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Re: It's not human!

by ichimunki (Priest)
on Dec 19, 2000 at 20:53 UTC ( #47412=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to It's not human!

More interesting than a FAQ bot per se, might be something like a NodeBot, that listened to chatter, checked for nodes with relevant info, and (if access to the reputation for the node were available) posted a link to the highest ranked node over a certain threshold. Of course, a subject matter match, some sort of question parse match (like, does anyone care what the bot thinks in this instance), and other sanity checks would be good... like some sort of limit on how many links she post per time period.

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Re: Re: It's not human!
by Blue (Hermit) on Dec 19, 2000 at 21:28 UTC
    I have visions of an animated paperclip that can search with all of the power of supersearch and all of the user friendliness of supersearch...hey wait, why not just use supersearch?

    A bot which just gives the same info as a search doesn't seem all that useful, and would clutter up the chatterbox. If the intent was that the groups of new monks that are not likely to read faqs or search for answers would have another place to spit them to already written responses ... I feel something is missing.

    I'm not against a bot as such. I wonder about the usefulness of the bot. I wonder about people worried that their CB words will be logged by the bot. It just seems that it doesn't bring enough to the monestary.

    =Blue
    ...you might be eaten by a grue...

      People might indeed worry about having what they say in the CB logged. That, in my opinion, is a good thing. The fact is, what you say in the Chatterbox might be logged even now; you don't know. If the presence of a bot served to remind you of this, that'd be a good thing in my book.

      Naturally, a bot should not be a means of poorly replicating existing services. I do think that there's considerable opportunity to make this a unique resource. Since the presence of a bot would not entail altering the Monastery itself in any way, we'd have plenty of latitude to discover good uses for it empirically, without screwing anything up.

      In order not to clutter the CB it would be easy to have the bot /msg the monk instead of broadcasting the message for all to see.

        That would seem to add without cluttering up discussions in the CB, which would definitely be prefered. I'd liek some switch about whether you're interested in what the 'bot would say - if I'm giving answers or links, it may not interest me for what the bot is suggesting.

        As an additional point, we would still have to deal with concerns about logging conversations.

        I'm fine with bots in general, I just don't want it to turn negative. /msg is a good start.

        =Blue
        ...you might be eaten by a grue...

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