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Chatty CB bot(s)by Tanktalus (Canon)
|on Aug 09, 2008 at 21:19 UTC||Need Help??|
We had a really long discussion the other day in the CB about bots who could speak. Right now, the Site Doc Clan has the Chatterbox FAQ which says, "Are bots allowed in the Chatterbox?" and answers, "No. But actually, as long as the bot doesn't talk, it's o.k. Bots which talk on their own are not tolerated. One quasi-official bot is im2." The question is: is this true?
If we want to be pedantic, it's nominally true because it is written. But the question is: what is it about chatting bots that are problematic? Could there be bot(s) that the community find to be "ok"? What conditions would that be?
From the conversation in the CB, I got from tye his opinion that, basically, while it's true that chatting bots aren't currently allowed, he doesn't think that means that no bot could be accepted. And the criteria he gave was that bots should not be obnoxious. Which seems reasonable to me.
So the question is: would you think that PM's CB could accept a bot? If so, under what conditions? If not, why not? And would this be a good thing or a bad thing?
Just to keep some of the feedback from yesterday (as I remember it) and today (with it already running while I'm typing this):
Also, please don't try to break Tankbot (I'm sure it's easy to do). It's just a proof-of-concept, for fun, and not intended for long-term use. :-P
Update: Corion has asked me to take Tankbot offline while I'm not around, so, not wanting to *entirely* piss off the gods ;-), I'm doing so... which is unfortunate, because I think having it there would allow people to see what it's really like (which may, or may not, kill the idea more effectively than abstract talking).
Update 2: "fun and games" ... I thought that was half the purpose of CB. Ah well.