Bots are automated scripts or processes which perform jobs on Wiktionary. Usually, they do jobs which would take a long time to do without the bot.
Bots perform their jobs under a different user name than the owner, so that it is easy to tell them apart. Also, bot edits are hidden from pages like Special:RecentChanges to keep them from flooding the list. To see the bot edits, manually add hidebots=0 to your query string, or click "Show bots" at the top of the New Changes feed.
The most popular type of bot is called the Python Wikipedia Robot Framework or "pywikipediabot" for short.
These users have been given a "bot flag" and are approved to perform tasks. See Special:ListUsers/bot for a current list of fully approved bots. (table updated on 26 April 2015)
|Bot Name||Owner||Function||Last edit|
|BarrasBot (changes)||Barras||Archiving discussions on pages||1 February 2016|
|HydrizBot (changes)||Hydriz||interwiki links and other miscellaneous tasks||Active|
|JAnDbot (changes)||JAn Dudík||interwiki links||15 July 2017|
|MediaWiki message delivery (changes)||None||Sending mass messages||Active|
|YS-Bot (changes)||Yoursmile||interwiki links||8 October 2015|
- See an automatically updated list here.
Requests for the bot flag should be made on Wiktionary:Simple talk. This wiki uses the standard bot policy, and allows global bots and automatic approval of certain types of bots. Otherwise, there is no formal bot approval process here; place your request on Wiktionary:Simple talk and a bureaucrat will flag your bot.