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?


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.

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  • So I'm guessing chat wide translation is a feature now? I didn't think that was going public. – ɥʇǝS Aug 22 '14 at 17:13
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    And if it turns out to be a bad idea, we'll revoke it – Marc Gravell Aug 22 '14 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 '14 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. – Marc Gravell Aug 22 '14 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 '14 at 20:02
  • Ugh, you're no fun. – user1228 Aug 22 '14 at 20:18
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    @rene GIGO, basically – Marc Gravell Aug 22 '14 at 20:29
  • Some people are toying with it by editing the message, perhaps that should also be prevented. – Stijn Aug 26 '14 at 10:50
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    @Stijn sigh; this is why we can't have nice things – Marc Gravell Aug 26 '14 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. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Aug 26 '14 at 12:25
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    I can confirm that 0_0 – Journeyman Geek Aug 26 '14 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 '14 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!"

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  • test comment.... – Braiam Sep 20 '14 at 3:10
  • @Braiam Test failed, the world blew up. – Unihedron Sep 20 '14 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 '14 at 6:24
  • Now please reach the rep cap at 700 or more repz. – nicael Oct 28 '14 at 8:20

Plonk to the rescue ...


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  • To late, it's "dead". – Unihedron Aug 26 '14 at 12:35
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    You were to slow. It seems that the Feeds got disabled for the time being. – Vogel612's Shadow Aug 26 '14 at 12:35

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