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Edit summary should clearly distinguish between normalizing existing archive links and adding new ones
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For example:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=New_Brunswick_Route_2&curid=915539&diff=826039081&oldid=822917120

In this edit, the bot changed existing archive URLs that work fine and added empty 'df' parameters to templates, which changes nothing.

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This is normal behavior. The bot normalizes the archive URLs.

Then the edit summary should be modified to clarify that: It says that it "rescued" 2 sources when it fact it did not.

Cyberpower678 triaged this task as Low priority.Feb 19 2018, 5:27 PM
Cirdan renamed this task from Bot making edits that are effectively no-op to Edit summary should clearly distinguish between normalizing existing archive links and adding new ones.May 1 2018, 7:12 PM

The original language, claims that the URL is rescued. This word was chosen carefully as rescuing a URL can mean fixing its archive URL, adding one, or removing a dead link tag from the original if it's not dead.

I propose to broaden this task to have all actions an own summary. Namely:

  • Add archive URL
  • Fix dead archive URL
  • Normalize working archive URL
  • Remove dead link tag from working URL
  • Add dead link tag (where no archive exists)

The bot should concatenate the ones that apply (maybe using a localizable concatenation method). There is hardly any chance that this complex meaning can be achieved in any language other than English.