Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/VeblenBot 5

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VeblenBot task 5[edit]

Operator: — Carl (CBM · talk)

Automatic or Manually Assisted: Automatic

Programming Language(s): Perl

Function Summary: Creates pages that apply a template to the contents of a category, like User:VeblenBot/C/Requests for peer review

Edit period(s) (e.g. Continuous, daily, one time run): Continuous

Edit rate requested: once per hour, one edit per category being tracked

Already has a bot flag (Y/N): Y

Function Details:

This uses a toolserver query [1] to get the contents of a category along with the timestamp each page was added to the category. A file is created with one line per page, with each page being fed into a template. This file is uploaded into the bot's user space, but it can be transcluded elsewhere of course. The idea is to use this to automate Wikipedia:Peer review and possibly other pages subject to consensus about automating them.

Update 2008-3-1: the bot no longer uses the toolserver, since the API now returns the timestamps when articles were added to a category.


  • I'd like to see an example of your output, Approved for trial (25 edits or 10 days)Userspace only. — xaosflux Talk 05:39, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
    • The output is at User:VeblenBot/C/Requests for peer review. This is planned to be transcluded into the final page; the mockup of the final page is at User:Geometry guy/Peer review. The actual changes to the peer review page are being discussed here, but are independent of this bot task, which could be used for tracking contents of arbitrary (small) categories. — Carl (CBM · talk) 13:24, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

 Approved. looks good. --uǝʌǝsʎʇɹnoɟʇs(st47) 23:06, 27 November 2007 (UTC)