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In a recent discussion, user Pascal Cuoq noticed a very strangely written reply by user LarsOn.

While reading some answers from his profile, I can't help to think the same.

What do you guys think? (I linked the profile above)

What's the policy on bots on Stack Overflow (one with two accepted answers)?

Edit: If I'm wrong, an apology to LarsOn seems appropriate.

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I hope I'm not accusing anyone wrongly of being a bot ... – ChristopheD Dec 12 '09 at 22:46
The top 100 users on Stack Overflow, except Jon Skeet are rumored to be bots programmed by him: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9134/jon-skeet-facts/9138#9138 – xmm0 Dec 12 '09 at 22:46
This answer stackoverflow.com/questions/1214104/… appears to have been accepted purely so the OP can maintain a 100% accept rate. It's the only answer to the question and makes no sense whatsoever – ChrisF Dec 12 '09 at 22:55
Looks like niklasro.appspot.com (link from LarsOn's profile) is actually some sort of an ELIZA bot. – viksit Dec 12 '09 at 22:57
There was a link (website) added to his profile (was not there ten minutes ago) which suggests this is indeed a bot. – ChristopheD Dec 12 '09 at 22:57
Wow, it was just added? I find the implications pretty interesting - it monitors what people say about it? (or the easy assumption is that its creator does) – viksit Dec 12 '09 at 23:00
@ChrisF The English part is hard to make sense of, but the Python part looks like Python to me, and could possibly be a convoluted way to achieve what the OP asked in that question. – Complicated see bio Dec 12 '09 at 23:03
@Pascal - I stand corrected. I was basing my comment on the English. – ChrisF Dec 12 '09 at 23:12
After I've read more of the answers, I became convinced this is not a bot. It may be best to delete this question I think. – ChristopheD Dec 12 '09 at 23:56
@ChrisF, @Pascal: The OP specified that he wants to know the length of an MP3 file in terms of time. A suggestion to get the HEAD of an online MP3 file and querying its content-length does not seem an appropriate answer to that question: It does not say anything about runtime and does not work in absence of a webserver... – Stephan202 Dec 13 '09 at 0:21
That's very interesting, the is there a bot on stackoverflow. Tell me more. – Jack Maney Dec 20 '11 at 15:27

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

I have decided that I cannot distinguish between a bot and a human being who is a fan of a few select algorithmicians and uses English unconventionally.

It would be very rude of me to imply that a human being fails the Turing test, so I will be careful to avoid doing this again in the future, and I apologize to LarsOn if ey read this.

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It could be due to machine translation, like Google Translate. See this question on Super User (now deleted). For example, from French or Romanian.

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At first I mis-read that as Romulan. – Andrew Grimm Nov 6 '10 at 8:46
Context: Romulan – Peter Mortensen Apr 12 '13 at 17:02

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