Whether it’s online therapy, social media or online dating, everyone deserves to chat with the humans they believe they are connecting with.
We made this guide so people can answer the big question: Bot or not?
Taking the offensive can be necessary — and helpful for your safety — when you encounter bots that don’t make the above mistakes without any prompt.
Here are some tips from programmers and people who have encountered these pretenders: Account executive and self-described “computer geek” Chris Orris has encountered chatbots and offered some advice to Talkspace.
Chat Tool Founder Robert Brandl offered the following example: Don’t waste your energy outing these guys. Save it for long conversations and “people” you chat with outside of customer service such as those on online dating platforms.
Unless the link is directly related to a topic you brought up of your own will, it is most likely spam. Real person or not, receiving a message asking for any personal financial information such as your credit card number means it’s time to say goodbye.
He recommends outsmarting them by typing questions one wouldn’t typically ask in certain situations.
A human would be confused but able to answer the questions accurately.
A human would not respond exactly the same way to different questions or comments.
Most people don’t chat with a Hemingway level of clarity and brevity.
Sometimes the way a bot produces text reflects errors in its programming.