Please come and vote for my JIRA proposal MISC-1213 for a new feature: Label Bots, Enable Land Menu to Ban Them, and Allow for Use Only by Premium Accounts.
I would have thought there would be such a proposal already on the JIRA -- I couldn't find it.
It's time to regulate bots. The Lindens never met a script they didn't like but they must learn to balance the happiness of sandboxers (those wishing to use Second Life for experimentation with the software itself, including themselves) with settlers (those wishing to live or work in Second Life for other purposes). None other than Pathfinder Linden recently spoke on a radio show of how wonderful the artificial intelligence experiments are on Second Life, and how such bots should be allowed to roam free across the grid.
No. Not on my lawn, please. Please don't tell me about "the Internet" as we all now about robot.txt. And we also know that increasingly, social media sites like Facebook are *NOT* open to endless scrutiny and scraping by widgeteers' and other Googlian bots. Second Life does not *have* to become an endless playground for the few to monitor and scrape the many; it can strike a balance. Bots should not be banned; but they surely can be regulated.