I proposed this feature in Chat a while ago and haven't had any complaints, but I wanted to ask the community before I added it.
I have developed a bot and would like to add it to the Ask Different Chat main room. It is open source and the plugin API is extremely simple so people can add their own functionality. People can also request a feature that we can decide if we would like to implement. I have written extensive documentation on how everything works here (feel free to add if you can).
Many other chat rooms have their own bots for various functions. Welcoming new users to chat, stating rules, auto moderation (can help mods find bad questions), fun commands (increases chat activity), post links to questions based on certain criteria (better version of Feed), and many other functions. Ask Different might benefit from a command to search for Apple Support articles, etc.
If you want to test the bot you can do so here. The command prefix is
|| (pipe character). The Help menu can be accessed by
|| help and the format is
|| command_name arg1 arg2.
Please upvote or downvote the features you agree/disagree with (see answers below).
This is a discussion, so please share any feedback, concerns or suggestions you may have. Also feel free to add your own answers and proposals!
I hope that we can add the bot. :)
If you down voted (or upvoted), please consider adding a comment with your thoughts. I think any opposition should be discussed. Maybe it can be addressed, or if not there will at least be a post for future people on why a bot doesn't exist on this site.