First there was Natty - looking for new answers to old questions that aren't actually answers, and posting them in a chatroom.

Then there was Sentinel.

Sentinel is the web dashboard for Natty. The bot sends data on all posts it reports to Sentinel, where a permanent record of them is kept.

To aid the moderation effort, Sentinel has some write features built in, including the ability to flag the post directly from its Sentinel record.


  • Keeps permanent records of reported posts, including their full text, author, and the detection score the bot assigned them.
  • Records feedback on each post (true positive, false positive, etc).
  • and obviously, writes to the Stack Exchange API.


Sentinel is built with Ruby on Rails. Its source code is available on GitHub.

  • I haven't looked at the code yet, but does it have real time updates?
    – Tiny Giant
    Nov 27, 2016 at 5:02
  • @TinyGiant real time updates for what?
    – ArtOfCode
    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:26
  • For the updating of the dash board through AJAX or WebSockets. After waiting for a bit, I realized it doesn't.
    – Tiny Giant
    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:42
  • @Tiny I don't think there's any data coming in at the moment, but no it doesn't.
    – ArtOfCode
    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:48
  • 6 - 8 somethings?
    – Tiny Giant
    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:58
  • @TinyGiant I can add it to the list, but it's a fair amount of work for a relatively small gain. 6-8 weeks would be accurate, and add a couple for luck.
    – ArtOfCode
    Nov 27, 2016 at 13:00


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