A bot for the wiki
There is a lot of cleanup that needs to be done on the wiki. It primarily comes from:
* Duplicate categories such as "Films" and "Movies" or trivial categories like "Sarcastic characters".
* Pages being copied from other locations like Wikipedia and all of the text formatting is added into the copy, making the page look really bad.
* Things that get left behind, such as when a movie is tagged as an upcoming movie, then it's released and the tag isn't removed.
I have an account called '''Ferbot''' that I use for maintenance on various wikis. Right now, it isn't registered as a bot for this wiki, so all of its edits show up in the Wiki Activity and Recent Changes lists. This can often drown out what other people are doing.
A side effect is that the edits made with the Ferbot account qualify for badges. The 500 edits I made with it today probably added a couple of badges, but I did see it rose in the leaderboard from 40th to 29th. Registering the account as a bot here disallows it from earning badges.
So, this is the official notice that I'd like to get this account registered as a bot so that cleanup won't disturb anyone else and will exclude it from badges where it would have an unfair advantage.
Any votes in favor or against should be entered here before Saturday evening, March 3, 2018. If there are no issues to be addressed, I will turn in the request at that time. I am going to hold off using the account for further maintenance while this is going on.
If you have any questions about what a bot is, there's a page on Community Central that explains it: http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:TimmyQuivy/Bots:_An_Overview_Of_How_They_Are_Used_on_FANDOM