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SDrewthbot (talk · contribs)

Operator:  — billinghurst sDrewth

Bot's tasks for which permission is being sought:

  • Upgrading/updating {{information}} on files, eg. adding repetitive descriptive text to files, especially upgrading derivative texts where extracted from .djvu files as used at Wikisource. Specific example would be adding illustrator details to files where that has been omitted. Generally would list tasks undertaken on talk page at time of operation.
  • Recategorising and similarly adding categories to works, again examples would be derivative works that have been added for extracted pages from .djvu files
  • Bot currently operates on ad hoc basis at English Wikisource, en:s:user:SDrewthbot contributions sulutil

Automatic or manually assisted: Manually assisted

Edit type (e.g. Continuous, daily, one time run): Small batch adhoc

Maximum edit rate (eg edits per minute): one per minutes, again note small batch, ad hoc

Bot flag requested: (Y/N): Not required, though may be worth consideration at some point in time.Yes Looking to progress to bot status.

Programming language(s): AWB

 — billinghurst sDrewth 05:01, 20 June 2010 (UTC)



Looking to upgrade the status of the work being undertaken by myself with my bot in looking to get a general agreement to undertaking text replacements in the updating of {{Information}} text, and then the allocation of bot status. Allocating bot status will allow this to run semi-automated within AWB.

  • Template fixes around Special:WantedTemplates/commonswiki, where template should not be created, that is the template is unnecessary it will be removed with parameters, where the template is broken, it will fixed to required state to be functional.
  • Application of {{creator}} transclusion to the Author = field within {{information}} or {{book}} templates where the requisite Creator: namespace page exists, principally selecting worklist by the respective categories of the authors.

Typically this type of work is in batches of less than 100, as they are small repetitive tasks on small groups requiring fixes. Such batches are reviewed for passes and fails. Also happy to take requests for this type of work.

To note that SDrewthbot has an extensive edit history at English Wikisource for similar repetitive text replacements SUL. My current process is to list ad hoc tasks as they are undertaken on the userpage, where a more complex fix takes place to create a subpage with the detail, and to link to it specfically, adding the content of replacement, with regex, and then API query used, eg. s:en:User:SDrewthbot/trim trailing LF  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:48, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

I think will be good idea to improve edit summaries (example). --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:45, 8 November 2011 (UTC)
Yes I agree, though that edit was a point of difference as it had to be manual saves rather than semi-automated. I saw that it needed the template, and I cheated, rather than needing to do even more edit circles.<shrug>
Not sure if it's a good idea to insert empty information templates into file description pages. --  Docu  at 06:54, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
If that is all that it was, then I would agree, but it wasn't. I added {{subst:information/preload}}, and if you look closely you will see that the next edit was by me to complete the template. For those of using secure login, we cannot use the information load gadget.  — billinghurst sDrewth

Further edits happening with simple explanation summary of changes.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:24, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Now replacement information is duplicated in edit summaries. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:46, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
It was showing the applied label, and then AWB was applying the record of the actual action. I have changed it to just add a label. If there is specific guidance on what is the preferred edit summary, happy to comply. It is not something that we cover at Commons:Bots or Help:Edit summary.  — billinghurst sDrewth 20:00, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
Were there further thoughts or requirements? Do I need to do more?  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:10, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
{{see below}} isn't needed at [1]. --  Docu  at 07:16, 18 November 2011 (UTC)
yep, it was hosed on some, and I added it, then stopped.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:50, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

If there are no further questions, I propose that we approve this. Trusted user, simple tasks, unlikely to cause major problems. Any improvements can be suggested as they are noticed. --99of9 (talk) 12:26, 23 May 2012 (UTC)

✓ approved --99of9 (talk) 02:00, 29 May 2012 (UTC)