Hi Hawkeye7, I'm posting this here to avoid the clutter at WT:FAC. Firstly, thanks again for getting this bot working on FA-related pages - it is much appreciated. The extension to WP:FANMP is particularly useful. However, there is a bug, perhaps two... The following articles have not appeared on the main page but the bot has excluded them from WP:FANMP (because they are the first article in a section or subsection?)

  1. 1080° Snowboarding - first article listed under "Video gaming"
  2. 1880 Democratic National Convention - first article listed under "Politics and government"
  3. 1940 Brocklesby mid-air collision - first article listed under "Warfare" (although this is scheduled to appear on the main page, it has not appeared yet and so should still be on WP:FANMP until it does appear)
  4. 1955 MacArthur Airport United Airlines crash - first article listed under "Transport"
  5. 1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) - first article under "Music"
  6. 2013 Rosario gas explosion - first article under "Engineering and technology"
  7. Abu Nidal - first article listed under "History biographies"
  8. Doc Adams - first article listed under "Sport and recreation biographies"
Yes. They didn't have the point in front so they were not matched. Corrected. Hawkeye7 (talk) 13:07, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

The following articles should also appear at WP:FANMP but do not - does the bot dislike italics / inverted commas before square brackets?

  1. A Streetcar Named Marge
  2. All things
  3. Cape Feare
  4. Deadalive
  5. Eyes of the Insane
  6. Fuck the Millennium
  7. Goodbyeee
  8. Halo 3 Original Soundtrack
  9. Irreplaceable
  10. Lisa the Vegetarian
  11. Love the Way You Lie
  12. Meet Kevin Johnson
  13. Missing My Baby
  14. Monkey Gone to Heaven
  15. Mothers of the Disappeared
  16. No Such Thing as Vampires
  17. Say Hello to My Little Friend
  18. Sinestro Corps War
  19. The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati
  20. The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson
  21. The Other Woman (Lost)
  22. The Post-Modern Prometheus
  23. These Are the Voyages...
  24. Touch Me I'm Sick
  25. Under the Bridge
  26. What You Waiting For?
  27. You Only Move Twice
No, it was the double quotes around them instead of pairs of single quotes. The Bot recognises them now. Hawkeye7 (talk) 13:07, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Next, I would love to rename Wikipedia:Featured articles that haven't been on the Main Page to Wikipedia:Featured articles that have not appeared on the Main Page (to get rid of the "haven't", and to match Category:Featured articles that have not appeared on the main page (where the "M" and "P" need capital letters to match Category:Main Page, but that's another story...) It's not a vital fix but it would be good, I think. Will your bot cope (or can you fix it if the page is renamed)? If it's too much trouble then don't worry, I'll leave it alone.

Finally, how often is the bot going to update FANMP and does it have a scheduled time? Is it going to add {{FA/BeenOnMainPage| }} around the relevant article each day at WP:FA too? What the last bot did was to add the "BeenOnMainPage" code to the TFA at just after midnight UTC, then regenerate WP:FANMP to remove the new TFA (and also to add any articles promoted that day to FANMP).

Yes, that is the plan. I have to go through the Bot approval process. Like FAC, this can take a while these days, as there are so few active editors. In the meantime, I will run it by hand. Hawkeye7 (talk) 13:07, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Sorry for all these questions / points... Thanks again, BencherliteTalk 10:44, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

No worries. It is an iterative process. Hawkeye7 (talk) 13:07, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for this fix, but now there is another problem... (sorry!) The following articles are missing from FANMP, but they were there before the bot's latest run - perhaps it doesn't like colons?
  1. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  2. Batman: Arkham City
  3. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  4. Empires: Dawn of the Modern World
  5. Fuck: Word Taboo and Protecting Our First Amendment Liberties
  6. Halo 3 Original Soundtrack
  7. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  8. Halo: Contact Harvest
  9. Halo: Reach
  10. Homicide: Life on the Street (season 2)
  11. Sinistar: Unleashed
  12. Sonic: After the Sequel
  13. Voyage: Inspired by Jules Verne
Thanks for looking into this. BencherliteTalk 12:59, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes, the colons made them look like markup. MediaWiki sees them that way too. Hawkeye7 (talk) 13:07, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for that fix too, which just leaves Halo 3 Original Soundtrack from that list of 13, which the bot just doesn't like. Perhapts it's just not into that type of music! BencherliteTalk 13:06, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
A space between the quote marks and the brackets. Removed. Hawkeye7 (talk) 13:10, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
How             annoying. I'll keep an eye-out for the bot approval. Thanks again. BencherliteTalk 13:16, 23 September 2014 (UTC)


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FACBot and "Article milestones" templateEdit

Hello there, Hawkeye. I noticed that FACBot recently archived Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Amphetamine/archive4 and made the corresponding closure on the article's talk page. However, instead of putting the link to the failed nomination under the "Article milestones" template, it put it at the very top of the talk page. Is there any way to get it to put the result under "Article milestones", or does that have to be done manually? AmericanLemming (talk) 14:42, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

I've never seen the article history put on a talk subpage before, as had been done, so no wonder the bot's done that. I've merged back the article history onto the main talk page and added the latest action as no.6. BencherliteTalk 15:00, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
I've never seem it either. If I encounter it again, I'll teach the Bot to go through subpages. Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:04, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

typo in bot's edit summaryEdit

"uncuccessful" (a v minor point, I know!) Is the bot going to be updating WP:FA to mark new TFAs and then updating WP:FANMP, or is your plan to leave that for another botreq once this one is approved? BencherliteTalk 20:21, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

  Done Corrected. Hawkeye7 (talk) 19:07, 31 October 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for making the change to accommodate incorporating prior GAs into articlehistory. I know articlehistory is the bugbear of this code, so I'm sorry to ask, but can you incorporate handling standalone PR and FAC templates too? I think those are the only other standalone templates that would significantly affect articlehistory order.

The only other issue I've noticed is kludgy oldids. It appears that the bot is using the oldid of the most recent edit at the time it updates articlehistory. This is close enough if the bot runs every day, but we know they sometimes just...don't. I'd like to see more robust handling; given that we know the timestamp of the actual promotion, it should be fairly simple to acquire the corresponding oldid.

As always, I really appreciate your help. Thank you so much for stepping up to meet this need! Maralia (talk) 04:06, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

  Done The Bot is still giving me a warning:

  • WARNING: FAC closed but Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Little Athletics/archive1 has NOT been moved to the archive page

Hawkeye7 (talk) 07:39, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Ah, I see. Once in a while we get a good-faith nomination of an article that turns out to be very much not FAC-ready. If the FAC is closed quickly without substantive comments other than 'not ready', the FAC delegates (or occasionally me or another FAC regular) sometimes make a judgment call to close it without including it in the archive log. This used to happen quite often, and it seemed best not to clutter up the archive logs with tons of wholly aborted FACs. In these cases, we typically did not bother even adding an articlehistory since there was implicitly no commentary; we would just add archive tags to the FAC page and remove the FAC template from the article's talk page. This is likely to continue happening occasionally, so you might want to add some handling for it eventually.
As to Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Little Athletics/archive1 itself, though, I would call those substantive comments; pinging @GrahamColm: here to take another look at it. Thanks. Maralia (talk) 16:11, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

I looked through yesterday's edits and everything is going great! I was happy to see that you've incorporated catching prior GANs/PRs as well as better oldid handling. I found only one glitchy thing and it was a real fluke: in this edit, I think the bot got confused by the end braces of a convert template inside dykentry text, mistaking them for the end braces of articlehistory itself. Seems unlikely to recur very often, so I'm not worried about it. Thank you very much for continuing to improve the bot! Maralia (talk) 03:52, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

This is really worrying me, and I am testing out some more powerful code to tackle it. Hawkeye7 (talk) 01:40, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Another request - please can the bot add |currentstatus=FA to the {{article history}} of promoted articles? Another another request (less important) - can it convert {{DYK talk}} into |dykdate= and |dykentry= entries in {{article history}} as well? Thanks. BencherliteTalk 13:06, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
    The code to add |currentstatus=FA was already there, but there was another of those case sensitivity errors, which I have now corrected. Have implemented a parser for the GA and PR templates, and added DYK as well. I'll be keeping a close eye on the Bot, but please report any error you spot, however minor. Hawkeye7 (talk) 01:40, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

FAR bot?Edit

Hey Hawkeye, would it be possible to get a bot to close FARs like it does FACs? Nikkimaria (talk) 16:55, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Yes. I will get onto it. Hawkeye7 (talk) 19:59, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
Cheers. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:51, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
How do you close a FAR? What is the procedure? Hawkeye7 (talk) 22:55, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
For all reviews: add {{FARClosed}} at the bottom with the appropriate result; move the transcluded review from WP:FAR to the correct section at Wikipedia:Featured article review/archive; add {{FAR top}} and {{Fa bottom}} (substed and with correct result) to the review page; update the ArticleHistory.
For delisted reviews only: remove the star from the article; remove the article from WP:FA and add to corresponding section in WP:FFA (updating total counts); blank all WikiProject assessments.
The first step ({{FARClosed}}) is the official decision; I'm not sure how much of the rest could/should be handled by bot. Nikkimaria (talk) 07:42, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

The steps Gimmebot used to follow are outlined at User:Maralia/FA bot#FAR closing. The only significant differences from FAC processing are that FAR doesn't keep separate archive logs for kept vs removed FARs (they are all logged to Wikipedia:Featured article review/archive, in Kept or Removed subsections), and that FA quality assessments are to be removed if the article loses FA. Otherwise, the steps are identical: add archive tags to the FAR page, remove the article star if appropriate, remove the FAR template, and update articlehistory.

My $0.02: I think the FAR delegates need to continue both adding the FARClosed tag and moving the FAR from WP:FAR to the log. The FARClosed tag is meant to be a status notification for the nominator and reviewers; it's not an ideal signifier for the bot to take action because FARClosed remains on many closed FARs, too, so the move to the log is probably (as with at FAC) the best thing for the bot to key off. Adding removed articles at WP:FFA should probably remain a human task, too, since 'adding to the corresponding section' involves a judgment call on the topic (if memory serves, Gimmebot did not do this either, although it did update links to renamed pages there). Maralia (talk) 04:12, 12 November 2014 (UTC)== Article milestones ==

Seemed to have some trouble [1]. I fixed that one manually. No doubt there are others.--Wehwalt (talk) 23:21, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

The equivalent thing happened at Talk:Sinclair C5, which I've just fixed. BlueMoonset (talk) 23:44, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
I will check it this evening, and fix any that are incorrect. Hawkeye7 (talk) 01:30, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
I have corrected all the incorrect edit summaries, and believe that I have found and rectified the problem. Hawkeye7 (talk) 23:28, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Bug fixesEdit

Two bug fixes:

  1. There was an error in the date calculation routine.
  2. An error in the way that the peer review archive page was located.

Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:47, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

A bug was found where MilHist articles with A-Class=pass were being changed to A-class=FA. This has been corrected. Hawkeye7 (talk) 23:35, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

FANMP - BeenOnMainPageEdit

The bot seems to be updating WP:FANMP just before midnight UTC (23.48). Can you do the following?
  1. Shift it back by 13 minutes to 00:01 UTC,
  2. Start at WP:FA
  3. add {{FA/BeenOnMainPage| }} around the new day's TFA - if it helps, you can use {{TFA title}} and its daily bot-created subpages at {{TFA title/December 17, 2014}} etc to find the title of the TFA.
  4. Only then update FANMP?

At present, the /BeenOnMainPage part is being done by a human, but it used to be done by a bot (and it makes sense for it to be your bot doing it as part of keeping FANMP up to date. Thanks, BencherliteTalk 20:53, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Okay. I have made the changes. This may require some debugging. Hawkeye7 (talk) 23:35, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Bump. Any chance you could add 2 and 3 to the bot's "to do" list? No-one had updated WP:FA with {{FA/BeenOnMainPage| }} around TFAs for a month, so WP:FANMP was very out of date. Please? BencherliteTalk 00:22, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Buggy editEdit

@Hawkeye7: The bot went a little wacky in this edit. This article is a former FFA, current GA, that just had a failed FAC nom. Two issues:

  • The bot seems to have simply search/replaced "FFA" with "GA" which resulted in an invalid current status of "GA/GA"
  • The proper currentstatus in this situation should not have been "GA" but rather "FFA/GA".

Appreciate if you could look into this. Thanks! Maralia (talk) 18:07, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

  •   Done Corrected. Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:31, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! Maralia (talk) 20:44, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Closing delisted FARCs as keptEdit

I've just noticed this [2], [3] « Ryūkotsusei » 00:22, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

Edit conflicted :) Both were Delisted, but recorded as Kept. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 00:23, 8 March 2015 (UTC)
  Done Corrected. Hawkeye7 (talk) 03:44, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

Duplicate maindateEdit

See this edit which added |maindate=13 March 2015 to the article history when there was already a correct |maindate parameter, added some weeks ago in a previous edit to the talk page by a human. It's done the same thing for other days too. Is the bot doing this instead of adding {{FA/BeenOnMainPage| }} around WP:FA entries, something I've bumped in a thread a couple above this one? BencherliteTalk 00:27, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

FAR closingEdit

Hi, Hawkeye ... I was wondering why the bot closed Crab Nebula, but missed Only Fools and Horses ? See Wikipedia:Featured article review/archive/March 2015. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 01:54, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

The Bot can't read, so it looks for the FARClosed template. If it isn't there, the Bot will not know that the review has been closed. I have added it, and the Bot will close the review tomorrow. Hawkeye7 (talk) 07:30, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Hawkeye! Pinging @WP:FAR coordinators: to make sure all the coords know that this has to be added on closing. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 14:52, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
I know I added it...oh, I subst'd it. Argh! Okay, adding nosub to the documentation. Thanks. Maralia (talk) 20:10, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

@Hawkeye7: Presumably the bot does not 'see' Wikipedia:Featured article review/Joy Division/archive1, where DrKiernan did not use {{FARClosed}} because he needed to leave a specific closing note. This will happen occasionally; wonder about the best way to handle it wrt bot processing. Should we modify FARClosed to allow taking alternate text? Maralia (talk) 19:09, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

We can do that. No use pinging me. You need to come up with a consensus as to how these things are handled. All I can say is that the Bot cannot read, and cannot work out what you mean. Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:26, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
That was an out-of-process FAR that doesn't belong in articlehistory and wasn't added to FAR archives, so doesn't require any bot processing ... no ??? In the "olden days" it would have been housekeeping deleted (which it still could be). SandyGeorgia (Talk) 00:52, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Apparent bugEdit

FACBot seems to have made a buggy closing in this close (fixed here). I assume the {{shy}} template within the DYK entry is what confused it. Assuming the template is the issue, I would think having it strip out or subst templates from DYKs in the history altogether would be the way to go. Soft hyphens have value when trying to squeeze text into a small box on the main page, but since the articlehistory box is both full-page-width and collapsed, saving space isn't an issue. The only other templates I can imagine ever being used within DYK text are {{nbsp}} and {{nowrap}}, both of which could safely be subst-ed. – iridescent 10:12, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes, that is the problem, and it is difficult to deal with because handling requires a more elaborate parse of the article history. None of these templates seem to be necessary, so it would be easier to remove them. Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:53, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Adding duplicate maindate parametersEdit

Hawkeye7, we don't need duplicates. Frietjes (talk) 18:35, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

  Done Enhanced the check for the maindate parameter Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:38, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

TFA-handling bugged?Edit

Hello @Hawkeye7:, could you have a look at the bot's handling of TFA-articles please (both in WP:FA and WP:FANMP)? It looks like the bot stopped those TFA-related functions (mark as "been on Main Page" and remove them from the "hasn't been TFA" list) since 30/31 May, and is only doing the FAC-archiving and -promotion functions. I and RekishiEJ have updated a few entries manually since then. GermanJoe (talk) 09:26, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

  Fixed The Bot expected to find the date with a zero in the month, so it wasn't working on 1 thru 9 of the month. This has been corrected. It seems to have affected us in February, March and April too, but was not reported. I checked them, and they were updated manually. My apologies.   Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:58, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
Looks like the bot cleaned up the old cases in WP:FANMP, so they should be OK now :). Thank you for the quick fix. AnomieBot II had 2 minor problems in May with TFAs too, where the TFA title was confusingly bolded: see User_talk:AnomieBOT#AnomieBOT_II_-_missing_TFA_templates. But both cases have been added manually to WP:FA and have been correctly removed from WP:FANMP later (no action needed, just mentioning them fyi). GermanJoe (talk) 14:43, 5 June 2015 (UTC)


@Hawkeye7: Once in a while I get a glitch where the bot doesn't pick up a promotion. Here I promoted 4 articles. The bot picked up three, but not Bodley. Usually removing and re-adding it to the promotion log solves the problem, but do you have any idea what might be causing it? --Laser brain (talk) 17:33, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure. This is very odd. Unfortunately, I cannot do anything about it now, but I will investigate the problem when I get back from China in two weeks time. Hawkeye7 (talk) 22:43, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
I think it's because I didn't sign the template. I signed it and the bot closed it. Thanks for the response, though! --Laser brain (talk) 01:14, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Ah. The Bot wants you to sign the template. Hawkeye7 (talk) 01:53, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

@Hawkeye7: I can't figure out why yesterday's closure [4] was unrecognised. DrKiernan (talk) 07:27, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Removal of GA topic parameterEdit

I recently noticed this edit to Talk:Addition by FACBot updated the article history by adding the FAC result, but when it merged {{GA}} into {{ArticleHistory}} it removed the topic parameter of the GA (in this case, "Mathematics and mathematicians"). It should have copied the topic over to the ArticleHistory template; the parameter has the same name there. Bilorv(talk)(c)(e) 00:07, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

Bot didnt like }} in the entryEdit

FYI, see [5] Christian75 (talk) 18:25, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

  Done This has been fixed now. Hawkeye7 (talk) 23:24, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

Unclosed FACS PleaseEdit

There are a couple of archived FACs that haven't been closed: Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/2012 Daytona 500/archive1 and Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Central Commission for Discipline Inspection/archive1. Graham Beards (talk) 13:16, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Recent talk page errorsEdit

FACBot has made two similar errors in the past two days: [6] [7]. In both cases it added a "maindate=" parameter when the parameter was already there; in the second case it actually added the parameter to a {{sclass}} template. —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:26, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

Thank you. I will investigate. Hawkeye7 (talk)
  1.   Done The first error was caused by the Bot being confused by the date format. Added an additional check.
  2.   Done The second, also reported above, concerns nested templates. Code added to the Bot to handle these.
Hawkeye7 (talk) 23:23, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/60th Academy Awards/archive1Edit

This FLC isn't closing properly. I forgot to sign when I originally added the FLCClosed template; is that what's causing the problem? If so, should I revert myself and re-add the template? Giants2008 (Talk) 15:12, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

No. When you don't sign, the Bot simply uses the article history to extract the date and time of closure instead. I am not sure what the problem is. I am investigating. Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:04, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

FLC bugsEdit

Two bugs to report for the FACBot's FLC work; 1 major, 1 minor:

Bot downEdit

You probably know already, but the bot hasn't run for a few days. --PresN 14:15, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

All my Bots stopped working on 11 February. I have implemented what I think is a work around. Hawkeye7 (talk) 22:11, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

FAC bugEdit

Sometimes the bot adds items, which were promoted the previous week. Like this (already in Wikipedia:Goings-on/February 7, 2016) or these (already in Wikipedia:Goings-on/January 24, 2016). Could this be avoided somehow? Armbrust The Homunculus 07:18, 15 February 2016 (UTC)

@Hawkeye7: Armbrust The Homunculus 19:32, 19 February 2016 (UTC)
It seems to be a timing problem. The FACBot normally runs shortly after midnight Zulu each day, and sweeps up the FACs promoted the previous day. So it can sometimes have one for the previous period. I will change it to check the date on the goings-on page, and add to the previous one if necessary. Hawkeye7 (talk) 23:07, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
@Hawkeye7: It looks like this still hasn't been fixed. 1, 2, 3 & 4. Armbrust The Homunculus 06:46, 12 June 2016 (UTC)
@Hawkeye7: Is it really that hard to fix this problem? (5, 6 & 7). Armbrust The Homunculus 04:56, 10 July 2016 (UTC)
Now that I'm back from Wikimania, I will have a look at it. Hawkeye7 (talk) 09:48, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
Okay, that is done. If the article does not pertain to the correct week, then it will not update the goings on. Hawkeye7 (talk) 05:39, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

User:Dweller/Featured Articles that haven't been on Main PageEdit

Please could the bot be set to prune items that have run on MP from this page in my userspace? --Dweller (talk) 00:36, 21 February 2016 (UTC)


Hi, been a while since I had a bug report. I closed an FLRC as failed a few days ago (Wikipedia:Featured list removal candidates/List of tallest buildings in Austin/archive1) and the bot isn't picking it up. Don't know if it's just still on manual for FLRCs or if there's an issue. --PresN 21:23, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

@Hawkeye7: You're probably just busy, but wanted to make sure you saw this. --PresN 02:00, 9 June 2016 (UTC)
No, I missed it. The problem was that the Bot finds featured list removal candidates by looking in Category:Wikipedia featured list removal candidates, but it wasn't there. I think it may have had something to do with the page being renamed. I added it back to the category, fiddled with some redirects, and ordered the Bot to try again. Everything looks good now. Hawkeye7 (talk) 02:48, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

Bug reportEdit

Just to let you know that the bot failed on Talk:Impala (diff). Notice the stray ?}} at the end, which was part of the dyk entry. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 19:41, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

6 days on and no response ... Have you looked into this bug and is there a fix? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:04, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
Yes. I have implemented a fix. Hawkeye7 (talk) 04:16, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

FACBot converted a GA nominee templateEdit

Although it shouldn't touch a GA nominee template, which indicates an GA nomination, in this edit, while processing a newly closed and unsuccessful FAC, the bot also processed a GA nominee template on the talk page as if it were a regular GA template and the article had been listed, adding both by creating an Article history template. (It had not been listed as a GA.) I've fixed the Talk:Gail Halvorsen page, removing the GAN from Article history and restoring the GA nominee template.

Of course, it isn't supposed to be possible that an FAC and a GAN be open at the same time—if nothing else, one or the other is supposed to be closed when the other is opened—but it happens occasionally, and sometimes the decision is to close the FAC and others to close the GAN. (The FAC reviewers noticed that there were both an FAC and a Peer Review ongoing and the latter was closed, but not that there was also a GAN.) I suspect the bot needs to not only check for "GA" immediately inside the template, but also that it is not immediately followed by "nominee". BlueMoonset (talk) 15:02, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Another weird case that had not been considered. I will fix. Hawkeye7 (talk) 01:41, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
Hawkeye7, it just happened again at Talk:Fountain pen. I've fixed the Article history accordingly, which had previously been created and was only being added to here. This time, the same person started a GAN and then an FAC; the FAC was closed (article not ready), but the bot also closed up the active GAN, which is under review at the present time. BlueMoonset (talk) 02:40, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
I have put a fix in just now. Hawkeye7 (talk) 03:20, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

Bad editEdit

With this edit, the bot (1) changed another editors comments and (2) introduced a duplicate parameter error by adding a second action2, rather than using action3. After I fixed the second error, it was subsequently reintroduced by SchroCat. Thanks! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 00:47, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

  Done The nested template problem again. Fixed. Hawkeye7 (talk) 05:43, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Template:Featured list logEdit

In the Template:Featured list log, under 2016, there are 3 instances of the month of March, 2 instances of July and then there's the December 2016 log between May and June. Please fix it. Thanks!Cheetah (talk) 00:35, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

 Y Resolved There was a typographical error in the script. Hawkeye7 (talk) 23:13, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Withdrawn FACsEdit

@Hawkeye7: I've mentioned this one other time, but there seems to be a problem when the "withdrawn" parameter is used in conjunction with {{FACClosed}} (also pinging Ian Rose). See Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/This Is What the Truth Feels Like/archive1, which was closed using that parameter three days ago and the bot hasn't picked it up. Any ideas? Thanks as always for your work on this bot. --Laser brain (talk) 12:12, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Tks for the ping, Andy. While we're at it, for some reason I can't fathom this one has also not been picked up by the bot... Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 13:17, 18 August 2016 (UTC)
 Y Indeed. That was the one that was causing the problem. I have given the bot some extra instructions. Hawkeye7 (talk) 13:37, 18 August 2016 (UTC)
Tks for quick action, Hawkeye! Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 13:44, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Another bug reportEdit

In this edit, FACBot changed "class=wikitable" in an edit discussion to "class=FA". This portion of the edit was later reverted by a human editor. YBG (talk) 04:34, 23 October 2016 (UTC)

Coloman, King of HungaryEdit

This edit killed the DYK box (without replacing it with an equivalent). GregorB (talk) 19:22, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Archived FACEdit

Hi -- just doing some stats analysis on April FACs, and I found this, which doesn't seem to have been processed. Looks like the FAC is not linked on the article talk page -- is that why? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 02:13, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

The problem is that it was removed from the FAC category with this edit. I restored it to the category, and the Bot has processed it. Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:49, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
This is also unprocessed, though the FAC is linked on the talk page. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 02:16, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
I will investigate. I can't tell what is going on without checking the logs, and I can't do that until I return home. (I may get the Bot to put them in the drop box in future so I can read them remotely.) The Bot sends me error reports with logs when it has a problem, but it has not detected one. I will have to get back to you in a few days. Hawkeye7 (talk) 03:50, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
Now that I can see the log, the Bot says: "WARNING: FAC closed but Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Philippine Competition Commission/archive1 has NOT been moved to the archive page". This is true; I have made this change, and it was processed. Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:38, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

Bot errorEdit

The bot on this edit removed three entries that had the word Naruto in it from a FA promotion. Is there a way that the bot can only remove the proper link and not all links containing the same word? -- 1989 23:38, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

I broke FACBot's featured content announcementsEdit

I changed Template:Announcements/New featured content to a tableless layout. Since I didn't touch the * lists, I didn't think I'd mess up FACBot. So this diff is my fault, sorry. I've added newlines after each list, like it was before — diff. I hope that fixes it. If not, I'll revert my changes. Matt Fitzpatrick (talk) 05:03, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

I thought it would be okay too. But I'm kind of lazy, which is why I use Bots. Your proposed fix should be okay. The Bot looks for the "Articles (15, most recent first)" line. It obtains the number to keep from that line. It adds the new entry, and then counts the lines from there. So ones beyond 15 are omitted. (This allows you to change the number of entries.) It assumes it has reached the end of the section when it reaches a blank line or the "Topics (15, most recent first)" line. I have just now told it to respond to your </div> card as well. So you shouldn't need the blank lines. Hawkeye7 (talk) 05:25, 1 September 2017 (UTC)
Looking good now — diff. Thanks! Matt Fitzpatrick (talk) 00:28, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

DYK removal?Edit

What happened here? Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 01:01, 12 October 2017 (UTC)

Adding the wrong contentEdit

Have you seen Wikipedia talk:Featured articles that haven't been on the Main Page#Bot re-adds articles that have already been on the main page? The bot appears to be incorrectly adding articles like Steller's sea cow, which have already been featured on the main page. (talk) 19:22, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

You cannot directly update that page. The FACBot generates it from Wikipedia:Featured articles. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:44, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

Another bot questionEdit

The bot does not seem to have run on Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Carol (film)/archive1. I'm not sure why, thought some indecision over who the nominator was might have something to do with it. Sarastro1 (talk) 21:01, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

The problem was this edit. The Bot couldn't work out the name of the nomination page. I have given it an extra hint to allow it to deal with cases like this. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:34, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

FLC bugEdit

There seems to be a bug with the WP:FAC bot, see diff. In said diff, the newly-inserted |action3oldid= links to a diff of the WP:FLRC nomination, rather than to a permalink of the article itself. I'm not sure if this bug has since affected other articles, or whether this is a deliberate change.--Nevéselbert 17:45, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Pinging Hawkeye7. Nihlus 17:51, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Yes, it affected all the Featured List Candidate article histories. The error was a misunderstanding on my part. I have corrected this. Today's Talk:IRPA Try of the Year should link to the version of the Featured List. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 19:17, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Bot not running on the FLC pageEdit

Hi, it appears that the FACbot is not running on WP:FLC for the last few days- its last edit tot he page was on December 7, and there have been several promotions since that haven't been touched, as well as nominations crossing the "old nominations" line not getting moved. --PresN 12:47, 12 December 2017 (UTC)

There was an outage on 8 December, and there has been some problems since then. I have run it from the remote backup. I will try to have it run each day. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:16, 12 December 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! No worries, mainly just wanted to make sure you were aware, since it seemed the bot was still running on other pages. --PresN 02:25, 13 December 2017 (UTC)
The FAC run is running... it appears that the FLC run is not. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 02:46, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

That's a BIG FL iconEdit

Is it meant to be that big on Grade II* listed buildings in Mendip? Eddie891 Talk Work 22:49, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

The problem is Warning: Template include size is too large. Some templates will not be included. You can see the effect down the bottom; the References and external links sections are not processed properly. I corrected the FL star by moving the template to the top. I will raise a request and see if anything can be done. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 20:45, 10 February 2018 (UTC)

Bug in adding main page statusEdit

Hello, in this edit to Talk:Miriam Makeba, the bot tried to add the main page status in the middle of a {{sourcecheck}} template, rather than where it was meant to go. Graham87 04:55, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

DYK removal?Edit

The bot removed the DYK information in this edit. It shouldn't do that. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 16:24, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Archive pageEdit

Ian Rose, it looks like the archiving didn't work for some reason. Do you know how to fix it? Thanks, --Usernameunique (talk) 03:09, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

Hmm, Hawkeye7, looks like the archived page has been truncated at the point someone put {{Non-free with NC}} in there -- I take it the bot dislikes this...? Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 04:03, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
The problem was this:
Ah yes. In that case you'll need to add something like <noinclude>{{Non-free with NC}}</noinclude> on its own. [[User:Jo-Jo Eumerus|Jo-Jo Eumerus]] ([[User talk:Jo-Jo Eumerus|talk]], [[Special:CentralAuth/Jo-Jo Eumerus|contributions]]) 19:18, 11 April 2018 (UTC)}}
The Bot normally strips out the text between <noinclude>...</noinclude> tags, this being the FA toolkit at the top of each nomination. I have instructed it to only remove the first one. This should resolve the problem. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 04:58, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

Invalid date errorEdit

Hi team, while updating this FLC, the bot updated the date in the form of DD MM YYYY instead of the DMY format, which caused an invalid date format error to be thrown. —IB [ Poke ] 04:08, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

  Resolved: Thanks for that. I have corrected the problem. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 06:14, 11 July 2018 (UTC)


I was going through articles, and it seems that the bot, when updating {{ArticleHistory}} for a FAC passing, currentstatus= is untouched, leaving it as the previous class. See here. Is it possible to change that? Eddie891 Talk Work 19:24, 19 August 2018(UTC)

Yes, and I already have a fix for it; but I am away at the moment and don't want to introduce the new code until I get back. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 06:23, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
  Resolved: New code uploaded. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 05:33, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Older nominationsEdit

Given that this section is receiving some commentary at the moment, I just wanted to check: what is the cut off point for the bot to move an article into "older nominations"? Something doesn't look quite right to me on the current list. But it may just be me. Sarastro (talk) 22:54, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

Twenty days. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 05:33, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Bug – replacing entire contents of talk page when article is promoted to FA?Edit

This seems to have been happening since 6 September at least: see Nihonium, Muhammad I of Granada, Cetiosauriscus, Æthelbald, King of Wessex, Tower Hill Memorial, V. Gordon Childe, and Banksia blechnifolia. Double sharp (talk) 03:14, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

Investigating. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 06:35, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
  Resolved: I didn't move all the fixes that had been racked up into production, and there was a dependency. Copied the new template handling modules across. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:22, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

FAC archive handlingEdit

The FACBot added this notice to the article TP after I withdrew the nom. Can't we simply state the nominator "withdrew it as a candidate"? The template also states that Morgan le Fay is a former featured article, but I can't find when or why. Thanks in advance....Atsme📞📧 00:22, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Hi Atsme, the closing note on the article's FAC nomination page states that "this candidate has been withdrawn", after that the FAC bot treats it the same as other archived noms. As to the "former featured article" bit and the half-completed new FAC nomination, those seem to have been introduced by the closing bot -- Hawkeye7, would you mind taking a look when you get a chance? Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 03:22, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
  Resolved: In the latest version, although it looks like the Bot performs only a few simple operations, to do them, it actually breaks down the entire page and rebuilds it completely. This resolves problems we have had with template handling, particularly where templates contain templates (contain templates...) (1) The FFA was an error on my part. (2) Failure to remove the nomination template was caused by an error in the recursive template search method, which has been corrected. (3) Corrected a problem with display of default template parameters. Your forbearance is greatly appreciated. In answer to Atsme, "withdrawn" is not a valid parameter to {{Article history}}. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 05:30, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Sandringham HouseEdit

Dear Hawkeye, I wonder if you could have a look at the workings of the FAC bot in relation to Sandringham House. It was promoted on 20 September by Ian but the bot appears not to have worked its usual magic and the little star has yet to appear. Thanks and regards. KJP1 (talk) 06:25, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

I see the problem. I'll release a fix on Monday. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 10:57, 22 September 2018 (UTC)
Much appreciated and no hurry, of course. KJP1 (talk) 12:43, 22 September 2018 (UTC)
  Resolved: Problem with incorrectly calling the new parser modules. Corrected. Note that articles promoted on Saturdays do not normally make the Goings On page, as the Bot will not run until Sunday, and a new week will already have started. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:57, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
Won't pretend I understand the reason, but many thanks! KJP1 (talk) 05:41, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
A long-standing problem has been cases where the templates on the talk pages contained other templates (which sometimes contained other templates, and so on, ad infinitum). The simple pattern matching rules that the Bot used to make sense of it all worked most of the time, but not all of the time. So when I had the time, I wrote a new library that completely parses the page. This was implemented after I got back from Germany. Some bugs have since been found, which are related to how the Bot interacts with the new library. There was an error in the routine that handled merging the GA template into the Article History, which has been corrected. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 05:55, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

U-1 class submarine not added by FACBot for some reasonEdit

  Resolved: @Kges1901: The Bot was only adding articles that had passed A-class review to the MilHist FA showcase. The article in question had passed an ACR, but back in 2009, and had not been added to the showcase (or maybe it didn't exist back then). I have instructed the FACBot to add all MilHist articles to the FA showcase, whether or not they were A-class. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:06, 2 October 2018 (UTC)


This edit by the bot was confusing, it removed a whole bunch of WikiProjects and other materials. « Gonzo fan2007 (talk) @ 15:42, 9 October 2018 (UTC)

The bug has already been fixed. I thought I had corrected all the affected pages, but this one was overlooked somehow. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 19:45, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
another one. Frietjes (talk) 15:42, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
another one. Frietjes (talk) 15:47, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
  Resolved: The bug has been corrected. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 19:08, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Bad FA removal editEdit

THIS edit, in addition to altering the FA templates, also messed up a couple of {{blockquote}} templates in the discussion body below. wbm1058 (talk) 20:48, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Hmmm. That's interesting. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:07, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
  Resolved: Two problems actually; one about parameter names containing an ampersand, and the other regarding the confusion of a reference tag with a parameter name. Both related to the token processes in Changed one line to handle these situations. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:59, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

FAC closuresEdit

@Hawkeye7: For some reason the bot hasn't run for a few days, although there are some FACs that have been closed. Is it something we've done wrong? Sarastro (talk) 11:51, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

Yep, I had a look at Endless Night and couldn't spot anything obvious like the article name having changed halfway through the nom or something... Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 13:33, 19 January 2019 (UTC)
  Resolved: A syntax error on my part. The FACBot has run and processed all the outstanding requests. But Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Endless Night (song)/archive2 has a different problem. The Bot complained that Ian had not signed the {{FACClosed}}. I added his signature and the FACBot proceeded the review. I'm not sure why I did it this way but I could have the FACBot invoke whodunnit, a routine that figures out who made a change by searching the change history. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:08, 19 January 2019 (UTC)
Tks Hawkeye! Yes, I generally preview my closes to make sure I've got the syntax right and noticed I'd accidentally used a square instead of curly bracket around FACClosed, and in correcting that managed to clobber my signature (and of course not preview it)... ;-P Cheers, Ian Rose (talk)
On checking, I found that the Bot already invokes whodunnit to find details of the closure, and that the date on your signature line is used for display only. Therefore, I have rewritten the code to use the timestamp returned from whodunnit instead, reformatting it in the display form when required. The problem should not then recur, even if you forget to sign. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:23, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

@Hawkeye7: Sorry, another one! I've just noticed that on its most recent runs, the bot has left the GA icon when it added the FA icon. Not a bit deal, obviously, but just letting you know as it didn't do that before. Sarastro (talk) 01:40, 21 January 2019 (UTC)

  Resolved: Two problems here: (1) Non-matching of Good Article template, (2) Non-removal of Article from Good Articles list. First was a typo, the second was a logic error in the new code to handle renaming of GA admin pages. Corrected, and ran a script to fix the articles in error. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 04:20, 21 January 2019 (UTC)

Bad FAC template removal editEdit

G'day, this edit removed the FAC template from the top of the talk page of a current candidate. Not sure what is going on there? Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:32, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

It has happened to several articles, with summary: Removing unfinished candidacy from talk page. AhmadLX (talk) 00:56, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
  Resolved: My apologies. Changes to the Bot runs were mandated by a recent move to a new server. I made a typo (a small 'f' instead of a capital) which confused the Bot. The error occurred during a manual test run. The problem has been corrected, and the invalid changes have all been reverted. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 04:53, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

\{\{featured list\}\}Edit

FACBot placed \{\{featured list\}\} on these two recently promoted lists rather than {{featured list}}. ([9] and [10]) What's up with that? NatureBoyMD (talk) 02:20, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

  Resolved: My apologies. Changes to the Bot runs were mandated by a recent move to a new server. The upgraded version of Perl flooded me with messages about unescaped literal "{" characters in regular expression patterns no longer being permissible. [11] In escaping all the instances, I accidentally changed one too many. A fix has been applied. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 05:03, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

Bug: removing inflation templateEdit

In this edit, an {{Inflation}} template was completely removed in the process of promoting to FA. Isa (talk) 00:30, 2 March 2019 (UTC)

That is a problem. Thanks for reporting it. I will implement a fix. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 11:15, 2 March 2019 (UTC)
  Resolved: The Bot parser was unaware of magic words [12]. Code added to allow it to parse them correctly. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:47, 3 March 2019 (UTC)
I'm not seeing changes to any of the perl files on the bot's user page. Is there a place I can check your changes? Isa (talk) 00:01, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
[13] Hawkeye7 (discuss) 01:39, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
That's a 404 for me. Is the repo private? Isa (talk) 01:55, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
I don't think so... I've adjusted the link. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 06:44, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
Still a 404, and so is your user page. Searching for "MilHistBot" on github returns no hits. Can you try it in a private browser window? Isa (talk) 07:24, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
@Hawkeye7: Courtesy ping, the page is still a 404. Isa (talk) 21:21, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
I have a Phabricator job outstanding about this. [14] Hawkeye7 (discuss) 20:51, 2 April 2019 (UTC)
I fail to see what this has to do with your github repo. Can you at least confirm that you had a look at the repo settings and that it's set to public? Perhaps something like, in the "Danger Zone" settings at the bottom? Isa (talk) 03:07, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
Yes, that's it. AFAICT it is public. The first option in the Danger Zone is "Make this repository private". Hawkeye7 (discuss) 04:43, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
Sources are now available on Phabricator Hawkeye7 (discuss) 03:27, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
Well, I still can't see the changes you did because you didn't import your commits ;) But thank you for taking the time to do this, I appreciate it. Cheers. Isa (talk) 19:26, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Bug: Articles that fail a FLC retain the GA statusEdit

See this edit.

Current good articles which fail a featured list nomination should be reverted to the status of good article, not former featured list candidate.

Generally, such articles shouldn't have been promoted to good articles in the first place, but it's up to good article reassessment to decide whether to remove the status. Retro (talk | contribs) 12:59, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

But on second thought, there should probably be a custom FFLC/GA status for failed featured list candidates that are good articles. I'll probably go make an edit request to add that as a status at article history later. Retro (talk | contribs) 18:22, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

Bug reportEdit

In this edit, the bot edited a GA transclusion and replaced a colon with a pipe, which broke the transclusion. Lordtobi () 06:07, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

  Resolved: Thanks for that. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 03:12, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

The meaning of "archived" for FAC closureEdit

Hi! I use the FAC page closure result string to parse FAC result for WP:Article Alerts, which used to be "promoted" and such. Could you tell me what the bot means by "archived", such as [15]. Is this synonymous with "not promoted"? —  HELLKNOWZ   ▎TALK 09:09, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

Hi, "archived" does mean "not promoted". Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 09:32, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
@Ian Rose: I'm sure this has been asked (and answered!) many times, but why does it only run twice a day? What's the difference with the GA bots, which seem to rum every hour (or somesuch). Cheers, ——SerialNumber54129 09:50, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
Hi SN, I'd have to defer to Hawkeye7 as to the timing but twice a day is okay by me. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 09:55, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
The FAC job doesn't run twice a day, it only runs once a day. The difference between the task of the GA Bots and the FACBot is that a GA can be closed by any user, and there are a potentially large number of GAs at any given time. Whereas FACs are only closed by a small number of coordinators, and on average there is less than one FAC per day. So it didn't seem worthwhile to run more often. If Ian wanted it run more often I could adjust the crontab. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 12:09, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
Funny, I always thought it was only once a day but assumed SN knew more than I... ;-) I kind of like it infrequent as it means there's usually time to clean up the mess if I make a mistake promoting or archiving something... Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 13:15, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
So it's once every 24 hours?! I thought it was once every 12 hours. Blimey. ——SerialNumber54129 14:28, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
Very well. I have increased it to twice a day. It will run at 0005 and 1205 Zulu. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 08:05, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

Does this not find the total GA count?Edit

If so it's overcounting, see WT:GA. Tks ♦ Lingzhi2 (talk) 14:58, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

The FACBot does not perform this task. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 19:38, 22 September 2019 (UTC)


Hi Hawkeye, The FACBot is playing up a little at the moment, adding an extra ==Nominations== just above the Older nominations header, such as here. It looks like it's been doing it for four days. I can't see what is wrong with the nominations page, so I guess it may be the bot. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 15:26, 16 November 2019 (UTC)

Sort of. It is caused by this edit on 11 November. A user called Kailash29792 hid the header from the Bot. I will instruct the Bot on how to deal with this. In the meantime, I have corrected the page. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 18:57, 16 November 2019 (UTC)
Fix has now been implemented. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:23, 17 November 2019 (UTC)

"topic" removalEdit

In case it can be fixed (also mentioned in 2015): the bot does not carry over the "topic" parameter in edits like this. Thus the GAs show up in Category:Good articles without topic parameter. regards, Outriggr (talk) 10:43, 15 January 2020 (UTC)

  Resolved: Sure. The FACBot will add the topic parameter from now on. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 03:15, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

Featured list removal candidates logEdit

Hi Hawkeye, I seemed to have discovered an issue with the FACBot in relation to the Featured list removal candidates log. Dating back to April 2019, the problem seems to be that the bot is not adding the Featured list removal candidate nomination page to the monthly log page IF there is a nomination page already there with the opposite result.

Specifically for the month of April 2019, Wikipedia:Featured list removal candidates/log/April 2019 only shows that Glee (season 1) was kept however it didn't add that List of heads of government of the Central African Republic and List of state and union territory capitals in India were delisted. The bot did however correctly update the counter (diff and diff)

In July 2019 shows that List of Scripps National Spelling Bee champions, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office and Agatha Christie bibliography were kept but not that IWGP Tag Team Championship and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship were delisted (diff and diff)

Finally, the December 2019 log states that List of unreleased songs recorded by Michael Jackson was kept but not that List of Digimon video games was delisted. (diff)

If you could please look into this that would be appreciated. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 12:20, 15 January 2020 (UTC)

  Resolved: There was a problem handling newlines. The code has been corrected, and the old entries have been added to the logs. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 03:04, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

FLC nomination pages archive discussionEdit

Hi Hawkeye, I have found another error with the FLC nomination pages dating back to March 2019. It seems that since 21 March 2019 the archive header and footers have not been added to a FLC nomination page once either promoted, not promoted, kept or delisted. Refer to Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Featured log/March 2019.

  Resolved: I have corrected this, and ordered the Bot to go over all the pages promoted since then and update the nominations. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:19, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

I also found one back in February 2019 where {{Fl bottom}} didn't seem to work. Please look into this as well. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 12:40, 15 January 2020 (UTC)

That one was fixed in February 2019. See the report in the section above for details. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:19, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

GA listing formatEdit

Hi again!

I didn't think bots interacted with the GA listing pages, but I noticed yours just now.

I've simplified the GA listing format (see this edit-window link for an example). I hope it's not much trouble to slightly modify the bot, regarding diffs like this, to not look for a number/count to change, any more. The other changes are probably transparent to the current programming. (Unless it looks for "nbsp;–" after link.) Thanks, Outriggr (talk) 07:57, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

  Resolved: A long overdue improvement. As it happened, the Bot would have handled this correctly, but kudos for having me check. Updated the FAC job, removed the code that updated the totals. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:02, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
Thanks. I hoped the bot might successfully make "half" the edit with no problems, but tracking that myself before I contacted you would be a little tedious and indirect (looking for the "improper absence" of the edit, once some former-GA new FAC has passed!), so I thought I'd just let you know. Outriggr (talk) 07:36, 17 January 2020 (UTC)