The origin of forum spambots is largely unknown, largely because they only began to gain infamy in 2006 when ✕Rumer was introduced. This new program was able to bypass security mechanisms designed to prevent forum spam like no program before it; this made automated forum spam much more practical for spammers. Similar programs followed suit.
The first occurrence of a bot on MCCP was undocumented and remains unknown. Throughout the forum history many bots have come and gone, few ever causing a disturbance of any real note. Most are permabanned or deleted within, at most, a few hours.
Influence on forum cultureEdit
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To help weed out bots Dracophile added a new false gender choice sometime in 2009,"Ad Bot (DO NOT PICK THIS YOU WILL BE AUTOBANNED)", as the first option when selecting a gender. Since most bots choose the first gender option given, this helped distinguish them from regular users. Choosing this option does not actually result in a ban, and some users have started to use it.
Bots are typically typified by bad grammar, spelling, and sentence composition, they also tend to have a fake ICQ number . Though outside of this they tend to be classifiable into certain groups:
- "Esperanto Advocate": These bots are known for their non-sensical, gibberish paragraphs composed almost entirely of diacritic letters. They often also have gibberish names and avatars depicting something meant to be frightful.