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    Not all workflow closure details have been implemented. Some will just show closed when the page is removed from the workflow (deleted, moves, merged, promoted, etc.)
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    Some discussion pages await creation until a reviewer/commenter does so. The bot should say "start discussion" for red-links. That said, if the page linked to is wrong, report this please.
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    The bot is in development, and not everything is yet implemented from the previous bot's specification. Please do bring up crucial features on discussion page or new features on feature requests page.

Reboot of Article Alerts[edit]

After several months of inactivity, a new bot has been coded to replace User:ArticleAlertbot. See the bot request for approval for details. As this represent a total reboot of the project, all previous discussions have been archived under "ArticleAlertbot (old bot)" list to the right. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 22:22, 12 December 2010 (UTC)

Subst templates in archived[edit]

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Filled by: H3llkn0wz (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 09:49, 22 May 2011 (UTC)



Subst: expensive parser and unneeded templates in archive pages. Some are reaching limit and the load times are high. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 09:49, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

Renamed GA nominee gets duplicated[edit]

  Rare unfixable corner-case

Filled by: GregorB (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 20:20, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Link(s): diff

Comments: If an article is GA nominated, then renamed, it gets duplicated, i.e. it is listed twice in the alert list. A bit of a corner case. GregorB (talk) 20:20, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

This is sort of true for every workflow, GA, AfD, CfD, etc. Basically it's a big mess with records to detect reliably what was moved where. I'll try to look into it, but there's not a lot I can do and mid-workflow moves will generally cause problems. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 11:13, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
Okay. As I said, it is a corner case: rarely happens and is only mildly confusing, so it really is a minor issue. GregorB (talk) 13:00, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Bot reporting changed TFA[edit]

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The bot restored the TFA listing for an article (M-28 Business (Ishpeming–Negaunee, Michigan)) that was first moved from July 2 to July 7 and then removed from the TFA schedule completely. The article's talk page no longer lists it under either date, so I don't know what's tripping the bot to think it's still going to be a TFA. Imzadi 1979  22:32, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for report. Since the bot keeps all the records in its local database and TFA have a completely different rules, this makes a mess when something is changed midway. I'll make it re-retrieve TFAs every time and not save old entries. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 07:47, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

Bot reporting new AFD[edit]

  Bug fixed

Filled by: Meco (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 07:36, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Link(s): [1]

Comments: The edit summary says +1 AfD; +1 FLC, but since the "AfD" is simply making changes to the article's spelling, it shouldn't use that edit summary. __meco (talk) 07:36, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for report. I didn't realize renamed (moved mid-workflow) entries get miscounted in edit summaries. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 08:26, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
Here's more of the same.[2] __meco (talk) 15:22, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
Yes, I saw that. It's a little weird. I must have messed something up (again). —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 19:11, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
I think this is now fixed (3 years later, lol) as part of #Stated_TFD_does_not_appear_in_the_report. Didn't realize what the issue was at the time and didn't see it again (it's hard to reproduce as I need to manually grab previous data files and keep re-running those, assuming nothing on wiki related to that changes). In hindsight, it makes perfect sense why it got summarized but not reported.. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 13:59, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject Disambiguation/Article alerts[edit]

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Filled by: France3470 (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 19:25, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Link(s): Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation/Article alerts, see the following requested moves:

Comments: Not a bug per se. But I have noticed that for Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation/Article alerts multi-moves involving disambiguation pages don't appear to be picked up. Since such multi-moves are a frequent occurrence for dab article might there be a way for to be changed. Thanks, France3470 (talk) 19:25, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for report. To not repeat myself, I explained this below -- #Mass_move_nominations. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 11:32, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Bot mistakes deletion sorting templates substitution with participation in discussion[edit]

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Filled by: Czarkoff (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 12:06, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

Link(s): any AfD with {{delsort}} substitution


Probably the bot should try to match the comments against {{subst:delsort}}. Unfortunately I have no knowledge of the bot's algorithm, so I can't propose any particular diff. — Dmitrij D. Czarkoff (talk) 12:06, 1 August 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for report. The bot does this slightly differently. It counts the number of participants from the page's history (contribs list), not the actual comments as I don't rely on signature parsing. It also takes away 1 from the totals if delsorts are detected (assuming the same user made all the delsorts). So, in the most cases, delsorts are actually taken into account and it's rarish that multiple users do delsorts. I'm sure I could come up with a diff where this isn't the case.
I didn't spend too much time on this, as the numbers are supposed to be approximations anyway since pure !vote counts and participant counts don't really matter and only arguments do. I could at some point make this parsing smarter, but the bot already eats a lot of resources checking each AfD each run. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 11:30, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Mass move nominations[edit]

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Filled by: Fyunck(click) (talk)

Time filed: 08:58, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Talk:Robert Varga (tennis): Talk:Robert Varga (tennis) – Requested move

Comments: Robert Varga (tennis) was put up for RM (in a multi-move) on August 7. It's August 9 and it has not appeared on article alerts for Wikipedia:WikiProject Tennis. Is it slow right now? I'm lucky I noticed it but other tennis editors will miss the ship if it doesn't show up a Tennis Project. Thanks. Fyunck(click) (talk) 08:58, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for report. Well, the page is not in Category:Requested moves, so it wasn't picked up. And the bot doesn't parse the actual nomination text, where the multiple pages are listed. It's not really a bug, more like an unimplemented feature. But I am aware of this and know this needs doing.
It is a bit of a mess from algorithm perspective. The bot first attempts to get the list of all the pages that will need reporting (AfD, TfD, RM, etc.), and only then parse individual ones as needed for subscriptions/projects. For example, RMs come from Category:Requested moves and multiple nominated pages do not appear there. So, once the bot reads the actual multiple nominations, it would need to add these new pages to the list. However, projects to whom these pages belong may have already had their report delivered. For example, Hungary's report is delivered before Tennis' (alphabetically), and if bot discovers pages while checking Tennis-related RMs and one of those pages happens to belong to Hungary as well, it won't be delivered there anymore. Next run, same problem, as the pages don't appear in preliminary lists and bot would think they are removed from RMs until it again gets checking individual pages. However, it doesn't even check pages it has seen already because it is very big waste of resources (with 1k pages per run). I guess I would need to parse all the RMs prior to even starting writing reports. This is possible, but will need a bigger rewrite than a simple fix. That said, I can detect when {{requested move/dated|multiple=yes}} is used (I'll probably change the template to categorize pages) and check those only. Anyway, pardon the technicalities, just thinking aloud. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 11:22, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
Actually it's interesting to hear you think aloud. I'd swear it didn't used to be this way. That when editors did multi-rms they were required to do it differently so that all articles under a multi-rm were listed under Category:Requested moves. It seems like I had to do it that way in the past myself... but it looks like no more. Fyunck(click) (talk) 22:31, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Duplicate archive entries again 2[edit]

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Filled by: Sir Sputnik (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 17:10, 11 May 2013 (UTC)


Comments: Like the last two times I posted here, articles are being listed several times in the archive for the WikiProject:Football. The first of the two links above is the first duplicate posting in this set, the second is the most recent one. Sir Sputnik (talk) 17:10, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for report. Okay, so this definitely happens when I/Headbomb switch who is running at the time [3]. I couldn't reproduce this on my own last two times after I fixed the initial issue. So this definitely has to do with something going wrong if bot is transitioned to run on different computers. I'll look into it. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 17:20, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Missing date and names for MfD[edit]

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Filled by: Headbomb (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 15:08, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Link(s): [4]

Comments: For some reason, the bot is missing some dates and for MfDs. Handles group nomination well however. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 15:08, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Without example, I assume the MfD tag template was substituted incorrectly. This is reason for no date for like 95% of the cases. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 15:56, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Closed TfDs not being removed[edit]

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For some reason, two TfDs that were closed in March and April are not being removed from Wikipedia:WikiProject Elections and Referendums/Article alerts by the bot. Any ideas why? Number 57 14:28, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

I suspect that it has to do with the facts that both templates are still tagged with {{being merged}}, which make them populate Category:Templates for deletion. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 15:34, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
I'll see about detecting when a page is in a the TfD "holding cell" (Wikipedia_talk:Article_alerts/Feature_requests#TfD_holding_cell) at "some point". —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 16:00, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Lutheranism category not picked up in Christianity[edit]

  Bug fixed   (Legacy code)

Category talk:Lutheran sermon writers is tagged with {{WikiProject Lutheranism}} which puts it in Category:Category-Class Christianity articles. It was CFD'd on Nov 25 but does not appear in Wikipedia:WikiProject Christianity/Article alerts. – Fayenatic London 22:28, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for report (and I know I am super-late to the party). I think this is a bug in revision insertion parsing. My old code is gone, so I would be writing it anew anyway, hopefully without the bug. (For my reference: CfD added here (2nd revision). Next bot report here. In the same report, Category:Church was picked up fine with CfD here (many revisions).) —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 16:11, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Bold new entries?[edit]

  Bug fixed

I'm not sure whether this a bug or design decision, but the bot has stopped bolding new entries when it adds them to WikiProject specific AA pages. Either way, it would be nice to have it back, since it was a convenient way of tracking which pages I had or had not checked. Thanks in advance. Sir Sputnik (talk) 05:26, 16 June 2015 (UTC)

On an article alerts page, boldface was used to highlight an item that was newly-added, or which had changed since the last time that AAlertBot (talk · contribs) built the page. Headbomb, Hellknowz - it appears that this boldface is no longer added. Is there a reason for that? --Redrose64 (talk) 17:18, 16 June 2015 (UTC)

Yes, my hard drive died and I had to restore the source code from an older version. I have not yet reimplemented all the stuff changed since. I've gotten some of the bugs re-fixed, but some of the features are missing. Real-life is a lot of work (har har). Didn't even realize the new entry boldface was one of them, it seems like it has been around forever. Thanks for reporting and do report anything else missing. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 14:47, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

GA noms on Wikipedia:WikiProject Somerset/Article alerts[edit]

Filled by: Rodw (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 09:18, 12 July 2015 (UTC)


Comments: I'm not sure whether this is a bug, but I can't understand why alert bot picks up some GA nominations for WikiProject Somerset and misses others. Recent nominations of Watchet, Blagdon Lake, Cadbury Castle, Somerset and Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum are not appearing at Wikipedia:WikiProject Somerset/Article alerts, even though (as far as I can see) they are formatted in the same way as earlier nominations.— Rod talk 09:18, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

That's really weird. I don't see any obvious reason for this. Both included and excluded pages look the same. I'll investigate. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 15:38, 12 July 2015 (UTC)
Couldn't debug this case in time, same bug now at Wikipedia_talk:Article_alerts/Bugs#Multiple_GANs_missing_from_report_after_multiple_days -- will resolve there. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 11:36, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Article prefix/namespace bug[edit]

Howdy; I'm chasing down an odd article prefix/namespace bug - see Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)/Archive 138#Article prefix/namespace bug. The articles below seem to have been created in namespace 0 (rather than 4):

- TB (talk) 19:55, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Ha. Well, that's interesting. These seem to have all been created on Jan 27, 2015 during the bot's run. No other before or since. I have not changed API in any way regarding page creation either. I can only guess this is some kind of MediaWiki bug that was live for a very brief time. I have no clue how to fix these, I can't even tell on-wiki that they are in article space, not from API sandbox either.
  • 09:23, January 27, 2015 (diff | hist) . . (+9,964)‎ . . N Wikipedia:WikiProject Serbia/Article alerts ‎ (BOT: Updating Article alert report: +1 PR) (HB/111/AR)
  • 09:23, January 27, 2015 (diff | hist) . . (+1,383)‎ . . N Wikipedia:WikiProject Russia/Science and education in Russia task force/Article alerts ‎ (BOT: Updating Article alert report: No major changes) (HB/111/AR)
  • 09:21, January 27, 2015 (diff | hist) . . (+221,036)‎ . . N Wikipedia:WikiProject Pakistan/Article alerts/Archive ‎ (BOT: Updating report archive with 1 entries) (HB/111/AR)
  • 09:20, January 27, 2015 (diff | hist) . . (+1,461)‎ . . N Wikipedia:WikiProject New York Yankees/Article alerts ‎ (BOT: Updating Article alert report: No major changes) (HB/111/AR)
  • 09:14, January 27, 2015 (diff | hist) . . (+4,723)‎ . . N Wikipedia:WikiProject Estonia/Article alerts ‎ (BOT: Updating Article alert report: No major changes) (HB/111/AR)
  • 09:13, January 27, 2015 (diff | hist) . . (+20,766)‎ . . N Wikipedia:WikiProject Delaware/Article alerts/Archive ‎ (BOT: Updating report archive with 2 entries) (HB/111/AR)
  • 09:11, January 27, 2015 (diff | hist) . . (+127,819)‎ . . N Wikipedia:WikiProject California/San Francisco Bay Area task force/Article alerts/Archive ‎ (BOT: Updating report archive with 1 entries) (HB/111/AR)
  • 09:08, January 27, 2015 (diff | hist) . . (+5,072)‎ . . N Wikipedia:WikiProject Anatomy/Article alerts ‎ (BOT: Updating Article alert report: -1 TfD) (HB/111/AR)

—  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 22:15, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Cheers for checking. Jackmcbarn has identified phabricator:T87645 as the relevant MediaWiki bug. I'll let you know if/when the articles are properly relocated just in case it perturbs this tool. - TB (talk) 08:06, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
The misplaced copies of the above 8 articles have now been deleted. - TB (talk) 11:07, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

Stated TFD does not appear in the report[edit]

  Bug fixed

Filled by: Keith D (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 20:36, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Link(s): alert report

Comments: In the above alert report the summary says "+1 TfD (Template:Lincolnshire Loop Line)" but there is no entry in the report covering the template.

Thanks for report. I think I know why. The bot doesn't report entries for certain workflows that it cannot properly parse. In this case {{Tfm/dated}} for Template:Colorbox placed the Template:Lincolnshire Loop Line that transcludes it in Category:Templates for merging. I bet the summary logic didn't account for entries the bot didn't report, but saw/tracked internally. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 21:41, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
I think I fixed it now. Summary builder now checks for the kill flag that undated records receive (and thus don't get posted). —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 13:54, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Not updating WP:Video games[edit]

  Bug fixed

Wikipedia:WikiProject Video games/Article alerts hasn't been updated for a week which is unusual given how active the page usually is. Is the bot skipping it? --The1337gamer (talk) 11:37, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

That's certainly an issue, thanks for reporting. So what the bot got was a response:
<?xml version="1.0"?><api><edit spamblacklist="" result="Failure" /></api>
Basically, it tried to add a link that's in the spam blacklist. This is probably because one of the PROD summaries included it or something and the bot tried to quote it. I'll add logic to detect when spam blacklisting happens and to deliver the report without custom user text. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 20:36, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Multiple GANs missing from report after multiple days[edit]

  Bug fixed
  Bug fixed

Filled by: Czar (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 08:41, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Link(s): Multiple recent GAN listings missing from the past few updates of Wikipedia:WikiProject Video games/Article alerts and Wikipedia:WikiProject Video games/Nintendo/Article alerts


Thanks for report. I've been trying and failing to find the cause of missing pages. (Mostly, by the time I got to debugging, the pages have moved about and I can't reproduce.) This time, I think I got it. Had two bugs in closely related places. Fixing one just produced almost the same results and left the other around, so I didn't realize my fix was fine but there was another issue. Comparing half-fix with full fix actually made a difference to VG report, so I managed to track down both. Will see on next run when the version gets updated.

For my later reference: multiple batches in same pagelist addpage request overwrote list rather than appended; last batch final page index check fail against page count due to non-workflow skipped pages. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 11:43, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! With this fix (apparently), WP Louisville just got an alert for a GAN started on August 2, as well as a Requested Move, started on August 2. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 11:41, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
Indeed. WP Languages also was updated for four requested moves filed July 25–27. Wbm1058 (talk) 11:54, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Not updating WP:MADONNA[edit]

Hello Article alerts, the bot has not been updating the above project for a long time. Can you please check what's the issue? —Indian:BIO [ ChitChat ] 04:41, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Update: The bot did run today just now, but it did not update the GAN log correctly. —Indian:BIO [ ChitChat ] 08:11, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for report. See recent update above #Multiple_GANs_missing_from_report_after_multiple_days, hopefully the same issue. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 11:44, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

RFD bug[edit]

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Filled by: Headbomb (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 13:00, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Link(s): [5]

Comments: The bot correctly reports the RFD in the edit summary, but the RFD itself is missing from the reports. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 13:00, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject:Professional wrestling AfDs[edit]

  Not a bug

Filled by: Ribbon Salminen (talk · contribs)

Time filed: 13:54, 26 August 2015

Link(s): Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Arukas Cup Six Man Tag Tournament
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Novus (professional wrestling)
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Road to Keiji Muto Tournament

Comments: The bot hasn't added these AfDs to the project's article alerts page. It updates the page daily, but for some reason skipped these. リボン・サルミネン (Ribbon Salminen) (LOLTNA) 08:13, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

The bot doesn't know that those pages belong to the project. Mainly, because they don't have project talk page banners. I will add Wikipedia:WikiProject_Deletion_sorting/Wrestling for subscription dellist option, though that will only include manually listed pages. Is there any other way one could detect pages automatically that are part of the project, like a list somewhere? —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 15:23, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
They've now been added. Thanks. Didn't realize it could be about the missing talk pages. Will keep that in mind in the future. リボン・サルミネン (Ribbon Salminen) (LOLTNA) 10:41, 6 September 2015 (UTC)