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  • Hi everyone.

    I've got an alternative account for automatic and assisted edits that I occasionally use to aid in template maintenance tasks. In the past its been used to quickly rollout changes to templates (such as the switch from {{Infobox/Vehicle}} to {{Infobox/Sparrow}} on the sparrow articles).

    For these sorts of tasks its worked great, but it has also quickly filled the recent activity feed. It gets particular bad when you consider that some templates like {{Infobox/Armor}} is on over 1300 articles.

    There is a way to stop this, its called the bot flag. But for this to be applied, the community needs to support the decision.
    So, if you support adding the bot flag to User:Silicon Soldier Bot, post {{Support}}. If you oppose, post {{Oppose}}. If you have any questions or concerns, fire away.

    - Silicon

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    • Support

      Support

      I do have one question. What are the drawbacks, if any?

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    • Support

      Support - Definitely need more bots to help maintain the site :)
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    • Death's Accolyte8 wrote: Support

      Support

      I do have one question. What are the drawbacks, if any?

      Well bots are pretty sophisticated now, so not many. The only possible con of using one is that they could add mistakes to lots of pages in a short period. This is easily avoided though, as the person using it is an admin, we tend to check bot edits regularly, and if it does happen the bot can be shutdown and edits reversed.

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      • Support Support- Just make sure it doesn't go Skynet on the wiki.¬†;)
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    • Death's Accolyte8 wrote: Support

      Support

      I do have one question. What are the drawbacks, if any?

      As T3CHNOCIDE said, the only major risk is mistakes being applied to stacks of pages that can more easily fly under the radar as edits won't appear in the activity feeds. But I have a habit of manually testing it out on at least 20 pages, so any risk is minimised.

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    • Ok, bot has got the flag.

      Its currently going through all articles that use the armor template, and replacing the infobox with the latest implementation. Any icon in the image parameter will be moved to icon parameter, any unnecessary white space will be removed, the image linking (that is [[File:) will be removed as its no longer required.

      If something crazy happens, let me know.

      EDIT: Activity can be found at Special:Contributions/Silicon_Soldier_Bot if anyone is curious to see what its up to.

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    • Thanks, Silicon. This is going to help keep the Activity feed a bit more clear, I think.

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