You may note that from time to time a robot named "Help" logs in for a while. This is a new chatterbot under development, far more sophisticated than Eliza (although still pretty dumb!), who will become increasingly knowledgeable about the things TriadCity newbies need to know.
Like Eliza, "Help" doesn't monitor the Chat channel. You have to use Tell or Ask to communicate with it/him/her.
Please go ahead! When it's connected, jump right in and ask away! I'll appreciate it especially if you'll ask it real questions about things that will be helpful to you. This will help us to determine which information to "teach" it next.
As of this moment, Help "knows" about 1/2 of the FAQ. I'm only going to add new knowledge a little at a time, so it'll take a little while for Help to become reasonably helpful. Should be fun to watch, if you're into this computer stuff!
NOTE that the Help bot is by no means a substitute for reading the Players' Guide, the FAQ, and these bulletin boards. It'll only ever be able to give basic info, and point you to a more detailed URL.
The Help Bot now knows the complete FAQ, and most of the Players' Guide. It'll try to briefly answer a question it knows, and will open the appropriate web page for you to display the full info.
It also knows a bit of geography. For instance, the locations of all the subway stops, and a few other odds and ends.
Over the next little while we'll improve it by loading answers to questions it receives from real players. If it's asked a question it doesn't know -- and the question seems real, that is, not frivolous -- we'll add that question and its answer to the bot's knowledge base.
Currently has about 800 questions and answers, believe it or not. Hopefully it's becoming more helpful!