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I plan to change {{printedition}} to {{Image info}} like this: Special:Diff/4734706

Personally I would perhaps skip Category:February 2006 because Category:February 1, 2006 is a category in Category:February 2006. But File:31January2007.pdf is caegorized in both the day category and the month category.

I can do other stuff too related to cleaning up in files. For example add {{Image info}} if no such template is added or remove Category:Files needing attention if the problem have been resolved.

Automatic or manually assisted: Manually Assisted

Edit type: One time run. Perhaps over several days if I do not have time to change everything in one long run.

Maximum edit rate (e.g. edits per minute): 12 edits per minute.

Bot flag requested: (Y/N): Y

Programming language(s): Pywikipedia MGA73 (talk) 15:10, 6 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I have bot flag on several wikis. For example Commons and Japanese wikipedia. I have done millions of edits. --MGA73 (talk) 15:10, 6 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Bddpaux, Cromium, Gryllida: Hi! Could one of you have a look at this request? Is there anything I should do? --MGA73 (talk) 15:07, 18 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

MGA73: The bot has only made eight edits here. To satisfy the letter of WN:Bots/Policy's requirement of 10-20 [bot] edits for demonstration purposes (I presume all of those must be local), can you have it make a few more? And what's the minimum edit rate like? The policy requires a maximum of Heavy Water (talk) 17:42, 18 August 2023 (UTC) 12 per minute, which you say is the your bot's maximum. I assume, as a global bot operator, you're aware of the practices in the "Best practices" section of the policy. But I don't understand your reasoning for why you would skip Category:February 2006. Could you explain that more, please? BTW, the edit you linked to above as an example of what the bot would do appears to have been to a now-deleted image. Heavy Water (talk) 15:50, 18 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Heavy Water Thank you for your answer. I did a few more edits.
As for the minimum edits it is not easy to say because I monitor the edits as they happen. So it depends on if I'm distracted by something or not. The rule is that there should be a minimum of 5 seconds between each edit. That will result in a maximum of 12 edits per minute. But I'm open for other edit speeds if that is prefered.
As for skipping Category:February 2006. Yes the file I mentioned was deleted. But it is the same on all the other edits. On Special:Diff/4734707 for example it would be to skip Category:January 2006 because the file is also in Category:January 2006. On Commons there is a rule not put something in both a category and a subcategory of the same category (c:Commons:Categories#Over-categorization). I do not know if a similar rule/practice exist here. I just thought I wanted to ask before I put hundreds of files in categories.
Since I made this request I nominated 825 files for deletion (Wikinews:Deletion_requests#825_sxw-files). Depeding on that I can/will either skip edits on sxw-files, add a deletion template on those files or make the same edits as on the pdf-files. --MGA73 (talk) 16:53, 18 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I meant to say the policy sets a maximum of twelve per minute, and was only curious what your bot's minimum was, but omitted some words. We place an article in all relevant categories, even if it's already in parent categories (so it's easier for readers to find the latest news about a topic, instead of having to sift through subcategories), but I wasn't aware of any local convention for files. Looking at other month categories, like Category:February 2008, I see a lot of Print Edition files placed in those as well as in date categories. Heavy Water (talk) 17:42, 18 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you. In that case I will of course add the categories :-) --MGA73 (talk) 16:22, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • Support: This needs done, and the operator is trusted and responsive (and patient, after a long wait with no progress on this request). Heavy Water (talk) 17:42, 18 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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