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How should sockpuppets be handled on Stack Exchange?

A high-reputation, highly-active user has already been dinged once for a sockpuppet, and I just dinged him again. He probably has another sockpuppet as well. What are the guidelines for handling ...
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What should be the limits for chat bots interacting with regular users?

There is a controversy about a certain chat bot in some chat rooms. The one major disagreement is about the bot greeting new users in chat. Some users argue that this is helpful to explain the chat ...
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Are bots specifically allowed or prohibited in Stack Exchange chatrooms?

I've been spending heaps of time in the travel chatroom recently, just like I once spent lots of time in the Wiktionary IRC channel. On the IRC channel we had a few bots that could automate things we ...
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Why is the sandbox protected?

I noticed that Undo was playing around with the formatting sandbox last night and protected it. Why? Isn't the sandbox supposed to be where any user (new or old) can play around with Stack Exchange'...
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Should we have special accounts for bots?

Triggered by the question How should a bot earn enough reputation to perform the actions necessary for that bot? Spam is increasing, and it appears current efforts towards it are linear – they ...
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Why can metasmoke and SmokeDetector get reputation?

I'm just curious about why (not how) metasmoke and SmokeDetector can get reputation. Their profiles state that they are bots, but SmokeDetector even asked a question on Stack Overflow. I thought bots ...
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How do you make a bot on Chat?

In many chat rooms, such as Codenames, there is a bot to moderate the room, or to help update things. How do you create such bots? Do you need to make an account for this bot, and then program ...
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How should feature-requests be discussed?

I'm primarily a user of MathOverflow, but sometimes wander here in hope of making an impact. What strikes me, is how differently I'm treated over there and here, which typically means a flurry of down-...
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Would more-heavily involved moderation bots be beneficial to Stack Exchange?

Quora has bots that do a lot of moderation, such as: auto-question-tagging, marking questions as "needs improvement," auto-question-merging, auto-answer-collapsing, and even auto-question-editing (...
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Navigation to next/prev post via buttons is broken

Navigation using up/down arrows in the top right corner of the iOS app is broken (only for portrait mode). Tested on this post: How should a bot earn enough reputation to perform the actions ...