Well, the robots are here.

User -2 that goes by "Stack Exchange" or "Feeds" has been posting conversational chat messages. See recent Stack Overflow chat messages and recent Stack Exchange chat messages.

To use this 'feature', type "translate: " before the message you want it to say.

Is this an easter egg, or has the bot truly become sentient?

3 Answers 3


If you mean this one:

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The important thing there is the deleted message immediately before it, which was:

translate: H4XX0RD!

So, try typing:

translate: チャットは今翻訳をサポートします。

The "post a translate message, then delete it" is arguably abuse of the system. If people don't get over that, I will make changes to prevent it.

Edit: this will be prevented in about 5 minutes; deleting the original message will also delete the subsequent message.

  • So I'm guessing chat wide translation is a feature now? I didn't think that was going public.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Aug 22, 2014 at 17:13
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    And if it turns out to be a bad idea, we'll revoke it Aug 22, 2014 at 17:36
  • You may also want to make it a Reply to the message that triggered it to make it even more obvious.
    – Powerlord
    Aug 22, 2014 at 18:53
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    @Powerlord I need to make some minor rendering tweaks to enable that - the arrow would be good, but I don't want the visible @person. In terms of storage, it already is a reply - we have a bit field that specifies whether the reply UI elements are visible, separate to whether it actually is a reply. Aug 22, 2014 at 19:21
  • @MarcGravell is it intentional that the markdown is not copied correctly into the translated message, as I tried here?
    – rene
    Aug 22, 2014 at 20:02
  • Ugh, you're no fun.
    – user1228
    Aug 22, 2014 at 20:18
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    @rene GIGO, basically Aug 22, 2014 at 20:29
  • Some people are toying with it by editing the message, perhaps that should also be prevented.
    – Stijn
    Aug 26, 2014 at 10:50
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    @Stijn sigh; this is why we can't have nice things Aug 26, 2014 at 12:12
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    @Marc Feeds turned insane, replying "this is why we can't have nice things" on everything linking to this question. Aug 26, 2014 at 12:25
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    I can confirm that 0_0 Aug 26, 2014 at 12:26
  • anything went wrong? or you guys are playing something? we are getting "this is why we can't have nice things" for each message from feed.
    – CJ Ramki
    Aug 26, 2014 at 12:30

They're not only participating, but instead invading...


Spamming with links to this thread... We're doomed!

Fixed, but translate: no longer works. RIP Feeds User, 26 Aug 2014 12:32 PM

Please all remember his last words...

"Feeds is a terrible person / bot!"

  • test comment....
    – Braiam
    Sep 20, 2014 at 3:10
  • @Braiam Test failed, the world blew up.
    – Unihedron
    Sep 20, 2014 at 3:11
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    you'll get it tomorrow, don't worry :) or you want to wait until bounty expires?
    – nicael
    Oct 27, 2014 at 6:24
  • Now please reach the rep cap at 700 or more repz.
    – nicael
    Oct 28, 2014 at 8:20

Plonk to the rescue ...


  • To late, it's "dead".
    – Unihedron
    Aug 26, 2014 at 12:35
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    You were to slow. It seems that the Feeds got disabled for the time being. Aug 26, 2014 at 12:35

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