Make Frank stop talking (eventually)
Short, concise description of the idea
Stop Frank the LJ Bot from holding endless conversations with IM client autorespond functions.
Full description of the idea
I have certain notifications set to notify me via LJ Talk. My Jabber client is always on, but has auto-away and auto-respond while away settings switched on as well. This means that after fifteen minutes of no action, the client sets my status as Away, and while my status is Away, it automatically responds "I'm not here right now" to anyone who messages me.
Every now and then, I come back to my computer to find Frank and Trillian (the client) holding a very interesting conversation: repeating "I'm not here!" and "I don't know what that means!" to each other at five-second intervals, ad infinitum. It's a bit of a waste of resources, not to mention annoying. I end up having to dig through sometimes HOURS of logs to find the original notification that prompted it all.
I propose that some kind of limit be set to stop Frank from responding with the same thing over and over until the other party stops. Perhaps the limit could be X number of times it repeats its "I don't understand" -line, or X number of minutes, or a combination.
- Frank will no longer waste time and effort talking to another bot ad nauseam.
- Users will not have to sift through hours of this repeated conversation to find heir notifications.
- Frank may start to feel lonely, with no one to hold long conversations with anymore.
- The problem may not be common enough to justify making the effort to fix it.