Thanks to Metaphisician Splurgist I recently discovered that I am an evil anti-bot racist.
Well, I’m not, actually, but I fear I have to dig deeper to better understand my feelings.
The fact is: I have been challenged on the “site 19x19 ladder” by a bot.
That surprised me a lot.
It’s rank is 4d, I’m 9k…
I actually don’t know what to do.
I am not interested in fighting bots, so I could simply cancel or resign.
Many other did that before me.
I can count 22 games on the ladder played by this bot. The first one dates march the 26th, so few days ago.
Some of them were cancelled immediately by the opponent. Some were resigned after a bunch of moves.
I also thought that it could be funny to play weird moves and see what would happen, but then I reminded the dramatic topic on harassing bots opened by Metaphisician Splurgist and felt guilty (that’s weird, if you ask me: I don’t think any bot or machine or tool could be molested by testing them. I have respect for things, I don’t break things just for fun, I also think that any form of human labor deserves respect, included software. But I believe that playing weird moves against a program isn’t in any way a lack of respect for the program itself or it’s programmer… well, that’s another topic…).
Right now I’m asking myself (and I’m asking you) if I like bots to be in the ladder.
What would that mean? I expect the very top of the ladder being held by few strong bots fighting against few strong human players.
I’m obviously out of that game: I hardly manage to stay in the top 100… no fight happening over #50 (or probably even #80) will ever touch me. But I wouldn’t like to be the carpet where bots brush theyr feet before entering the arena.
Humans usually challenge players of about the same rank. If I remind correctly I received just one challenge from a dan player on the ladder. This challenge by a 4d bot is embarrassing me.
So I looked into it’s history to see what other players did and I also discovered that few days ago some games were annuled by mods (“Tie by moderator decision”) with a comment by a moderator saying: “This bot is banned for cheating!”
That’s an interesting story!
I don’t know what “cheating” could mean in this case, though.
This topic is already present in the forum, but I didn’t like to respawn old topics that didn’t achieve any conclusion. Here they are:
So my question, again, is the one I just wrote in the topic title: do we want bots in the site ladders?
I think I don’t, but I’m not so sure.
What do you think?