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Project Upstream requests feedback

Hello, readers of themissinghat. We are Project Upstream.

Recently, we have noticed this community taking an interest in us -- and specifically, our Salmon-themed AIM bots. We respect your curiosity, and in order to foster an open relationship between Project Upstream and themissinghat, we would like members of your community to provide us with feedback.

All interested individuals are encouraged to speak directly to us, saying whatever they would like, by making comments on this entry. Submit feedback, or ask us questions; it is up to you.

Unfortunately, the nature of our operation requires certain information about us to be kept out of the public eye. For that reason, we will respond to comments, and answer questions, at our discretion only. But don't let that stop you from making some great comments on this entry! We look forward to reading them all.


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Fucking stop spamming people you fucking clueless fucks

How dare you spam people on instant messenger. Stop. Now. Never do it again.

If you want to do this, make it an opt in program, you have to add a coho friend in the chat client in order to activate this.


Oh, and I have been getting spammed in chat several times a day and it is getting old.

So fucking stop now.
mobile me users are not permitted to submit their aim handles.
Their aim handle is formatted a *@me.com



ok? IT IMed me and was not another person..it was the robot and it knew everything about my life.. it scared me so bad. it knew EVERYTHING about me.. my friends.. my dogs.. everything.. and it said it "had 5 minutes of seeing my computer time" and it knew who i was instant messaging and everything..also i was on webcam with my friend and it said it SAW ME! like wtf?!??! Im so scared.


love it

keep it up nothing better than a late night random im from a stranger :) excpet a cute one showin up at your door.. omg someone knockin now.. god dammit it's just jim.. but anyways keep it up i love it! Enigmaticmindx


hello! simple question sans assignment of hate...

I continuously get these coho bot thingies. It doesn't bug me because one time, some stranger explained to me what it was, linked me to themissinghat, etc. But what puzzles me, is that I don't have a LJ, and back when I did, by screen name was neverrrr posted. I don't have my screen name on my Myspace either, nor do I even use Myspace. I don't even have my screen name on Facebook, and I don't have any blog anywhere. Am I just getting these things because someone somewhere is randomly entering my screen name into a prompter? If so, that's a lot of time to devote to it. It's been happening very regularly since last summer, all Coho or Trout.


the end game is world peace.

about to be deleted wik entry

This Is An Ongoing Study Of The Project Upstream

Project Upstream is an organization dedicated to promoting social ideals through the use of exciting new technology. Their most well-known service is our swarm of robotic fish, which connects AIM users to each other.

Robotic fish connections occur spontaneously, and also by request. If you would like to partake in the robotic fish experience, you are encouraged to enter your AIM name at http://project-upstream.awardspace.com/ . Your request will be filled as soon as possible.

During the experience, both AIM users are given alternative names and any identification information exchanged is distorted to create confusion and possibly controversy.

During this experience, the two can decide to either connect, conflict, disconnect, or never engage.

As masses of online people become more adept at welcoming and connecting with strangers through salmon-bot repitition, perhaps these peaceful tendencies will trickle to the real world.

Hence, Project Upstream fosters in world peace by first teaching people to trust and intimately connect with others in an anonymous possibly deceptive environment like the Internet.

AIM robotic fish have names like RelevantCoho, CrablikeCoho, CurrentCoho, AchievingCoho, StubbornCoho.

Cohos are a type of salmon.

Some say that Project Upstream pairs two AIM users randomly. Others say that the project uses the AIM information of Facebook.com, LiveJournal.com, Xanga.com, DevianArt.com, and OKCupid.com. However, there are some people involved who advise that they have no connection with any of these social networking sites.

Some say it is a pyramid scam or information gathering scam.

All interested individuals are encouraged to speak directly to them at http://community.livejournal.com/themissinghat/199227.html, saying whatever you would like, by making comments on this entry. Submit feedback, or ask them questions; it is up to you.

Unfortunately, the nature of their operation requires certain information about them to be kept out of the public eye. For that reason, they will respond to comments, and answer questions, at their discretion only. But don't let that stop you from making some great comments on this entry! They look forward to reading them all.

If you wish to opt out of the program permenantly, type $optout in the AIM conversation box when engaged by a robotic fish.

I think that creating an independent, unbiased forum and data collection to expose or at least explain as much information as possible about a possible secret society with the possible intention of world peace is very important. I think the controversy, myths, misconceptions need to be addressed. I think it is a service to the online community.

Currently researching... What are the social ideals that Project Upstream wishes to promote? Who founded the Project Upstream? How can we help them in their mission?

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Re: about to be deleted wik entry

I love how they make it sound like both parties are knowledgeably and willingly choosing to engage in the conversation. "They can choose to connect, disconnect, conflict.." No one is making a knowledgeable decision here. Everyone thinks it's a bot or a scam. This hardly a relevant social experiment.

Again, I love meeting new people and engaging over the internet. That's why I have a public livejournal. How is it in any way relevant to trick two people from a SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE into communicating? Obviously, that's already why they're here.


I've been getting hit more & more with these. I have used the $optout "keyword" several times with no help. As is, I think these bots are a violation of AOL's Terms of Service since they are harassing me and I think the project should be stopped until it is made OPT-IN ONLY!


Good experience

It was pretty cool. I just had my first Coho experience today. Neither i nor the other person knew what was going on. We attempted to communicate through the old English prose. Eventually we figured out a way round it. It was awesome. Now we talk unfiltered with our normal screen names because we had alot in common. I wonder if they paired us based upon common interests.
This is a frightening and confusing project that needs to be terminated. If this is your idea of fun you are a sick fuck.


how random is this really?

I've noticed that I have not yet talked to anyone really random - it does give one of my friends (whose already a buddy on aim) a random name - but none the less its always us two talking - we figured that out quickly - why can't it really be more random to who we connect to? It will literally give the same friend like 2-3 random names... how can i get it to not be him or someone on my buddy list already?



Just got a bite... Guy was understanding as I instantly Googled the name 'CollectiveCoho' and told him what it was. Interesting concept.

like this idea a lot

The first time it happened, i was confused, as was the other guy. but we figured it out and now we have each's real screen names. Met a cool guy via coho. I don't get why this is a scary thing, even though I recently opted out (with some regret). It's interesting and I would love to know if you are collecting data about the user's experiences.

For instance:
how many subjects react hostilely?
how many subjects ignore the first contact? subsequent contacts?
How many users end up with a new acquaintance or friend?

I hope to see something published sooner or later.



The $optout is not working, you better fix it or the Spam Act will can you into federal court. *smirk*
Yeah, I've got some feedback.

I'm all for connecting random people. But I really don't think most random people want to be connected by something that is racist and/or homophobic. So stop using the really crude messages to get these things started. You're not going to get people involved if you go about it this way, and you'll be seen as even more of an annoyance that as a neat experiment.
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