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    Introduction to bots on wikipedia Introduction to bots on wikipedia Presentation Transcript

    • Introduction to Bots on Wikipedia User:Tinucherian 13-June-2010 – WikiMeetup 15 Bangalore
    • Huh, Wikipedia is edited by bots?
      • I thought Wikipedia is edited by humans, aliens , rogue admins and Jimmy Wales only!
      • Wikipedia – “the free encyclopedia that anyone  can edit”
      • And why not bots ?
    • Why need Bots ?
      • Primarily to carry out repetitive and mundane tasks in order to maintain the 3,250,454+ articles of the English Wikipedia alone.
      • Imagine adding a category or template to 1000 articles.. Why do you want a human to do this ? They have better things to do !
    • Bots – Some stats
      • 1,141+ bot tasks approved for use
      • 614+ bots flagged with the "bot" flag right now.
      • This is for English language Wikipedia alone !
      • There are 272 language wikipedias and bots running on most of them.
      • You didn’t know, right ? ;)
    • Can everybody run bots ? NO !
      • Bots are able to make edits very rapidly and can disrupt Wikipedia if they are incorrectly designed or operated. For these reasons a bot policy has been developed.
      • ONLY “Trusted users” are allowed to operate Bots !
      • Wikipedia policy states the bots must be harmless and useful, have approval, use separate user accounts, and be operated responsibly.
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bot_policy
    • I can’t write bots ,but I have a bot task to do!
      • Don’t worry, just place a bot task request !
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bot_requests
    • Different kinds of Bots
      • User:ClueBot - reverts vandalism
      • User:CorenSearchBot - checks for copyright violations on new pages
      • User:DumbBOT - often removes protection templates from recently unprotected pages.
      • User:OrphanBot - removes a particular set of images from articles
      • Interwiki Bots – Add interwikilinks to articles
    • I have a bot idea, how do I create one ?
      • Write the progam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Creating_a_bot
      • Create a bot username.
      • Get the Bot task approval WP:BRFA
      • Get a bot flag
      • Run !
    • How to get approval for my Bot ?
      • File a BRFA – Bots Requests for approval
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bots/Requests_for_approval
      • Bot task are approved by BAG ( Bot Approval Group) members
      • Bot flags are granted by Bureaucrats
    • Pywikipediabot
      • The Python Wikipediabot Framework (pywikipedia) is a collection of tools that automate work on Wikipedia or other MediaWiki sites. It's written in Python, which is a free, cross-platform programming language.
      • http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pywikipediabot
      • http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pywikipediabot/Scripts
      • Questions ?