It seems these days that one cannot swing a stick on the internet without hitting an article on why bots are So Hot Right Now.
Cons: The Slack integrated version is garbage compared to Messenger, wish it was easier to access Poncho across platforms.
Rating: 5/5 ballgags Growbot exists to give praise, and as someone who is in to worship of all kinds I find this bot’s purpose to be conceptually acceptable.
The gist is that you add this chatbot to Slack channels and it listens in for “props” which cue it up to give praise to a designated team member.
I decided to check out how Growbot responded to my dommely commands: That’s better I guess. Cons: doesn’t do a heck of a lot, is pretty much just a keyword-triggered random output of mediocre copy. Rating: 2/5 ballgags Another task-oriented bot, Howdy posits itself as a kind of office assistant that can be “trained,” which sounds appealing to me even if this kind of training involves fewer riding crops than I’m used to.
I then tried the “kudos” function which is supposed to save up when people are given praise to a leaderboard, but couldn’t get a response. I asked Howdy what it can do, then experimented a bit with setting up checkins and meetings.