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A bot (short for software robot) is an automated software program used to perform certain repetitive tasks on a wiki. Bots typically require approval to operate, and are occasionally used by vandals to cause extensive damage to a wiki's content in a short period of time.

Special:ListUsers/bot produces a list of all accounts which are member of the “Bots” user group . Additionally, “bot” is a user right. Edits by a user with this “right” (read: property) do not show up in recent changes by default. Typically, a user from the group “Bots” will have the “bot” user right. User rights are often called “flags” and bots with user right “bot” are often called “flagged” bots.

Running your own bot[edit]

Miscellaneous bot pages[edit]

Frameworks and interfaces for bot development[edit]

See also mw:Manual:Creating a bot#Programming languages and libraries for a longer, more confusing, more outdated list of bot libraries and frameworks.