This is an automated message delivery bot that is blocked locally for failing to comply with English Wikinews policy on bots.
Why doesn't EdwardsBot respect the " "/" " templates?
Simply put, because those templates are very poorly implemented.
In order for a bot (operator) to respect those templates, the full page text of the target page must be fetched and then the template must be extracted and parsed. In addition, the templates support both positive and negative assertions. These factors combine to create a coding headache that simply isn't worth the trouble, particularly as most of EdwardsBot's deliveries should be opt-in.
- Operator: MZMcBride (talk)
- Bot name: EdwardsBot (talk · contribs)
- Programming language: Python (source)
- Task: m:Global message delivery
- I'm apparently not allowed to vote here, so I'll just comment instead. The bot's source code is here: m:Global message delivery/Configuration. I can't really lose any more respect for this project. As someone recently commented to me, he had stopped contributing to Wikinews because "rewriting content from the BBC gets old" and "it's not fun to write articles by yourself." Someone else commented to me that "nobody wants to read old news." And these are all valid arguments for why Wikinews has failed, but really, let's be honest, it's the user "community." Brian: looking directly at you. And let's not pretend as though this is a single disgruntled English Wikipedian saying so alone. There have been complaints for years about you and your behavior here.
It used to be that the English Wiktionary was the most (or perhaps simply the most well-known) hostile and insular Wikimedia wiki. But the English Wikinews has worked hard to take that title. Good job, y'all. Half of me wanted to add a specific exception so that the bot wouldn't post here (if target_wiki = 'en.wikinews.org': continue!), but I'll restrain myself. GOD BLESS AMERICA! --MZMcBride (talk) 21:49, 25 January 2013 (UTC)