Thank you for the prompt reply . I will file a CR in bugzilla. But under what topic should i file one? (I don't find Wikibasha listed seperately in the "pick a product to enter a bug" page).

And regarding the "highly disruptive" comment, imagine if everyone (bots and editors) start doing this. We have had a lot of automated tools before and none do this signing. If a human editor did the same thing, it will be considered spamming at worst and insensitive at best. If a bot did it, its botflag will be removed immediately. I was irritated because the MS representative Ta wiki people spoke to at the workshop claimed this was a "minor" thing.


Thanks for the tip. I did share the concerns directly (with the microsoft representative) and indirectly (through an edit summary reverting the code addition in the articles). I will ask Arun for wikibasha contact.

On Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 3:20 PM, Siebrand Mazeland <> wrote:
Hi. Recently i have started contracting for Microsoft Research to be a community liason with regards to Wikibhasha.

I understand your concerns, although I disagree that adding a comment on a page after an edit should be considered "highly disruptive".

Please create a change request in to change the inline text comment to some identification in the edit summary. The Wikibhasha team at Microsoft research India will take all input very seriously.

Siebrand Mazeland
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On 7 feb. 2011, at 09:26, Shiju Alex <> wrote:

But i have no idea if Microsoft will actually listen to us.

If wikibasha is used in your respective wiki's and keeps adding this signature, please urge the wikibasha developers to stop this practice.

It all depends on how active the respective wiki community is. If the language wikis have an active community and strong policies then corportaes like Google or Microsoft can not overrule that.

On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 8:16 AM, Bala Jeyaraman <> wrote:
Microsoft's translation tool Wikibasha creates a code snippet like this - <!-- WikiBhasha v=1 time=2011-2-6:11:20:20:309--> at the bottom of the article everytime it is used to edit wikipedia pages. I found this out when the MS representative made sample edits to Tamil wikipedia. He claims that they need this to track the edits made using wikibasha.

I believe this practice is highly disruptive because, adding such a signature to the bottom of the article is
a)tantamount to claiming that the entire article is the work of wikibasha
b) If we allow this practice, then all automated tools will start adding their code snippets, bloating the page with useless code signatures.

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