Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Bots

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A bot account is a special user account which has been flagged so that its edits are hidden by default on Special:RecentChanges and Special:Watchlist (visibility can be toggled with the "Show bots" option). These accounts are used to run bot scripts, programs that automate the process of performing repetitive edits across multiple pages.

While it is possible for normal users to run automated editing scripts/programs without a bot account, this is generally discouraged due to the potential for disruption, since the edits cannot be hidden from RC; this disruption is compounded if a script malfunctions.

If a bot account is observed to be malfunctioning, it is usually possible to halt the bot by posting on its talk page.

Currently active bots[edit]

for a system-generated list of all bots, see Special:Listusers/bot

Bot tasks[edit]

Requests that have been declined and accepted tasks that have been successfully completed are eventually archived at /Resolved tasks, however they should first be posted on this page for visibility.

Requests and discussion[edit]

List requests for bot tasks below. Be as specific as possible about the actions necessary to perform the task.
From To
One with Fire Smothering Auras
Cleansing Fire (trait skill) Lesser Cleansing Fire
Orb of Light Holy Strike
  • Update the standard description for minis.
Anet appears to have done an update for their minis, and removed nearly all references to the word miniature. Could we have a bot do a pass over the item descriptions and change:
Double-click to summon this miniature to follow you around. Only one miniature may be in use at a time.
Double-click to summon this mini to follow you around. Only one mini may be in use at a time.
Thanks. G R E E N E R 18:53, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
1Yes Done. 560 pages edited. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 20:46, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
A lot of minis now have two description parameters. Tyndel (talk) 20:49, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Oh damn must have run AWB with one of the rules unticked -_- -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 20:54, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Okay should be sorted now, Category:Pages using duplicate arguments in template calls going down. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 21:13, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Update all of the game update monthly overview pages with the new template Alex made. - Doodleplex
1Yes Done. 64 pages edited. - Doodleplex 00:51, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
  • As not all Anet Employees want their pictures on the wiki(list forthcoming of those who do), set up all pages using Template:ArenaNet employee infobox to have no image if they do not currently have a picture so the template doesn't call for a picture. - Doodleplex
1Yes A total of 92 pages edited. - Doodleplex 01:54, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Add a bullet point (*) to all articles currently using this format; bullet point should be added before 'The following':
== Available prefixes ==
The following [[item nomenclature|prefixes]] can be selected:
{{prefix selection|whatever the article is}}
Ventriloquist 12:32, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Bullet-ing that looks odd to me. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 18:29, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
It's mainly done so the text don't float oddly, kinda like what we do for related achievements, acquisition methods, and the like. —Ventriloquist 19:03, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

Recurring tasks[edit]

This section lists tasks that, for various reasons, need to be repeated at a future time.
Initial run complete, 1863 pages edited. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 21:28, 3 August 2012 (UTC)
Run #2 complete, surprisingly few needed it. 242 pages edited. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 13:48, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
Run #3 comple, only 9 pages edited. This task may not be as needed much anymore methinks. - Doodleplex 21:45, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Update {{section-stub}} on NPC/location/item pages to the specific section-stub tag, Ie. {{section-stub|npc}}/{{section-stub|location}}/{{section-stub|item}}.(edit) Or just anything that has an infobox made for it, like events, Living World episodes, skills, etc. - Doodleplex 19:46, 4 October 2016 (UTC)
Initial run was done a few months ago; re-run just happened. -Darqam (talk) 20:25, 4 October 2016 (UTC)
Forgot to mention: 28 edits done. -Darqam (talk) 20:38, 4 October 2016 (UTC)
Ran again npc, 1 edit; event 0 edits; location: 17 edits -Darqam 23:31, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
Ran again. Events: 6 Objects:16 NPC:23 Living World:3 Area pages:12 Items: 6. Total edits: 66. - Doodleplex 05:32, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
4th run, 46 edits done. - Doodleplex 22:32, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Same as above but for {{stub}} since that seems to have blown up. - Doodleplex 22:32, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
First pass, got all objects (164) and locations (15) for a total of 179 edits. - Doodleplex 03:44, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
Creating this since I will most likely be repeating this task multiple times.
Ran 29 edits using AWB -Darqam 23:31, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  • With regards to Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Projects/NPC Coordinates I'll be saving the coordinates with the bot in order to reduce the amount of RC spam. I'll keep a note here of edits done. The edits performed simply add "| coordinates = [xxxxx, yyyyyy]" to npc infoboxes which do not have them, these coordinates are written out by hand. Edits will be done using pywikibot.
First run: 49 edits for Kessex Hills npcs. -Darqam 15:43, 31 January 2017 (UTC)
81 edits done for Queensdale npcs. More to be done later. -Darqam 05:21, 1 February 2017 (UTC)
Finished Queensdale NPCs with 132 edits. -Darqam 00:33, 3 February 2017 (UTC)
Added npc coords to npcs in Harathi Hinterlands. Made 114 edits. -Darqam 20:37, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
Partial addition of npc coordinates done for Gendarran Fields, 81 edits performed. -Darqam 20:57, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • When skills/traits get changed due to patch notes, have bots change links for the skills and skill icons. - Doodleplex 21:31, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
For the first run, at least all of the links/icons for skills that have been renamed since April 24, 2018 have been fixed. A total of 343 edits made. - Doodleplex 21:31, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
  • I've noticed this quite often that people tend to leave an extra spaces in places, usually by mistake, so tasks to remove random spaces at the end of lines, after headers and random double spacing in the middle of sentences. - Doodleplex 22:19, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
First run, just did Bestiary pages since NPC pages would take longer than I have atm. Total of 90 pages edited. - Doodleplex 22:19, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Sorry but why would you convert "thumb" to "right" on images without descriptions? -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 08:40, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
It was dead space imo, which was part of the point of the little removing extra spaces sweep. - Doodleplex 15:24, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
Besides having text, it adds some framing to the image which looks better imo, but importantly adds the little link button beneath which may prompt viewers unfamiliar with the wiki that they can click on the image to expand it. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 19:15, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
Second run, just did Updates, total of 98 edits. Lots of double spacing and headers that either had no spacing or too much. - Doodleplex 21:06, 24 June 2018 (UTC)