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Bot Feature Requests

Postby itsmonktastic » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:41 pm

So I get the impression people want new bot features, but I want to know what they are! So far I've seen a few mentioned:
  1. delaytell command (I'm guessing this means set a tell after a specific amount of time?)
  2. command aliases (useful for canned responses in conjuction with a -say or -reply)
  3. serving up of chatlines in some more useful format than (ill-formed) html, e.g. JSON
  4. whattodo - a command which solves all of willfir's life management issues
  5. a mute/gag command to mute users (even if this could be made to work, not sure how useful this would be with the stunnel setup currently in use, which would mean we can't do bans based on ip address, unless the bot receives the ip for users in their broadcast search messages or something similar, which it might)
  6. some sort of commands for querying information about tv shows
  7. show dogtanian output in twofo live
  8. get the bot to listen to commands from twofo live
The first suggestion seems like it could be generalised to a 'scheduled action' thing.

What other things do people actually want to be able do with the bot?

I'm not putting myself forward to implement them btw, though it might be fun to give one or two a go, just slightly curious :P
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby mids » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:47 pm

All sounds pretty decent. I'll get my coding hat on when someone else *cough* BigG *cough* digs out their project admin hat to manage me as a grunt. :)
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby mids » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:47 pm

Had an idea for an extra feature:
  • Whenever anyone posts a youtube URL, DT could parse the info about the video to mainchat to help combat yoinkster's rickrolling or fridaying :P
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby astropoint » Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:24 pm

Also a slightly rebodged MovieBOT would be handy. Should just be redoing the parsing of imbd pages to cope with the new layout divs, but I have nowhere to test it on to try myself. Perhaps a challenge for mids and his new perl skills?
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby mids » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:51 am

Certainly, might as well use my spare time to hone some useful skills :)
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby astropoint » Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:32 am

Perhaps an -offcampus one as an alternative to -resnet
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby itsmonktastic » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:10 pm

I definitely agree that these sorts of things are good projects to hone your skills on (some can even be done without being in a bot environment, e.g. scraping IMDB pages). I don't have a place I can host a test instance of ODCH for people these days, but I might soon if I get my act together. I gather astro has had some fun trying to set it up in the past, but it definitely seemed easier in the newer ubuntu, as they added init scripts so you literally just have to apt-get install opendchub and it's already up and running, so perhaps astro-powered hosting is an option ;D

As another feature idea, how about logging of individual users' (reported) share over time? There's already some rudimentary share tracking that takes place.

Could go on to make a stats page/graph if you were so inclined, which might be useful.
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby astropoint » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:49 pm

Ooh, a graph of user numbers perhaps over time? :P
Also in the end perhaps persistent stats so we don't lose high user counts each time the dog is reset

(I am treating this basically as a wish list in full understanding that most of what I say will never come to pass, so don't mind me rambling in the background)
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby mids » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:55 am

I need to wipe this here laptop, so I'll get me a working Win7 and Ubuntu again and dual boot and get cracking.
Once I've done that, I'll come and pester for existing source or info on how the hell to actually make a bot. :)
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby astropoint » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:08 pm

Well you take a real dog, and force feed it computer code....
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby BigG » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:34 pm

No, you take a computer and force feed it a dog. :P

And clearly need MOAR ASCII graphs :D
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby astropoint » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:48 am

On a side note, slightly related to the persistant stats thing, some sort of -reloadrss command? Currently if the rss feed bodges up (through no fault of my own mark you, this time it was yoinkster uploading a folder with a random character encoding for the hyphen) the rss feed gets corrupted. When this happens the dog fails to read it and the script dies and can only be regained by resetting the dog as a whole thus losing stats and everything else.
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby Anubis » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:43 am

To mute/gag users requires odch to be recompiled... I did happen to patch it though
https://gist.github.com/typhonius/5410170
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby cocodude » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:19 am

Anubis wrote:To mute/gag users requires odch to be recompiled... I did happen to patch it though
https://gist.github.com/typhonius/5410170
I recompile odch all the time when a new release comes out so that's not a problem per se. We need someone to fix Dogtanian to output live bot chat though (and I simply don't have the time considering I'm not a perl supercoder).
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Re: Bot Feature Requests

Postby astropoint » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:13 am

And I have no clue how to either debug it (literally where it outputs to) or how to add it into a hub otherwise I'd have some sort of go on my test hub...

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