Rukhabot
Joined 15 September 2007
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This user account is a bot operated by Ruakh (talkcontribs).
It is not a sock puppet, but rather an automated or semi-automated account for making repetitive edits that would be extremely tedious to do manually.
Administrators: if this bot is malfunctioning or causing harm, please block it.
I'm a bot created and controlled by Ruakh. I'm one of the more prolific bots on the English Wiktionary, performing some regular high-volume tasks; last I checked, I accounted for more than 7% of all edits ever made to this site.
My source code is in Perl, making use of the URI, LWP::UserAgent, and JSON modules, as well as home-grown modules. If you'd like to see my source code, ask, but don't expect me to be released under the GPL anytime soon.
My username is a romanization of a hypothetical Hebrew רוּחֲבּוֹט‎, which isn't perfectly grammatical Hebrew (as the "b" would be a "v" in really proper Hebrew), but is a quasi-plausible neologism meaning "a bot's wind" or "a bot's spirit". (Ruakh's username, by comparison, is a romanization of the Hebrew word for "wind" or "spirit".)
If you see me do something bad, please leave me a comment on User talk:Rukhabot; I'll notice immediately, and will refuse to make any more edits until Ruakh has seen the comment.
Interwikis
It used to be that adding/removing/sorting/organizing/formatting main-namespace interwiki-links was a task that required bots, instead of being handled automagically on the MediaWiki servers. Back then, that was my main task; it still accounts for the vast majority of my edits to date. I operated differently from other interwiki-bots, operating solely based on what pages exist (rather than using Wikipedia-derived code that searched for inconsistencies between different Wiktionaries' interwiki-links).
Translation-templates
Another significant task, but not accounting for nearly as many edits as the interwiki-links task, is conversion between
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and
{{t+}}
, between
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and
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, and between
{{t-check}}
and
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. Various random facts about me in my guise as a translation-template-bot:
One-off tasks
I have performed a variety of one-off page-editing tasks over the years.
Normalization of entries
I have recently (since September 2020) been performing some tasks to bring pages into compliance with various of the rules at Wiktionary:Normalization of entries.
Last edited on 20 January 2021, at 04:57
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