The purpose of BotService is to provide channel owners with a clean running (no flooding, no war bots, etc) eggdrop bot for various purposes. This bot is not a replacement for channel service bots (where applicable), but can provide additional options and protection for the channel. We do this not on just one network but many, in fact as of this writing we are currently on something in the order of 30+ networks with over 100 eggdrop bots online.
What does this cost, and what do we want in return? Nothing! We do not charge for our services nor do we ask for pay.
Why do we do this you ask? Because *smile* we can. Our pay comes from satisfied channel owners.
We do this for many reasons. To provide not only the channel owner but the network itself with a reliable bot provider that maintains the bots. In doing so it is a more controlled and dependable service than all users on a network running various versions of bots. This provides the network with a way to better watch and control what is happening on their network.
All that we ask is to be allowed to run our bots (usual home channel is #bothouse) most of which have the same host mask (Botname@botservice.net). In doing this on most networks we ask for a host exemption to be allowed to bring in more than just two bots. We do not place our bots in channels without the owner/founder's request and approval. In that respect we have a bot request page and form that the channel owner must fill out to request the presence of one of our bots in his/her channel. Upon receiving the request we investigate the channel to ensure it was the owner requesting it and to make sure they understand our policies and rules.
On each net we have a relay bot, which connects the channel to all our other relay bots. In this way, we can monitor the activities of all our relay channels, and provide help from whichever network we happen to be on. Simply speak in the channel and if one of our helpers is available they will respond.
We work in full co-operation with each network. If one of our bots becomes unstable we have no problem with that bot being g-lined (if a BotService member isn't there to handle the problem). All we ask is that you email us stating why and what the bot was doing. We will respond within 12hrs and fix the problem.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you still have any questions unanswered please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.