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Following the first bot de-flagging run, I researched the activity of all accounts flagged as bots on Commons, and discovered that slightly less than a fifth of them have been inactive for more than two years now.

While we do not have a local bot de-flagging policy as of yet, I believe that we can tentatively agree to remove bot flags from accounts unused for a period as significant as two years.

As is the case with inactivity run for sysops, I will be informing each and every owner of this request by posting a message on their talk page and sending them an e-mail — with the exception of Multichill and Omnedon who requested that flags be kept for their bots during the first run — asking them to take part in this discussion. In case of lack of response, I'm intending to remove the flags from affected accounts in a month's time, ie. on May 10, 2014. odder (talk) 13:02, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

The following 32 accounts are flagged as bots and have been inactive for more than two years:

Username Owner Last edit Current status
ABFbot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:ABF 2011-03-04   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
Alch Bot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Alchimista 2012-04-02   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
BierBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:ChristianBier 2009-02-06   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
ComboBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Cmapm 2011-11-02   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
CommonsHelper2 Bot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Jan Luca 2011-12-22   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
Crochet.david.bot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Crochet.david 2012-02-16   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
D'ohBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Dnikitin 2011-11-08   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
DavepapeBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Davepape 2011-12-08   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
DerbethBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Derbeth 2011-07-24   User requested that flag be kept
DieBucheBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:DieBuche 2012-02-03   Owner agreed to remove the flag
DougBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Doug 2011-12-07   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
EuseBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Eusebius 2012-02-16   Owner agreed to remove the flag
Filbot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Filnik 2011-07-09   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
File Upload Bot (Jarry1250) (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Jarry1250 2011-12-10   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
File Upload Bot (Omnedon) (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Omnedon 2009-06-05   User requested that flag be kept at first de-flag run
GeoUploadR (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Rillke   Owner agreed to remove the flag (bot work finished)
KamikazeBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Karol007 2012-03-25   User requested that flag be kept
KobacBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Kobac 2012-03-12   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
MagnusA.Bot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:MagnusA 2011-11-19   Owner agreed to remove the flag
Marnanel bot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Marnanel 2011-01-16   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
MerlBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Merlissimo 2011-10-26   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
MerlLinkBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Merlissimo 2011-09-24   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
MifterBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Mifter 2011-12-30   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
MultichillAWB (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Multichill 2009-09-06   User requested that flag be kept at first de-flag run
Picasa Review Bot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Dcoetzee 2012-03-15   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
Prolinebot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Prolineserver 2011-12-18   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
Quibot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Quibik 2012-01-08   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
Reedy RotateBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Reedy 2011-12-21   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
SKbot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Sergey kudryavtsev 2012-03-22   Flag removed after lack of reply from owner
SternthalerBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Raymond 2011-11-27   Owner agreed to remove the flag
Thehelpfulbot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Thehelpfulone 2011-05-05   Owner agreed to remove the flag
WaldirBot (talk · contributions · user rights management) User:Waldir 2012-01-23   Owner agreed to remove the flag

Discussion

  •   Info All bot owners have now been notified about this request through a talk page notification and via e-mail. odder (talk) 13:43, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  • I apologize for not having done the upload yet, I simply forgot. Please keep GeoUploadR flagged. I cannot promise anything but it's now back on my agenda. -- Rillke(q?) 14:55, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
    • Now, everything that I wanted is up and appears to look good, so please   remove the bot flag from GeoUploadR. Thank you. -- Rillke(q?) 13:52, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks, for the notification, feel free to remove the flag.--DieBuche (talk) 15:56, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  • MagnusA agreed to remove the flag from his bot. odder (talk) 16:55, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  • As for DerbethBot - I would like to keep the bot flag, because I sometimes fix category sorting of a large number of pronunciation files using the bot. --Derbeth talk 17:28, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  • User:Crochet.david added consent to the table above. Please state the consent down here. The   Done templates above should only be set by bureaucrats when the actual deflagging is has been performed. --Dschwen (talk) 18:42, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Although I don't see the benefit of de-flagging, I don't have any plans for using the bot in the near future, so do as you please. --Waldir talk 19:32, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Currently no tasks planed for SternthalerBot. Feel free to remove the bot flag. Raymond 20:31, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Hi there, thanks for the notification, please feel free to remove the bot flag. Thehelpfulone 21:07, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
  • I think will be reasonable to transfer User:Picasa Review Bot to other owner(s) who will be interested in performing this task. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:09, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
    • Yeah, but we should probably deflag and have the new owner re-request the flag. While the bot code won't change we shuld be certain taht transfer of ownership and maybe operating from a new server does not impact its function. We sould also make sure the new user is well versed in operating the bot. --Dschwen (talk) 14:53, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
  • I would like to keep the bot flag, because I have tasks for KamikazeBot in Category:Wikimedia Polska in the near future. Now, I sometimes fix category sorting. Thanks for the notification. KamikazeBot (talk) 16:59, 7 May 2014 (UTC) Karol007 17:00, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Closure