A few words to add

I was bored and correcting misspellings before I looked to see if there was a bot that already did. Here are some misspellings that I was correcting.

Flordia = Florida
Illlinois = Illinois
acccess = access
shoppping = shopping
efficency = efficiency
engieneer = engineer
picutre = picture
efficent = efficient

Kippson 22:18, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for those suggestions Kippson. I had some of them already, but the rest were new to me. Cheers, CmdrObot 00:56, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Found a few more. Is there a full list of the words you look for? Sorry if I'm falsely correcting any British spellings.

practive = practice
schoool = school
recieve = receive
aclimated = acclimated
vally = valley
acknowledgement = acknowledgment
totalled = totaled
judgement = judgment
represenative = representative
membersip = membership
colloquailly = colloquially
countriy's = country's
monarchial = monarchical
unparallelled = unparalleled
governement = government
exerces = exercises
dissemantion = dissemination
controversal = controversial
predominatly = predominantly
northeeast = northeast
efficency = efficiency

Thanks for these other suggestions. I've added some of them to my list, but beware that acknowledgement/acknowledgment, judgement/judgment and totalled/totaled are US/UK variant spellings and you should *not* try to correct them automatically. By the way, my current list of misspellings and corrections can be seen at User:CmdrObot/ if you're interested. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 20:29, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Hyphenated word and double spelling

I reverted two parts of your change: north-west Germany > north-West Germany and judg(e)ment > judg(e)meant. An easy way to avoid these errors would be to ignore a word if it is preceded immediately by a hyphen, right parenthesis, or right bracket. --teb728 23:33, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Thanks teb, thats a good suggestion, and I'll go and implement it. Cheers, CmdrObot 21:43, 27 July 2007 (UTC)


One off error. Social Democrats of eastern Germany is not one long proper noun. Bot read it as such, and changed to Eastern. Not likely to occur elsewhere. Keep up the good work! Jd2718 23:47, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks Jd, I've made a note of it. Cheers, CmdrObot 00:45, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Units and formats

Hi, I just spotted a unit format change that you made. It was on List of islands in lakes where you changed 'sq km' to 'km²'. I did not know you were doing this sort of thing. Thanks for a great bot.

I make a lot of similar changes to units using my monobook script. Feel free to take ideas and copy anything from User:Lightmouse/monobook.js. Thanks. Lightmouse 12:44, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the kind words. I just took a look at your script, and wow, is it breathtakingly comprehensive! Very impressive. Cheers, CmdrObot 16:18, 14 September 2007 (UTC)
Yes it is huge. I would like to reduce the scope. If you and other bots are doing stuff, then I don't need to. But without scripts being published, I do not know what other people are doing. From your 'nefarious purposes' I can probably trim my html and hertz sections. Can you suggest where there is duplication between you and me?
In addition, I have a suggestion... I occasionally come across links that contain a trailing space just before the brackets. As in [[14 September ]]. These are very hard to detect by the human eye. Can your bot do this? Lightmouse 17:05, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

western Germany / Western Germany

Hello, where I'm from it should be western/eastern Germany, not Western/Eastern Germany:

"Use West Germany (West Berlin) and East Germany (East Berlin) only in historical references. They are now western Germany (western Berlin) and eastern Germany (eastern Berlin). " [1]

"If referring to the area that was East Germany, say eastern Germany or the former East Germany; similarly, western Germany or the former West Germany. " [2]

West Germany means the original Federal Republic of Germany. People from East Germany, the former German Democratic (this by itsself is ridiculus) Republic, are called Ossies. You would recognize them by their language as they have created own words during their isolation which just do not exist in the western part of Germany, and they have an odd pronounciation. So, it makes sense to talk about West Germany when referring to Non-Ossies. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:42, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Oxford Style Manual [3]:

Capitalize compass directions only when they denote a recognized (i.e. titular= geographical or political region: Northern Ireland (but northern England). (As modern western Germany is just the western part of Germany, and no longer a region in its own, it isn't capitalised.)

Might annoy some people if you correct it to what they see as the wrong form - or is this some agreed-upon Wikipedia policy? Maybe you could add a link to the page where the decision was made. Saint|swithin 15:26, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

Hi Saintswithin. No, there's no policy that I know of, I simply goofed up. 'western Germany' looks a little strange to my eyes, but clearly I need to re-educate my eyes (and update my bot!). Thanks for the pointer. Cheers, CmdrObot 16:22, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

Lemon Interupt

Hello, CmdrObot "fixed" a spelling of "Interupt" to "Interrupt" on the Underworld (band) article. Can you please add the phrase "Lemon Interupt" to some kind of exclusion list? That is the intentional spelling of the band name and is used in a couple of other articles too. Thanks.  Tabanger  19:57, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Sorry about that. I've added it to my exception list. Cheers, CmdrObot 20:19, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

"an hacked"

Just letting you know that "flash an hacked BIOS" should probably have been changed to "a hacked" not "and hacked" in this diff, which I'm going to fix now. Vadmium 23:24, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Oops. Thanks for fixing that. Cheers, CmdrObot 23:32, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Can you add exensive to your word list?

Hello, CmdrObot if you perform a search for exensive (incorrect spelling of extensive) there are lots of hits which come up, can you help fixing them? Also exquistely instead of exquisitely

Kedar 08:24, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

Hi there. Thanks for the suggestion. I've added them to my list, and searched for them. I only found about 10 instances in the latest database dump though. Cheers, CmdrObot 22:45, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Mysore Kingdom literature

Please run a spell check on this article when you find time. It is an important subarticle for an upcoming FAC. Thanks for doing a check on Musicians of Mysore Kingdom.Dineshkannambadi 21:19, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

I've done the check on your article. Good luck with the FAC. Cheers, CmdrObot 21:26, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks.Dineshkannambadi 21:36, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Hi. The Kingdom of Mysore is ready for Peer review. Please run a spell check on it if and when you have time. Thank you.Dineshkannambadi 03:26, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

OK, I've done a spell check. One thing I noticed (that my bot doesn't fix) is that in a few places you use American English spelling rather than British English. So there are a few words that use -ize/-ized/-izes rather than -ise/-ised/-ises. I hope the review goes well. Cheers, CmdrObot 11:40, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
force of habit. I will correct those mistakes in a day or two. Thanks.Dineshkannambadi 13:08, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

List of Japanese N64 games

I noticed your one of the people that wished there to be a list of Japanese games online for Wikipedia which I tried to make for the Nintendo 64 a few months ago, but just like when they where added to the orginal List of Nintendo 64 games they are trying to delete the new page List of Japanese Nintendo 64 games here's a link Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of Japanese Nintendo 64 games to the discussion, how about giving your view. (Floppydog66 16:37, 9 October 2007 (UTC))


Hello, Cmdr,

If you´d like to check grammar accuracy, since you did it is the past. Thank you. Ludovicapipa yes? 21:01, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
there you go... Cheers, CmdrObot 18:22, 16 October 2007 (UTC)


The policy is that all variant spellings are acceptable. Your bot does useful work for most spellings but could you not please leave deciding whether to use thru or through to human editors? Dejvid 09:20, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

"penninsular" -> "peninsular"

Howdy. We apparently have some instances of "penninsular" instead of "peninsular". [4] It appears in some proper names, in which for all I know the "misspelling" is actually correct, but also in some usages where it probably should be corrected. (Ditto for "penninsula", I see.) Thanks. -- 17:47, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

ignostic -> agnostic

Hey, ignostic isn't a misspelling of agnostic. An ignostic believes the question of gods existence is basically meaningless, as opposed to unanswerable.  – ornis 22:08, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Ah, thank you for that. I've learned a new word--or at any rate coinage--today. My bot has been duly educated! I think I'll stick to militant atheism for myself though :) Cheers, CmdrObot 22:35, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
LOL, no worries.  – ornis 22:37, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

floorless -> flawless

Floorless is a type of roller coaster. The coaster being talked about is not flawless, but is relatively rough. Edit referenced. --Michael Greiner 23:19, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Oops. Sorry about that. I've seen floorless roller coasters quite a few times before on Wikipedia, but I guess this one slipped through the net in a moment of inattention. Thanks for catching it for me; I've added it to my exception list. Cheers, CmdrObot 13:34, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Erroneous capitalisation of a noun

A recent edit by me on the Elgin Marbles has just been changed by your bot CmdrObot. The change made is capitalising carboniferous. Carbon, being an element, is not a proper noun, and therefore should not be capitalised [5]. Can you please change this to prevent this from happening again? Cheers D666D 04:34, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Aah. That's an interesting case. You're completely right about the capitalisation of element names and associated adjectives, of course, but the reason I'd added it is because it's also the name of one of the geologic periods, and when used that way should be capitalised. I'll keep an eye out for this one in future. Thanks. CmdrObot 16:02, 3 November 2007 (UTC)
I didn't realise it was also a geological period. Keep up the good work! D666D 18:30, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Western Chalukya Architecture

Hi. This article is now getting ready for PR. Please give it a spell check when you have time.thanks.Dineshkannambadi 02:58, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

OK. I've spell checked it now. Cheers, CmdrObot 14:34, 3 November 2007 (UTC)
Thanks a lot.Dineshkannambadi 15:05, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Braz. singers~/Braz music cats

Hello, Cmdr, Iam facing this prob here with this user reverting again and again and deleting Brazilian singers from this category and from Braz music categ. Well, I wonder why are there categories with these name...I suppose Braz singers should be inserted there, shouldn´t they? He also deleted Meninas Cantoras de Petrópolis from Braz music? Lulu Margarida yes? 14:41, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Expecting a reply. Lulu Margarida yes? 14:00, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
Hey there, sorry for the delay in replying. I've been away for a few days. I'm not too familiar with categories, but the best suggestion I can think of is to put a HTML comment in the code saying why you don't need the extra categories. It looks like this: <!-- The category female brazilian singers is within brazilian music. No need to add [Category:Brazilian music] --> I hope this helps. Cheers, CmdrObot 21:25, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
Well, so shouldn´t it be deleted? Iam for the opinion that if the catagory of Braz singers exists then all Braz. singers should be linked there. Tks. Lulu Margarida yes? 11:32, 3 November 2007 (UTC)
??Lulu Margarida yes? 10:19, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

SNePS and intensional

SNePS uses intensional[ity] correctly, it would appear. Rich Farmbrough, 15:23 31 October 2007 (GMT).

See also "Harry McNish" a quote is changed apparently. Rich Farmbrough, 15:25 31 October 2007 (GMT).
Oops. Thanks for that. I'm going to remove intensional(ity) from my bot for now. It looks like it's a bit too problematic. Cheers, CmdrObot 21:28, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks and notification

Hi. Thanks for your fixes, but I fear they are making me lazy. I hardly bother to check my stubs before saving them, I just assume they will be automatically fixed. Regarding for your grammar check here: the edit was correct [an nomination→a nomination], but the edit summary was sp: an nomination→and nomination. I don't know if the info is useful to you, though I hope it is. Regards, Cygnis insignis 08:15, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Cygnis. Thanks for the comments. It's good to know I'm helping out. Don't get too lazy though, otherwise I'll have to write a bot that complains at people making too many mistakes. :)
Amusingly, the discrepancy you saw was due to even more laziness; this time on my part. My bot wanted to correct the article as the edit summary suggests, and I updated it and changed the miscorrection in the article text, but neglected to update the edit summary. Oh well!
Cheers, CmdrObot 17:17, 7 November 2007 (UTC)


Hello Cmdr, It´s the second time I hear someone complaining abt the following paragraph: Born eight months premature. What do they want me to say? That she was born one month premature? Since she was born just one month before the ninth? Lulu Margarida yes? 12:27, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Lulu,
when saying "born X months premature," premature acts as an adjective meaning 'early' modifying the noun (the time). So "8 months premature" means born after 1 month of pregnancy. You want to say she was born early, and her mother was 8 months pregnant when she was born. There are two ways you could fix this: one is to say "born prematurely at 8 months." The other is to say "born 1 month premature." I hope this helps. Cheers, CmdrObot 17:05, 7 November 2007 (UTC)
yeah, I was gonna fix using teh first option. Good! I don´t see this as a grammar problem, but an approach to the way a Brazilian builds the phrase and the way english do. Tks again. Lulu Margarida yes? 17:10, 7 November 2007 (UTC)
Hi, Lulu,
Even supposedly "standard" English phrases can throw you for a loop! I once wrongly believed US English and British English were nearly identical, in both vocabulary and grammar, and even to some extent, idioms (not so much for spelling though). As a US-based viewer of British Public Television, I'd never noticed any differences I couldn't figure out from the context.
Then one day our company temporarily hired a British subcontractor to help us set up a new machine that had been built in England. Mostly it went well; differences like spanner (UK) versus wrench (US) were easily overcome. Mostly where words didn't match, "show & tell" easily bridged it.
But we almost immediately concluded he must be sex-crazed and homosexual, due to peculiar comments and requests he made repeatedly. As true professionals always do, we performed our work to perfection, but otherwise avoided him.
Shortly before he was scheduled to return home, we finally figured out that he was simply trying to find out where he could obtain some cigarettes! Since our company discouraged smoking on the job for safety reasons (some of our work materials were highly toxic and/or could explode!) there wasn't a single package of "fags" to be found for "show & tell". In the US, "fag" is short for "faggot", an openly homosexual man.
The solution occurred when an outside delivery person, unaware of our rules, arrived with a cigarette in hand! With realization came roaring laughter, and sorrow that we had shunned the man.
In the years since then, I've been much more alert to this sort of mismatch possibility. Whenever I know of such mismatches I now mark them parenthetically ((US) vs. (UK)) in the Wikipedia. Honestly, until today it never occurred to me that Brazilian or Australian English could present such differences as well. I thought of them as equivalent to UK.
Badly Bradley (talk) 18:20, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Unnecessary corrections

Just a quick note. The missing apostrophes in the Criticism of Tesco article are intentional: they exemplify poor grammar on the stores' signage. Chris 42 12:59, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Oops. Thanks for that; I've added an exception to my bot for the article. Pesky Tesco showing me up like that! :) Cheers, CmdrObot 17:09, 7 November 2007 (UTC)


Please do not "fix" spellings, etc, in quoted material as here. Thanks, jnestorius(talk) 01:44, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Is it possible to find a German on the rare occasion that one might be needed?

I would like to move a page on the German wikipedia. to. In Spanish, the word Tiros means 'shot' and well, there are other good reasons to move this page. Can you help? I would have just moved the damn page, but there does not seem to be a way for me to do that there and me and babelfish are probably not up to the task of determining the 'right way' to get that accomplished.

If you are not German, you should probably not edit C-base pages here.

Thanks -- Carol 06:06, 8 November 2007 (UTC) (Also, the sockpuppet template broke my signature here; usually a bot follows me around and signs these things for me.) -- carol 07:14, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Hello Carol, this bot discussion page seems a strange place looking for germans changing TIROS-articles — nevertheless you found one, as you see here…
Well, I must admit that I'm not convinced with you wish, personally I would prefer "TIROS" and not "Television Infrared Observational Satellite" as article title. Firstly, because I have the impression that TIROS is more something like a proper noun instead of an abbreviation—similar as, e.g. CERN. Then, I think that "TIROS" is more likely to be entered into the article search box by our readers than the long "Television Infrared Observational Satellite", and I would prefer not to have a redirect from the search box' argument to the article's name. Nevertheless, maybe that my impressions are wrong — therefore I have now put your request as question on the page.
--Cyfal 20:45, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Heh, this is a bot that runs bots? I read a theorem about that kind of thing for one of my classes once. I went to C-Base to find a german, do you suggest a different method?
I actually have a feeling that there might be Mexicans or other Spanish speaking people where I am staying lately and for too long who are using my uploads to justify drinking shots of alcohol. Anyone who is searching here or for 'TIROS' will find the redirection page which, if everything is working correctly will redirect them to the page with the expanded acronym so that there is no mistakes or strange rituals where spanish speaking people justify drinking alcohol or other meanings for the word 'shot'.
I thank you for your attention :) -- carol Carol 23:19, 9 November 2007 (UTC) 23:19, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Hi Carol! So you want to create a disambiguation page for which states that TIROS is a) a series of NASA satellites and b) the Spanish word for "shots"? No, I don't think that this Spanish word has enough notability to be listed. You mentioned "other good" reasons. What are they? And sorry, I haven't understood the relation between people drinking alcohol and the existence of an article in the German Wikipedia. Could you please explain these "strange rituals"? And please feel free to come over to, which might be a more appropriate place to discuss the article. You may find some more Germans there, too. --Asdert 00:58, 10 November 2007 (UTC)


Hello Cmdr, I´d like to ask you to have a look on Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira article to correct some possibles grammar/spelling erros. According to the latest edition, editor complained that it was sourced to a fansite and thi wouldn´t be a reliable source. Based on Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Britney Spears article´s I´ve changed all sources, footnotes to site, Simone´s official website, Brazilian Encyclopedia, Dictionaries, Revista Veja. Also deleted unsourced subtitles. I very surprised with a whole new reversion of all this and a block threat for vanadalism. How can I have comments on this? Do you think this is vandalism? Lulu Margarida yes? 11:06, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Lulu,
I don't want to get too drawn into editing this article, as I'm more interested in doing bot-assisted edits and fact checking. I did take a quick look at the current article and made some copyedits though. I hope that's enough.
Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 19:42, 16 November 2007 (UTC)


I noticed that your bot made some recent changes to the Density of air article. It changed the unit "m3" to "m³". After looking up some references, I believe it should remain as a superscript "m3".

Wikipedia:Manual of Style says:

  • Squared and cubic metric-symbols are always expressed with a superscript exponent (5 km2, 2 cm3)

And from Wikipedia:Manual of Style (mathematics):

Do not use special characters like ² (&sup2;) for squares.

In addition I believe that a negative sign (&minus) should not be changed to a hyphen. Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Common_mathematical_symbols:

  • For a negative sign or subtraction operator, use a minus sign (), input by clicking on it in the insert box beneath the edit window or by keying in &minus;), or an en dash (see En dashes); do not use a hyphen, unless writing code.

In addition you may want to check the replacement of &times. Djd sd (talk) 08:11, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Djd, thanks for the suggestions. I'm almost sure I saw that using &sup2; and &sup3; was OK before, but evidently it's not now. I'll disable those transformations in my bot. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 20:28, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

An odd (& hopefully rare) Spell Correction Error

After perusing part of the foregoing I am pleased to see you take very seriously the matter of improving your bot.

Eventually you would notice this anyway, but I prefer you hear it directly from me, the perpetrator.

I performed the following UNDO a few minutes ago:

2007-11-26 (diff) (hist) . . Cardinal direction‎; 11:13:17 . . (0) . . Badly Bradley (Talk | contribs) (Undid revision 173789399 by CmdrObot (talk) Wrong to correct spelling inside a direct quote + it is not even an English quote!)

It is noteworthy that you DO ignore errors inside quotation marks. Unfortunately this event was in the reference section, inside the title of a book which was written in (AFAIK) German. This particular editor opted to italicize the titles (an acceptable practice) rather than use enclosing quotes.

This causes me to wonder: 1) Is your bot blocked from editing Talk Pages, and certain other classes of pages? 2) Is your bot blocked from redoing an UNDO? (It should trigger an automated message back to you if it finds its work undone.)

By the way, I subscribe to the philosophy that editors should only perform a revert once, except for vandalism. I've NEVER had to revert a bot edit before...

I Hope This Helps,

Badly Bradley (talk) 16:56, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Bradley, thanks for catching that. It was a silly mistake on my part, and I can only assume I must have been distracted at the time. I've added the word "orienteering" in that article to my list of exceptions, so the bot should leave it alone in future.
To answer your questions, no, I don't edit talk pages with the bot, and I have some heuristics to avoid pages that look like they might be discussions of some sort (I look for links to user pages, and if there's more than a couple in an article, I ignore it).
Unfortunately, the bot does not ignore quoted text, mainly because it's difficult for a bot to decide what is and isn't quoted text. I mention a couple of the problems here.
I'm afraid my bot also doesn't know anything about the edit history of an article. All it sees are the current contents of an article, and the article title. Your suggestion for the bot to alert me when reverts to CmdrObot edits have been made is a good one, but unfortunately it isn't terribly easy to integrate into my system as it works at the moment. I'll have a think about it though, and see if there's anything I can do.
Thanks again, CmdrObot (talk) 21:00, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi, Cmdr,

I see what you mean: "obvious quotes" to an experienced human editor could easily elude a machine lacking the ability to fully parse the context. It certainly doesn't help that wiki markup assigns functions to the classic quote symbols. I think I'll start using the special [sic] link. In the meantime, posting comments here seems to be pretty effective at keeping a lid on the booboos.

It might be worthwhile to tweak your bot to ignore italicized text in the References section, as such text would have a very high probability of being quoted titles.

Badly Bradley (talk) 23:18, 28 November 2007 (UTC)


(sp: Avtaar→Avatar)

Avtaar Gill is the name an actor. I reverted the change. Djd sd (talk) 04:39, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks again Djd. I've changed my bot so it'll only try to correct 'avtaar' if it's lower case. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 13:33, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

Damage to page coordinates

I've noticed on a couple of occassions (eg. Frensham School) that when fixing spelling, the bot has also put a space between "inline,title" in the articles coordinates thus making it a red link. I have reverted the ones i've founded..but can this be fixed? Thanks. Loopla (talk) 01:27, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

Ah, that's an interesting one. Thanks for pointing it out. I've added an exception so it won't try to add spaces to coord templates in future. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 21:47, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

White suits comments?

I wonder why you seem to insist on the snide comments about the Apelles's? I have tried to put in a balanced version twice and you continue to remove these. (talk) 17:02, 7 December 2007 (UTC)

Two issues in the Interpersonal relationship article

Hi CmdrObot

On 2007-11-09 at 19:10 your bot made two changes to the article Interpersonal relationship with the comment:

(sp (2): an other→another, octobre→October)

The octobre text formed part of a French-language bibliographic reference -- anyone looking it up automatedly will probably want to find the French name/form of the month, but I don't know whether we have a standard policy on such matters.

The second change poses a more subtle and potentially a much more serious problem -- the text makes an oblique implied reference to the "Other", so it should technically appear as "an other" or as "an Other". I suspect that changing the text to read "another" raises complex philosophical issues and distortions... Next time I will take more care to at least link Other in such a context.

I look forward to your comments.

-- Pedant17 (talk) 00:51, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Hi Pedant, interesting points you've made. Like you, I'm not sure how non-English bibliographic entries are supposed to be treated, but generally I leave them alone. In this case, I think I noticed the "To appear in public" and "terrain" and assumed it was English. Oops!
The 'an other' is a curious one as well. I think I've seen it a few times before in articles on psychology and in articles about Lost episodes. I agree that the senses of 'an other' and 'an Other' are definitely different.
I've added both these miscorrections to my bot's exception list for this article, and I'll do a skim over wikipedia for occurrences of 'an other' now that it's fresh in my mind, and add any more genuine uses of the phrase to my exception list.
Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 01:00, 9 December 2007 (UTC)


You edited the article Osborne Reef, replacing the word "loosing" with "losing". Do what? — pd_THOR | =/\= | 16:18, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Hi Pd_THOR, yeah, on closer inspection my bot got that wrong. "loosing" (as in "untightening" or "letting go") is often a typo for "losing" (as in "not winning"), but in this case they do mean the tires came loose from the reef. I've added an exception to my bot so it won't try to correct this again. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 21:56, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
Possum, thanks! — pd_THOR | =/\= | 21:59, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

changed image name incorrectly

Hi, fyi the BOT changed an image name at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport from image:St.Petelogo.gif to image:St. Petelogo.gif, rendering it blanked. I've reverted this. JGHowes talk - —Preceding comment was added at 13:32, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

Oops! Thanks for catching that. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 15:09, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

Bot tried to fix a proper name

FYI, in this edit, the bot changed the "Foundary" to "Foundry". However, it's the proper name for the author of the article cited. A quick check of the census suggests that Foundary is a highly unusual last name, so most of the foundary to foundry edits are probably right, but I wanted to give you a heads up so you can be aware of any patterns that might emerge.. — Alan De Smet | Talk 04:17, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Thanks Alan. I've added an entry to my bot's exception list so this won't happen again, and I'll take a look through all the other "Foundary"s to see if there are any other problematic entries. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 13:55, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Linder Sterling - Cemetry/Cemetery

Hello - your bot corrected the spelling of 'Cemetry' in this article here, but the original spelling was correct as that is how Morrissey spelled in in his song title. No big problem, but I was just wondering if there was a way to 'tag' such spellings so they don't get corrected by your bot (or others). I've added 'sic' afterwards, which will hopefully prevent manual 'corrections'. Thanks.--Michig (talk) 10:04, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Michig, thanks for that, and sorry for the miscorrection. I've added the spelling in that article to my bot's exception list so it won't try to correct it again. Adding sic after the unusual spelling is a good approach. Human bot supervisors will (or should! :) ) notice it and leave the offending word alone. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 17:05, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

1920 Olympic football final

Not quite sure where you got the information from regarding Charles Wreford-Brown being the linesman in the 1920 Olympic final. Can you please state your source?

Most interested to find out. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Steve bloomer (talkcontribs) 17:16, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

Hi Steve, I'm afraid I've no real interest in football, Olympic or otherwise, and I didn't add that information anywhere. What article do you have in mind? My bot probably did some spelling corrections on it. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 18:35, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

Therefor, therefore

This was not a mistake, see here. Cheers. --Edcolins (talk) 19:50, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Curses! I didn't realise therefor is a valid archaic spelling. I've updated my bot so it won't try to do that substitution again. Cheers, CmdrObot (talk) 20:00, 8 January 2008 (UTC)