This doesn’t seem to be an issue with most of the special accounts labeled as “Artificial Intelligence”, but this “Kyu_player,” account is joining quite a few tournaments as well as participating in the three primary site ladders.
In my opinion, this shouldn’t be permitted for AI accounts. I don’t think many people are interested in playing against bots in tournaments/ladders, and I’d certainly be disappointed if I got matched up against it in a tournament.
He’s done it for a while and I agree it’s bad behavior on the part of bot operators.
I think it would be nice if there’s an option in tournaments/ladders to specify whether bots are allowed or not. As for Title tournaments, I’ve manually removed it from the Honinbo tournaments and invited it to the Alan Turing tournaments.
Thanks @gamesorry. Any mods or site devs that can remove it from other tournaments? It seems to have joined every upcoming correspondence tournament, and I highly doubt that any of the players want it there.
I reported it several times before making this post to try to get some moderator attention, but I never received a response so I think reports on AI accounts might just be auto-ignored.
@mlopezviedma @crocrobot @anoek perhaps need to do something about it.
It was annoying enough when he’d post and join open game matches (people not specifically looking to play a computer). Joining something like 20 tournaments just seems insanely rude? He’s also in all 3 ladders.
If provisional accounts can’t enter ladders/tournaments, perhaps it just needs a billion provisional games set.
I spoke to the owner about this issue. He seems to have responded by deactivating the whole bot.
Thank you, @mark5000. Honestly, him deactivating it is probably the best result for everyone since he really didn’t seem to recognize that other people wouldn’t want to randomly find themselves playing against a relatively strong bot.
It still seems to be registered in the ladders and a number of upcoming tournaments though, is it possible to remove it from those?
I do still think it would also be nice to add some protections against this on the site end - the accounts with the “Artificial Intelligence” flag shouldn’t even be able to accept open game challenges or join ladders or tournaments (unless they specifically say they allow bots).