What does this bot do?

This bot delivers Article alert report pages to subscribed projects and taskforces.

Article alerts is a project that aims to deliver reports to WikiProjects and taskforces about which pages enter and leave certain Wikipedia maintenance workflows, such as WP:AfD, WP:PROD, WP:RfC, WP:FAC, etc. See Wikipedia:Article alerts#Workflows covered for the full list.

How would I subscribe?

See the Wikipedia:Article alerts/Subscribing page for a detailed guide.

Basically, you will need either a distinct talk page banner your project is using, or a specific category all the project's pages are placed in.

There's a bug

We need a new feature

Who is operating the bot exactly?

Currently, Hellknowz and Headbomb can run the bot. The editor running the bot is marked in the edit summary as either (HK/13) or (HB/13), where the two-letter codes stand for Hellknowz and Headbomb. The latter number is the code revision.

Why doesn't the bot use the bot flag?

The bot doesn't flag the report page changes as bot edits so editors that deliberately watchlist the report pages can do so without enabling the bot edit visibility. The bot uses the flag for any other edits.

Where does the bot see itself 5 years in future?

The bot's coder (Hellknowz) is fairly busy in real-life and so changes and fixes are slow. The community has expressed desire to expand the project, including to other languages. The project to implement a new system, if not use the old bot, was under consideration by WMF, but the task was decided to be too involved. There are currently no future plans other than to run the bot as usual.

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