Online demo courtesy of Nathan Osman:
Note: this tool now works with all Stack Exchange sites. Just paste the URL of your profile and the app will take care of the rest.
Screenshot / Code Snippet
$ python flack.py 126042
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Flack Overstow is a toy, written in Python 2.6 (but should be compatible with 2.5 -- let me know if it's not). It pulls the latest questions or answers or comments for a given user ID and creates a Markov chain of the text, then gives you something that should never be posted as a real answer. (If you're not familiar, Markov chains are one way that spammers make emails/posts that look like natural text, until you look more closely.)
It's a toy application, so I chose the MIT license to make it very open source. Feel free to include it on your site or in your application. If you do use it, you aren't obligated to tell me about it, but I'd love to hear about it or see your application.
I've successfully run this on both Windows and Mac platforms. I would expect it to run fine on Linux as well.
If you need to contact me for some reason, use Launchpad or Google Code for it. Or just comment here.
Flack Overstow is written in pure Python 2.6 and uses
simplejson when possible, then falls back to
json. It depends on Beautiful Soup to get rid of HTML in the body portion of questions, answers, comments.
Your Flack Overstows
If you generate any particularly funny spam with Flack Overstow, post it in a chatroom somewhere, not here. We want to keep our posts focused and on topic for the hosting site.
You can play with the options on the command line (
flack.py --help for details). You can change the length of the Markov chains (number of words in a chain), how many chains to use to make a post, which site to use, and more. You can specify an API key to use at the command line, if necessary.
Updates in v0.2
I've updated the API version to use v1.0, and I've modified the command line format for specifying the site. Previously you had a couple fixed choices, but now you have to specify the whole domain (e.g.
stackoverflow.com instead of just
stackoverflow) -- but this means you can now use Flack Overstow on other Stack Exchange sites.