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Looking for advise/Is it a bot[edit]

I am writing a program to auto update https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_percentage_of_population_living_in_poverty using the world bank api. https://github.com/utilitarianexe/wiki_poverty_list_bot If I use this to generate the markup but do not autopost does this still need approved. Also how do cite the program or let other editors of the page know that is how the data is being generated. Would it be better to make it truely autoupdate periodically as a full on bot? Thanks for any help Lonjers (talk) 00:22, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

No approval is needed if you are manually posting it (this would be considered more like a script than an automated bot, I suppose). Feel free to explain the nature of the program briefly in the edit summary; you might consider creating a page in your userspace with some info about it, including the GitHub URL, that you can link to in the edit summary. I don't see a pressing reason to make this a bot given how often I imagine the data is updated, but if you think it should be automatic after doing it for a while, we can go down that road then. — Earwig talk 00:30, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
To clarify one point: When manually posting it, you are expected to be reviewing the edit to make sure it really is sensible just as you would with any other edit, not just blindly hitting "save page" on the script's output. Anomie 13:19, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the help I finished with the first table using output from the program if you want to check it out. Will also be working on updating the rest of the page and maybe hunting for other things that need updated like this. If you have any suggestions of similar projects as this let me know. Maybe post on my wiki user page. Lonjers (talk) 02:44, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

If you want to let it run automatically and periodically, then yes it would be a bot. As far as how to cite, programs don't make edits - editors do (or editor controlled bots do). You could write up at least a description of your program and include it in the edit summaries. As for as actual "citations" go, your edits should incorporate a citation to the actual source of the data. — xaosflux Talk 03:45, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

Dead links bot[edit]

Regarding dead Links bot (ie. User:Cyberbot_II) .. some concerns have been raised by multiple users about how it handles bare URLs and the response from the author is that is how it was designed and approved. How do we open new discussion/concerns about an approved active bot? -- GreenC 16:19, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

If you want to bring up concerns about bots, here or usually WP:BON is the venue. There's no dedicated page or process for this. Most interested parties would be watching either. Usually these get resolved on talk pages or here or, if all fails, ANI. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 16:31, 10 February 2016 (UTC)