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Edit period(s)Periodically
Automatic or manual?Automatic
Programming language(s)Works through AWB
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Source code published?Edit of source for User:People-photo-bot
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Other informationFunction is to move article talk pages currently in Wikipedia requested photographs of people into sub-categories so that the number of articles in a specific category are of a manageable number.


There are a large number of requests for photographs of people. These requests are currently in very large categories. For example Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of people has over 11,000 requests and Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of sportspeople has over 13,000 requests. These lists cover a wide variety of people from saints to porn stars and all types of sports personalities.

As these categories are totally mixed up and are so large no one is going to work through these lists.


If these lists were split into smaller categories based on a specific topics related to active WikiProjects it would increase the likelihood of someone addressing these requests. It would also make it easy to work through looking for fulfilled requests or images on other wiki sites. I therefore propose a bot that will go through the main requested photographs of people categories and edit the talk page of articles so that they belong to a more specific sub-category. For example Wikipedia requested photographs of Saints and Wikipedia requested photographs of baseball people.

This should be achieved by removing the need-photo=yes tag from the {{WPBiography}} template and adding the {{reqphoto}} template with appropriate classification such as, for example, {{reqphoto|cricket people}}.

naming conventionEdit

The collective name used in category is not always the most obvious one. For example golfers is not used as the golf wikiproject template contains people involved in golf and not just players. Where possible the collective name used for articles of that subject are used.

Specification 1Edit

See User:People-photo-bot This method is proving effecting in sportspeople but not in the main people category as most articles do not have other WikiProject template.

Specification 2Edit

Use AWB automatic bot user in bot mode to

  • Go through article talk pages of articles of:-
  • If article talk page contains a WPBiography template with need-photo=yes parameter
    • removed yes from need-photo parameter in WPBiography template
    • If reqphoto template exists on the talk page
      • add to reqphoto template category based on the main search category.
      • if reqphoto contains parameter people or sportpeople
        • remove parameter
    • else
      • add reqphoto template with category based on the main search category.

For example go recursive down from Category:Association football people and if contains request for photo place in Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of association football people

Method of identifying articlesEdit

Go through each sub-category of say... People by occupation. Then for each subcategory fill a list from that category, remove non mainspace, convert to talk pages, then save that list as a text file. Then fill a list from Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of people. Then select "filter", uncheck all the check boxes (except remove duplicate and sort alphabetically), then in the set operations group box, select intersection, open file, navigate to the saved list, press apply.

The method is proving useful to identify other project templates to add to User:People-photo-bot.

List of projects and category already scannedEdit

people category reqphoto category
cricket people
cycling people
association football people
religious leaders
religious leaders
chess people
association football people
politicians and government-people
religious leaders
business and economics people
jazz musicians
beauty pageant contestants
politicians and government-people
judicial and penal systems people

List of projects and category to be scannedEdit

people category reqphoto category
politicians and government-people
politicians and government-people
religious workers



notification text templateEdit

To help address the many requests for photographs People-n-photo-bot has moved article talk pages from Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of people and [[:Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of xxx]] to [[:Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of xxx]] if it is in a sub-category of [[:Category:people xxx]]. Members of this project are invited to address the requests for images listed. Please note that some articles may now have an appropriate photograph and that the needs-photo flag has simply not been removed, this can also be checked using the Image Existence Checker link on the category page. If a page has been incorrectly moved please inform me on my talk page.


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