 10:55, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
I am done.. Tagged with {{WikiProject Food and drink}} to new 1951 articles of 2529 articles that were checked ... maelgwn , you can take over now ... Thanks -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 11:49, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done : I guess maelgwn is also done with his workgroup tagging ?? -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 05:34, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Suggesting "DateBot"

I have recently noticed that there seems to be no bot that deals with dates on tags. This means that when a tag like Template:Cleanup is place on a page it is sometimes placed like {{cleanup}} but should be written like {{cleanup|date=July 2008}} with the date information. Could there be a bot made that places the current date on the tags automatically? The only problem I can see with this is it would have to keep the current month and year up-to-date but otherwise I would think it would be simple.... or at least I hope it will be.

Thanks! --Stealth (talk) 09:59, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

I think User:SmackBot is alread doing this. See for example this diff. --B. Wolterding (talk) 12:47, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Yep Smackbot already does this and so do many other bots but they get their articles from different sources.
Smackbot may be doing this but I have seen very few done.... And I looked at it's page and didn't find really that much about this (above) Stealth (talk) 21:15, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Not sure what you are referring to - Smackbot seems to do thousands of edits on some days. Usually it dates new tags within a few days (judging by my watchlist). Can you give an example of a particular article where the date was not added for an extended period? --B. Wolterding (talk) 14:42, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Mark Prindle reviews

Dear bot owners, would it be possible a bot can be programmed to remove Mark Prindle reviews within Album Infoboxes? I wish to bring to your attention a current discussion Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Albums#Mark_Prindle, involving the notability of inclusion of these Mark Prindle reviews. Apparently the main Mark Prindle article was deleted back in January, see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mark Prindle over lack of notability. These reviews have been added to over 146+ album articles and would be manually time consuming to remove. The editor who originally deleted a Mark Prindle review has no desire to manually delete every one of them and basically I don't wish to spend time doing this either. Suggestions? MegX (talk) 01:08, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

In regards to the 146 articles, are you working off a list?? I take it that it must have just been a search of 'Mark Prindle' that revealed 146 articles. I did the same search but not all of the articles that came back had the review on them but made different refrences to 'Mark Prindle'. I can work off the search but i just need to confirm that this is what you want me to work off.
The Mark Prindle review is located within the actual Infobox, listed with other reviews, so it should be easy to locate with a bot. I am working off a search using the term "Mark Prindle" and "wikipedia" and the Infobox template variables within Google.

O.K, then. Ill be working off the wikisearch list, 145 articles that contained the words 'Mark Prindle'. And then the bot searches the article for a review from Mark Prindle, and if there is one present completly gets rid of it. It took me a while to work out the regular expressions i needed to use, because each review has a link to his website, and each link is different. Any how, the bot is complete and im just waiting approvalPrinter222 (talk) 01:23, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

It's easy enough for me to do in AWB

.Symbol wait.svg BRFA filed and we will see if it gets approved. Cheers Printer222 (talk) 14:57, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

O.K. Trial approved and completed, just did a trial, went through 23 articles and 15 articles had the rating on them and the rating was removed. There are 122 more articles to go thorugh, this should be done in the next day or two. There were a total of 145 articles but not all of them are going to have the Mark Prindle review. The list can be seen at User:Swimmingbot-awb/list of Mark Prindle articles. If there are articles that you think should be there, or you have a different list than that, let me know ASAP and i'll update it. I generated the list using the wikisearch with the term MARK PRINDLE, so it should be sufficent.Printer222 (talk) 17:06, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

That list looks okay from here. MegX (talk) 01:49, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes check.svgY Done, finally. If any one comes across any more variations of the template let me know, but im pretty sure i've got them all. I just kept finding new variations, so it made it a little difficult. Ill also post this at the WikiProject Music notice board. Cheers Printer222 (talk) 02:41, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Citation style template

{{citationstyle}} is a redirect to {{citation style}}. Also, I just added a date= parameter to {{citation style}}. Can you have a bot change the {{citationstyle}} to {{citation style}} and/or add/fill in a cleanup date to each use of the template? Thanks. Bebestbe (talk) 17:53, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Apparently, {{citation style}} has other redirects leading to it. For each citation style template usage (including usage of the redirects), can you have a bot determine when each template was place on an article and have the bot fill in the date=parameter with the month and year style recognized by cleanup by month? Thanks. Bebestbe (talk) 17:55, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
You should probably ask SmackBot's owner to add this to Smackbot's auto-dating tasks. – Quadell (talk) (random) 17:10, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Years

We need a bot to put our project tag {{YearsProject}}, on all year articles, decade articles, century articles, and millenia articles which do not currently have the tag. This includes the BC era. Wrad (talk) 18:16, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

 Working generating a list of article that should be tagged. §hep¡Talk to me! 20:14, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Once you get back far enough, BC articles become redirects to decade articles. I don't know the cutoff exactly, but we don't need tags on the redirects. Wrad (talk) 20:20, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Ok, I'll bypass redirects. This is tricky enough getting the articles they way these are orgainized. But I'm getting there. §hep¡Talk to me! 20:22, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. Wrad (talk) 20:25, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... Tagging all year articles, decade articles, century articles, and millenia articles which need to be tagged. Total articles to parse: 3255. §hep¡Talk to me! 20:58, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes check.svgY Done Tagged 2349 new pages. §hep¡Talk to me! 00:06, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Pretty impressive! Wrad (talk) 00:09, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Replacement of "All Music Guide" By "Allmusic"

As the All Music Guide has been rebranded to Allmusic (and its article moved accordingly, see discussion here), we need to reflect this in the articles by replacing all references to "All Music Guide" by "Allmusic". This has been discussed over at Template talk:Infobox Album#All Music Guide → Allmusic? as most references presumably appears in this Infobox. WP:ALBUM has also been consulted and nobody has expressed any concern. As we are talking about 35.000+ articles we would need a bot to take care of this. There are a few exceptions that must be handled:

  • The replacement does not concern talk pages. This would only confuse contributors.
  • The Allmusic article itself should not be touched as we don't want to mess up the history description.
  • Articles All Music Guide to Jazz and All Music Guide to the Blues must not be touched as they concern books issued with that title.

Would somebody kindly assist? Cheers. – IbLeo (talk) 21:20, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

J Milburn has already filed a BRFA see Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/J Milburn Bot it was just approved a few minutes ago; so the changes should be happening soon. §hep¡Talk to me! 21:25, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
He was obviously quicker than me. Cool though. – IbLeo (talk) 21:39, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
I have just informed him about above exceptions on the bots talk page. – IbLeo (talk) 21:46, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Greetings from WP:EAR

Greetings to all. At WP:EAR we currently receive various requests, much as you do here, and when they're closed/expired we tag 'em with {{resolved}} or other similar templates. Only when they're tagged and a few days have passed do we then archive them. It's presently a manual process, but we were wondering if a bot exists that would do it. We've tried MiszaBot, but it doesn't see the tags and so it's not quite right. (No criticism intended.) Suggestions gratefully received. Thanks. --AndrewHowse (talk) 14:07, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

You may want to speak with Dycedarg who operates DyceBot. That bot does a similar thing at WP:GL/IMPROVE. §hep¡Talk to me! 17:25, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. Will do. --AndrewHowse (talk) 18:17, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
User:ClueBot III can archive on demand. Right now it only detects {{User:ClueBot III/ArchiveNow}}, but I could modify it to work with {{resolved}} if wanted. Also, ClueBot III only supports dated archives currently, but I am working on numbered archives and will get that working soon. -- Cobi(t|c|b) 06:54, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Looking for resolved could work well on this page also. -- maelgwn - talk 07:46, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Nah. We like archiving. It gives us something to do ;-) CWii(Talk|Contribs) 16:50, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

He left a note on my talk page, and I am currently handling this. Oh, and about this page: I offered the services of my bot for the archiving of this page on the talk page a while ago, but no one ever responded so I didn't bother persuing it.--Dycedarg ж 22:48, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Google Books bot

I wonder, is it possible to create a bot that can use a Google Books url (to a specific book) to automatically create a formatted citation ({{cite book}} style) from that URL? user:Everyme 21:52, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... A fascinating request. This sounds very useful. I'm examining the formatting styles at Google Books to see if the information is automatically extractable or not. I'll let you know when/if I get it working. – Quadell (talk) (random) 14:18, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Great! Thanks so far! user:Everyme 18:36, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Okay, I have the function working. I'm calling it gbcite. It turns, for example, [5] into "Booker T. Washington (1902). Up from Slavery: An Autobiography. Doubleday, Page & Co. pp. 330 pages. " The trouble is, it has no front-end. How were you thinking it could be used?

One way would be to have a bot go through existing pages and run gbcite on all external links to Google Books. I've incorporated this functionality into Polbot task #8, which will hopefully get approved soon. Check out this diff to see it in action. If you find this useful (or have concerns), please weigh in on whether this task should get the go-ahead.

But you might also want a front end for editors, where you enter in a link and it returns a cite for you, in much the way that this tool does for Google Scholar. I'd love to do that, but I don't have an account on toolserver, and I don't know enough about to get that working just yet. If this is what you wanted, let me know. Maybe an experienced toolserver account holder could help show me the ropes on how to get a simple tool up. All the best, – Quadell (talk) (random) 00:25, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

P.S. I've been expanding into Time Magazine. It's very likely that many of the most often cited sources will have easily harvestable information that can be put into cite templates. – Quadell (talk) (random) 02:05, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Hell yeah! Thank you very much for your efforts. One question though: Should a link to be autoconverted by the bot be placed in single brackets or rather be just a bare url? (btw, my initial idea was more in the direction of a template that would be used with the url, something like {{autocite|http://rest.of.url}}, but that's apparently obsolete if the bot can distinguish urls that are already within cite templates.) user:Everyme 06:08, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Ethiopia request

This should be an easy one:

In the article List of woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, a number of articles in the alphabetical list (as well as the "Special woredas" listed just below the alphabetical list) do not have the category Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region. Can a bot operator ask their bot to locate those articles listed at List of woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, and those that do not have Category:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, can the bot add that category in each of the articles that didn't have it?

The articles wikilinked in the header sentence should not have categories added.

Thank you, Badagnani (talk) 05:23, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... there are only 12 articles that are in the list that are not in the catagory. Doing it with normal account. Won't take long. Printer222 (talk) 06:29, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done in the end only 10 articles were taged. My inital list of 12 had to redirects in it, and once the program went to these redirects, these articles already had the catagory. Any problems let me know. Printer222 (talk) 06:37, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Big thanks to you, Printer222, for your attention. Badagnani (talk) 18:46, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Bot to automate a request for photo

Hi, I am involved in the Wikipedia:WikiProject Cricket and i need a bot which will go through the Category:Australian Test cricketers and add a request for photo.(Template for the request is reqphoto|sportspeople add {{}}.

What will the bot do? 1) Go to an article in the above mentioned list 2) Search if an image / photo is present on the page. 3) Yes? No further work to be done. No? Put in the above mentioned request on the relevant talk page.

The reason for asking for this bot is : 1) It is a manual process 2) It does not require judgment and hence is ideal for automation.

If this bot works out fine then i can use the same bot for other cricket nations. This will be useful for other sports too...

To conclude I think it is a good bot to create. Any queries? ajoy (talk) 07:59, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

I believe that it's Yes check.svgY Done. There were 12 instances of articles with no images, see Special:Contributions/ShepBot. §hep¡Talk to me! 15:13, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
Its been brought to my attention that this will be more difficult than thought. Or maybe easier, I have to look into it. Some have "Cricket_no_pic.png" in the infoboxes which I wasn't aware of until after my initial run. Keep you guys posted. §hep¡Talk to me! 20:01, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
Symbol wait.svg BRFA filed §hep¡Talk to me! 20:30, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
Shep, this bot would be useful for other projects too. Once you are done with this, could you please run the same on WikiProject India articles. The parameter image-needed=yes should be added to the {{WP India}} template for articles that have no images on them. Thanks, Ganeshk (talk) 02:54, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Hi,Stepshep i guess you will have to do another run and put up the request.Also i will give you a few more lists to run through and would appreciate if you could run it through those lists too.ajoy (talk) 07:40, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Hi Ganeshk, good idea we should be using this bot on other projects too.Im sure there are a lot of amateur photographers who would be interested in providing CC compliant photos.Maybe we can start it off with this small to me sometime...I could possibly help out.ajoy (talk) 07:40, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
Yep, like I said above I filed a BRFA. Now we just have to wait for approval, which could take awhile in some cases. The India request is a little more difficult, but I'm sure I can figure it out! §hep¡Talk to me! 17:27, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
I was approved. I'll finish the Cricket task later tonight after a WP:YEARS tagging run; and hopefully get to WP:INDIA by Thurday when I get back from a short trip. That sound okay? §hep¡Talk to me! 21:09, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Sounds good.thanks shep.ajoy (talk) 18:31, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Bot Creation Request

Could somebody please create a bot for me? I need a bot to do some various tasks on this website. It should be much alike this bot. -- (talk) 10:49, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

You could probably use AutoWikiBrowser for this. Otherwise, you'll have to be more specific on what you want the bot to do. – Quadell (talk) (random) 13:15, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Lepidoptera template

Dear colleagues,

The latest changes to Template:WPBannerMeta, the automated functioning of Template:LepidopteraTalk has been "corrupted", in that it is no longer adequate to use (e.g.) {{Template:LepidopteraTalk|Stub|High}}. The new version requires the specification of "class=" and "importance=". Please could someone create a bot that searches for {{Template:LepidopteraTalk}} and automatically inserts the missing-but-now-required text as and when necessary?

For example, {{Template:LepidopteraTalk|Stub|High}} would need to be replaced with {{Template:LepidopteraTalk|class=Stub|importance=High}}.
Many thanks—GRM (talk) 18:56, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... Happymelon 19:08, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
My thanks, Happy-melon!—GRM (talk) 19:15, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done Happymelon 16:00, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Newsletter delivery

Would there be any way to arrange for the delivery of the Christianity WikiProject's newsletter to the various members? We had had the delivery done by Tinucherian, whose bot seems to be experiencing problems right now. John Carter (talk) 20:04, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

I did this last time and I would be happy to do it again if you provide me with the information again. ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 20:20, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Newsletterbot can take care of it - or Addshore. « Milk's Favorite Cøøkie 20:23, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Tinucherian knows where the list is better than I do, and I've asked him on his talk page to indicate where that list is. John Carter (talk) 20:34, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Found the message in my archives. I will do this newsletter asap. ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 06:24, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Addshore,Thank you for the offer... Do you mind TinucherianBot doing this since it is unblocked now ? . Or if you have already started it, Please continue...Thanks in advance for your timely help. -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 07:25, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Feel free. ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 11:58, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Thanks buddy.. Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... : Working on the delivery -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 04:22, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done : Full content Newsletter was delivered to 223 members and Link only content to 5 members by TinucherianBot automatically. -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 09:44, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

High-risk templates

We've had a recent spate of vandals targeting transcluded templates ...perhaps having a bot scour Special:MostLinkedTemplates for heavily-used templates that aren't currently protected would be a good idea, allowing intrepid admins to apply semi- and full-protection as needed. I imagine a one-time run with a simple list output would sufficiently useful. How about it? — Scientizzle 04:19, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

I can do it, but won't be able to run it until tomorrow night :/. Soxred 93 05:37, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
Hope you don't mind, I ran this earlier. I compared Special:MostLinkedTemplates to Category:Protected templates and came up with these that are unprotected and semi-protected. Totally forgot about semi-protection; besides going through histories I can't think of how to detect that. For those that do so you don't have to filter through all the templates; the link above has only templates tht are semi and unprotected. If it has one of the PP templates or is full protected it shouldn't be listed. Can't believe I forgot about that. §hep¡Talk to me! 05:57, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Duplicate image bots needed

I appreciate any attention to this - I've spent some time over the last few months trying to clean up images that are duplicates of either a) other images on en Wikipedia (CSD I1) or b) images on Wikimedia Commons (CSD I8). I've had some help on this with a couple of Multichill's tools - particularly this one which identifies local duplicates, and this one which identifies local duplicates of Commons images. The fact that Multichill could write this tells me that a bot can identify these duplicates. We currently only have MetsBot that processes Commons duplicates, but MetsBot only processes images that are tagged with {{db-i8}}. We need a bot to identify and tag these images so that MetsBot can process them as safe for deletion (if applicable) or needing further human attention (if applicable). This would save many hours of work. Any thoughts? Kelly hi! 23:32, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

It's good idea. I'll take a look and try and find out how he does it and if it's possible to get a raw list. CWii(Talk|Contribs) 23:49, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm willing to take a look at this as well. The easiest approach would probably be to reconfigure MetsBot to use the data from Multichill's tools --T-rex 23:58, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
Just wondering where does {{Duplicate}} come into this? and what should be the basis for keeping one image over another identical one? --T-rex 00:20, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
I would say that if one image is used, and the other is unused, the unused one should be tagged with {{db-i1}}. If both are used, then one of them should be tagged with {{duplicate}}, that way a human would eventually be along to fix the situation. Kelly hi! 00:25, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
I've coded something together, but it doesn't seem to work... --T-rex 02:58, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
I use hashes to detect the duplicates. I can easily tag all files which here have duplicates at commons (i'll produce that script in a couple of minutes), but every picture has to be manually checked to see if all the information was properly transfered to commons. Same problem with the local duplicates. Which of the two (or more) do you want to keep? multichill (talk) 18:08, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
With Commons duplicates, so long as the images are tagged, MetsBot will check all criteria and categorize any images that need human attention due to licensing, names, usage, etc. For local duplicates, unused images should be tagged with {{db-i1}}, duplicates that are both used should have one (it doesn't matter which, maybe the least-used one) tagged with {{duplicate}}. Kelly hi! 18:18, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

If anyone has written a bot in perl that can compare images, I'd love to see the code. – Quadell (talk) (random) 14:08, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Painted Lady

Please could someone create a bot that searches for [[Painted Lady]] and replaces it with [[Vanessa cardui|Painted Lady]]? I have just carried out a "disambiguation" exercise to separate Painted Lady (the group of butterflies) from Vanessa cardui ("Painted Lady" the species), and there are lots of pages pointing to Painted Lady that should now point to Vanessa cardui. Can I be cheeky enough to ask the bot to report to me all the changes it makes, so I can undo any errors? Many thanks—GRM (talk) 15:52, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... I'm using AWB to do this. – Quadell (talk) (random) 17:45, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svgY Done I skipped the ones about the film. I hesitated about Vanessa indica, though, since it wasn't clear to me whether the particular species or the general type was meant. The following were changed:

Not many, really. All the best, – Quadell (talk) (random) 18:05, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

:-) Thank you—GRM (talk) 14:21, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Automatic time period category sorting.

What I'd like, is a bot which, whenever [[domain:xxx text]] is in [[Category:xxx ntext]], the sort key is set to Otext where:

  • text is arbitrary text (or empty, with the sort key being set to " " in that case)
  • ntext is arbitrary text
  • Otext is calculated as follows:
    • if text is empty, or contained in words within ntext, set Text = " " (sort to top level)
    • otherwise, remove leading prepositions ("by", "of", "in"), and words contained in ntext, and capitalize the first remaining letter.
    • (There may be other rules suggested later, or manual readjustments suggested for some other rules)

To avoid possible accidential sort key errors due to something else starting with 2000 being in Category:2000 AD, we might restrict ntext to be null for years. It's less likely that something would be in a category such as Category:20th Century Fox with the "Century" not capitalized.

The bot should log its output in such a way that it can be reversed if it goes WP:ROUGE, remembering that a sort key of " " is not the same as a sort key of "". Remember, if the bot works at all as I request, it won't change any categories, merely change the sort order of categories.

Some of the categories are populated by templates, so the bot won't effect those. A couple months ago, I changed Template:DeathsInCenturyBC‎ to properly tag the nth Century BC deaths articles.

Arthur Rubin (talk) 01:41, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

I'm having trouble following. Could you give a couple examples of changes this bot would make? – Quadell (talk) (random) 14:57, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
Assuming all of these were not generated by a template:
  1. If Category:1st century deaths (or an article 1st century deaths)is already in Category:1st century, change the sort key to "Deaths" by changing the key line to:
    [[Category:1st century|Deaths]]
  2. If 1st century is in Category:1st century, change the sort key to " " by changing the key line to:
    [[Category:1st century| ]]
  3. If Category:1st century deaths by country were in Category:1st century deaths, change the sort key to Country by changing the key line to:
    [[Category:1st century deaths|Country]]
Arthur Rubin (talk) 23:30, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Ah, I see. I can do this, but I'd like to get some more feedback as to whether this would be useful and non-problematic. Any other opinions from folks out there? – Quadell (talk) 01:41, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

I've never heard any objections; and I think I mentioned some of my manual changes in Wikipedia:WikiProject Years. Pehaps I should ask again in that project, or in WikiProject Time, pointing to this request? Can you think of any other venues where input should be obtained. It just seems obvious to me that articles should be sorted, in a category, by default, by whatever information is not included in the article but not in the category name, and this seems a partial implementation. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 14:23, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

I'm going on vacation soon, and wouldn't want to start it before I go. I'll be back on the 23rd. (If someone else wants to create this instead of me, I don't mind a bit.) In the mean time, you could ask at those projects, yes, and perhaps set up an official request for bot authorization. Or I'll write up a BRfA when I get back, if no one else has tackled the project by then. – Quadell (talk) 22:23, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Search engine test

There is belief that the List of dog breeds contains dogs that don't exist. Would it be possible for a bot to made that searches for exact matches for each dog breed on Google and then outputs a list of the number of Ghits each dog has (and perhaps even sorted by the number of results?) Just to be clear, I am only going to use this list to do further research into the lesser-known breeds existence, not remove every dog with less than a certain number of hits. I was going to do this manually, but if it can be done with a bot it would certainly save a lot of time. Thanks ~ Ameliorate U T C @ 03:54, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Pictogram voting wait.svg Doing... I'm on it. – Quadell (talk) 18:47, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

I hit a snag. After querying Google over and over again with a bot, Google blocked my account, saying I look like a bot. (I am!) I'm not sure how to get around this. – Quadell (talk) 19:50, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

 Done Okay, by doing partial work in various locations, with various IPs, I got it done. Results are at Talk:List of dog breeds/stats. – Quadell (talk) 22:02, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
That's excellent, thanks a lot :) ~ Ameliorate U T C @ 22:34, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Which domains are most common for external links

Update: Symbol deferred.svg DeferredQuadell (talk) 15:37, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

Greetings. I would like to know which domains are most common in external links in Wikipedia. Ideally, it would be in the form:

  • : 132,445 links
  • : 33,993 links
  • : 107,733 links

etc. It would only need to have, say, the top 40 or 50 domains. (I would prefer if it lumped subdomains together, such as and both being counted as Is there a pre-generated list like this anywhere? If not, could someone run a search on a database dump for me? Thanks, – Quadell (talk) 22:17, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Does this Special:Linksearch help you ? Try "http://*" -- TinuCherian (Chat?) - 06:10, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Wow, thanks! Not sure how I missed that. But still, the problem is that it doesn't seem to give totals. You have to search 500 at a time until it runs out. The page isn't accessible through the API, is it? – Quadell (talk) 13:18, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes, it is available from the API. Example. -- JLaTondre (talk) 13:36, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Ooh, nice. Thanks so much! I can do this myself now, without needing a database dump. – Quadell (talk) 15:37, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

P.S. The results are not what I would have expected. Very interesting. Linked here for y'all's perusal. – Quadell (talk) 20:34, 13 July 2008 (UTC)



Is there any way that a bot could skim a page and create a separate list of all the redlinks on said page? If so, would anyone be interested in doing this for me on four total pages? « Gonzo fan2007 (talkcontribs) @ 19:08, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

Sure, that's not difficult. Which pages? – Quadell (talk) 19:47, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

Adding paramater to {{U.S. Roads WikiProject}} for Utah state routes

I am looking for a bot to search User:Admrboltz/utbotreq and find pages that only have SVG images on them (shields and maps), and then to edit the Talk page of the article, and add the following parameter to the {{U.S. Roads WikiProject}} template, "photo=yes". If there are non SVG images on the page, then just to skip the page (because this means there are JPG or other images that indicate real pictures of the route, hopefully). If possible, it would be nice if my original list could be noted when an article has to be tagged (say add a check mark next to the route name). Thanks. --Admrb♉ltz (tclog) 20:09, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

I made this list of 35 articles User:Admrboltz/utbotreq2 which has atleast on .svg image file. May be this will help you to narrow down your request. -- TinuCherian (Chat?) - 09:42, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
So botreq2 shows the ones that do have something but SVG images, the ones that are not on that list would have to be tagged with photo=yes. --Admrb♉ltz (tclog) 18:49, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Would it be useful to have this done for all articles whose talk pages transclude {{U.S. Roads WikiProject}}? – Quadell (talk) 14:20, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes, it would, but I wanted to test this on the Utah subproject first. --Admrb♉ltz (tclog) 18:49, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Find redirects in list

Hi, would it be possible for a bot to be run over the List of dog breeds and create an output of all the entries that are redirects to other pages? Thanks ~ Ameliorate U T C @ 03:12, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Doing... with AWB.. there are 630 article links in the page to be analysed -- TinuCherian (Chat?) - 05:07, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
MediaWiki puts class="mw-redirect" around links that are redirects. Check the page source or modify your CSS to show them in blue or something. --MZMcBride (talk) 05:23, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
 Done : here is your result : User:AmeIiorate/botreq Total 47 redirect pages in the 630 article links -- TinuCherian (Chat?) - 06:43, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Please help getting started

Symbol deferred.svg Deferred RichardΩ612 Ɣ ɸ 16:43, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Let's say I have a very simple Python code, which does not write anything, but only reads one page. Could somebody please tell me how I could run and test this code using my own account. Thank you very much.--Mbz1 (talk) 20:43, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

This is not really the place :)... May be WP:BON can help you... -- TinuCherian (Wanna Talk?) - 04:24, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Thank you.--Mbz1 (talk) 12:39, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Automated anniversaries for Portals

Yes check.svgY Done

Greetings from the Anarchism task force. We have a portal at Portal:Anarchism that has an anniversaries section for listing important events in the history of anarchism for each day of the year. However, it is difficult to have to manually trawl Google for '"July 11" anarchism' etc to find info on each day. I was wondering if it would be possible to have a bot search all articles and subcategories of Category:Anarchism for full date links (e.g. July 11, 2008), and then create a log of all articles which link to a given day of the year. So I ask the bot to search for "September 13" and it would give me a list of anarchism-related articles that had that linked. Granted, the signal to noise ratio would be rather low, but still better than thousands of irrelevant Google results. Is this doable? Incidentally, how are our existing day of the year articles compiled? Any assistance appreciated, Skomorokh 13:29, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Can anyone even tell me if its possible for a bot to identify full datelinks in articles, and make a list of articles with a particular datelink? Skomorokh 18:04, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes, it's certainly possible for a bot to find full datelinks and make a list based on that. There are a couple of complications though.

  1. The category system isn't really as hierarchical as it looks. For instance, Category:Anarchism->Category:History of anarchism->Category:Anarchist theory->Category:Alternative currencies->Category:Private currencies->Category:Digital gold currencies->Category:Digital currency exchangers->London Gold Exchange. Not too anarchistic, that transnational finance corporation. Category:Anarchism also drills down to Category:Science fiction fanzines, Category:Proprietary wiki software, and who knows what else. Would it make more sense to use List of basic anarchism topics?
  2. You're right about the signal-to-noise ratio. What would you want the output to look like? One possibility would be:
Date Year Article Context
July 21 1936 Anarchist Catalonia Anarchist Catalonia (July 21, 1936 – February 10, 1939) was the self-proclaimed stateless territory and anarchist society in part of the territory of modern Catalonia (Spain) during the Spanish Civil War.
September 6 1921 Errico Malatesta It is our aspiration and our aim that everyone should become socially conscious and effective; but to achieve this end, it is necessary to provide all with the means of life and for development, and it is therefore necessary to destroy with violence, since one cannot do otherwise, the violence which denies these means to the workers. (Umanità Nova, number 125, September 6, 1921[1])
May 28 2007 Ecofeminism <ref>What is Ecofeminism anyway?, retrieved on May 28 2007.</ref>

Is this the sort of thing you're looking for? – Quadell (talk) 12:46, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes, perfect, Quadell. Regarding the category system, could it be limited to just those subcategories that I explicitly choose? list of basic anarchism topics might be too narrow.Skomorokh 12:54, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes. You select a list of categories, and I can plow through to find the dates. – Quadell (talk) 13:18, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Fantastic, how about these:
Ideally, Category:Anarchists and its subcats could be included, but that category only has one article in itself. Thanks so much for offering to help! The results would be useful at e.g. Portal:Anarchism/Anniversaries/July/July 13/List. Skomorokh 13:25, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Well, I have it done, sort of. It's at User:Quadell/Anarchist dates. The only problem is, it was harder than I expected to separate out the "date" (non-year) portion from the year. (Dates are written in different formats.) That's why it's all on one page. It may be possible to separate this list into months/days, but I'm going on vacation and it'll have to wait. If it's still an issue when I get back, let me know. All the best, – Quadell (talk) 02:02, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks ever so much, this is most helpful. Separating the dates is not so much of a problem as I can use my browser to find all instances of a given date on the page. I've taken the liberty of moving the page to the portalspace. Thanks again! Skomorokh 12:19, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Banner request

Hi, I'm requesting a Bot to add the WikiProject Banner Template:WikiProject BattleTech to all articles in Category:BattleTech and its sub categories please. I've checked all the sub categories to verify they should be included, and all is in order.

Thanks! smnc (talk) 14:10, 26 April 2018 (UTC) 07:14, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

With all due respect, I would recommend on expanding Wikipedia:WikiProject BattleTech and {{WikiProject BattleTech}}. First off, the project in question, as of this post, is one hour old. You are the only member, and the project is not organized or defined. A project needs to have an interest of more than one person to justify tagging articles with a project tag. Also, the template or "project tag" does not have any function excluding advertising the project. There are no categories or rating ability. If I can give you some advice, I would work on organizing the project better, maybe looking at some other projects to see what works and ho to organize and create a useful Project tag. Also, I am not sure how many articles are within the scope of the project, but it is best to tag articles by hand, rather than automatically tagging articles. When I restarted WP:PACKERS, I tagged over a thousand pages by hand and I rated said articles. This allows you to define the scope of your project accurately. Right no I would recommend not tagging the talk pages of these articles at this time, sorry. « Gonzo fan2007 (talkcontribs) @ 07:28, 15 July 2008 (UTC)
Also, can you please remove {{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}} from your signature per WP:Signatures#Transclusion of templates and it is also really confusing. « Gonzo fan2007 (talkcontribs) @ 07:32, 15 July 2008 (UTC)
I concur with the concerns raised by Gonzo fan2007. You may invite attention to your Wikiproject for members at Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Proposals. Find similarly interested people for the project and build it. If you need any help or support , feel free to contact me or anyone at Wikipedia:WikiProject Council . Running Bot recursively on a category can be really dangerous. Believe me :).It will be great if the bot task requester can give the end node categories which are carefully selected eliminating any 'false positive' categories -- Tinu Cherian - 09:01, 15 July 2008 (UTC)
First of all if tagging was to go ahead a list would need to be checked by several users. And i agree that the project needs to be developed more before you go and mass tag articles. Printer222 (talk) 09:27, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Symbol deferred.svg Deferred Okay, we'll put this off for now. Take it slow, get some support, and try again later. (And if we bot-writers seem curt here, don't take it too hard. We're just extra cautious and thorough -- that's part of a bot-writer's nature.) – Quadell (talk) 15:19, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

{{Infobox rugby league biography}}

As per consensus agreed upon by the Rugby league WikiProject, the template {{Infobox rugby league biography}} would be changed to the sandboxed version here. The newer template (sandboxed version) while different, makes it easier for users to change information than the current version. The consensus can be seen on the WikiProject talk page.

However, the format of template is our worry but our problem is that the current version is used on approx 1500 articles and manually changing each article would be tedious and long. This is why we ask for a bot to do this, of all the instructions are explained below.


This may be hard for a programmer, but I'm sure it can be done.

For every instance of the syntax of the {{Infobox rugby league biography}} on MainSpace articles, the following should be done:

The parameter years, needs to be seperated at each use of <br/> or <br> and then seperated by each use of a dash and placed in the coresponding parameters year1 ... so on. For example:

Old parameter years = 1914<br/>1915-1918<br/>1918-1920<br>1921
Would become: year1 = 1914, year2 = 1915-1918, year3 = 1918-1920, year4 = 1921 (the template allows up to ten years)


Would become: year1start = 1914, year2start = 1915, year2end = 1918, year3start = 1918, year3end = 1920, year4start = 1921

OK, so from the first line it would get to the third line. It needs to be seperated first at each use of
then by each use of a dash (remembering dashes come in many forms)

The parameters transferred are:

years into year(counter)start and year(counter)end

The counter should change every use of
into an integer (1, 2, 3 ...)

Then the first year/word would become the start parameter, and the second term the end paramter

So "1914" would have no end parameter

"1914-1915" would have both a start and end parameter

"19??-present" use of strings in both start and end parameter

"1914-1915, 1917-1918" Uses two dashes, which should take the first date (1914) and the last date (1918) as start and finish.


  • repyears into year(counter)start and year(counter)end WHERE the counter is a capital Letter (A, B, C ...) not a number
  • coachyears into coachyear(counter)start and coachyear(counter)end where the counter is a Number
  • repcoachyears into coachyear(counter)start and coach(*counter*)end where the counter is a capital Letter (A, B, C ...) not a number
  • refereeyears into refereeyear(counter)start and refereeyear(counter)end where the counter is a number

The parameter clubs needs to be seperated at each use of <br/> or <br> and placed in the coresponding parameters club1, club2... so on. For example:

  • clubs into club(counter) where counter is a number (starts at 1) which is a new one at the seperation of each <br> or <br/>
  • repteam into team(counter) where the counter is a LETTER (starts at A) and seperated at each <br> or <br/>
  • coachclubs into coachteam(counter) where the counter is a number (starts at 1) and seperated at each <br> or <br/>
  • refereecomps into refereecomp(counter) where the counter is a number (starts at 1) and seperated at each <br> or <br/>
  • refereecaps into refereeappearances(counter) where the counter is a number (starts at 1) and seperated at each <br> or <br/>

The parameter caps(points) will be more tedious. It needs to be seperated both at each use of <br/> or <br> AND the brackets. These will be placed in the parameters appearances1 ... so on AND points1 ... so on. For example:

Old parameter caps(points) = 12 (32)<br/>14 (324)<br>281 (1010)
Would become: appearances1 = 12, points1 = 32, appearances2 = 14, points2 = 324, appearances3 = 281, points3 = 1010 (template allows ten times)
  1. So each would be seperated by either a <br> or <br/>
  2. You would then get multiple values in the form of "x (y)" or just "x" or just "(y)"
  3. So x (y) would be seperated into x and y.
  4. The x will go into the parameter appearances(counter) where the counter starts at one and goes up by 1 for each value (seperated by the br)
  5. The y will go into the points(counter) same as above.

This would have to be the same for:

  • repcaps(points) into appearances(counter) and points(counter) where the counters ARE LETTERS (starting at A) and seperated like above.

The Birth and Death date, may have some information for others but no information or limited information for others:

  • The old parameter dateofbirth and dateofdeath respectively.

Now, there will be different formats for both of these old parameters. Some will be in {{birth date and age}}, others in other templates. Some will be just written out in date form. Others might just have a year. But they somehow have to be pushed into three seperated parameters each: dayofbirth, monthofbirth, yearofbirth and dayofdeath, monthofdeath, yearofdeath.

Some other small tasks:

  • The pcupdate and repupdate should get the most recent date (one may be 12 may 08, the other 12 june 08 (in which case it would be 12 June 2008) and then seperate it into a year ("2008" in this instance) to the year parameter and the date "12 June" into the date parameter, BUT NOT LINKED.

The following parameters are no longer used and should be deleted:

| occupation =
| school =
| university =
| spouse =
| children =
| relatives =
| currentclub =
| clubnumber =
| youthyears =
| youthclubs =
| youthrepyears =
| youthrepteam =
| youthrepcaps(points) =
| otheryears =
| otherclubs =
| url =

To help users fill in some new parameters not introduced, can the bot put all parameters shown on the documentation of User:MDM/Sandbox3/doc. Even if they are empty, just place them, and in order shown there.

They may be a minority of articles that don't follow the old MOS for this infobox, the bot should create a list (somewhere) of articles that should be manually changed. I don't know much about bots, but I think this may be better done in sections/speratetly. Note that the template is currently in the old format, and we won't change it until any bot's are used.

I may be unclear in some parts, I'm here to go through with this, so I'll help to gain understanding, and this may not be as hard as it seems (to me any way).  The Windler talk  09:29, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Any responses?  The Windler talk  13:04, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
I can do this, but not right now. If there are no responses by June 28 (first time I'm really free), I'll write something. Happymelon 14:35, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, I'm in no rush. I'll just add a comment every few days, to prevent this being archived.  The Windler talk  21:22, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
Preventing archiving  The Windler talk  11:06, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
Preventing archiving  The Windler talk  06:22, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
I don't know why someone archived this, it hasn't been done yet. And User:Happy-melon has nominated that he will do it. I've put it back.  The Windler talk  09:37, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
Oh god yes, so I did. Let's see... Document-properties.svg Coding... Happymelon 19:11, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
Hang on, are you saying you want to merge the |years= and |repyears= parameters into one stream of |year#= parameters? Happymelon 20:17, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
NO, No ... The "pcupdate" and "repupdate" will be in a date format, the new paramater "year" should be a year value of the most recent year in those two old parameters.  The Windler talk  06:35, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
Note, I have added a small section under then no longer used parameters, and before this section of another small task. Thankyou, I much appreciate this.  The Windler talk  07:34, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

I'll be on Wikibreak for a week so that should give you some time to code. But I won't be able to answer any questions until next Thursday (17th July)  The Windler talk  07:36, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

This request is still open.  The Windler talk  01:15, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

Test data

Here are some test articles, you can test the bot on, though you will need to make the template name "User:MDM/Sandbox3".

Israel Folau
Dally Messenger
Clint Newton
Wayne Bennett (rugby league)
Wally Lewis
Darren Lockyer (has diffferent dates in "repupdate" and "pcupdate")
Peter Jackson (rugby league) (birth and death date format different)

 The Windler talk  07:30, 4 July 2008 (UTC)