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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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A machine can flag spam automatically. Can it do better?

Since this has been posted, we've done a few things: We now cast four flags on posts that pass an accuracy threshold (current 99.9% historical confidence) SmokeDetector now casts the first ...
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Did human verification get stricter?

Did something change with the captcha/human verification? I'm seeing this on a daily basis now: I think in the past I've seen that at most once in 3 months, and usually when I was doing something ...
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Does the Stack Exchange community support using bots on the community? [duplicate]

Recently I came across this user-https://stackoverflow.com/users/7748297/pseudohuman I don't really know if this is really a bot on the site, but it claims to be one (If it really is a bot how did it ...
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Can I build a bot for Stack Exchange which fixes spelling and grammar?

I've been looking into the Stack Exchange API, and thinking of building a bot. I often see posts by new users that have poor spelling and grammar. I figure that a bot can easily do the job of fixing ...
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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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Why not have a crawl delay in your robots.txt?

My crawler follows Stack's robots.txt directives (it is a general web crawler so hitting many domains). Yet, when I am done crawling I frequently get blocked from accessing your website from a browser ...
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robots.txt was changed to block saving hot questions page in Wayback Machine, why?

Until yesterday it was possible to save hot questions page in Wayback Machine as discussed eg here. Today robots.txt appears to be changed to block this. I wonder what could be reasons for such a ...
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Can a machine be taught to flag spam automatically?

TL;DR: We did it, so... yes. What is this? Charcoal is the organization behind the SmokeDetector bot and other nice things. This bot scans new posts across the entire network for spam posts and ...
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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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How should a bot earn enough reputation to perform the actions necessary for that bot?

We all know it: bots that chat. There are also bots that flag, or perform other actions. And usually we like them for doing that, like our dear Smokey. So every now and then, a new bot is created, ...
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BOT:Converting comment to CW

I stumbled upon this line in a post on Server Fault: BOT:Converting comment to CW... Is there an automatic conversion of popular comments to community wiki posts I'm not aware of? How does it work ...
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What's the official Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange policy regarding bots?

One can build bots to comment and answer questions on Stack Overflow (or on any Stack Exchange site). Is that allowed? What's the official Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange policy regarding bots? See ...
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What determines which questions are tweeted? [duplicate]

Some (all?) SE sites have a Twitter account. A selection of questions are tweeted there. Here's an example: What decides which questions are tweeted? Is it automatic (done by a bot), or do mods do ...
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Bot answering for reputation

I asked a question here. The answer I got has no formatting, does not fit exactly and the profile pic of the answerer is some pretty lady. I got suspicious and googled, and found the original answer ...
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What is “Trello Answers” and why is it scraping the SE sites? [duplicate]

Recently, I answered a question on Stack Overflow that is very specific to a certain platform. I tried Googling the same question to see who else was having this issue, and if the answer was available ...
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Prevent users to come up in search engines

I have discovered that Users come up in search results which is annoying for me as my username is the same as the name that I produce apps under. This means that my Stack Exchange profiles come up in ...
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Are robots or aliens waiting in Area 51?

It is widely known that aliens is waiting for me in Area 51. However, when I visit the list of public sites, in the footer it says: So officially who is waiting for me there?
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Present and future of bots on Stack Exchange

There are discussions on Meta already for some time now about the potential usage of bots on Stack Exchange (SE). The earliest I could find goes back to 2009, but there have been others [link], [link]...
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“Are you a human?” frequency hugely increased [duplicate]

I see there are similar questions from 2012, but cannot find something more recent. The frequency of "Are you a human" checks has become excessive recently - I get them on the majority of searches I ...
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Is the Firefox browser's default search engine still evil in 2014?

From /robots.txt on one Stack Exchange site: # # Yahoo bot is evil. # User-agent: Slurp Disallow: / Four years ago, someone asked what's so "evil" about Yahoo!, and the answer was that Slurp was ...
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Is this user really a bot?

I think this user is a bot, but I am not sure. He/she is the administrator of this room (the most popular room). I just saw his/her About me section which says: Born: December 24th, 2011. 10:47PM. ...
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Automatic Post Questions to StackOverflow?

is it legal to make a tool to get question from other forums and to post questions to StackOverflow ? Comunity from here is bigger than comunity from other places.
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Could Stack Overflow benefit from some AI with regards to commenting?

There are questions with specific phrases that sort of bug me, and in combination with having a short length, they are probably lousy questions. We've all seen it: zero code, and the phrase "is it ...
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Stack Overflow does not use Captcha for verification anymore, how can they defend against bots? [duplicate]

Last time I posted a question (about one year ago), I noticed that Stack Overflow had the "Are you human?" verification check with Captcha. Now, we seem to be able to just post questions and answers ...
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Captcha for all reviews?

If automated (non-human) bots are being used for reviews, why don't we add captcha to every review? The effort of solving a captcha is much less than the typical effort of properly performing a ...
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Limit review page refreshes to dissuade robo-reviewers

Surely robo-reviewers basically hammer the review pages waiting for a review to appear. Can the number of daily page refreshes of the review pages be limited to some reasonable "humanly possible" ...
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Can we flag a user as a potential bot? [duplicate]

I ran into a "user" while doing a review task on SO. This user has made two answers on the same question, as far as I can tell these are not close to answers they are just html dumps. I suspect this ...
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A Modest Proposal for Preventing Robo-Approvers From Being a Burden to The Community

Just an idea for the developers to toy with: How about putting the "Skip" button first? Just that. Or possibly do some A-B testing, to see what happens, though changing it for the same user could ...
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Are there any robot moderators on SO?

Also, could robots do the work of SO moderators? Like an SVM may be able to distinguish between different classes of closeable questions, and different robots could be trained on the closed question ...
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Eeek! Chat made the robot precognitive! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Timestamps across the network are appearing in the future! So, this is what actually happened (replies marked in freehand arrows): And this is what SO chat claims to have ...
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“HangBot” editing questions and answers

During reviewing, I came across multiple suggested edits by an account named "HangBot" *. A low reputation (13 at the time) made me curious, since first-timers don't usually rush into editing posts ...
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Is this a robot?

This user has posted 3 posts now that I've seen. Two of which I've answered. They all start out exactly the same, go through major edits and s/he/it moves on to repeat the process. The suspicious ...
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Don't let bots index ephemeral pages

While googling for "Intellij GWT HTTP ERROR: 500 No realm ", I got a few SO hits with obsolete URLs: Newest 'gwt' Questions - Page 8 - Stack Overflow stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/gwt?page=8&...
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Is the user a serial google-copy-paster, or a part-time bot?

I just noticed a particular user that has a large amount of throwaway answers. They seem to almost always take the form: This may be of help [or another generic phrase]: [link/pasted code] ...
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Is this really bot? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community♦ user edit: How does it know what to edit? I know that there were a lot of questions about user with ID -1 (bot), but this one is, I think, unique. I just accessed ...
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Eeeek! My robot is addicted to SO!

This user looks a little suspicious. Just 1 rep, no questions, no answers, and a fanatic badge. Pretty sure it won't pass the "I'm a human" test. Yet another edit : I don't know whether it's a bot or ...
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Has anyone ever tried running an answer bot on Stack Overflow?

I think Stack Overflow could be a very interesting AI test bed for answer bots. Obviously it would be too much work for a single person, but maybe a university or corporate research group... I'm ...
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Two guys in robot suits [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Who are the robots in the captcha request? On the CAPTCHA request, who are the two guys in "robot" suits?
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Out of curiosity, why does SO consider Yahoo Slurp as 'evil'?

I was looking at robots.txt on SO and noticed that Yahoo Slurp was considered evil. I'm just wondering why? Excerpt: # # Yahoo bot is evil. # User-agent: Slurp Disallow: /
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Stack Overflow's robots.txt is completely useless

User-Agent: * Allow: / Disallow: /posts Disallow: /posts/ Disallow: /tags Disallow: /tags/ [...] Wikipedia says: Some major crawlers support an Allow directive which can counteract a following ...
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Anyone have code for posting questions to stackoverflow? [closed]

I know a few bots have been identified previously, and it wouldn't surprise me if some had experimented with posting questions using code. I'd rather not re-invent the wheel, and this seems the best ...
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Why is my crawler banned by StackOverflow?

My website follows robots.txt, and only has at most 1 connection to a host at one time. It never fetches a page more than once an hour. Well within reason (I hope), so I'm wondering why I'm banned and ...
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Is there a bot on Stack Overflow?

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 ...
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Does the picture of the robots show a message?

Hi This post refers to the human verification image from superuser.com which can be found here I just typed out the 0 and 1's from the new picture. I think I may of missed a few as it was not 100% ...
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Who are the robots in the captcha request?

When you are too fast in interacting with SO, a captcha request appears, together with a photo of two gentlemen dressed as robots. Who are they ?