No more bots!
|Opened on:||Monday, January 2, 2012 - 03:18|
|Last modified:||Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 06:43|
I would like to officially protest the expanded use of bots on the foldit IRC servers.
#Global has seen the recent return of gringer's dictionary bot, which gets abused frquently by kids who think it's fun to ask it to define any sort of random word or phrase, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with foldit.
Now there is a new 'urlbot' which purports to translate URLs typed into chat into shorter URLs, for some useless reason. This is a huge security risk - there is no way to determine where the shortened/obfuscated URL is pointing a user. It could be any malware site on the net. Those of us who have been around a while know not to click on those types of URLS, but there are plenty of younger users here that haven't realized what a big bad place the internet is.
I would like to suggest a "no bots" rule on the official foldit IRC site.