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# Title Status Replies Participants Last editor Date/Time (UTC) Last botop editor Date/Time (UTC)
1 Newsfeed of new pictures from a large category ✓ Done 9 2 FredD 2021-09-09 09:09 Kanashimi 2021-09-08 08:31
2 DoD images with incorrect dates 3 2 Cryptic-waveform 2021-09-07 16:39
3 Extracting EXIF data 5 2 Ammarpad 2021-09-11 15:50
4 Inquiry about selective mass deletion 3 2 Capmo 2021-09-04 22:27
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Newsfeed of new pictures from a large category[edit]


It is the second time I'm asking because nothing happened on the first try. I am a marine biologist and I would like to be informed when new pictures are added to the category corresponding to the animals I'm working on so I can review them and in particular the identification, and use them in Wikipedia articles. User:OgreBot used to provide me with a weekly gallery of such pictures, which was extremely useful (here's what it looked like), however this bot is no longer active. Could somebody set up a similar thing ? Thanks ! FredD (talk) 07:16, 13 August 2021 (UTC)

@FredD coding... Is there a list including all categories you want? Kanashimi (talk) 22:05, 30 August 2021 (UTC)
Wonderful, thanks ! The list would just be Category:Echinodermata and all of its subcategories... Cheers, FredD (talk) 07:07, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
@FredD What kinds of data do you need to show in the list? e.g., file name, user, etc. Kanashimi (talk) 11:13, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
The best would be the closest to User:FredD/Echinoderm_news, which was generated by Ogrebot. I just want to be notified of all new pictures in this categories tree, so I can identify, review and use them when useful in WP articles. Thanks ! FredD (talk) 12:37, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
✓ Done I will run for this everyday. Kanashimi (talk) 09:20, 1 September 2021 (UTC)
Very nice, thank you ! So it will work just like the previous version, with monthly updates etc ? Cheers, FredD (talk) 09:50, 6 September 2021 (UTC)
Yes, the bot will update new files till 7 days ago. Kanashimi (talk) 08:31, 8 September 2021 (UTC)
You're my Santa. FredD (talk) 09:09, 9 September 2021 (UTC)

DoD images with incorrect dates[edit]

There are 876 US Department of Defense images with a wrong "1 January 1980" date: search. Some of them have the correct date in the description field, such as File:USMC-04796.jpg for example.

Could somebody:

  • Extract the correct date in the description field and replace the wrong date?
  • Mark the wrong date with the {{Wrong date}} template otherwise?

Thanks. Cryptic-waveform (talk) 01:01, 3 September 2021 (UTC)

I think it would be hard to programmatically extract the 'correct date' from free-form text like description text here. For instance, in your example image File:USMC-04796.jpg alone, the description contains both September 9 and September 8. How would you determine which one is correct here? – Ammarpad (talk) 15:39, 6 September 2021 (UTC)
The date is oftentimes after the location and between parentheses. In this case I'd say we should replace 1980-01-01 with 2005-09-08. I'd be happy as well with just tagging the date as wrong. Cryptic-waveform (talk) 16:39, 7 September 2021 (UTC)

Extracting EXIF data[edit]

Could anyone extract EXIF data of the files in the Photographs by Jiří Bubeníček category to the "Date = " field? — Draceane talkcontrib. 16:44, 28 July 2021 (UTC)

Dearchived. — Draceane talkcontrib. 15:55, 3 September 2021 (UTC)
@Draceane: I can do this. But the problem is, the date in EXIF metadata is not always the accurate date of producing the work. It could be the date the image was modified, or it could be totally random date (date from the camera of unclear accuracy). Is there evidence here that the dates are indeed the dates when the images where originally taken? – Ammarpad (talk) 15:33, 6 September 2021 (UTC)
@Ammarpad: Hi, it would be perfect. I am cautious about the EXIF metadata problem, but I have overviewed the photos in the category and it seems that all files have correct metadata. — Draceane talkcontrib. 20:25, 6 September 2021 (UTC)
OK, good. – Ammarpad (talk) 15:50, 11 September 2021 (UTC)

Inquiry about selective mass deletion[edit]

A mass deletion is on discussion here, and we'd like to know what are our current technical possibilities to implement it in case of approval.

  1. Is it possible for a bot to delete all files from user X that are not in Category:Photographs by X (and its subcategories)?
  2. After the selective deletion, can a bot remove the {{Delete}} template from the remaining photos by that user?

To give you some numbers, there are ~2200 files in total, and ~310 of these will probably be kept. Thanks! —capmo (talk) 15:57, 4 September 2021 (UTC)

It looks like that even VFC can do that rubin16 (talk) 16:05, 4 September 2021 (UTC)
Hi Rubin, I think I know how to accomplish #2 using AutoWikiBrowser (I'm requesting the right to use it here). I may be wrong, but AWB seems to be more feature-rich than VFC. I suppose that #1 can only be performed by admins. —capmo (talk) 22:27, 4 September 2021 (UTC)