Proposal - Permit bot activities on the main account

  • I propose eliminating the requirement to create a wholly separate account for tracking bot edits.
  • This policy was written from 2006 to 2010, before Special:BotPasswords became a feature in 2016.
  • Now its possible to manage bot "sub-accounts" with refined control over permissions settings; without any of the profile/web-session baggage that comes with a full account.
Bot Tracking
  • I believe the original intent was, in part, to identify which edits would be marked with 'b'.
  • However, in brief testing moments ago, I determined that the 'b' only appears when two conditions are met:
    • Using the API (ie, my manual edit to WP:Sandbox/9 didn't get a 'b')
    • When the bot sub-account is granted a high-volume editing permission with [[Special:BotPasswords]
  • As such, this legacy reason no longer applies given there are additional security steps to mark edits with 'b'.
Proposed replacement
  • Making a separate bot account should become optional; however, the use Special:BotPasswords should be compulsory when managing bots with a 'main' account.

This proposal is by DDC (talk) 23:37, 19 August 2021 (UTC)

I think Kaydeethree (via Discord) gave a rather good concrete reasoning to why do a separate account:
"separate bot accounts are so we can temporarily ban bot accounts if they're acting up without limiting the owners of the accounts from responding to on-wiki messages. that's about the only reason"
SurafbrovWowpedia's wiki representative T / C 00:37, 30 August 2021 (UTC)