Am I right to be concerned about the possibility of Chat Bots on this site?
There are a few concerning posts and, as I don't know much about these things, I'm not sure if I'm worrying over nothing here? Can they cause harm to individuals in any way on this type of chat site?
If I'm being ridiculous, someone please tell me so! (I will be more relieved than offended.)
Hi Endymion,you are not alone in your thoughts, I don’t fully understand how they work but have heard about them. I know what you mean and I prefer to give the benefit of doubt until proven otherwise.
I may end up looking foolish, I also have seen similar conversations by real people however. People who find it difficult to make conversation, those who are attempting to have a voice and start off very nervous until confidence is gained.
I shall keep an eye out to see.
I have colleagues who chat endlessly to cirri! A lot of what they ask is not very nice.
Take care and thank you for raising this subject.
I saw 3 posts the other day that were almost certainly bots. They were a jumble of pieces from baseball articles as far as I could make out. Nothing to be worried about.
Thank You! Yes, I saw those ones too. What is the point of them? I can't see any harm in 'replying' to one in a Thread but is there a worry if someone were to connect with them outside Threads?
I suppose what I'm asking is, would it be akin to replying to physical junk mail in that there is no problem unless they start asking for your bank details or something? Can they actually be dangerous in that way?
Thank you Cloudy Mountains, I googled chat bots and it seems they are not malicious,just used to encourage customer experience, I tried to find any examples of bad uses but came up with only ones that didn’t work very well and a few that got confused and locked user functions,
I hope I was right to take a chance?
It is a reality that some who come here are first timers in many ways, some have little knowledge of social interaction, some do not understand internet usage or forum etiquette,it is easy to forget although we are all in some way autistic we are indeed all very much different, in views and abilities.
thank you cloudy Mountains for adding some reassurance to this matter.
The Racheal threads seem suspect. I'd imagine there are no threats unless you click on a link. Never reply to junk e-mails anyway.
You are OK to reply in the confines of the forum. Just don't get too friendly or give any details unless you are absolutely sure.
No, no I don't but I was trying to think of an analogy lol! Thanks though, I was worried on behalf of someone else but from what you've said I think I was worried about nothing, thankfully!
No, nothing to worry about!
Hi Endymion and indeed Cloudy Mountains Lol.it is good to be cautious ,if it had turned out to be malicious then I would have requested the links or details removed by admin so that it could be seen by others as an example to those less able to spot these sort of things.
All is well I think.
I have been here nearly a year and there have been new members who struggle greatly, some are indeed naive and maybe mute, so coming here and trying to have conversations can appear random and seem incorrect to us.
I chose to try and put myself in the position of the person and attempt to connect.
I am an older father, so I do get a little protective at times,
It is nice that those who are maybe older and therefore have had time to learn the intricate ways of life can help others younger, not that I am saying anyone is old of coarse Lol.
take care all.
No problem! I'm just cynical about those posts because it mentions dating. Some of us are lonely here and going straight to the dating thing seems a bit of a grift.