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Approval for WPCleaner use...

In followup to something mentioned here. Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents#Unauthorized bot job, unresponsive operator would BRFA be the place to request a bot flag for a user account so that it CAN be run in an approved manner?

An additional concern expressed was that the BOT components of it were not compliant with the relevant policy on Cosmetic edits. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 21:19, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Bots are more about what edits they will make then what tool they use - so yes BRFA is where to request a bot flag to run a dedicated account for bulk editing of repeatable edits. Note: the edits must be in compliance with applicable policies (i.e. you will most likely not get a bot approved to do nothing but make cosmetic edits). — xaosflux Talk 21:59, 23 May 2017 (UTC)
That was based on the ANI disscussion what I understood as well, and means effectively that WPcleaner should not be used until it's fixed. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 22:03, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

BAG nomination

Please note a nomination for Bot Approvals Group membership is active. Feel free to comment here. ~ Rob13Talk 22:46, 26 May 2017 (UTC)

Please note, this nomination has been closed as successful. — xaosflux Talk 00:15, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

Inactive bots May 2017

 DoneAll of these accounts have been de-flagged and marked as inactive. — xaosflux Talk 15:52, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

The following bots, and their respective operator, have each had no contributions in over two years and are scheduled to be deauthorized in one week per the bot policy activity requirements. If your bot is listed and you wish to retain authorization, please add a note to the table and sign below.

bot_name bot_editcount bot_lastedit oper_name oper_lastedit notes
User:SelketBot 16870 20110624183928 User:Selket 20140216162053
User:SkiersBot 124334 20110715052412 User:Skier_Dude 20120917042322
User:MartinBotIII 136346 20110731122144 User:Martinp23 20130427212553
User:Kotbot 157583 20110816121147 User:Kotniski 20120124000153
User:WalkingSoulBot 1 20110823130647 User:WalkingSoul 20110605220714
User:GurchBot 7421 20110919112313 User:Gurch 20130804182024
User:MiszaBot 81480 20111013170506 User:Misza13 20150219094323
User:DodoBot 136137 20111126163905 User:EdoDodo 20111126164139
User:RaptureBot 13074 20111218221254 User:FinalRapture 20111120060515
User:Rfambot 1774 20120213174928 User:Jennifer Rfm 20131106230051
User:FlBot 14324 20120217110113 User:Fl 20140326014308
User:MessageDeliveryBot 10187 20120605022949 User:EdoDodo 20111126164139
User:AlanBOT 6712 20130429203141 User:ikseevon 20130429040405
User:MMABot 5265 20130505205805 User:TreyGeek 20130628122155
User:LyricsBot 27368 20130921052032 User:Dcoetzee 20141003225306 Operator has been banned
Accounts are already globally locked
User:DyceBot 45604 20140105070113 User:Dycedarg 20140315182843
User:HersfoldArbClerkBot 11398 20140110024813 User:Hersfold 20140110040539
User:IPLRecordsUpdateBot 19 20140210113220 User:Jfd34 20140420092748
User:Wpp research bot 3 20140328200839 User:Jantin 20141222190945
User:AstRoBot 4229 20150125114428 User:WDGraham 20150214171645
User:HBC AIV helperbot7 253005 20150204230319 User:Wimt 20150512214048
Thank you, — xaosflux Talk 15:06, 29 May 2017 (UTC)
Bot flags are being removed due to inactivity. Should these bots want to be reactivated in the future a new BRFA will be needed. — xaosflux Talk 15:39, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Getting updates on finished tasks?

So I had an idea regarding bot tasks, specifically regarding followup. I've often wondered (even with my own tasks) about how many edits actually were made during a bot run, to see if there was any sort of accuracy regarding the initial estimate. Also, thinking about minor tweaks that were made to code to improve it.

Would it be reasonable to ask for bot operators to give some sort of "after action report" for one-off bot runs? Primefac (talk) 14:14, 8 June 2017 (UTC)

I'd love to see them list our their tasks on their userpage, with details and notes - but getting people to do it consistently may be hard. — xaosflux Talk 17:59, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
Oh! That's a good idea. Might update my own table. Primefac (talk) 18:21, 8 June 2017 (UTC)


Please comment there. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 17:59, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

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