[Pywikipedia-l] Humans vs bots: 0:1

John phoenixoverride at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 01:10:23 UTC 2011

Yeah, all you need to do is remove the incorrect links from all affected

You sorta did that with -localright. however that just fixed the correct
article but still left some articles pointing to the wrong article. you need
to fix every article, as long as one page has the wrong link it will be
propagated back

On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 8:01 PM, Marcin Cieslak <saper at saper.info> wrote:

> (cross posted to wikitech-l)
> Hello,
> Recently we have found a case of incorrect interwiki entry linking
> [[:pl:Aktywizm]]
> describing philosophical concept with family of the articles on other
> Wikipedias
> regarding political activism.
> This was a human mistake and it was reverted later. However, there seems
> to be no way to tell all the interwiki bots running to stop re-adding this
> removed link to articles.
> I have added {{nobots}} on the Polish and English Wikipedia to prevent
> spreading of incorrect linking. I have tried from time to time to use
> my own pywikipedia bot to remove the link (using -localright option)
> and the result is the following:
> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ro/wiki/Activism?action=history
> (Saperka is my script)
> I spoke with the owner of WikitanvirBot and we have stopped it for
> a while completely to allow the "undo" script run and remove the links.
> Unfortunately, some other bot (
> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ro/w/index.php?title=Activism&diff=5071856&oldid=5071793
> )
> changed the link again.
> It seems like it is not possible to revert one mistake unless
> ALL running interwiki bots will be stopped by their owners.
> Sounds like an overkill (and imagine coordinating this!).
> Is there some way interwiki.py could be improved (I know it should be
> all different architecture) or some other way to handle this
> - one could imagine - simple case?
> Or are we now overtaken by robots beyond our control? :)
> //Saper
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