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Bot's current status: Operational. Version 2.1.0 is ready to go. Hersfold (talk/work) 01:34, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

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HersfoldOTRSBot This user is a bot.
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Operator: Hersfold (t/a/c)
Approved? Yes
Flagged? Yes
Task/s: Tags images that have not received OTRS permission in 30 days for deletion and notifies uploaders
Edit rate: 6 edits/min
Edit period/s: When Hersfold is online
Automatic or manual? Manual login, automated editing under supervision
w:Programming language/s: Java, with MER-C's Java library
Source code published? /Source
Emergency shutoff-compliant? Yes
Other information: Version control


HersfoldOTRSBot will trawl through Category:OTRS pending for images that have been tagged with an {{OTRS pending}} template for more than thirty days. These images will have the {{OTRS pending}} tag removed and replaced with {{subst:nopd}} for deletion in 15 days. The bot will also attempt to notify the uploader of the image with {{Noticket}} so they can attempt to correct the matter.

HersfoldOTRSBot does not carry out any deletions itself, and is not an admin bot; it only marks images that meet a single specific criteria for deletion, and notifies users of this action.

Future updatesEdit

To suggest an update to the bot, please contact Hersfold at Wikipedia. Suggestions for updates should relate to the bot's current task; if you would like a bot to perform a totally different task, please make your request at COM:BR.

  1.   Not done Implement changes described at to have the bot handle images marked with Flickr templates differently, depending on the status of the Flickr template. (requested by User:Rockfang, scheduled for v2.2.0)

Completed requestsEdit

  1.   Done Have the bot warn operators of File Upload Bots rather than the bots themselves (thinking of the ones in format "User:File Upload Bot (owner)") (as of v1.1.0)
  2.   Done Add an opt-out list (as of v1.1.0)
  3.   Done Have the bot check for an existing {{PermissionOTRS}} (or equivalent) template, and do not mark for deletion if one exists. (as of v1.1.0 v1.1.1)
  4.   Done Have the bot check for {{OTRS received}}, and ignore if present. (as of v1.1.0 v1.1.1)
  5.   Done Have the bot identify the OTRS volunteer adding a {{OTRS received}} template and "ping" that volunteer to check up on the image and take appropriate action. (on request of OTRS Noticeboard, as of v1.2.0)
  6.   Done Add separate opt-out list for OTRS volunteers (requested by User:AFBorchert, as of v1.2.4)
  7.   Done Have the bot handle {{Template:OTRS pending}} syntax, etc. (as of v1.2.7)
  8.   Done Have the bot link image names in message headers (requested by User:Eusebius, as of v1.2.7)
  9.   Done Issue one notice per type (deletion/received) per user per run (requested by several users, as of v2.0.0)
  10.   Done Set up basic persistence so the bot can complete notifications on the run following a crash (as of v2.0.0)
  11.   Done Have the bot recognize when a talk page is a redirect, and post to the targeted page instead. (as of v2.0.8)
  12.   Done Crash recovery has encoding issues. (as of v2.1.0)


/Operation logs - /Opt Out - /Volunteer notice - /Noticket