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Written by Skidz Tweak   
Thursday, 23 April 2009 14:59


Linden Labs announced today that they will no long tolerate bot traffic generators. As most of you know, 80% of the high traffic areas on Second Life are high traffic only because of bots. People use the OpenMV project to make bots that do nothing but sit around, raising the traffic.

Why did Linden Labs take so long to implement this? I have a theory. You know those quarterly reports they hand out saying log-in counts are up, and people are staying in longer? Well, prepare to see those numbers drop considerably. I could be wrong, but I don't think so.

Bots are not banned though. There are still some great uses for bots that allow you to do a lot more than a script ever could. I use them myself in the sandbox to return items 20 minutes after you leave the sim. Since bots are not banned, there will be people who still try. If you do, you will be issued a warning from Linden Labs. They didn't go into details about what happens if you continue after warning.

Will this work? Right after I joined Second Life, they banned camping back in April 2006. People found ways around that, and are still camping today (I don't know how it worked before it was banned or if its the same as it is today camping). Unfortunately it is most likely people will find ways around this. Maybe bots that log off quickly when a Linden pops on the sim, or bots that teleport around to different sims and parcels to raise traffic, but just slightly. Who knows, but I sure do hope this works.

I will admit, years ago I experimented with this myself. My bots would walk around Snow Crash, and even chat to you if you IMed them. I didn't really like it myself; they caused lag, insulted my customers’ intelligence, and don't think they were that effective. After about one month of using them I turned them off for good.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2009 15:52


0 #4 Skidz Tweak 2009-04-23 13:12
lol... I missed that part completely.. :-)
+1 #3 Anthony Hocken 2009-04-23 12:52
Looks like Jack Linden already accounted for this in his blog post. He said:

"Going forward we are going to look at ways to allow you to voluntarily identify to us that an account is a Bot, so that we can remove it from Traffic completely."

So long as model bots are flagged as a bot there wont be an issue.
-1 #2 Skidz Tweak 2009-04-23 12:30
A lot of people are the second life blog site brought up a bunch of interesting comments and questions. Life, what about model bots? Camping, what if a bot is camping and its not me... Luckily...

I have a solution, that can not be that hard to implement. Make people log into the website, and say if an accounts main use is a bot. If they are a bot, they don't count against the land. While some might not do that, there are other ways linden labs could determine if someone was using bots, and again, have them not count on the land traffic.

I am sure most of you would be willing to do something like this. And it solves all the problems (except the lag they cause).

This would also lower the number of report linden labs would have to police, and would not have to issue warning, except to maybe to those that lied about not being a bot.
-1 #1 Skidz Tweak 2009-04-23 10:45
I still wonder why they just don't count bots in the traffic count. Why issue warnings, just remove the bots from the count.

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