Conversational robots

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Move over qmail mailer-daemon*, Little MOO from is my new favorite polite responder. Check out the auto-response I received after asking their support team a question using their webform. New favorite polite robot responder:

“Remember, I’m just a bit of software, so please don’t reply to this email. You’ll find our Service Agents far more conversational.”

Plain awesome. But obviously written by a human, unlike this robot chat program that won a prize last year for being most likely to fool people into thinking it was a human. The transcript of the robot’s “interview” is entertaining reading. They programmed it to be sarcastic and entertaining, which comes across as plain cheeky sometimes. Talk to him yourself at

*In case you’re curious, the previous robot response winner for me is,

“Hi. This is the qmail-send program at
I’m afraid I wasn’t able to deliver your message to the
following addresses. This is a permanent error; I’ve given up.
Sorry it didn’t work out.”

Does anyone else have favorite automatic responses that you’ve written or received? Please do share.


  • Kyle
    June 29, 2009 - 6:53 am | Permalink

    This reminds me this error message:

  • June 29, 2009 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    Ha! That is awesomesauce. I can’t stop reading. Thanks for sharing!

  • July 10, 2009 - 9:33 am | Permalink

    I like the sock robot in the photo! And it’s good that robots are starting to be polite 🙂

  • July 11, 2009 - 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I think I like robots with manners. 🙂

  • July 13, 2009 - 4:14 am | Permalink

    I had a wonderful and sehr polite robot. He was always there when i wanted and did everything i ask him to do:), till now I haven´t known another one…

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