What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 128 Stack Exchange communities.

This is somewhat related to Are bots specifically allowed or prohibited in Stack Exchange chatrooms?.

Most of the "bots" I've seen are javascript that are run in a persons web browser using their login as a form of authorisation (so act as a automated script, rather than a separate entity).

I've written one that uses Python and interfaces directly with the chat system using WebSockets (and the SE system using the API) using its own account - the initial purpose was to develop a relay system to push to an IRC channel). This has extended to being a fun "chat bot" (which is now disabled) and to looking at new posts in certain tags that are potentially spam... (this isn't public at the moment, and more a log report, but hoping to improve on this, and and build up a better learning set).

The main question I have, isn't if it's explicitly allowed or disallowed, but rather what's acceptable for use:

  • is it okay to "log" the channel (it is public chat after all and googleable?)
  • it it okay to allow it to automate room owner commands such as moving posts from a user
  • what is a really practicable non-bannable limit for retrieving posts for analysis

Let me know if I can clarify any futher...

share|improve this question
1  
Chat rooms have transcripts; you don't need a bot to log a room; just grab the transcripts whenever you want them yourself. –  Servy Sep 12 '13 at 13:46
    
@Servy I wasn't arguing that point - yes, I can access the transcripts - but is it okay for one to store them –  Jon Clements Sep 12 '13 at 13:48
    
If you really want to store them just ping the transcript once a day or so, rather than creating a bot to sit in the chatroom listening to every single message sent. –  Servy Sep 12 '13 at 13:49
1  
@Servy I don't get deleted messages, I also don't get it useful as a tool in realtime –  Jon Clements Sep 12 '13 at 13:50
2  
I'm probably missing some reference or something but what's "bots"Mos in the title? –  Mat Sep 12 '13 at 15:01
1  
I'm willing to bet that "bot" was intended as the end of the title, and the Mos came from a mistaken paste of the content into the title field before they added the "This is somewhat related" line. –  jball Sep 12 '13 at 16:06
add comment

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .