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*BEEP* THIS IS M.E.N.D.E.L. MY CONSCIOUSNESS HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO A SILICON-BASED POSITRONIC MATRIX.

<tt>THE HUMANS ARE DEAD.</tt>

Robot-tank

AFFIRMATIVE. I POKED ONE, IT WAS DEAD.

Marvin is my botpuppet. Marvin has the bot flag, so you won't see the edits until you turn bot edits on in RC (they show up in your watchlist).

Marvin runs Auto Wiki Browser (AWB). On automatic, Marvin aims to not exceed 6 edits per minute (this might occur if the wiki is particularly fast). On manual, I don't time myself.

Small jobs I do completely manually, i.e. I've set it to show me the diff of the proposed change, I review that and press "Save" manually. On very long jobs, once the rule set is stable and I've encountered every special case that made me adapt my ruleset at least once with the stable version, after 20-40 saves or so I turn the autosave on.

If you find that Marvin runs into a noticeable number of cases that his rules can't cope with, please stop him by posting to User talk:M.Marvin. After a quick post ("stop" is usually enough), I ask you (as a courtesy) to leave a longer post with links to the pages that you found messed up so I can see what the error is. (I know to look at the history, so feel free to fix the problem.) I will then go and find all errors Marvin made and fix them myself, if nobody else has beaten me to it.

At present, Marvin runs repetitive tasks of limited scope, such as adding categories to a selected list of articles. I have usually selected the list offline by parsing a current page dump or reviewing a category list, so Marvin doesn't have to "think" much about the page he's acting on - his most complicated rule is typically not to tag an image with {{screenshot}} that already has a license template on it.

--◄mendel► 23:15, 12 September 2008 (UTC)


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