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

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 that user seems appropriate.

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    I hope I'm not accusing anyone wrongly of being a bot ... Dec 12, 2009 at 22:46
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    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
    – mmx
    Dec 12, 2009 at 22:46
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    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 Mod
    Dec 12, 2009 at 22:55
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    Looks like niklasro.appspot.com (link from LarsOn's profile) is actually some sort of an ELIZA bot.
    – viksit
    Dec 12, 2009 at 22:57
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    There was a link (website) added to his profile (was not there ten minutes ago) which suggests this is indeed a bot. Dec 12, 2009 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, 2009 at 23:00
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    @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. Dec 12, 2009 at 23:03
  • @Pascal - I stand corrected. I was basing my comment on the English.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Dec 12, 2009 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. Dec 12, 2009 at 23:56
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    @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, 2009 at 0:21
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    That's very interesting, the is there a bot on stackoverflow. Tell me more.
    – user164207
    Dec 20, 2011 at 15:27

3 Answers 3


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.


Yes. There was an answer bot created by the University of Antwerp which ran on Stack Overflow. It mainly focused on Git questions.

The bot is currently closed.

It had answered lots of questions, with many answers actually valid. It even earned good reputation.

Click here to view the bot's profile or get more info about the bot in this paper.


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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