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On "Freespeak/NYC/Home" - Is there a new, sentient bot in our midst?

By somecrappynumber following x   2017 Oct 16, 5:03pm 3,783 views   31 comments   watch   nsfw   quote     share    


Hopefully I will not be alienating a new member, but our new friend "Freespeak" (now NYC) has been here less than 24 hours, and has 75 comments and 75 posts to his name.

More tellingly, of the 75 posts, the last 60 or so have been posted at a rate of one every two minutes. Clearly, one cannot read that many articles in time for posting them here. Anyone want to take a stab at what is going on here?

Freespeak, if you are not a bot, my apologies, but please be sure to introduce yourself.
1   MrMagic   ignore (11)   2017 Oct 16, 5:05pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TovBot has some new competition.
2   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Oct 16, 6:05pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Lol, u think? Let's test shall we?

Hey freespeak, to prove you are not a bot, respond using "cameltoe" in a sentence.
3   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Oct 16, 6:22pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I dunno, s/he was replying to threads this morning with on topic (at least they seemed at the time, maybe they were generic) responses, which is more than you can say for some people
4   Quigley   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 16, 6:23pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

We did ask for post limit per day! Nobody needs to create more than four or five each day.

@Patrick can we stop the madness?
5   HEY YOU   ignore (7)   2017 Oct 16, 6:41pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Threads & comments by Patnetters should be limited to zero.
I've posted nothing that makes any sense,so I know others' BS when I read it.
6   Patrick   ignore (1)   2017 Oct 16, 6:43pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

It is strange, but fairly coherent. Good AI?

The IP address of the comments is from Hong Kong.
7   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Oct 16, 6:43pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Errc - look at the responses carefully. While they are on point, if you look carefully, they are all canned platitudes.

It's a sophisticated bot though- not like any I've seen before
8   HEY YOU   ignore (7)   2017 Oct 16, 6:44pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

anonymous says
Lol, u think? Let's test shall we?

Hey freespeak, to prove you are not a bot, respond using "cameltoe" in a sentence.

I've got this,freespeak.
Why does the camel limp?
He has a sore "cameltoe"!
9   FortWayne   ignore (4)   2017 Oct 16, 6:44pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Maybe it's part of cyberwar?
10   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Oct 16, 6:48pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Fortwayne - what is "part of cyberwar"? Are you a bot too? Programmed to say "liberals" or something about "the gays" every 3rd comment?
11   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Oct 16, 6:50pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

anonymous says
Fortwayne - what is "part of cyberwar"? Are you a bot too? Programmed to say "liberals" or something about "the gays" every 3rd comment?


10

At least freespeak is somewhat sentient
12   just_dregalicious   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 16, 7:20pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Yeah, I concur, this sucks. First check in today and wow, unreadable. This bot needs a limit.
13   WookieMan   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 16, 7:23pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

There are now two new threads regarding the behavior and freespeak hasn't addressed either thread. It's got to be a bot or person with just pages and pages of posts/comments to copy and paste. Normal people would defend their behavior if they thought it was normal.
14   HEY YOU   ignore (7)   2017 Oct 16, 7:45pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Patrick is the only one here! It's amazing that he can post all the stupid threads & comments.
Yes he's bragging.
15   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Oct 16, 8:36pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Patrick
Freespeak is now "nyc" and is still at it. Patnet is under attack.
16   somecrappynumber   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 17, 6:13am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Updating the title as the bot's name is now NYC
17   Onvacation   ignore (4)   2017 Oct 17, 7:28am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Ignore really works!
19   HEY YOU   ignore (7)   2017 Oct 17, 9:20am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

There aren't any sentient Patnetters.
20   somecrappynumber   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 19, 9:25am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Updating this post as I am now sure that "Home" is the successor to Freespeak/NYC. I still am not sure if this is a very good sentient bot, or an honest to goodness paid troll from Hong Kong who has all sorts of anti American responses and posts cued up and ready for release.

In fairness, it appears to have learned, and went from the 1 post per minute pace of Freespeak to the pace that would resemble some of our active posters here. This also poses an interesting "free speech" question in that its very likely that ether the creator of the bot or organizer of the paid troll is almost certainly an outsider seeking to sow seeds of doubt and division amongst Americans who inhabit this site. Do we give them a platform to speak and further their message if their ultimate intent is to weaken/destroy America?

@Patrick, if you decide to take action, please just disable him like you did "Freespeak", do not nuke like you did "NYC" as I find it interesting to track whatever this is coming out of Hong Kong.
21   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Oct 19, 9:32am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

who has all sorts of anti American responses and posts cued up and ready for release.

—————

Anti American? Which ones?

It seemed like the posts were Pro America but I could be mistook
22   somecrappynumber   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 19, 9:39am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I was assuming "anti" in that it seems to me that the general "bent" of the message is that the US is not what it once was, and is now on its way to third world status. But I suppose that you could take that as "pro" in that the implication is we should do something about it.
23   Patrick   ignore (1)   2017 Oct 19, 9:16pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

somecrappynumber says
Updating this post as I am now sure that "Home" is the successor to Freespeak/NYC.


@somecrappynumber you are right, "home" is also out of Hong Kong, going by IP address. I won't delete. So far the 7 post limit seems to be working.
24   WookieMan   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 20, 7:37pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
somecrappynumber says
Updating this post as I am now sure that "Home" is the successor to Freespeak/NYC.


@somecrappynumber you are right, "home" is also out of Hong Kong, going by IP address. I won't delete. So far the 7 post limit seems to be working.

Was working...
25   WookieMan   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 20, 7:39pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

19 minutes. 9 New threads.
26   WookieMan   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 20, 9:48pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Updated username. Dallas. Have fun.
27   WookieMan   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 21, 11:27pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Updated username. Graduate. Have fun
https://patrick.net/user/graduate
28   WookieMan   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 23, 8:35pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

New username Oil? Early in the pattern, but seems on par with past behavior.
29   somecrappynumber   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 24, 10:31am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

WookieMan says
New username Oil? Early in the pattern, but seems on par with past behavior.


Looks that way. It does appear to be learning in that it doesn't spam the board like it did before. Interesting too in that unlike some patnet commenters who got rickrolled into posting things from fake sites like the "Denver Guardian" it does appear to pull stories from legitimate news sites.
30   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Oct 24, 10:34am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

S/he keeps posting truths that seem to make people very uncomfortable, because it looks anti-American losers look bad

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