Forum:Removing the bot flag
I've been throwing this idea around for a while now. After Aburnett's request to get the bot flag for BurnettBot, though, I think time has come for me to propose it. We currently have ten accounts with the bot flag. The list is found at RS:BOTLIST. Of the ten, half of them have been inactive. They were last run over a year ago. The reason main reason that the bots have fallen inactive is that their operators have become inactive. Furthermore, some of the bots were made for one-off purposes, such as image-file conversion or fixing tradable to tradeable. One bot, GEBot, is now obsolete as its purpose is taken on by SmackBot.
I am thus proposing that we remove the bot flag from four of the five inactive bots. They are:
- User:ButterBot, controlled by User:ElfAnurin - Its job was to fix tradable to tradeable, which is now complete.
- User:GEBot, controlled by User:Nightgunner5 - Its purpose is to update the GEMW, which is now done by User:SmackBot.
- User:Nq2h_Bot, controlled by User:Nq2h - It was last run two and a half years ago. I don't think its purpose is really useful now.
- User:TehKittyBot, controlled by User:Catcrewser - It has a one-off purpose.
Should this proposal pass, I think that in the unlikely event the bot owner(s) return and want to operate the bot again, they should be able to request the bot flag back without another discussion. This is similar to what sysops can do with their user rights on the wiki and with their clan chat rank. --LiquidTalk 19:50, August 24, 2010 (UTC)
Comment - I wouldn't call FBB active. Last month I used it to tidy up all the Yew Grove discussions. It just hasn't edited much lately because I've been busier. Andrew talk 20:43, August 24, 2010 (UTC)
Neutral - There's not much use of it being on them but it's not hurting the wiki either.06:48, August 25, 2010 (UTC)
Neutral - What about inactive admins? They don't use their tools. But it's not hurting anything to have them keep the tools, just another log action to remove them.07:23, August 25, 2010 (UTC)
- There's a difference here. Bot tasks are large tasks that are generally planned beforehand. The use of sysop tools can rarely be planned, as you don't know when someone is going to vandalize. That's why I don't support removing sysop tools, because the inactive sysops can suddenly come back in a vandal attack and find himself with out the tools. On the other hand, taking the bot flag away is not going to kill anyone, because bot tasks are not urgent, and the bot operator has plenty of time to plan and request the flag if he decides to return, which I find extremely unlikely. --LiquidTalk 19:29, August 26, 2010 (UTC)
Closed - Bots with tasks that have either been completed or that are simply no longer in use are to be removed from the Bot user-group.09:34, September 13, 2010 (UTC)