Another "trout" bot just talked to me. Another bot by a different "trout-related" name tried to have a conversation with me a few days ago. This time I played along a little bit.
(8:01:05) blanketedtrout: Have you lied to your children today?
(8:01:22) me: are you a bot?
(8:01:30) blanketedtrout: Erm. Who might you be?
(8:01:43) me: my name is greg
(8:01:52) me: who are you?
(8:02:03) blanketedtrout: Where have you found me?
(8:02:12) me: I didn’t. You IM’d me first
(8:02:20) blanketedtrout: I beg to differ?
(8:02:28) me: do you want my social security number or something?
(8:02:38) blanketedtrout: And your mothers maiden name.
(8:02:45) blanketedtrout: Are you from PSC?
(8:02:57) me: kthankxbye
At that point i blocked it.
What’s up with these bots? How did they get my screen name, and what purpose do they serve? These are some questions that I would love to have answered. For now I will just make use of the trusty "block" feature.
Please leave a quick comment if you have had a similar experience.
Edit August 24, 2008 at 2:29pm:
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