On 8/27/07, Brion Vibber <brion(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
already doing this against the deleted images... A bot downloads
the image, computes that sha-1, checks the filearchive table based on
the SHA1, and if there is a match it complains in IRC and the new
image is tagged.
Why do that in a bot instead of the wiki?? :)
Because bots are an immediate solution that people can write within
their comfort-zone, whereas learning the MediaWiki codebase would be
much more effort; as well as thinking that you need to either grovel,
or be in an obscure clique of developers to have the patch applied.
(They are wrong on both points).