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Operator: Akoopal (talk)

Bot's tasks for which permission is being sought: Manipulation of categories like -onlyfilter.

Automatic or manually assisted: Automatic, but always supervised.

Edit type (e.g. Continuous, daily, one time run): A single run when needed.

Maximum edit rate (eg edits per minute): At the moment 1 per minute. If quicker is allowed, would be appreciated.

Bot flag requested: (Y/N): N

Programming language(s): pywikipedia, but only the standard bot.

Akoopal (talk) 18:08, 26 November 2009 (UTC)


  • I cant see a problem in the first few edits so it looks ok for me to give a botflag. Huib talk 18:13, 26 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I don't see any issues so far. You can speed up the bot to do more edits than 1 per minute. Please give us a new edit rate if you want it to be quicker. Kanonkas // talk // e-mail // 12:19, 27 November 2009 (UTC)
    • Edit rate is not important. User knows what he's doing so fire it up :-) Multichill (talk) 12:56, 27 November 2009 (UTC)
      • What I saw from this specific bot, I saw if I would run it without ratelimit, it would reach about 4 edits per minute. The default for pywikipedia is 1 edit per 10 seconds, so about 6 per minute max. Seems to make sense to keep it at the default then? Akoopal (talk) 23:41, 27 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I think will be good idea to improve edit summaries (list added/removed categories). HotCat summaries may be used as example. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 17:01, 27 November 2009 (UTC)
    • Makes sense, but as I said, I only run the bot. This is a bot in the pywikipedia distro, and I only ran it. Will discuss it with Multichill who wrote it, and also have a look at the code myself. Akoopal (talk) 23:41, 27 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Trusted user and experienced bot programmer on nl:wiki. Glad to have him aboard. Wutsje (talk) 23:33, 27 November 2009 (UTC)
  • On which files do you plan running this bot? Do you check the parent and the subcategories of the trees you are filtering on? -- User:Docu at 09:23, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Currently there are only 7 edits, can you do 100 test edits? -- User:Docu at 10:48, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
    • I am currently on the dutch wikipedia working on mill-project there. From that perspective I plan to work a bit more on the mill pictures on commons. I don't want to do big botwork, but in that work you sometimes find for example a big number of pictures in a category that are left in the top-level categories. A very big one Multichill did for me, and as that appeared very simple I did a test on a small one I noticed after that.
    • Be aware I am not asking for a botbit, only permission to once in a while run a bot. As said only small maintenance work I notice when cleaning up the mill-category.
    • Having said that, I might look around if I quickly see more work, but doing a 100 edits might be a lot, given how I work. Akoopal (talk) 12:41, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
      • The risk with running this type of bot is that if you run it on random images it might remove categories that appear to be superfluous just because either parent categories are incorrect or lack other subcategories. If you limit it to a specific field or do it on assisted basis only, it shouldn't be a problem. BTW, it's not a problem if it takes you some time to get the 100 edits. -- User:Docu at 13:57, 1 December 2009 (UTC)
        • I understand the concern. The instances I will look at will mostly be that I find a very specific category, like a category with the pictures of one mill, where all the pictures were not removed from the parent categories. I will certainly not run it over random pictures. Akoopal (talk) 22:11, 1 December 2009 (UTC)
          • No response for 15 days, time to flag? Multichill (talk) 12:59, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

✓ Approved. Kanonkas // talk // e-mail // 14:19, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

  • Looks like I missed that it did a longer test run since December 1. As it's already approved .. -- User:Docu at 15:31, 16 December 2009 (UTC)