WTF More SecondLife Bots on the Grid

Skate Foss

New member
Nov 5, 2018
9
nyc / Second Life
#1
After Banning 17 Bots in the last month all with 09/03/2018 and 09/18/2018 Rez Dates. The next wave is now hitting, I've already as of today, banned 3 Bots with 11/29/2018 Rez Dates in less then a week! UntidyKaryn, HolmesPo and DamienOdor -each with 11/29 Rez Dates and Blank Profiles. Hello Linden Lab....
 
Sep 20, 2018
4
The Wastelands
SL Rez
2005
Joined SLU
Sept 2007
SLU Posts
2161
#2
How do you know they're bots, and not just new accounts?

There are legitimate uses for bots. For me, one is a greeter to anyone who lands on my estate, and I have a few others that run as NPCs. They all do their best to stay on my estate, but sometimes get lost during a rolling restart.

You could put the kabosh on bots by only letting accounts with Payment Info On File on your estate (an option). If that doesn't work...

In order to play the free games I host, I have a hard limit of being at least one year old OR having payment info on file. It's not to stop bots from playing, but shitty people. I could easily make it into a scripted system for sale. It even lets people know how to add PIOF. But there's a dumb bug with SL so they would need to purchase some Lindens as well to get PIOF to show up on their account.

p.s. This thread should probably be merged with the other thread.
 

RyanSchultz

Social VR/Virtual Worlds Blogger
Sep 20, 2018
60
Winnipeg, CANADA
#3
May I ask, where are you banning bots from? A club? A store?
 

Evola

New member
Oct 19, 2018
26
SL Rez
2008
SLU Posts
0
#4
A couple of my mainland parcels gets them too, one of them gets virtually zero traffic passing through other than them tp'ing in so it stands out more. They aren't bothersome and simply tp'ing around the grid for data collection purposes isn't against the ToS, which I figure is likely what they're doing. Though expecting LL to do anything about them even if they were actually causing problems or violating the tos somehow seems pretty laughable these days, in any case. With so much of the really obvious blatant stuff that goes unenforced, that ship sailed quite a long time ago.



But there's a dumb bug with SL so they would need to purchase some Lindens as well to get PIOF to show up on their account.
I always presumed this was more of an extra layer of verification to better ensure the payment info submitted was legit, or ensuring it shows up on the owner's payment statement.
 

Tris

busy pushing buttons
Sep 20, 2018
40
somewhere in Germany
Joined SLU
02-19-2011
SLU Posts
800
#5
How do you know they're bots, and not just new accounts?

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If they TP on my land, make a 360-turn and TP away, i find it rather hard to believe these are "normal" SL Residents.
Especially if this happens with quite a lot of accounts all created on the same day. This behaviour is consitent and that makes these accounts bots for me.

While there are a lot of reasons for the legitimate use of bots (you mentioned a few of them), i find this particular use rather strange.
If this were for simple data gathering, like Tyche does for example, wouldn't it be enough to have one or two bots? To use an army of accounts who all do the same thing, sounds fishy to me.
Therefore, they land, i ban.
 

Fauve Aeon

🌽🐍Mostly Jellicle...🐍🌽
Oct 29, 2018
224
SL, Kitely, IMVU
SL Rez
2008
Joined SLU
Not sure of date/postcount
#6
I always presumed this was more of an extra layer of verification to better ensure the payment info submitted was legit, or ensuring it shows up on the owner's payment statement.
LL does put a small verification charge (that gets refunded) on the card or PayPal account when you register the payment information so there’s not really any need for you to buy Linden Dollars to verify it again.
But they won’t list an account as PIAF until it buys L$. I tested this last month.