Synchbot

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Synchbot is a maintenance service that creates, edits, or deletes your user pages across Wikimedia wikis. To request changes to your user pages on all wikis, see How do I make a request?. For more info about the bot, see the FAQs.

Synchbot is run on the first weekend of each month. Next scheduled run: 1–2 April 2023.

Requests[edit]

See previous requests.

Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (migrate to global user page)[edit]

request done:
Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (global account · recent activity · user pages)
  • go to User:Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) on every wiki
  • and delete the page.
request_user = u'Lydia Pintscher (WMDE)',
request_titles = [u'User:Lydia Pintscher (WMDE)'],
request_action = lambda bot: bot.delete(),
skip_existing = False,
skip_new = True,
skip_unregistered = False,
skip_wikis = [],
only_wikis = [],
delete_summary = None,
edit_summary = None,

Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 09:50, 8 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I took the time and deleted the user page at MediaWiki (wiki) linking to this page and the request. Tropicalkitty (talk) 22:37, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done! Deleted nine user pages.
The following log shows what the bot did on each wiki. You can click the columns to sort the log.
summary:
timewikilogged action
17:29commons.wikimedia.orgmarked for deletion (was 61 bytes).
17:29meta.wikimedia.orgskipped (cannot delete global user page).
17:30www.wikidata.orgdeleted (was 814 bytes).
17:30de.wikipedia.orgdeleted (was 808 bytes).
17:30en.wikipedia.orgmarked for deletion (was 771 bytes).
17:30wikimania2013.wikimedia.orgdeleted (was 117 bytes).
17:31sh.wikipedia.orgdeleted (was 8 bytes).
17:32de.wikivoyage.orgdeleted (was 96 bytes).
17:32en.wikivoyage.orgdeleted (was 70 bytes).
17:32es.wikivoyage.orgdeleted (was 43 bytes).
Pathoschild 17:36, 04 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

LydiaPintscher (migrate to global user page)[edit]

request done:
LydiaPintscher (global account · recent activity · user pages)
  • go to User:LydiaPintscher on every wiki
  • and delete the page.
request_user = u'LydiaPintscher',
request_titles = [u'User:LydiaPintscher'],
request_action = lambda bot: bot.delete(),
skip_existing = False,
skip_new = True,
skip_unregistered = False,
skip_wikis = [],
only_wikis = [],
delete_summary = None,
edit_summary = None,

LydiaPintscher (talk) 09:51, 8 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done! Deleted three user pages.
The following log shows what the bot did on each wiki. You can click the columns to sort the log.
summary:
timewikilogged action
17:40meta.wikimedia.orgskipped (cannot delete global user page).
17:40www.wikidata.orgdeleted (was 534 bytes).
17:41de.wikipedia.orgdeleted (was 527 bytes).
17:41en.wikipedia.orgmarked for deletion (was 442 bytes).
Pathoschild 17:44, 04 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ong Kai Jin (migrate to global user page)[edit]

request queued:
Ong Kai Jin (global account · recent activity · user pages)
  • go to User:Ong Kai Jin on every wiki (except on en.wikipedia.org)
  • and delete the page.
request_user = u'Ong Kai Jin',
request_titles = [u'User:Ong Kai Jin'],
request_action = lambda bot: bot.delete(),
skip_existing = False,
skip_new = True,
skip_unregistered = False,
skip_wikis = ['en.wikipedia.org'],
only_wikis = [],
delete_summary = None,
edit_summary = None,

Ong Kai Jin (talk) 11:03, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Lewcm (migrate to global user page)[edit]

request queued:
Lewcm (global account · recent activity · user pages)
  • go to User:Lewcm on every wiki
  • and delete the page.
request_user = u'Lewcm',
request_titles = [u'User:Lewcm'],
request_action = lambda bot: bot.delete(),
skip_existing = False,
skip_new = True,
skip_unregistered = False,
skip_wikis = [],
only_wikis = [],
delete_summary = None,
edit_summary = None,

Lewcm (talk) 19:03, 19 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Whym (migrate to global CSS)[edit]

request queued:
Whym (global account · recent activity · user pages)
  • go to User:Whym/common.css, User:Whym/monobook.css on every wiki
  • and delete the page.
request_user = u'Whym',
request_titles = [u'User:Whym/common.css, User:Whym/monobook.css'],
request_action = lambda bot: bot.delete(),
skip_existing = False,
skip_new = True,
skip_unregistered = False,
skip_wikis = [],
only_wikis = [],
delete_summary = None,
edit_summary = None,

Please delete my local common.css and monobook.css. whym (talk) 08:54, 26 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

FAQs[edit]

How do I make a request?[edit]

Here's how to submit a Synchbot task. If you're not sure how to fill in the template, just choose one below and add a comment explaining what you want. There's no approval process; your request will be handled in the next batch! Make sure you watch this page in case of questions.

To migrate to your global user page (delete your local User pages):
  1. Add this text at the bottom of the Requests section:
    ==={{subst:REVISIONUSER}} (migrate to global user page)===
    {{#invoke:synchbot|request
     |user          = {{subst:REVISIONUSER}}
     |action        = delete
     |title         = User:{{subst:REVISIONUSER}}
     |text          = 
     |skip wikis    =
     |skip existing = no
     |status        = <!-- don't change this line -->
    }}
    ~~~~
  2. Optional: add a comment before ~~~~ or edit the template with any specifics (e.g. pages to skip).
To migrate to your global CSS and JavaScript pages (delete your local *.css and *.js pages):
  1. Add this text at the bottom of the Requests section:
    ==={{subst:REVISIONUSER}} (migrate to global CSS/JS)===
    {{#invoke:synchbot|request
     |user          = {{subst:REVISIONUSER}}
     |action        = delete
     |title         = User:{{subst:REVISIONUSER}}/*.css, User:{{subst:REVISIONUSER}}/*.js
     |text          = 
     |skip wikis    = 
     |skip existing = no
     |status        = <!-- don't change this line -->
    }}
    Please delete all local CSS and JS pages. ~~~~
  2. Optional: add a comment before ~~~~ or edit the template with any specifics (e.g. pages to skip).
For a custom request:
  1. Add this text at the bottom of the Requests section:
    ==={{subst:REVISIONUSER}}===
    {{#invoke:synchbot|request
     |user          = {{subst:REVISIONUSER}}
     |action        = replace
     |title         = 
     |text          = 
     |skip wikis    = 
     |skip existing = yes
     |status        = <!-- don't change this line -->
    }}~~~~
  2. Edit the template values:
    field how to edit it
    user The name of the user who owns the pages. The default is your current username.
    action What you want the bot to do. This can be replace (overwrite pages with the new text), prepend (insert the new text at the top of the page), append (insert the new text at the bottom of the page), or delete (delete all pages).
    title The title of the page you want edited on every wiki.
    text The text you want placed on the edited pages. A few guidelines:
    • Don't add categories or templates, because they probably don't exist on most wikis.
    • Use interwiki links to link to a specific wiki (like [[m:Article]] for a page on Meta). Don't use interlanguage links (like [[en:Article]] instead of [[w:en:Article]]), unless you really want to link to a different wiki depending on the current project.
    • For a user page, use something simple and informative. Most people provide a few sentences about themselves with a link to their main user page. Consider using your global user page instead.
    skip wikis A list of wikis to skip (in addition to auto-skipped wikis). You can use a wildcard (like pt.* to skip all Portuguese wikis). The format doesn't really matter.
    skip existing Whether to skip pages that already exist.
  3. Watch this page in case I have questions. Otherwise it will be done soon! :)

How long will it take?[edit]

The 'next scheduled run' date at the top of the page shows when requests will be handled. All open requests are typically handled within one day of that date.

What can the bot do?[edit]

The bot can create, edit, or delete any of your user pages. It will edit almost all Wikimedia wikis (except private wikis, fishbowl wikis, and loginwiki).

It's very flexible and supports custom logic (e.g. edits which depend on the page size/history/content, prepending text, regex search & replace, etc). If you have a custom requirement, feel free to ask the bot operator whether it's possible.

What are the limitations?[edit]

The bot has a specific scope based on its global permission requests and local community expectations.

The bot will not...

  • protect pages;
  • rename pages;
  • delete talk pages (unless you're the only editor);
  • delete your main user page on Meta;
  • delete pages on wikis where you have a block history;
  • change pages outside the User or User talk namespaces.

There are also limits on specific wikis:

wiki limitations
ar.wikipedia.org Per request, the bot will place a speedy-delete template instead of deleting pages.
commons.wikimedia.org Per request, the bot will place a speedy-delete template instead of deleting pages.
sv.wikipedia.org Per request, the bot won't remove discussions on talk pages.

What is Synchbot?[edit]

Synchbot is a bot which makes an automated change to a specific page title on all matching wikis. It's been run by Pathoschild since 2008. The bot uses the global deleter and global editinterface permissions, and runs under a web of permissions, exceptions, and special cases negotiated with local communities.

Historically this was used to support global user pages from 2008 to 2015 (now part of global user pages), global CSS/JS from 2008 to 2014 (now available via your global.css or your global.js), and crosswiki account creation from 2009 to 2011 (now part of unified login). Now it's mainly used to delete local pages that are no longer needed due to the new global user page features.

See also[edit]