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The Botman terms of service have been updated.. https://botmanhosting.com/tos.html
 

I added part 6 to the refund policy and removed the word full from all mentions of refunds and added (see part 6)..
 

Part 6. We will deduct the Paypal fee from your refund if you cancel within 72 hours. Our deduction will not exceed the fee that Paypal charged us when we received your payment.
 

For most people this change doesn't mean you won't get a full refund of unused months if you cancel early.  I plan to refund unused months in full.  This change is to address the situation where someone orders then cancels immediately (or up to 3 days after ordering) and the only change is I will no longer eat the Paypal fee on that lost payment.  Today that happened and I refunded in full which cost me $2 USD.  I have cleared the new terms with Paypal who said so long as I don't exceed their fee I can do that.

 

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One of my bot hosts is experiencing a rare outage atm.  The cause is as yet unknown and I have notified my host.  Sorry for the inconvenience if your bot is among those effected.  My other hosts are still operational.

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The bot host that was knocked offline by a faulty switch is back and all bots should be running again.  Sorry for the long wait as the replacement had to be flown in from another city overnight.  A backup switch is being wired in so that there is redundancy there should this happen again.

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I have released an important bugfix update to the bot.  Here is the changelog..

Fixed bug in reset bot that prevented it resetting player records.

Fixed double up of in game chat echoed to the lounge when chat from a non-player is seen that isn't from the bot.

It was mainly the failure of /reset bot resetting players that I HAD to fix NAOW.  It broke because I added a call to bm-resetregions clear and for whatever reason that call prevented the rest of the reset code executing.  I fixed it by moving that call to the end.

The other fix is really just a cosmetic fix for the lounge.

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um..  what does payment have to do with help?  I never use that as a barrier to assistance.

 

To answer the other question, the bot requires a linux desktop to run due to the engine it runs on top of being a GUI application.  While that app also runs on Windows and OSX, the bot uses a number of utilities on Linux that don't really have Windows equivalents and I wouldn't know about OSX.  The easiest way to get the bot is to rent it from me.  While yes that has a small cost, it saves you the considerable fuss and bother of setting up the environment that the bot requires plus you have me maintaining the bot, an active community on Discord + myself to turn to for help and advice.

 

At some stage I would like to try making a Docker container for people who want to self host the bot as it would have an almost ready to run bot (just needing configuration setup for your server).

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Someone recently ordered a bot from me but the email is not valid so I am unable to reach them directly.  In the interests of keeping things anonymous if you ordered a bot and do not have it yet, please contact me directly at smegzor@gmail.com or via Discord where I am smegzor#9806

 

Your server appears to be offline as well which prevents me from completing your bot.  If I am unable to complete your order after 1 week I will refund it and cancel your order.

 

To everyone else, if you order a bot from me please make sure the email address is correct and where possible provide 1 alternative contact (Steam or Discord).  I don't mind fake details in other parts of the order but if you cannot be contacted or invoiced and subsequently don't pay future invoices I will cancel your bot after multiple attempts to contact you any way I can.  Fake info can also make it impossible to contact you in the event that your server needs something (mods, telnet enabled etc).

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New bot update released!  Note: This is NOT a Botman mod update and most/all bots should automatically get it.  You can force it to with /update code

 

Here is the changelog..


New variation added to /trader protect.  Here's the updated command help.

/trader protect/unprotect/remove {named area}
/trader add/trader del {named area}
/trader protect/unprotect north/south/east/west/ne/nw/se/sw length/long {number} width/wide {number}


After marking out a named area with the /mark command, you can add or remove trader protection on it.
When used with a compass direction you do not need to mark out the area first. Your current position is used instead.
Also when a compass direction is used, do not give the area a name as it is not recorded. You can repeat the command by simply typing /

 

The new part is the ability to specify a compass direction and width and length.  If you only supply width or length the missing value gets the value you did provide eg. width.  The old version of this command is still there and unchanged.  The new variant works differently, not using markings or a name.


A very simple way to use the new variant would be /trader add width 20
That will trader protect an area with you at its center and 20 blocks in all directions (but a square not a circle)
So you'd get a 40 x 40 trader protected area with that.
If you want to do that on a rectangular area add length (or long).  The command accepts various ways of saying the same stuff and even accepts a typo, dell = del.
It won't try to sell you a computer I promise.


Other ways you can use the command..


/trader add nw wide 20 long 50  (note that width is ALWAYS east - west and length is ALWAYS north - south)
if you want to unprotect an area and don't care to be precise about it, stand more or less in the middle of the protected area and type /trader del width 100.  That will unprotect 100 blocks in all directions for a total of 200 x 200

 

You can also protect an area north, south, east or west of your current position.  If you do for example, /trader add north wide 20 long 20 it will actually protect an area 20 to the west and 20 to the east and 20 north of you giving you an area 40 x 20.  If you want it to be square set the width to 10 to get 20 x 20.  It is the same for the other compass directions but not nw, ne, sw, se which won't double any number on you.  The reason why I double one side is because I put you in the middle of that side and decided against doing division.  Instead I am giving you some math homework :)


Also once you have used this command, if you need to apply the same command to another area (eg you are wanting to protect a HUGE area) simply move to another spot and type / (or whatever your bot is using for commands)


Unlike the dig and fill commands you can't currently turn this command around by typing for example / south
If you didn't know the dig and fill commands could do that, now you know ^^

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A very minor bot update has been released.  It mainly fixes 2 issues, the /give {player] item command messed up if you used the steam id or game id, and the command /set server vote reward item command rejected all items as invalid.

 

More updates will follow soon.  This update is mainly about getting updates moving out again.

 

An experimental update to the Botman mod is also available for testing (link in the Botmanhosting Discord group).  I am not releasing it generally yet as it may need more work.  It is an attempt to fix the issue of resets not happening.  It also adds a special new item, the botmanVoteCrate which is an item not an entity so that the server vote reward can be given directly to players instead of getting blown up by turrets or otherwise lost in the ground or wherever they vanish off to.

 

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I have released Botman Mod 2.3.10  If you already have the testing version, you do not need to replace it with this version.   https://botman.nz/Botman_Mods_A19.zip

 

It fixes (so far anyway) ongoing issues with resets not happening.

 

Also there is a new item, the botmanVoteCrate which is an item that is spawned directly into player inventory instead of hopefully spawning beside the player.  It contains the normal air drop crate with random loots inside.  Big thanks to Pipedream for creating the botmanVoteCrate! :D

 

To tell your bot to use this item as your server's vote reward use the command /set server vote reward item botmanVoteCrate

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