I'm getting really tired of these. I'm sure you all are.
There was another thread posted a few minutes ago. The content is very vague and general. The poster doesn't mention autism or anything else specific, and doesn't have a proper username. Is it worth spending time on a reply? Or should I first spend time searching to see if it's actually a copy of an earlier thread? I really don't feel I have the time to waste for either.
And now I can't even post this yet because I've been 'temporarily disconnected' - which happens an awful lot, too. It's all doing my head in.
Until this gets sorted out properly, I'm going to be taking time out.
All the best, folks.
For some reason, there's a word in my head:
I know what you mean Tom.
This 'copybot' thing seems to be a little out of hand. Part of the problem seems to be the 'number' identity of the copybots. They don't have proper identities. I know some 'number' identities are genuine, but perhaps it should be a requ frirement to use a 'proper' alias, (if there is such a thing). I don't know whether this would drive the copybots away but they would be more memorable perhaps.
As well as 'copybots' there are the strange few word statements made by some posters. I feel very uneasy about these, they do not make much sense and replies from the same person always seem to be very cryptic and often contradictory. I am not going to name the person, I am sure we all know who it is. Yes, it may be someone who doesn't understand English but another possiblity is someone having their joke at our expense.
We just don't know as there is never much response from the perpetrator, just a few disjointed words which do not make sense to me and in another post the statement appears to be at odds with what was posted before.
How do you even access it nowadays? It used to be a standard part of an internet connection, but ISPs now seem to assume now all you want is the web, and not necessarily all of that. I used to get free posting accounts, but don't know where now. Are there good autism newsgroups? Have you tried alt.support.autism ?
I think there should be some long-term solution to copybot. I don't mind doing a public service helping vet things, but it would be more satisfying if we could stop it. I'm wondering what Telligent (who make the forum software) are saying about it. Is 'Telligent' the opposite of 'intelligent'?
Then don't. I hope you would still feel able to reply to people you know or start your own conversations.
I don't think they're expecting any more long offline periods. I haven't seen a 503 error since 5 July.
Always nice to see you here.
Paging @WebPM. Which doesn't work. Paging NAS Moderator instead.
I think the requirement for an alias or profile or avatar would be a very good idea and would drive Copybot away. At least until they bring out Copybot 2.0 who says he's Geoffrey from Hove and likes abseiling, cross-stitch and meringues.
I think the person you're talking about is a genuine person with communication difficulties. I can't know for sure, but I'm beginning to build up a consistent idea of her.
I realise this is off topic, I don't like the way threads are collapsed and I have to check for 'load previous' or 'load next'. Maybe I'm easily confused.
Graham said:I realise this is off topic, I don't like the way threads are collapsed and I have to check for 'load previous' or 'load next'. Maybe I'm easily confused.
The same here!
I am struggle with these things as well.
What if the copybots aren't misappropriating content at all? Perhaps the forums are a process for therapy, something akin to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loTIzXAS7v4
Trainspotter said:the person
...(...!) Greetings TrainSpotter, speaking as one "friend" of "the person" to another (we two, so far)... it got interesting today, what with links to other Sites and their detailing "Ethnicity" and all...! As you know, "The Person", and "ChatBots", and CopyBots... are three different Topics, now. All very confusing, if one has more important things to think about - seriously!
The Person (R) - I have still not responded directly since. And they are asking for PMs again, now.
Chatbots - Not sure if there are any here anymore... There are still many suspicious Posts though, as you say.
CopyBots - Still unrelenting, so much so that it has another Thread about it.
...As I say, I can only let you know that you are certainly not alone. (Bad and Good occur, here as in real life). From my own point-of-view, I learn, wait, and learn and wait... over and over...)