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Bot misclassificationsEdit

It put the following in Category:Auburn, New York even though they're clearly in Washington State:

-- DanielPenfield (talk) 13:26, 28 February 2019 (UTC)
@DanielPenfield: Thanks, I'll correct the mapping for that city. BMacZero (talk) 15:04, 28 February 2019 (UTC)
"Slaughter" is the old name of Auburn, Washington. - Jmabel ! talk 16:22, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

Wrong "Indian"Edit

File:Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle, probably Seattle, Washington, ca 1890 (BOYD+BRAAS 38).jpg ended up in Category:Women of India presumably because the bot drew a wrong conclusion from "Indian". Bet that's not the only one. - Jmabel ! talk 23:47, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

@Jmabel: Thanks; I corrected that mapping. I'll look through the mappings and see if I can track down any similar cases. This might be slightly complicated by the fact that I did a non-UWash upload recently that had lots of pictures of India in it :D. BMacZero (talk) 02:31, 23 March 2019 (UTC)


Hey BMacZero, just wondering if you've made any headway on Commons:Batch uploading/NPGallery. Looks like you might have your hands full with Commons:Batch uploading/University of Washington Digital Collections, so no rush. Cheers, --Animalparty (talk) 22:25, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

@Animalparty: Thanks for the reminder! I did start looking at it and writing some code a few months ago. It's a bit tricky to collect all of the metadata because there isn't an API or an easy, ordered URL format, so I have to write some new code to do that. I actually had a chance to work on that just now, so now I have the bot combing the site and gathering up all the image IDs. That should be done tomorrow if it doesn't go wrong.
I'm also still not too sure about how to automatically verify the public domain status of media. I posted a comment just now on the Batch Uploading page about it. BMacZero (talk) 04:31, 11 April 2019 (UTC)

Odd bot editEdit

I'm guessing that you know what's going on here, but I don't. I see you rolled back some similar edits. Is this just an error, or should it be left in place? (There were a few more like this in my watchlist.) - Jmabel ! talk 20:51, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

@Jmabel: That's an error that can be undone. I added some code handle cases where identical duplicates exist at the UWash site (e.g. this correct edit), but in this case it goofed up because I had added some stuff to those files manually. I added a check so it won't happen any more. BMacZero (talk) 00:29, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! - Jmabel ! talk 00:31, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

File tagging File:Northern view of 2nd Ave from Washington St, Seattle, Washington, April 11, 1930 (LEE 273).jpgEdit

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{{PD-US-not-renewed}} might apply, but I'm not sure how you go about proving that. Added to Category:Undelete in 2025 Category:Undelete in 2026 just in case. @Jmabel: @Krd:. BMacZero (talk) 14:42, 7 May 2019 (UTC)


Any idea why your bot put a bunch of files like File:Fisher Flouring Mills Co, Seattle, Washington, ca 1911 (INDOCC 322).jpg in Category:Arbutus? I don't see any connection either in the photos or in the descriptions. - Jmabel ! talk 03:46, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

@Jmabel: Definitely a mistake; it looks like this collection adds some extra line returns in the middle of its tags that made the bot interpret them incorrectly. I'll fix that bug and strip the categories where this happened. Thanks for your help! BMacZero (talk) 16:05, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
@Jmabel: Browsing a few of those, I saw File:Advertising photo for Fisher's Blend Flour, Seattle, 1915 (CURTIS 128).jpeg, which piqued my curiosity. I scanned a 1928 ad for Fisher's Blend that appears to be a caricature of Colman saying "Blend's Mah Friend". Hopefully, one of these days I'll have the time to upload all that stuff.RadioKAOS (talk) 02:33, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

Adding files to wrong categoryEdit

Hello, I have seen "Category:Log‎; 23:40 ‎BMacZeroBot overleg bijdragen‎ File:Packard logging trucks, Washington, 1920 (INDOCC 243).jpg added to category". The Category:Log is a disambiguation category and should not contain images. Could you please change your bot so that it does not do this anymore? Regards. Wouter (talk) 06:57, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Yes, I removed that category mapping. Thanks for the help! BMacZero (talk) 14:32, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Pace of Seattle-related uploadsEdit

I feel like I'm drinking from a firehose! - Jmabel ! talk 23:58, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

@Jmabel: Haha. Yeah, I noticed that I had missed about half of the Peiser uploads when I did that collection a while back, so I pointed the bot back over there. How do you track them?
You are awesome, by the way. BMacZero (talk) 01:15, 15 May 2019 (UTC)
I try to track anything that goes in Category:Seattle or Category:Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, because that pretty much guarantees that they are undercategorized. Traditionally, I move well beyond those to other Pacific Northwest categories, but for about 7-8 months you've been dumping enough into just those to keep me more than busy. (Not that this is all I do on Commons, but it's one of the things I've taken on.) I think you've uploaded somewhere between 2000 & 3000 to these categories, and (except for recent uploads) I've long since gotten the low-hanging fruit, so most of the remaining older ones require some research.
In the process of this, I've been able to point at images of about 10 buildings for which they previously had none, and I've given several hundred corrections to the UW Libraries, though I've noticed that, while they've expressed thanks a few times and made some of these changes, they've ignored about half of my corrections; I've ended up with an awful lot of descriptions that say things that begin "Despite the University of Washington Libraries reference to …" etc. - Jmabel ! talk 02:04, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

Thought you might appreciate...Edit

... what I've done with File:1st Ave looking north from Cherry St, Seattle, ca 1906 (WARNER 640).jpeg. - Jmabel ! talk 23:22, 27 May 2019 (UTC)

@Jmabel: The density of information in that picture is awesome! – BMacZero (🗩) 23:14, 28 May 2019 (UTC)
Isn't it, though? And there aren't a ton of photos of those buildings on the west side of First between Cherry and Columbia, so this is great to have. - 03:00, 29 May 2019 (UTC)

& since you've been following this work, check out the history of the one I've retitled as File:Seattle City Light Yesler Substation, 7th Ave and Yesler Way, Seattle, 1919 (CURTIS 493).jpg. About the only things the UW librarian got right are that the building was somewhere on Yesler Way & had something to do with electricity. - Jmabel ! talk 06:10, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

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