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This page allows users to request that an existing bot accomplish a given task. Note that some tasks may require that an entirely new bot or script be written. This is not the place to ask for help running or writing a bot.

A bot operating performing a task should make note of it so that other bots don't attempt to do the same. Tasks that are permanently assigned or scheduled for long-term execution are listed on Persistent tasks.

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Unassigned requests[edit]

Substitution request[edit]

Not sure if this is the correct place on this page for this request... Is it possible to go through this text and substitute every instance of " (you'll have to see it in edit mode; nowiki didn't work) with straight quotes? Thanks, Londonjackbooks (talk) 20:16, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Yes, it is possible. I'll look into it.— Mpaa (talk) 20:46, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Done. Tried to clean up a bit as well.— Mpaa (talk) 21:49, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
That's great! It will make editing much easier, thank you! Londonjackbooks (talk) 21:50, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Link fixes in US Court works[edit]

Parking this here, whilst I may get to it, others may wish to do it. It will need a little thinking and some preparation work for landing links.

In a work like Lampasas v. Bell/Opinion of the Court there is a link to [[th Amendment]] which is meant to be 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, or Additional amendments to the United States Constitution#Amendment XIV . It seems we have 700+ links that need to be fixed, see Special:WhatLinksHere/Th Amendment.

To note that I have left a note to the bot operator to tweak future additions. — billinghurst sDrewth 01:34, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

To note that there is also some ugliness like showing in Southern Railway Company v. Greene/Opinion of the Courtbillinghurst sDrewth 01:54, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Worked on some as MpaaBot. To note there is also a Nth Amendment sometimes (e.g. Caminetti_v._United_States/Opinion_of_the_Court. Cannot tell where this should point.— Mpaa (talk) 17:41, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
Removed also That Amendment and same Amendment.— Mpaa (talk) 20:33, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Assigned requests[edit]

Substituting out diacritic templates for the actual diacritic[edit]

I have started to substitute diacritic templates for the actual diacritic. Sample edits can be sen in my contribs. If there are no objections, I am going to continue the clean-up. Bye--Mpaa (talk) 14:43, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Some more done as User:MpaaBot--Mpaa (talk) 19:12, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Done.--Mpaa (talk) 09:43, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Excuse me, but as a noob I don't understand. The templates like {{ae}} are not marked deprecated, and I know I read somewhere (sorry, I've read a lot of help files in the last week) that the templates should be used. Therefore I've been using them. Where is this policy explained? Sorry for posting this on this page. Laura1822 (talk) 19:05, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
In general, these might be replaced anytime: Category:Diacritic_templates, see top line. But you're probably right about {{ae}} and similar. As I have applied this list Category_talk:Templates_that_can_be_substituted, I think some instances might have been substituted. That list should be fixed if we do not want {{ae}} & co. to be replaced in future.
TBH, I do not know if this feature is still on: "support functionality for automatically turning on and off the display of ligatures". Comments welcome also from others.--Mpaa (talk) 20:48, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
So as a proofreader, should I use the template or insert the ligature directly? It's certainly easier to do the latter. Yes to some but not to others? What is the point of the template(s)? Laura1822 (talk) 13:18, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
I can't remember too well, but I think it was a compatibility issue. Some displays couldn't render the ligatures, so to avoid a person seeing a little box, the template would break it into the "ae" or "oe" letters instead.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 13:26, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
Template purpose is to assist in the entering of diacritics, see Help:Templates#Character_formatting. IMO, both ways are OK.--Mpaa (talk) 13:35, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @Laura1822: for some they didn't know how to do the ligatures, so we just made templates available. You are welcome to use the templates or the actual characters. Every (not) so often, I run a bot through and do a replacement. It is neither here nor there on the frequency, and in many cases it is not overtly necessarily, though for a number of edge cases too many templates on a page is problematic. So in the end, it is just worthwhile running a bot through to do the work. Thanks for the question, it is worthwhile, and if you can think of some help pages where you see that it is of value to add the information, then we can look to do that. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:38, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! For what it's worth, on the Help page Mpaa linked above, I had completely missed the explanation that it was optional, since I was looking at the tables (probably looking for something else at the time). If the usage of the templates is somewhat obsolete, or intended only for use by proofreaders who can't see them for some reason, then I think that could be clarified. It would help for the templates themselves to have an explanation, or at least a statement that they are optional. Thanks! Laura1822 (talk) 13:56, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
I have improved template pages for Diacritics with doc page.--Mpaa (talk) 20:31, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
This point is still not clear to me: is this feature still used: "support functionality for automatically turning on and off the display of ligatures (see {{ae}})" or we can substitute {{ae}} as well?--Mpaa (talk) 18:18, 5 September 2014 (UTC)