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Archive policy

Archive interwiki (also some approvals for interwiki bots)

Minor wording correction for CONTEXTBOT[edit]

The last element of the list of example changes starts with "Changing HTML entities to Unicode characters whenever the Unicode character might be difficult to identify visually in edit-mode" but I believe it should read "Changing Unicode characters to HTML entities whenever the Unicode character might be difficult to identify visually in edit-mode" because other policies refer to some bare Unicode characters being indistinguishable from ASCII and therefore recommend HTML entities. Julyo (talk) 19:48, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

That's just an example, for cases like changing & to & -- a task too minor and visually indistinguishable and so afoul of superfluous edits if done by itself. Your change/example would also work the other way for other characters, but the former is way more commonly seen and proposed for bot tasks than the latter, so that's the example. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 20:15, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

Request for Bot Approvals Group notification[edit]

As is required by the BAG membership procedure I am placing this notification at WP:AN, WP:VPM, WT:BOT, and WP:BON. I am requesting to join the Bot Approvals Group and my request can be found here: Wikipedia:Bot Approvals Group/nominations/HighInBC. HighInBC Need help? {{ping|HighInBC}} 20:24, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

Clarification on updating approved bots[edit]

  1. After a bot account is created and approved to automate a task, what is the protocol for running modified or completely new functions?
  2. If one builds a suite of automated but unrelated tasks, can the bot perform all tasks at once, as long as all tasks have been approved?
  3. Is it allowable to request approval for multiple unrelated tasks in one request, or should they be split into multiple requests?
  4. Is there ever a reason why one user would need to create multiple bot accounts?--Joel amos (talk) 04:07, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
  1. Any significant modification of task, or addition of new task will require a new BRFA to be submitted.
  2. It depends, using meaningful edit summaries is important - if there are multiple different kinds of changes happening in the same instantaneous edit this can get tricky.
  3. It depends, mostly on how unrelated and how wide in scope. (e.g. "Replace infobox-xxx and portal link-y" in one BRFA is likely OK - "rollback vandals and convert citations to wikidata" would not be.
  4. Yes, say they need different flags, or just because the operator or community thiks the edits and logs should be different. — xaosflux Talk 13:19, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for responding to my questions. It seems like discretion and common sense are the driving forces here, and that's what makes Wikipedia great.--Joel Amos (talk) 16:28, 21 August 2016 (UTC)


Are there any bots running with the ability to delete an article without direct human intervention? Are there any bots running with the ability to delete an article, without placing a deletion tag or it and having it run the ordinary deletion process? In this connection, I point out that though administratorsdo havethe power to delete single=handed, they normally use this only for obvious vandalism or copyvio or straightforward technical deletions. it is very rare nowadays that any admin would themselves delte under most deletion reasons. DGG ( talk ) 01:43, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

@DGG: technically These 6 bots have deletion access. These bots are all operated by administrators. — xaosflux Talk 03:03, 14 October 2016 (UTC)