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Meet the 'bots' that edit Wikipedia
"Wikipedia would be a shambles without bots" ..... English Wikipedia alone surpassed four million articles this month. It contains an estimated 2.5 billion words, equivalent to millions of pages, and it is 50 times larger than the Encyclopaedia Britannica. ..... The bots perform a wide range of editorial and administrative tasks that are tedious, repetitive and time-consuming but vital. .... The site was founded in 2001, and the next year, one called rambot created about 30,000 articles - at a rate of thousands per day - on individual towns in the US..... In 2008, another bot created thousands of tiny articles about asteroids, pulling a few items of data for each one from an online Nasa database.