|“||An Internet bot, also known as web robot, WWW robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone.||”|
Bots are commonly used in OT by its users or alts to raise their post count
There are certain bots which count from 1 to whatever number you put in its script. But this only works in a thread [iMacros] And there are others which allow you to post certain posts "i'm a pencil" "hi there" "hi" "wassup" and these are posted in random threads the user clicks on
In Forum Games (When it still existed) many users would post "Lets count to #" and bot the thread till they get to that number, Usually these types of threads are deleted for spam and the user can get a punishment if the spam was longer lasting, The punishment for it would be severe, If the bot was just now started, You'd get a lesser punishment.
A spambot is a bot that is dedicated to spamming a certain subform, as opposed to raising post count. Spambots usually post a few different pre-defined posts with multi-line titles as opposed to numbered posts. Some spambots are dedicated to posting new threads, while others post on pre-existing threads. Spambots are usually used in large numbers.
An example of a spambot attack is the Spambot Invasion of 2015, where OT and RT was spammed for 4 days by bots.
The consequences for botting vary depending on how long and how much you've been using it.
If you've been using a bot for a long period of time, you could get punished for it. If you've been using the bot regularly you'd also get punished for it.
There have been cases were users would even get terminated for botting, This is mainly because they would posts "Count to threads" and just single-spam their post so it could always stay on st page.
The subforum that most commonly uses bots is LMaD and LMaD is infamous for it, As in 90% of their posts, There will always be a botter in it. They also botted the 190M and 200M posts.