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Help:Bots

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A bot is a computer program that automatically retrieves or updates wiki pages when it is executed. In general, bots are used for repetitive maintenance tasks, whose volume and characteristics are too large to be performed manually by users.

Developing and executing bots is normally outside the role of normal users, requires programming experience and must be done in coordination with the wiki's admins. If you're interested in creating a bot for Wikiwrimo, please contact us at sushimustwrite at this domain to discuss your plans for the bot.

By default, bot edits are hidden in Special:Recent changes.

Framework and interface for bot development

Bots do not access the wiki through the normal graphical user interface. MediaWiki has an API (Application Programming Interface) available for this purpose. An API is a protocol for standardised communication between two computer programs. Check MediaWiki's API Client Code for more information.

To access a wiki through the API a bot must have a user account, which has been granted 'bot' permissions.