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Bot's current status: Operational. Version 2.1.0 is ready to go. Hersfold (talk/work) 01:34, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

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HersfoldOTRSBot This user is a bot.
(talk · contribs)
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Operator: Hersfold (t/a/c)
Approved? Yes
Flagged? Yes
Task/s: Tags images that have not received OTRS permission in 30 days for deletion and notifies uploaders
Edit rate: 6 edits/min
Edit period/s: When Hersfold is online
Automatic or manual? Manual login, automated editing under supervision
w:Programming language/s: Java, with MER-C's Java library
Source code published? /Source
Emergency shutoff-compliant? Yes
Other information: Version control


HersfoldOTRSBot will trawl through Category:OTRS pending for images that have been tagged with an {{OTRS pending}} template for more than thirty days. These images will have the {{OTRS pending}} tag removed and replaced with {{subst:nopd}} for deletion in 15 days. The bot will also attempt to notify the uploader of the image with {{Noticket}} so they can attempt to correct the matter.

HersfoldOTRSBot does not carry out any deletions itself, and is not an admin bot; it only marks images that meet a single specific criteria for deletion, and notifies users of this action.

Future updates[edit]

To suggest an update to the bot, please contact Hersfold at Wikipedia. Suggestions for updates should relate to the bot's current task; if you would like a bot to perform a totally different task, please make your request at COM:BR.

  1.   Not done Implement changes described at to have the bot handle images marked with Flickr templates differently, depending on the status of the Flickr template. (requested by User:Rockfang, scheduled for v2.2.0)

Completed requests[edit]

  1. ✓  Done Have the bot warn operators of File Upload Bots rather than the bots themselves (thinking of the ones in format "User:File Upload Bot (owner)") (as of v1.1.0)
  2. ✓  Done Add an opt-out list (as of v1.1.0)
  3. ✓  Done Have the bot check for an existing {{permissionOTRS}} (or equivalent) template, and do not mark for deletion if one exists. (as of v1.1.0 v1.1.1)
  4. ✓  Done Have the bot check for {{OTRS received}}, and ignore if present. (as of v1.1.0 v1.1.1)
  5. ✓  Done Have the bot identify the OTRS volunteer adding a {{OTRS received}} template and "ping" that volunteer to check up on the image and take appropriate action. (on request of OTRS Noticeboard, as of v1.2.0)
  6. ✓  Done Add separate opt-out list for OTRS volunteers (requested by User:AFBorchert, as of v1.2.4)
  7. ✓  Done Have the bot handle {{Template:OTRS pending}} syntax, etc. (as of v1.2.7)
  8. ✓  Done Have the bot link image names in message headers (requested by User:Eusebius, as of v1.2.7)
  9. ✓  Done Issue one notice per type (deletion/received) per user per run (requested by several users, as of v2.0.0)
  10. ✓  Done Set up basic persistence so the bot can complete notifications on the run following a crash (as of v2.0.0)
  11. ✓  Done Have the bot recognize when a talk page is a redirect, and post to the targeted page instead. (as of v2.0.8)
  12. ✓  Done Crash recovery has encoding issues. (as of v2.1.0)


/Operation logs - /Opt Out - /Volunteer notice - /Noticket