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Hello there, if you are here, you have probably been referred by me to this page, because you asked me a commonly asked question, and rather repeat myself over, it would be simpler for the both of us to direct you to these thoroughly thought out answers to your questions. If you still have questions, feel free to still ask me on my talk page. :-)—CYBERPOWER (Chat)

Frequently Asked Questions

I didn't do it

Q: I edited, or did something I shouldn't have done, and I should explain myself.

A: For some reason, this is a rather common occurrence. I sometime get complaints from users about edits, or actions, I've made on pages I've never even heard of. With that being said, you probably mistook me for another user and you should make sure you have the right user.

I did do it

Q: I edited, or did something I shouldn't have done, and I should explain myself.

A: If I made a mistake somewhere, I will gladly reverse if you point it out. I either made a careless mistake, or carried out an action, or edit, that seemed like a reasonable decision at the time I made it. I usually don't edit without a reason to do so.


Q: How can I run the bot on set of pages, I need it to be run on?

A: You can use this tool to do just that. If you have a list of pages that need to be analyzed by the bot, put the list of articles you want to send to the bot, one article on each line, and click submit. You're already done. Your submission will be assigned a job ID, and will be placed in the queue until a process is able to work on it. It can then be tracked in real time on the interface.

Q: Why is the bot reformatting citation templates? The link already has a working url.

A: Chances are the working url is an archive, so it simply moved it to the correct parameter, being archiveurl, and left the original url in the url field. It might also be using an archive URL that is non-compliant with policy and is making it compliant. This is to keep it consistent with other citation templates being used. Archives should be placed in the archiveurl parameter, and the original url should be placed in the url parameter. Archives are required by policy to be in long form format.

Q: How do I stop the bot from persistently messing with a source?

A: That depends, if it's persistently trying to tag the source as dead, or is persistently adding a bad archive, then you should help the bot by telling it the archive is no good by using this tool. This tool lets users look up URLs the bot encountered and to fix any errors that are associated with the URL. This allows the bot to become more reliable. If the bot is breaking the syntax, or is mis-formatting the source, you should report that with this tool, as all bugs should and will be fixed.

Q: The bot is making bad edits to all the sources on the page. I don't think it's worth having the bot run on this specific page, how do I stop the bot from editing the page completely?

A: Be careful on this. Are you sure the bot is harming the page more than it is helping? Consider this, is it breaking the formatting of the page by making disruptive edits, or is it simply mis-tagging sources, and providing bad archives for others? If you answered the former, please report this with this tool, as it is a bug that needs fixing. Otherwise, if you are certain that the current sources on the page will not benefit from the bot's work, or that you will end up cleaning up after the bot more, then you can place {{nobots|deny=InternetArchiveBot}} on the article, or use {{cbignore}} on the individual sources that the bot will screw up. This will keep the bot away from the page. This also means link rot will not be addressed on that article until the tag is removed again. Also, please help the bot become more reliable by fixing bad data with this tool and this tool.

Q: Cyberbot tagged a source as dead, but the source isn't dead. What happened?

A: If the site was down temporarily long enough, the bot may have considered the source as dead, because the site failed to validate as alive 3 times in a row, during 3 separately spaced out checks, or the site has blacklisted the bot from further access and is unable to assess the heartbeat of the site. At this point the bot now considers it permanently dead, and you should report it with this tool. This tool will in most cases correct the issue on the bot on its own. If it can't, it will get reported to the interface roots.

Q: The bot mangled the page.

A: Please report it with this tool, and do not apply {{cbignore}} or {{nobots|deny=InternetArchiveBot}}. The page will be used to replicate the bug, and chances are when the bug is fixed, the bot will prove to be useful to the page.

Q: What does it mean to rescue a source, as described in the edit summary?

A: It simply means the bot fixed it in some way. It either repaired the formatting, reformatted it to make it consistent or added working archives to it, to allow the link to stay on the article and continue being useful for sourcing articles.

Q: The number of links rescued is different from actual links rescued.

A: Don't be alarmed, this can happen. If the number actually fixed is lower than advertised, then that means something went wrong with the link, and it got skipped. This is easily fixed by manually fixing the source using the provided source, if it works. If it is higher, then that means there are 2 sources that are identical character for character, and was picked up once internally, but got replaced more than once externally. This is nothing to be worried about.

Q: The bot left a message on the talk page saying the revised links need to be "checked". What does this mean?

A: It means you should check to see if the archive URLs it added are in working order and/or if the original URLs are dead in the first place. There are lots of variables that can influence a bot's decision and sometimes it doesn't get it right. If you do find an error, you can use the tools provided here to fix these issues. IABot will remember URLs it encounters and tries to permanently associate a snapshot with it. These tools allow users to tell IABot that these URLs are not dead and/or the archive for it works, or if you find a better one, allows a user to change the archive snapshot to a working one. This will help IABot to become more reliable in the future and helps other users and myself greatly. If you need help using the tools, you can call for help by using the provided {{{needhelp}}} parameter on the provided template on the talk page. As a courtesy to others, you can set the checked parameter on that same template to true to let other users know you have reviewed the edit.