As a bot maintainer, my philosophy is to be as accommodating as possible to the wishes of the users in the chat channel. As a very general statement, I prefer to avoid vulgarity in the bot's commands as much as possible, and to keep it family and work-friendly to the extent possible, without unreasonably removing features from the bot. Unfortunately, this philosophy is not universally shared by some of the maintainers of Zirak's chatbot, so I think my friendly fork of that bot is fairly well-justified.
I am offering the following:
- To operate a bot on my server for The Litter Box chat.
My experience operating the bot for several months in Root Access should provide a good basis for responsibly operating the bot in The Litter Box. My goals are as follows:
- Make sure the bot isn't annoying.
- Make sure the bot can't do anything that a regular user can't do.
- Make it more convenient to insert image macros into chat by typing commands rather than hunting for the link and copy-pasting. (Note: if you disagree with image macros in chat in general, or oneboxing, that is an issue you should take up with StackExchange; the bot simply makes it more convenient to do something that is already possible, so if you are against oneboxing, don't consider that a feature of the bot; it's a feature of chat itself.)
- Give the bot useful features, while moderating what it can do to prevent it from getting "out of control" (things like the bot talking to itself in an infinite loop are definitely prevented).
- Monitor which commands are taught to the bot, and delete commands that are offensive or inappropriate.
- Respond promptly to requests to change the bot's behavior.
If we decide to have a bot, everyone please remember to flag users' messages when users are abusing the bot (don't flag the bot, because anything the bot does ultimately trickles back to a user (ab)using it.) We definitely want to weed out users who are going to abuse the bot, because they are the same users who would be apt to paste offensive images into chat, spam, and so on.