Who Or What's Behind the Begging Bots Plaguing SL?
My favorite NWN post from Iris last week is easily this one about Flatterbots, an (apparent) avatar bot programmed to (reportedly) get Linden Dollars from Second Life users with scripted flirtation and begging. Their existence generated an interesting conversation among readers who've spotted the Flatterbot in Second Life, a debate whether they're totally automated or run by a person, and so on. I asked Iris for the SL account name of a suspected Flatterbot, and tried to send them an IM, but for one reason or another, can no longer find that account in Second Life. (Banned? Suspended?)
So the mystery remains, and so I'm on the case. If you come across a suspected Flatterbot yourself, please share your tips with me in Comments or contact me directly. Mainly I'm interested in whether these are bots or not, and how they're programmed (if at all), and why someone would beg such small amounts of L$ from people, when there are probably easier ways of making Linden Dollars. The chase is on!