But first I'd like to ...
This isn't actually an answer proper, but there's a few points where I suspect the process of well, all this could have run better. Hindsight is 20/20 , and this is not really a reflection on SE's moderation and administration processes. I'm posting this as a root access regular, and someone intimately familiar with the channel and its culture, and having ...
I suspended the bot because of the greeting, and only because of that, which is also what I told you in my chat message.
Root Access is the general chat room for users of Super User, and any new user coming in being curious about the chat will have that bot greeting them. That is a functionality that the Stack Exchange chat system specifically and ...
Well, since it's been frozen at least twice and bumped … several times, farewell Vote to Close room.
It roomed us all faithfully back in the bad old days when we needed more room. —
The Review queue will take care of the close votes, and if there's anything to be discussed, we still have Root Access or the Ask a SU Moderator room.
"John Cavil, bot for hire"
@Mr.Code Welcome to Root Access chat for Super Users! Please don't ask
if you can ask or if anyone's around; just ask your question, and if
anyone's free and interested they'll help. Just don't ask me, 'cause I'm a chat-bot.
I disagree, basically because we aren't an IM client - we're a chat room. I think all that would do is just add more data for the servers to transmit, and doesn't really benefit us as a whole in the end.
Also it's slightly creepy I find.. Much easier to just wait for that sound you hear when someone @'s you back.
It's also a bit ineffective when you have ...
For users below the 20 rep limitation, you should shoot them a message when they try to post:
I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?
Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.
You appear to have an unfortunate habit of lashing out (10k only link) and posting questions that are "shouting" or contain vulgar language.
As a result the community probably flagged some of your questions as "rude or abusive". Questions or answers flagged in this way are treated very similarly to spam and will end up rate limiting and potentially ...
You can always just start a chat room if you want to. This won't automatically insert the previous messages from the comments, but it will allow you to start a chat with any user who has at least 20 rep.
If the user has an existing chat account, you can even go to their chat profile and select "start a new room with this user", which will automatically ...
There's only one bot to my knowledge, John Cavil.
As his profile says, he's operated by somequixotic. Who is also responsible for some of the code behind it:
You can join a chatroom whenever you like. What has been said in the room when you were not there can later be read anyway.
If someone is online at the time, has no relevance. You can leave them a message or read their old message.
So why not email?
Because chat rooms are public by default. Others can join in and help. We like to work together on Stack ...
As mentioned in the comments, the [chat] regulars thought it would be a fun thing to plan a Birthday Event for DavidPostill. Ended up on the front screen, and I couldn't contain myself when people asked why... So I spilled the beans!
I'm in the same situation. At work, I can hit the site, but for some reason, I can't access the chat rooms. One of my conversations was moved to chat - game over!
As a WORK AROUND, I simply inform the poster this is the case and request they delete their comments every so often. This keeps the posts clutter free yet, allows me to continue helping.
For reference, comments are not meant for extended conversations; they are for asking clarifying questions to the OP about the question, and to encourage editing to add extra information. This is why the feature to move a discussion to chat happens - Chat is where you can have extended discussions.
If people are suggesting to try things, they should be ...
Keep it clear and simple: "John Cavil (Bot)" or "Cavil Bot" or "New User Advice Bot"
You could also consider beginning each message with "[Automated Message]" to help push it home.
It might be nice if the website could colour bot messages differently from normal comments. Although a new user might not notice that anyway.