Meta:Bots

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The following is a proposed Wikimedia Meta-Wiki policy. The proposal may still be in development, under discussion, or in the process of gathering consensus for adoption (which is not determined by counting votes).

Meta:Policies and guidelines Meta-Wiki bot policy and information Bot policy
This page provides information on bots and how they should behave on Meta-Wiki. This wiki is part of the global Bot policy which is also policy for Meta-Wiki, please see there for further requirements regarding bot use on this project.

Bots are automated or semi-automated processes that edit pages with reduced or no direct human supervision. Because bots may potentially strain server resources or accidentally disrupt the project, bots must follow the policy and guidelines outlined in the standard bot policy, which is also the bot policy for Meta-Wiki. The policy outlines how bots may be used on applicable projects; bots which do not follow the policy may be blocked immediately until the operator has resolved any issues or non-compliance.

Local policy[edit]

Main article: Bot policy

Account name and identification[edit]

  • The bot name should clearly contain the word "bot" in its user name to more easily distinguish it from human editors, although exceptions may be allowed.
  • A bot must be run using a separate account from the operator, as no human editor should be granted a bot flag. Its user page should clearly and visibly denote it as a bot to distinguish it from human editors (this can be achieved using the templates {{bot}} or {{Infobox Bot}}), and operators must be available to answer any comments themselves. No user is permitted to make use of automated answering scripts. Some operators may choose to redirect the bot's talk page to their own, if their bot is not configured to detect messages.

Malfunctioning[edit]

Bot accounts malfunctioning may be blocked by any administrator to prevent further damage to the project. Administrators are advised to turn out autoblocks when blocking legitimate bot accounts to avoid that bots running from shared IP (such Wikimedia Labs bots) to be blocked as well.

Standard bot policy notice[edit]

This wiki uses (and is also local policy) the standard bot policy, and allows global bots and automatic approval of certain types of bots. Requests for bot flags should be made on Meta:Requests for adminship#Requests for bot flags, providing information about the bot account, the bot owner, and the intended tasks for which approval is being sought.

Removal[edit]

Removal of bot status can take place:

  • On operator request.
  • Bots not respecting this requirements and the bot policy might have their bot flags revoked. Users can also seek removal of bot flags by filling a request on Meta:Requests for adminship#Requests for bot status in the same way a bot flag request, providing evidence of wrongdoing. After a week, a bureaucrat will close the discussion and determine if there are reasons to justify the removal, and will act accordingly. In emergencies or flagrant bot flag missuse, removal can take place immediately (see Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat). In both cases, operators should be contacted and informed. No removal discussion can start without evidence that the operator has been notified that the bot status of their account(s) is being contested.
  • Bot accounts inactive for 14 continuous months will have their bot flags removed by a bureaucrat. Operators will be warned seven days in advance before removal can take place. If the operator replies and states that they will intend to be active again with the bot, removal won't take place.