Commons:Bots/Requests/Hazard-Bot 9

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Hazard-Bot (talk · contribs) 9

Operator: Hazard-SJ (talk · contributions · Number of edits · recent activity · block log · User rights log · uploads · Global account information)

Bot's tasks for which permission is being sought: Mass-creating (or updating where necessary) "similar" categories, such as "Category:Images from the Geograph British Isles project needing categories in grid..."

Automatic or manually assisted: Automatic (list supervised, edits unsupervised)

Edit type (e.g. Continuous, daily, one time run): Occaisional

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

Bot flag requested: (Y/N): No

Programming language(s): Python

 Hazard-SJ  ✈  22:16, 9 May 2013 (UTC)


Are these categories really useful? It would seem to me that for geographic browsing we should display uncategorized images on a map. I don't think anybody will want to go through the pain of browsing the grid categories. --Dschwen (talk) 22:34, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

There are many files already categorized in these categories. However, unopposed to your idea, there are other such creations to be made (this task is not just for the example given).  Hazard-SJ  ✈  22:50, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
As they are meant to aid in the getting of images categorised, breaking them into smaller categories as has been done here is going to be useful in getting files in specific areas categorised as quickly as possible. It will enable the categorising by editors to become more systematic and streamlined, thereby easier and quicker. I'm inclined to approve this request. russavia (talk) 23:01, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
I know what these are meant to do. I'm just not convinced they actually do it :-). --Dschwen (talk) 23:30, 9 May 2013 (UTC) P.S.: on a bureaucratic/technical level this request is of course uncontrivesial. I'm sure Hazard-S would carry out this task without problems. --Dschwen (talk) 23:31, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes, those categories are useful and need to be created for two reasons.
  • The grid is quite detailed, and once one has categorised one single image in that grid in a certain village , all the others can be categorised in the right village and the grid category becomes empty and is deleted. An alternative solution is that I do a bot move to get them all in a "Category:Images from the Geograph British Isles project to be categorised" or so, but in that case, they will no longer be automatically removed from the cat when they find a place in their village.
  • Those categories do exist, even when they are red and keep filling up Special:WantedCategories. Since a couple of months, we are bringing down the average level in Special:WantedCategories to 6 items, 5 items in a couple of months, an all time low. That means that we are able to trap new bunches of uploads within 4 to 5 days after upload. Special:WantedCategories are very often created by beginners work with massive overcategorisation or plain wrong categories. Monitoring Special:WantedCategories looks pretty much useful in monitoring beginners uploads and hopefully clean up all the thousands of red categories that are there since 3--Foroa (talk) 14:34, 12 May 2013 (UTC) to 5 years.

Ok, sounds good to me. Why don't you go ahead and create a few as a test run. --Dschwen (talk) 22:30, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

He's done that. With the ease of categorising from these smaller cats, I actually managed to clear one category of 5 files within a matter of 2 minutes. After the category was emptied, it auto-requested speedy deletion. So all is good to go, let's approve this :) russavia (talk) 01:23, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Approved. --Dschwen (talk) 16:18, 13 May 2013 (UTC)