Wikitravel talk:Script policy
So, this page is kind of preemptive. It's not like we have tons of people interested in writing scripts to run against Wikitravel. The point here was to avoid having a lot of hassle when someone does want to do that.
There are a lot of hoops to jump through to make a script work on Wikitravel on this page. Probably most of them are unnecessary. It seems a little ungrateful to put all these barriers up to keep people from contributing to Wikitravel. But the possible downside of having a well-intentioned but bad script run against Wikitravel -- say, blanking all pages -- seems to outweigh the unfairness.
Comments very welcome. As with (almost all) policies on Wikitravel, this one is open to editing, discussion, revisions, whatever. Making policy is a community decision; I'm just trying to get the ball rolling. --Evan 18:20, 9 Jan 2004 (EST)
Y'know, one thing missing from the script policy is the definition of a "script". The wording is obviously intended towards scripts that go around editing existing pages, but should scripts that upload completely new data (eg. ja:user:Kunibotto) also be included? For these, the main safeguard should be that existing content is not overwritten... Jpatokal 12:08, 15 Jul 2005 (EDT)
Lowering the edit throttle rate
So, I've just changed the reasoning on the edit throttle rate (once per minute), which I think was inaccurate before. Our infrastructure is pretty robust right now, so the real reason to throttle edits is to limit the damage a script can do before someone blocks it or sets its run page to "no". Since the community is much bigger, and there are much more active experience users and admins than in the Olden Days when this policy was written, I think we could handle an edit once every 10 seconds... does this sound reasonable? --Evan 11:17, 13 November 2006 (EST)
how to create a Script? 18.104.22.168 17:07, 6 June 2013 (EDT)