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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)

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.

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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

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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)

Hi Stuartyeates, thanks for bringing this up! I hear your concern about this, I'm sure it's annoying to see a list of articles that perhaps mainly consists of ones you've created.
Let me sketch out how I'm thinking about this, and then I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts as well. I'm not sure it's inherently bad that SuggestBot recommends articles you've created, it's instead a question of how recently you created them. If it's been a couple of years, then it might be useful to get a message that indicates that they're in need of improvement, potentially motivating you to take another look and see if something can be done. However, if they were created more recently, then it's probably just bothersome. So I see it mainly as related to temporality, meaning that if SuggestBot can look further back into your edit history and exclude things you've edited (which means it also excludes creations) then we're doing okay. At the moment there are plans to do just that (it's also related to the thread above about better handling of reverts), and this thread can help me make better decisions about how to do that well.
What are your thoughts about this? Let me know. Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 16:18, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
I've been working on a project for ~3 years, writing bios for every female professor in the country. It's a little depressing to get prompts that they're not good enough when I'm still half through. Stuartyeates (talk) 21:46, 31 July 2019 (UTC)


Dear manager of this bot, thank you very much, i use this bot and helped me a little to find ideas, as i am a new user. I would like to ask if it can be operated in the greek wikipedia, because i am a greek and i have nearly no edits there, so i would like some suggestions to start. Best regards, Enivak (talk) 09:47, 26 July 2019 (UTC)

Hi Enivak and thanks for the kind words! There are possibilities of bringing SuggestBot to the Greek Wikipedia, but the process takes a bit of time since I want to make sure there are a group of users in the community that are interested in having the bot there. It also usually needs categories of articles in need of improvement for it to work (e.g. Category:All pages needing cleanup here on English Wikipedia). I'm not sure if those types of categories are in use on Greek Wikipedia.
Another user recently asked me a similar question but for Albanian Wikipedia (see this thread on my talk page). As you can see there, the process usually starts with a discussion on the given wiki (Greek in your case). Hope this was helpful, and let me know what follow-up questions you might have. Cheers, Nettrom (talk) 15:58, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
@Nettrom: Thanks for your response! I saw the discussion you linked. I will raise this in the Greek wikipedia, you may get an response from an admin there. Hope this works in the Albanian wiki also! Best regards, Enivak (talk) 16:17, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
As I can see, there is some willingness there, I will wait to learn about their categories. Enivak (talk) 12:48, 1 August 2019 (UTC)


Greetings to the user of this bot! Sam'kelo Mpungoseh (talk) 01:05, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

A question about the proposal listEdit

...does the bot consider people's AFD closes when creating its suggestions? Because I don't know whether it should ... because of the involvement rules, I suspect a lot of admins do not choose the AFDs to close on the basis of how interested they are in its topic. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 18:55, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

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