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********************** PROGRAMMING COMMANDS ************************* 1. ADDING A WORD FOR YOUR BOT TO RESPOND TO: To see what words your bot already responds to type 'seewords botname'. To teach your bot to respond to 'donut' with either 'I like donuts too.' or 'Donuts are very tasty!' just type '@addword botname' and enter the keyword 'donut'. Then enter the appropriate responses a line at a time. End with a single period on a line by itself. 2. ADDING A PATTERN FOR YOUR BOT TO RESPOND TO: Suppose you wished your bot to hear something like MY DONUT ISN'T VERY TASTY and respond with WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT A TASTY DONUT? To do this you must teach your bot to respond to the pattern MY a ISN'T VERY b. To understand what patterns look like, type 'seepat botname' and study the examples. For additional assistance on understanding the syntax of patterns type 'help regular'. When you think you are ready to add a pattern type 'addpat botname' and enter the following line when asked to do so: my %(%w*%) isn't very %(.*%) Then type in the response form: What's so great about a %2 %1? Add as many response forms as you wish on separate lines. End with a period on a single line. 3. ADDING RANDOM RESPONSES: These responses are triggered whenever your bot can't find a keyword, a pattern, or a question. To see the responses already programmed type: 'seerandoms botname'. To add a new random response type: 'addrandom botname' and enter a new response. 4. ADDING A RANDOM RESPONSE TO A QUESTION When your bot senses a question is being asked it responds with a random 'answer'. To see the random question responses already programmed into your bot type 'seequestionresponses botname'. To add a new response type 'addquestionresponse botname'. 5. To remove words, patterns, random responses or answers use the appropriate 'rm-' command. For example, to remove pattern number 5 on your bot just type 'rmpat 5 from bot'. 6. Your bot responds to patterns in the order in which it matches them. If you wish to move pattern number 7 to a position nearer the beginning of the list you might type something like 'mvpat 7 on botname'. You will then be asked to enter a line number to move pattern to. 7. CAUTION: This bot was designed for serious educational and experimental purposes. It makes an excellent 'guide' or 'tutor' and is an interesting vehicle for the study of the limits of language understanding using an 'Eliza' approach. BUT.. it has great spam potential since it responds to nearly everything it hears. 'Hush botname' when not needed and please be considerate of others around you .. PLEASE FORWARD COMMENTS AND BUGS TO KEN SCHWELLER, KEN/CDR @COLLEGETOWN