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If you want to report an issue or bug with a specific bot, follow the steps outlined in WAP:BOTISSUE first. This not the place for requests for bot approvals or requesting that tasks be done by a bot. General questions about the MediaWiki software (such as the use of templates, etc.) should be asked at Wikiafripedia:Village pump (technical).

User:UTRSBot[edit source | edit]

This bot appears to have been down for a few weeks and it's maintainer is mostly inactive. I for one found it very handy to have on-wiki records of UTRS appeals so that transparency is maintained for the appeals process. Beeblebrox (talk) 20:23, 24 September 2019 (UTC)

@Beeblebrox: thanks for the note. There really isn't anything we can do about someone not running a bot; I'll try contacting the operator though. If it stays down you can request someone make a replacement bot at WAP:BOTREQ. — xaosflux Talk 20:24, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
Out of curiosity, why don't we get another botoperator running the same code since all of it is published on github? I've noticed that this is a remarkably uncommon solution and guess there's some underlying reason. --Trialpears (talk) 20:44, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
@Trialpears: it is normally a fine solution, just most of the time noone wants to actually step up to be a bot operator for a continuously-running bot. — xaosflux Talk 22:32, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
Bot operators/maintainers generally have to understand the language the bot's written in. In this case, that's PHP. Proper maintenance of this bot also would require adminship. That cuts down your potential candidates even further. --AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 22:55, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
I think both CBP and MagikAnimal are both conversant in PHP, but I do not know if they would have bandwidth given the other things on their plate. --Izno (talk) 15:57, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
If need be, I'm familiar with PHP, operating bots, and UTRS. SQLQuery me! 18:52, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
Izno, I can 'run' it in place of another operator, but I won't be able to maintain it. You are right my plate is full right now. I'm hardly finding time to rewrite my RFPP task to conform to the new format the community wants. —CYBERPOWER (Chat) 20:48, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
Ah, so that task hasn't been completely forgotten about. * Pppery * it has begun... 01:13, 27 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Hi Guys. Everyone is right, I'm not able to maintain the bot right now. I'm unlikely to return to actively editing Wikiafripedia - ever. Life is full and Wikiafripedia isn't high on my list. The key problem here isn't getting the bot working - that's quite easy. The problem is that a troll has been submitting fake requests on behalf of real users. We were looking at requiring oAuth for registered account requests and still allow anonymous for IPs. However, neither DQ nor I have the time to do it. We reached out to a non-profit called 42 Silicon Valley in San Fransisco to see if they'd be willing to take over development and I don't know that status of that. Regarding the bot, something has to be done to prevent the troll from bothering users or submitting fake requests. If anyone has an idea, the code base is freely licensed and available on Github. If anyone needs me to approve their account on UTRS's WMFLabs account, I will do that for any administrator that is also identified to the WMF (because of privacy data). I miss you guys a whole lot, a lot of my negative emotions towards Wikiafripedia and all of you are long in the past, but I've also moved on with my life. Good luck, let me know how I can help.--v/r - TP 16:13, 5 October 2019 (UTC)
  • @Beeblebrox: I apologize, I did not realize it was the master table that was down, I thought it was just the user talkpage issue. Had I known that, I would have fixed the issue ages ago. It's fixed now. That said, I have given @SQL: basic developer access so he can work on the user talkpage portion which is actively still broken. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 06:17, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

WAP 1.0 bot - Error - 503 Service Unavailable[edit source | edit]

Greetings, This morning I posted a notice here about bot not running. Because I have no idea how to get it re-started, wondering if someone here could help. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 18:34, 23 October 2019 (UTC)

@JoeHebda: User:WAP 1.0 bot is operated by User:Audiodude and User:Kelson - you can try their talk pages. — xaosflux Talk 19:25, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
Hmm wait, you are talking about a problem off-wiki right? for If so, it happens to be those same maintainers. — xaosflux Talk 19:28, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: - I did the group ping. It usually takes a long time (days or weeks) for a response. That's why I am asking for help here for a more immediate fix. Previously, I had asked for a bot Restart button & was told it may be years for that to happen. JoeHebda (talk) 20:15, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
@JoeHebda: Unfortunately us Wikiafripedia editors can not do anything about services. That service has a "issues" link to phab. You an try emailing the operators if they don't reply to their talk pages. — xaosflux Talk 20:19, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
Bot operator here. I got the message to restart the tool yesterday morning my time and restarted it. Looks like it's working fine now. Sorry for any delays or inconvenience. audiodude (talk) 02:02, 26 October 2019 (UTC)

reFill 2[edit source | edit]

reFill 2 is a much-used tool for expanding bare references, however its creator/maintainer seems to have retired months ago, and bug reports seem to have gone unresolved for even longer. I know this tool is not a bot, but it was suggested that I inquire here. I was hoping to either recruit one or more editors to take over the tool's maintenance, or at least be referred to another talk page where I'd be likely to find said editors. Thanks.— TAnthonyTalk 16:10, 28 October 2019 (UTC)

@TAnthony: WAP:VPT may be better. — xaosflux Talk 16:13, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
That's where I was referred here :/ — TAnthonyTalk 16:16, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
You can try wikitech-lxaosflux Talk 16:38, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
TAnthony, User:Cyberpower678 was looking into the possibility of adopting it. -- GreenC 17:38, 28 October 2019 (UTC)