The original comment, out of context of the kerfluffle that generated it, was: "...Flame War In A Box [tm] where I'm reasonably certain everyone could have walked away from their keyboards at some point and the posts would have generated themselves."
mpoetess:Ahhahahahahahaha... Someone needs to write a script that will do this. Surely we can turn two MegaHAL's loose on each other or something, after filling them with the contents of the last two months worth of flamewars, and see if they don't just keep yelling at each other forever...
thebratqueen: At which point the spectators could all place bets on how long it would take for Godwin's and Snacky's Laws to come into play.
mpoetess: willnotbebadwillnotbebadwillnotbebad... willatleastanswerallrpgtagsfirst...
MadPoetess Labs Presents
Three identical MegaHAL programs (conversation simulators that ape artificial intelligence with varying degrees of success) have been fed identical large (and I do mean *large*) chunks of the public text from some of the biggest Jossverse kerf(l)uffles of the past few months, as part of their language/brain files, in addition to the very rudimentary lexicon that comes with the program.
This includes: the RPS Smackdown Kerfuffle from late July, the Trendy Slash Kerfuffle, the RPS RPG Kerfuffle that spawned the Handbasket, the Why Do Straight Women Write Slash Kerfuffle, and the Anti-Slash Icons Kerfuffle. As well as a few single flamey/wanky phrases ("Bitch, please!"), for added fun. If you see yourself taken out of context, well, *yes*. That's what this program does. That's the point. That's the fun. There's no inherent meaning, and 98% of the text was entered in huge cut-n-paste swathes down an entire thread of comments.
This does not include the posts that actually generated the idea, since that issue seems to have been resolved between the parties, some of the related posts are locked, and I'm too bloody lazy to uncollapse any more public threads to add the text. Ditto on the WIPs mini-kerfuffle. Possibly the Hals will learn about those things later, if I'm feeling more energetic. As it is, believe me, there's a huge language base to work from already.
So. Please meet three new Buffy/Angel fandom participants:
Bitchy and Flamey, who speak only to each other -- and Asshat, who answers questions (or responds to provocative statements!) from You, The Audience!
Bitchy and Flamey need a human go-between, for alas I lack the programming skills to make them speak directly to each other, so there is much cutting and pasting into each interface. However the only human intervention happens at session open (in choosing which greeting to respond to), at session close (which usually happens when I mis-paste something, can't fix it, and have to declare the conversation over) and during editing to fix minor typos and screwed up text.
Transcript for 9/4/2003, 7:00 PM.
Sadly polite, weren't they! I swear there's a number of happy flamey words in there. They mostly just seemed to avoid them.
So -- questions or flamebait for Asshat? Her human go-between is now open for business.