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This page hosts requests for a bot flag on a Wikimedia wiki with no bureaucrats. Please read the instructions before posting a request. Do NOT post your request here until you get community approval (i.e., don't list your bot here if you haven't consulted the local wiki for at least a week, or whatever local policies dictate).

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Before posting here[edit]

Before posting here, please check the following points:

  1. If there is a bureaucrat on the local wiki (visit Special:ListUsers/bureaucrat on the wiki to check): Please ask them to fulfill your request using Special:UserRights on the relevant wiki.
  2. Before requesting access here, make sure to obtain consensus on the local wiki if there is a community (see the index of request pages). If there is no local community, request on this page with a note to that effect. You can ask local bot flag directly here for some wikis in some cases (see automatic approval).
  3. Remember to read the local project's bot policy. This should be linked from the local bot request page; a few are listed below. DO NOT post your request here without having fulfilled the local policies first, and having waited for at least a week to gauge community opinion. In the case that the project does not have a local bot policy, the global bot policy applies.
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Making a request[edit]

  1. Place the following code at the bottom of the "Bot status requests" section below:
    === Bot name@xxproject ===
     |status    = <!--don't change this line-->
     |domain    = 
     |user name = 
    (your remarks) ~~~~

    You can use following form when applying global bot status:

    === Global bot status for <yourbotname> ===
     |status    = <!--don't change this line-->
     |domain    = global<!--don't change this line-->
     |user name = 
    (your remarks) ~~~~
  2. Fill in the values:
    • 'domain': the wiki's URL domain (like "ex.wikipedia" or "meta.wikimedia").
    • 'user name': the bot's user name (like "ExampleBot"). Leave it blank if you're requesting access for multiple bots.
    • 'discussion': a link to the local vote or discussion about the bot (for example, "[[ex:Wikipedia:Bots#ExampleBot]]"). Notes: If there is no local vote or discussion, please say so below the template and explain why not. If there's no community, implement the standard bot policy instead.
  3. If anything is missing from your request, a steward will request more information.

Global bot status requests[edit]

Global bots are enabled on most wikis using the standard bot policy (see list of global bot wikis and global bot access requirements). Request will typically be left open for several days to allow comments. Please add requests at the bottom of this section.

Global bot status for Wikisource-bot[edit]

@Billinghurst: can you provide some example diffs for the "light edit"s you expect to introduce? — xaosflux Talk 13:12, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
 — billinghurst sDrewth 13:17, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
  • It looks like the problems with causing "empty edits" is still being discussed at phab:T199042? I'm not a fan of pushing millions of edits through the front end if not necessary and see there is still some discussion on the first task listed. If this is the only way to fix the pages then I'm supportive of this being an exception to the global bot policy for a limited time and trust that the operator will stay on task. — xaosflux Talk 02:18, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
    • No. The T199042 task is about a change in the pywikibot itself. As the intended bot edits (initiated as nul-edits) are real edits that change database content (revision table, page_props table, and, in case of very old pages also page_text table) it is unlikely for this job to be done by software directly in the database. I have asked devs about such possibility (doing such jobs server-side) while deleteing a large category in Commons some time ago, but they suggested that such a solution is unlikely to be accepted. So, AFAIK, nobody considers this action as a server-side one now. Ankry (talk) 05:47, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
  • The requested tasks are outside of the global bot policy scope (verbatim: "the bot must only maintain interlanguage links or fix double-redirects"). As such, a global bot flag is not appropriate. Sorry, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 22:35, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
    • That said, if this task needs to be accomplished, and really needs to be handled via the frontend as xaosflux mentions above, I am willing to issue a temporary exception per IAR, but it's a "dangerous" precedent, given how strict the bot policy was precisely to favor the adoption of it on most wikis. If needed a temporary global group opting-in the wikisources where the bot needs to run can be created. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 22:42, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

Removal of global bot status[edit]

Please see the removal policy for global bots for the requirements that must be met for global bot removal requests.

Bot status requests[edit]

Please add new requests at the bottom of this section.

Other bot accounts@bn.wikisource[edit]

Status:    Not done

I have been informed by @Martin Urbanec: on a Phabricator chat that our use of the 'bot user' flag on bnwikisource for actual bot accounts constitutes an abuse of that flag, so we would like to grant the actual bot flag to all such accounts that we had been treating this way (aside from Hrishikesbot which is being dealt with above). I am not sure that correcting an abuse such as this requires any sort of community consensus, but if this set of requests is put on hold indefinitely (or outright rejected) I would be willing to start such a community discussion. Mahir256 (talk) 23:11, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Yes,I can confirm. Thank you very much for requesting this! --Martin Urbanec (talk) 23:15, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Were there any discussions before flood flags were granted? Ruslik (talk) 08:41, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
@Mahir256, Bodhisattwa, and Jayantanth: pinging the requester and admins who assighed the flag. Ankry (talk) 06:16, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
@Mahir256: ^. Matiia (talk) 04:51, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

@Ruslik0, Matiia, and Ankry: Apologies for the prolonged delay in response. @Jayantanth: had just given my bot the flag as "tempora[ril]y given" without discussion; I did not intend to make use of that account for bot edits on bnwikisource, instead mainly intending it for Wikidata bot edits, but at the time he gave the flag I had been using that account on bnwikisource for manual edits back when a log-in bug affected my main account. Jayantanth gave タチコマ robot the flag by virtue of being a 'long-time trusted bot' (apparently satisfying a request from 2008 from the bot's operator). @Bodhisattwa: just gave ListeriaBot the flag, and Jayantanth to Phe-bot, but I cannot readily find any discussions about those. Mahir256 (talk) 16:54, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

In this case a discussion for each bot is required before we can grant bot flag. Ruslik (talk) 19:37, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
Not done. Feel free to re-request the bot flag in the future, if there's consensus. Matiia (talk) 15:19, 20 September 2018 (UTC)




タチコマ robot[edit]


There is community consensus to add new namespaces (which was done itself). As zhwikiversity used fake pseudo namespaces (pages are just starting with School:, formally still in NS_MAIN) before the request was processed and they discussed about pages in this fake namespace, they have several pages called Talk:School:something. Those pages are not accessible from the web and not tied to the pages in School: namespace. They should be mass moved to School talk: namespace (School: is just one of the namespaces, see the Phab task for others). To not flood RecentChanges and to be able to suppress redirect, I hereby ask temporary bot flag. I think explicit discussion is not required, it is just a matter of technical implementation of approved task. Martin Urbanec (talk) 22:44, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

I disagree, a local discussion is needed. We can't grant some permission without consensus. Matiia (talk) 22:58, 22 September 2018 (UTC)
Oh, come on. That's ridiculous. The editing community of that wiki can't possibly care about what technical procedure is used to fulfill their request, as long as the end state is as requested. - dcljr (talk) 02:35, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
@Martin Urbanec: How much time do you need to complete all moves? Ruslik (talk) 20:26, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
24 hours is fine. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 13:48, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
@Martin Urbanec: done for 2 days. Ruslik (talk) 20:31, 25 September 2018 (UTC)

While moving them with redirect suppression via API is a way to do it, a proper one is to run mw:Manual:namespaceDupes.php IIRC. --Base (talk) 20:52, 25 September 2018 (UTC)

Ah lol it is to move 3 pages left after the script? Why not ask a random gs to move them via APISandbox… --Base (talk) 20:59, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
@Base: namespaceDupes.php isn't everything - it was executed while deploying. PS: It's not 3 pages, it's 25 pages. Yeah, I can spend 2 hours explaining to random GS how to do it - but it is faster to do it myself. And it would be a 1000% faster if I were a sysadmin => powerful enough to do it without any privs-granting. PPS: If this were normal bot job, I would not ask for a bot flag, but I don't want to leave normally not deletable stuff after myself. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 22:40, 25 September 2018 (UTC)


Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 09:18, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Removal of bot status[edit]

Requests for removal of the bot status from your own bots can be done here. If a specific user is abusing his/her bot status, you may request removal of the status on his account here as well. Please be sure to provide a short explanation on the current situation, along with links to the bot's contribution and an announcement in your community of the abuse. Previous requests are archived.

Πλάτανος στο ποταμάκι@elwikivoyage[edit]

Username:Πλάτανος στο ποταμάκι


Thanks.--Πλάτανος (talk) 13:55, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

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