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If you're here because you want SuggestBot to send you suggestions, please see the instructions at the top of User:SuggestBot. We offer both subscription services and the possibility of receiving a single set of suggestions.

Feedback on recommendations, ideas for new features, questions about how SuggestBot works, or anything else related to SuggestBot are all examples of topics welcome below. A bot moves older feedback to the archives regularly, there is also an archive in User:SuggestBot/FeedbackArchive. Thanks for stopping by to let us you what you think! Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 11:07, 25 December 2013 (UTC)


Frequency parameter?Edit

Hey there! Thank you for this awesome resource. I don't know how to find a list of all parameters that can be specified and their valid values. Specifically, following the examples I did find, I set my personal bot to |frequency=once a day |replace=yes. I don't think it's delivering that way. Also, I wanted it's suggestion to always appear on the top of the page, so I copied the template to the top. But, it's suggestions were published at the bottom in a new section. Is there a way to tell it to publish at the top?TIA Usedtobecool (talk) 17:01, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi Usedtobecool, thanks for using SuggestBot, happy to hear you find it useful! Hopefully I can help you out. You can find a list of the two parameters the bot currently supports on this page, in the "parameters" section. You already know about both of them, by the way.
When it comes to subscribing to get recommendations once a day, the bot interprets that as "once a week". There used to be technical reasons for why we didn't allow more frequent suggestions, whereas nowadays it's mainly that the bot isn't written to support it (e.g. there's code in place to make sure you don't get repeat suggestions, which would have to be modified so you don't see the same things every day). If you do want more frequent suggestions, you can at any time ask for a single set of suggestions and get those. They won't affect your subscription, so the subscribed ones will still arrive once a week. The caveat is that you might see some repeat suggestions if you do this a lot, and the bot won't replace suggestions, it'll just append them to the page (if you don't want to have a lot of suggestions on your talk page, you can create a subpage and put the template there).
Great question about how to get the suggestions to show up at the top of the page! You can do that, just move the section with the suggestions to where you want it, and SuggestBot will replace it there when it posts the next set of suggestions. The bot only appends a new set of suggestions to the page if it can't find a previous set. Your idea about looking for where the template is makes sense. One of the reasons why we don't do that is that a lot of Wikipedia users put a fair number of templates on their talk pages (e.g. SuggestBot, automatic archiving, various messages) and they usually go together at the top.
I hope this was helpful! Please let me know what further questions you have and I'll do my best to respond. And thanks again for using SuggestBot, appreciate it! Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 14:20, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, dude/ette. Very helpful. No more questions. I'm just gonna marvel at the quality of your reply for a moment, then, go about my business. Usedtobecool (talk) 15:01, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

Community portal: Help outEdit

Seems SuggestBot is not updating the "Add an image" section in Wikipedia:Community portal/Opentask. Could the maintainers please investigate? Thanks: Bhunacat10 (talk), 18:26, 3 May 2019 (UTC)

Reverts included in suggestion?Edit

Long story short I used to have Korean-topic articles in my suggestions but after a bunch of mass revert on corporations vandalism I got a suggestbot message full of corp. related suggestions. I'm not that interested in that topic — countetvandalism works are not always within my interest, so maybe something tagged as rollback can be excluded from suggestion? — regards, Revi 00:33, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Filed issue #32 as I saw the GitHub link above. — regards, Revi 00:38, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Weird selection by SuggestBotEdit

I tried to get suggested articles by including the following on the Teahouse/Suggestions page:


What I got was the following list, which doesn't seem to me to have anything to do with either linguistics or Western New York.

This is not very high priority, but it makes me wonder how SuggestBot makes its selections when I specifically gave two categories I was interested in.

Articles you might like to edit, from SuggestBotEdit

SuggestBot predicts that you will enjoy editing some of these articles. Have fun!

Views/Day Quality Title Tagged with…
29   Knight High School (talk) Add sources
200   Antelope Valley (talk) Add sources
51   The Songs of Distant Earth (album) (talk) Add sources
12   Dry Town Water Park (talk) Add sources
26   Antelope Valley Mall (talk) Add sources
65   Creek mythology (talk) Add sources
25   Merger guidelines (talk) Cleanup
179   Criticism of the Bible (talk) Cleanup
13   Highland High School (Palmdale, California) (talk) Cleanup
359   Christology (talk) Expand
6   Victor Valley Union High School District (talk) Expand
15   Episcopal Conference of Czech Republic (talk) Expand
28   Khaybar (TV series) (talk) Unencyclopaedic
793   Jesus H. Christ (talk) Unencyclopaedic
2,286   Trinity (talk) Unencyclopaedic
33   Diversity in early Christian theology (talk) Merge
45   Tobacco in the American colonies (talk) Merge
129   Scythian religion (talk) Merge
109   Mahanubhava (talk) Wikify
2   Peniel Missionary Society (talk) Wikify
19   Grand Rapids Public Schools (talk) Wikify
13   Narasapur – Nidadavolu Express (talk) Orphan
6   Act of Congress (music group) (talk) Orphan
2   Babeque secundaria (talk) Orphan
16   Palmdale Transportation Center (talk) Stub
18   Lancaster High School (Lancaster, California) (talk) Stub
5   Novato Unified School District (talk) Stub
7   Eastside Union School District (talk) Stub
6   Adelanto Elementary School District (talk) Stub
5   SOAR High School (talk) Stub

Note: All columns in this table are sortable, allowing you to rearrange the table so the articles most interesting to you are shown at the top. All images have mouse-over popups with more information. For more information about the columns and categories, please consult the documentation and please get in touch on SuggestBot's talk page with any questions you might have.

SuggestBot picks articles in a number of ways based on other articles you've edited, including straight text similarity, following wikilinks, and matching your editing patterns against those of other Wikipedians. It tries to recommend only articles that other Wikipedians have marked as needing work. Your contributions make Wikipedia better — thanks for helping.

If you have feedback on how to make SuggestBot better, please tell me on SuggestBot's talk page. Thanks from Nettrom (talk), SuggestBot's caretaker. -- SuggestBot (talk) 16:28, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Jkgree (talk) 19:35, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

Hi Jkgree, thanks for getting in touch about this! You're absolutely correct that this behavior is unexpected since you did supply the bot with some categories of interest. My first thought was that the categories didn't have articles (or article talk pages) in them, but that's not the case, there's plenty of them there. So somehow SuggestBot didn't pick those up. I've filed it as an issue on GitHub so this is documented, and I'll investigate and see what I can do to not make this happen again. Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 15:30, 18 July 2019 (UTC)

suggesting my own articles to meEdit

In the most recent lucky dip many of the biographies are ones I've created. That seems a little off to me. Stuartyeates (talk) 00:25, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

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