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SPF bot - The manual
« on: February 21, 2009, 08:42:20 PM »
There has been some confusion on what the bot can and can't do so I thought we needed this -

SPF manual

The first thing to know about the bot is that it is a mix of several bots together. It has, right now, 3 groups of functions.

1. It announces the radio station and what is playing, every half hour. What it announces, and how often it does this can be modified, however we like. There are however some things it can't do.
    The one thing it WILL NOT DO currently is announce the radio with the current song, ON DEMAND. In other words, there is no command to make it announce the currently playing song.
    This function of the bot is ENTIRELY separate from the other 2 parts. They do not work interchangeably.
 

2. It has a weather display and Google search function. Both of these commands start with a "." (period). To display the weather in some city type ".w zipcode" (or city). Example: ".w 10027" (without the quotes)
    The Google search is very similar; just type ".g search text"  Here is an example:  ".g dmt plants" (without the quotes)
   
   
3. The 3rd group of functions is all about what you do with it. Anyone in the chat can program it and I encourage you to do so. The original name of the bot is Infobloot which can be found on the internet along with the tutorial.
    Here is a link to the modified tutorial, please read at least some of it (it's not that long) - http://turl.ca/bgzxeo
    All the commands in this group start with the bot name and then a comma, like this - "SPF, Cennacle is djing" (without the quotes)
    Some commands are already programmed in as people have already started adding them factoids.
    Factoids is the word used in the tutorial. One of the factoids I have added is the radio station link... so if you type "SPF, radio" it will show you some links to the radio (I did this because people keep typing semi-random stuff trying to get the bot to announce the something, maybe the current song, which it will not do, see #1 above).
    The bot can also be programmed to say random strings when someone says "hi" or "hello". Many chatters have already seen this and commented positively and negatively.
   
   
   
Some things to note -

Anyone can add factoids that the bot can then say. Anyone can also ask the bot questions and it will reply only if it has been programmed to do so with the key words used. See the tutorial above.

All things in group #3 that the bot says, can be changed or deleted by a bot master (not my wording, see the tutorial). Currently there are 3 bot masters, Cennacle, IOPan and Lucious and I can add you as a master if you want, just ask.
    Also, a master can shut off the bot or even make it quit the channel. (Shutting off the bot will not stop it from announcing the radio, that is totally separate, see #1 above)
   
If the bot bothers you in any way, the easiest thing to do is turn on ignore in your IRC client.

If you don't' like the bot and if you want something changed, ask nicely. Complaining or saying something is lame won't get you far.  :bnope:

Enjoy the bot! It is highly programmable and the parts that can't be programmed directly by users can likely be changed by me. I am very open to constructive criticism and suggestions.   :smoke:3

Thanks!
-kemp

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Re: SPF bot - The manual
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 04:47:27 PM »
I know I already replied to this but.... anyways.

I said above -
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1. It announces the radio station and what is playing, every half hour. What it announces, and how often it does this can be modified, however we like. There are however some things it can't do.
The one thing it WILL NOT DO currently is announce the radio with the current song, ON DEMAND. In other words, there is no command to make it announce the currently playing song.
This function of the bot is ENTIRELY separate from the other 2 parts. They do not work interchangeably.
This has changed now. Anyone can force the bot to announce just by sending a PM (private message) to SPF with the word "announce" (no quotes) in the message. It will then announce the radio, current song and DJ like it normally does every half hour.

Again, the bot is not a true IRC bot but it is more like a Frankenstein mashup of Autohotkey, mIRC & Winamp. For now, it works but it might stop working at any moment. If/when it does, just let me know and I can fix it as I am never very far away.

Thanks!