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A bot is a robot designed for performing certain repetitive tasks on a wiki. Bots typically require permission to be one, and are occasionally used by negative editors (such as vandals) to damage a wiki's content.

For the system "bot" is a user group; Special:Listusers/bot produces a list of all users who are member of this group. In addition, "bot" is a user right. Edits by a user with this "right" (rather: property) by default do not show up in recent changes. Typically a user of type "bot" has user right "bot". User rights are often called "flags"; bots with user right "bot" are often called "flagged" bots.

Running your own bot[edit]

Current and proposed bots[edit]

Miscellaneous bot pages[edit]

  • Bot policy
  • Lists of bots - where to find bots used by Wikipedia and other Wikimedia foundation bot families.
  • Vandalbot – advice on dealing with malicious bots
  • robots.txt — file which tells web robots how to index your site.
  • Rollback — includes instructions for using "bot rollback" to hide vandalism from recent changes
  • Botopedia international project for generating Wikipedia articles from statistical data.

Frameworks and interfaces for bot development[edit]

See also[edit]


User groups
Local: blocked user – unregistered user – newly-registered user – registered user – autochecked users – autopatroller – bot – administrator – bureaucrat – oversight – checkuser – IP block exempt – importer – translation admin – centralnotice admin – uploader – massmessage senders
Global: locked account – unified account – bot – rollbacker – abuse filter editor – interface editor – IP block exemption – new wiki importers – sysop – ombudsman – founder – staff – WMF researcher – system administrator – steward