what is a bot
Wikia has help page on bots but simply a bot is program that makes automated edits or helps a user make semi-automated edits
why do we need one
- we have multiple wiki wide issues (non-LGBT red links, cross wiki import issues, etc.) which would tedious and error-prone to remove by hand
- we have markup meant for Wikipedia (i.e. “category:Articles with unsourced statements since X”) again tedious and error-prone to remove by hand
- we want to refresh our articles from Wikipedia periodically which compounds the above issues
what else will a bot buy us
- an easy way to make large-scale edits (like renaming a category) without overrunning the WikiActivity and Recent Changes feeds.
- a force multiplier that once know of a problem and agree to a solution. It can be implemented wiki-wide quickly. Minimizing transition time.