I stopped running the bot when people started to question the algorithm used by the bot. As I run it as a service, I was interested in changing it only when good arguments were provided why it should be changed. These arguments were never forthcoming, the reason why I stopped the running of the bot was because I was told that it is now ran from the tool server.
Yesterday, I learned that the tool server functionality although maybe really clever and efficient is only used to update the English language Wiktionary. Yesterday I was asked by Spacebirdy to run the bot again because there is a need for it. So I asked on IRC if there was a problem and I was told there was not.
Today I was told to change the algorithm because the English Wiktionary wants to create interwiki links to redirect pages and as it is a "community policy" I was told to abide by it. I asked for arguments why this made sense and no good arguments were forthcomming. It was even conceded that it would be best to discuss this in the village pump.
There are good reasons why a redirect should not be referred to by interwiki links:
- Wiktionary aims to include all words in all languages. A word spelled incorrectly in one language can be correct in another
- The specific word does not exist yet in the other project
- The notion of homonymy is ignored
- There are a substantial number of redirects that exist as a result of a conversion
What I find disappointing is that the quality of service that I provided is no longer there. It is another fine problem that a community / project council could deal with.