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Bug 44584 - API data push/pull guidelines
API data push/pull guidelines
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
API (Other open bugs)
1.21.x
All All
: Low minor (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Depends on:
Blocks: documentation
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Reported: 2013-02-01 15:06 UTC by Smallman
Modified: 2014-02-12 23:35 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description Smallman 2013-02-01 15:06:05 UTC
There is a lack of guidelines regarding the rate at the mediawiki API may be used.

Specifically for the enwiki and commons api (if it doesn't matter, please say so):

For bots:

Are simultaneous uploads permitted? E.g. uploading 3 20MB files simultaneously to the commons on a 1Gbit/s line. What is the max rate permitted?

Related:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Vpt#Asynchronous_uploads.2Fapi_usage

Unofficial:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Data_request_limitations
Comment 1 Brad Jorsch 2013-02-01 15:24:23 UTC
This doesn't seem to be related to the MediaWiki API so much as a request for documentation about the allowed use of the API on WMF wikis. You'd probably do better to ask on wikitech-l[1] than in bugzilla.

The closest thing to an official guideline that I am aware of is
http://wikitech.wikimedia.org/view/Robot_policy#Request_rate

In general, best practice seems to be to have one request outstanding at any time, and to use maxlag[2] to have your bot automatically stop when the servers are overloaded.


 [1]: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-l
 [2]: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Maxlag_parameter
Comment 2 Umherirrender 2013-02-01 22:31:13 UTC
See also [[mw:API:Etiquette#Request limit]]

And Notes to library developers on [[mw:API:Client code#API Access Libraries]]

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