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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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It took me four bots to finally get someone that didn't totally suck on the other end...

YOU ARE ALL WAY TO FRIGHTENED AND PISSY.

i love the random stranger game...and this only shows me how mean and afraid people are...

this one i got tonight...we're going to know each other for a WHILE...so for what it's worth...

THANKS...A LOT!

i gots me a new friend!
I thought someone really loved me, but they didn't.

This is mean.
You guys suck and have wasted a lot of my time.

Plus, you've interrupted important IM conversations with clients - and potentially cost me money.

I really hope that someone finds out who you are and that you get arrested at some point.

I see no difference between you and any other common criminal.
I'd like to add to this comment about harming this man's business. That's bad enough, costing him money, but there's another angle in my case: my health.

I have severe anxiety, a neurological disorder that my doctors are still trying to diagnose but that is very much affected by stress (in fact, I am unable to work at this time and am on Federal Disability). I have tremors, psychogenic seizures, and intense nerve pain throughout my body, all of which can be triggered by stressful situations.

As you might imagine, being interrupted in what I'm doing, or in conversations with friends, by a total stranger (that is often themselves angry at the interruption) is extremely frustrating, especially when it happens repeatedly as I've had in the past few months. Not only that, but nine times out of ten the messages result in an argument and vulgarities, something which I go out of my way to avoid as much as possible in day-to-day activities.

You can surely imagine just how much I appreciate being "triggered" by these intrusions.

This is harassment and spam, and I am fed up. Kindly stop making me more ill than I already am.
Salmonbots are for lovers, muah!
Hi there! I have a feature request.

Would it be possible to tweak the request page to allow email addresses as screen names? The reason I ask is that AIM allows you to create screen names as an existing email address now, and I'd like to use my new AIM screen name with this, but I can't do so. As far as I know, the difference is server-side, so you don't need to go through a new protocol or anything.

Obviously nothing would happen if the address wasn't registered.

(you can see for yourself by going to http://www.aim.com/ , clicking Get a Screen Name on the top right, then selecting to make a name based on an existing email address.)

(Anonymous)

hmm...

so how does it work... i get that im message i message back and am connected to some random person...but i didnt know you could forward im's like that... well however you do it... it amuses me...
Rock on. i've been salmoned, rather trouted, several times now, and i just found this out today. hilarious!
The more malicious part is where they (sometimes) filter out things you say to prevent you from explaining the situation to the other person. Maybe it's cute up to that point, but that's where I'd personally draw the line.

Honestly, that's just harassment.

Edited at 2008-09-27 10:45 pm (UTC)
Allinclusivecoho?

What the heck is that? Haha.

(Anonymous)

Continuation of the experiment

In a normal scenario, two AIM users are connected via a relay bot. I'd be interested to see what would happen if 3 or more users were simultaneously linked, such that each thought they were connected with only one user.
well that was random. now that i know what it was, it was interesting. the other recipient put it together. and we got along rather well. but it was still odd.
Let me put this very simply:

Get.
Off.
My.
Internet.

Honestly, I thought I'd left this kind of juvenile BS back in high school.
Your internet? I don't see your name on it.

(Anonymous)

impressions

I've been contacted by two.

The first time the guy just asked who had messaged who, then he signed off. No big deal.

The second time it happened, I knew something was up. I was so creeped out. I sort of got mad at the guy, but he said he had the same thing happen to him a few times.

When I did a little research and learned what was going on, I was impressed. I think this is so cool, but I really want to know the reasoning behind it. Some more information would be great so I don't feel violated whenever it happens.

(Anonymous)

You may think this is clever, but it's really just rude.

You have to understand that? Setting up situations in which people end up often having arguments with each other - busy, tense, tired people - for your amusement. I don't understand why you could possibly think this was okay. It's junk mail that starts fights. You should stop doing it.
I have been Salmon'd and Coho'd and Trout'd... and honestly, it it just getting annoying. I am intrigued by the idea of random social encounters, but every single person I have been paired with thought I was a bot or that I was just spamming them - which, essentially, we are both being spammed by the nature of the system. Based on the annoyance of the people who do not want to be involved, and the interest in people who do not get paired as often as they would like, I think that this system should be volunteer-only. Because, to be honest, I wouldn't mind having random social encounters - but I would prefer not being flamed for being a "fucking bot" while I am trying to work and communicate online.
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