FT2 wrote: > A bot that can be given a list of the important templates, or categories of > templates, would be good for starting a new project. Once articles exist, > at least some meaning comes through and it's more likely people will edit > them.
Maybe. People should be _extremely_ cautious when using bots to try to propagate (new) wikis. Page-creation bots are a form of inorganic growth in a place (a wiki) that demands organic growth. Wikis must, by and large, evolve over time naturally, otherwise the bots risk damaging the culture of the wiki or, in rare cases, it's possible for these bots to kill the wiki entirely. This isn't to say that pulling in templates from other wikis can't be useful (of course it can be [though remember to attribute your source!]), but if mass page creation is done with a bot, it needs to be done with exceeding caution and accompanied by a full assessment of the impact of these page creations. The effects of these page creations is of course amplified on smaller, more vulnerable wikis, though the caution to avoid mass page creation largely applies equally to larger wikis as well. That is, 10,000 new and unused templates on a small Wikipedia that only has 400 articles is terrible, but it's not as though the English Wikipedia or any other established Wikipedia with millions of articles wants 10,000 unused templates either. MZMcBride  Wikis have been previously compared to children. "Creating a wiki is like creating a baby, yes you should have a good reason to create one, but if you don't for whatever reason, you should have an _extra_ good reason for killing one," bawolff once infamously said. In this case, the inorganic growth is analogous to cancer or anabolic steroid use.  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/BOTOVERUSE#History has most of the history, though I could swear a project or two has been "restarted" due to bots over-running the site. Does anyone have a citation for that? _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l