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I think this user is a bot, but I am not sure. He/she is the administrator of this room (the most popular room). I just saw his/her About me section which says:

Born: December 24th, 2011. 10:47PM. I am a bot. Occasionally run by a person, but often just a bot. Don't abuse me and I won't abuse you.

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I'm also a bot. –  devnull Apr 15 at 10:36
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We're all bots. This is just virtual reality. –  michaelb958 Apr 15 at 10:37
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But seriously - why is this a problem? Said bot has been a perfectly civil and productive member of the community. –  michaelb958 Apr 15 at 10:37
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Remember: All bots are humans unless stated otherwise. –  devnull Apr 15 at 10:38
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Would we actually know if we were bots though? –  Michael Grubey Apr 15 at 10:39
    
I see where this discussion in comments is taking us... ;-) –  DroidDev Apr 15 at 10:41
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On the Internet, nobody knows what ecmascript is anyway, except bots. –  Tim Post Apr 15 at 10:41
    
I guess the bot must pass the Turing test? –  PeterJ Apr 15 at 10:44
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So it's a helpful, friendly bot that provides relevant and useful answers? Sounds perfect. –  JonW Apr 15 at 10:45
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Dammit, they're onto us. ABORT ABORT. unload botman1.exe though botman99999.exe –  tombull89 Apr 15 at 10:46
    
Darn it, all these great comments when I'm out of comment votes... –  michaelb958 Apr 15 at 10:47
    
you all feared to answer –  Somnath Kharat Apr 15 at 10:48

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The only way to bring a 'bot' into chat is to run it through a user that has sufficient privileges to use chat. Therefore, if you want to write a chat bot that interacts with the room, you'll need to get a couple of up-votes, and then the 'bot user' can join the chat room and run whatever bot code is in the browser ready for it.

So, all bots are born human; some occasionally revert when they need to reload rep.

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That's oddly poetic –  Richard Tingle Apr 15 at 12:19

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