When dealing with chat bots, especially those like SmokeDetector, you'll often want to log in directly from the code. The problem? There's no easy way to do this, especially now that Open ID is being deprecated. There's now even a Captcha, which... kinda is hard for bots to solve ;)

To get around this issue, it would be nice to have a way to log in through the API or something (this isn't my area of expertise, so I don't know what I'm talking about). So, for instance, if Stack Apps were to have a route to have bots log in from (without captchas), and then that cookie would propagate to the rest of the network.

This would make working with a bot, especially if you're actively working on something and restarting (and so logging in) a lot, a whole lot easier.

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    The API does provide a means of logging in... For the API. The problem comes from wanting to do stuff that isn't in the API, right? – Shog9 Aug 5 at 15:52
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    @Shog9 - Yes. I did mention that I don't know what I'm talking about ;) – Mithrandir Aug 5 at 15:55
  • As I dealed with a Java and a Python version of the Chat libs, just recieving that cookie (IIRC it's acct, but not sure) would suffice. – Filnor Sep 13 at 8:01
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    To clarify, "Wanting to stuff that isn't in the API", this is normally enter and post message in chat rooms – Petter Friberg Sep 13 at 8:13

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