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Cluebot III did not fix up a link while archiving a talk page threadEdit

Hi Cobi. ClueBot III archived a talk page thread ([1]) but did not adjust a link at the beginning of the Help_talk:Citation_Style_1#Proposal_to_support_link_decoration_not_only_for_links_to_Wikisource_but_also_for_other_inter-wiki_links to point to the new location. This is what I had expected the bot would do: [2]. Can you fix this please? Thanks. --Matthiaspaul (talk) 19:53, 6 September 2020 (UTC)

Following up on this, in this bot edit ([3]) your bot should have fixed up this link ([4]) and in this bot edit ([5]) this one ([6]). So there appears to be a problem either with links from the same page and/or with links starting with #.
--Matthiaspaul (talk) 10:53, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Due to the complexity in parsing Wikitext accurately, not every link format may be detected -- fixing is done on a best-effort basis. Self-links are a form of link not detected. -- Cobi(t|c|b) 11:15, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
By self-link do you mean links to the same page in general or only links starting with [[# (which, I think, would be quite a good pattern to search for)?
In either case, this is a pity, because these are in most cases the links much more important to be fixed up compared to links from other pages. Are you still improving this, or have you stopped your efforts in regard to this?
If it would be too difficult to fix up normal links perhaps it would instead possible to fix up links provided through a specific template emulating a link. The name of the template could be chosen to be a very good search pattern. While it would require people to actively use this template instead of direct link syntax, if it is as easy to use as direct links and has the benefit that links will be fixed up when archiving, people might be willing to do this.
What do you think?
--Matthiaspaul (talk) 17:27, 30 September 2020 (UTC)

Talk page discussion not moved to archiveEdit

Greetings, this edit [corrected - see below] by ClueBot III removed a discussion from Talk:Habesha peoples, but the discussion is missing from Talk:Habesha peoples/Archives/2020/June, to which it was ostensibly moved. I figured I'd check here first before trying to manually fix things. -- Gyrofrog (talk) 02:33, 21 September 2020 (UTC)

Can I/should I revert the removal? Or manually move this to the archive page? I'm hesitant to modify the talk page archives at all because of an earlier mess there, following a series of page moves. -- Gyrofrog (talk) 10:32, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
My apologies, my first post linked to the wrong edit: it should be this one, and I have corrected it above. Also: I just noticed that ClueBot III did try to archive the discussion in question (diff), but then reverted itself with an edit summary "Archive failed" (diff). I'm not sure what the failure was, but it did not restore the discussion back to Talk:Habesha peoples. (Actually it looks like it reverted itself twice: the first of them (ostensibly at the same time) was here but only appears in ClueBot's contributions, not in the archive page's history.) I'm still not sure whether to do anything about it, or have the bot come back and do it. There's an ongoing WP:LTA issue regarding the article itself, which is why I'd like to link to the discussion in one place or the other, but now it's not located anywhere. (@Cobi?) -- Gyrofrog (talk) 00:41, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
That usually indicates that Wikipedia told ClueBot III that the edit it made to remove the section from talk page was unsuccessful. There may have been an outage/site issue going on with Wikipedia when it tried to archive, especially as a revision is in the contributions, but not in the history. I'd suggest just manually fixing the page (either the archive or the talk page). If it continues to act up, then perhaps it's worth taking another look at. -- Cobi(t|c|b) 11:11, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
Thanks @Cobi! I don't know if an edit conflict could've interfered with ClueBot III, but judging from the edit history there may have been one. I'll manually fix it one way or the other -- just wanted to make sure that doing so wouldn't throw off future archiving. -- Gyrofrog (talk) 17:07, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

Archive not archivingEdit

Hi, I am slightly confused. Cluebot III hasn't been archiving my archives since June so I was wondering if I have made a mistake in the archiving process? Sorry, I am very new to this process. Hope someone can help. Kind regards. Maxwell King123321 06:30, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

@Maxwell King123321: The bot is working correctly. Hidden at the top of User talk:Maxwell King123321 it says age=2160, so no discussions will be archived until they are 2160 hours old - that's 90 days. To see some archiving, either wait patiently until early November, or reduce that figure. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:54, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

Can you type back my information on the MagiQuest page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Olivia757 (talkcontribs) 21:53, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

Mistaken revertEdit

Your bot correctly reverted vandalism but back to a revision that was itself vandalism or a test edit. ―Justin (koavf)TCM 04:09, 29 September 2020 (UTC)


I may be interested in making my own anti-vandal bot. Could someone please direct me to the dataset of edits classified as vandalism/not vandalism? I read that it was maintained by User:Tim1357, but he is now retired. Sam at Megaputer (talk) 16:00, 29 September 2020 (UTC)