The thread I originally hijacked was closed so I will continue it here.
I now sort of understand what BOTS are, but why are they there? Reading the chat transcript in the other thread it sure seems like BOTS are nothing more than annoying background noise.
Do they serve a purpose that I am not aware of? Do people like them?
Depending on the IRC server you are on, they can “hold” a channel when there are no present users connected.
They can also be scripted to do certain things, such as share files, provide trivia questions, provide weather details, spout an info line when a particular user enters the channel, spout a comment when a certain word is used, and lots of other stuff.
These are just the things that I can think of off the top of my head, that I have seen IRC bots do.