Before I get into who, or what, the DSE Trade Bot is, I need to explain how this great equalizer came to be. About a year ago, the DSE president Lawerence Marino, on what appeared to be a whim, decided to post a baseball trade in the general DSE baseball chat forum asking the community to vote on which side they thought won the trade. He never posted the team name, owner’s name, or even the league that the trade happened to not ‘call out’ the owners involved in the trade. Little did Lawerence know that simple little action would transform into something of a cult-classic, and yet at the same time, a sometimes feared and other times anxiously awaited post.
Last season, in our main baseball chat room, I posted every trade that involved a player from every league all season long. And with every trade (mine included), the DSE Trade Bot asked the community to vote on which side they would rather have – A or B. Now, why would we do this, and who, if anyone, does it benefit? Well, those are two great questions. First, you should read my previous post – Bad Trades: Ruin Fantasy Leagues – and secondly, to offer a bit of validation that the trade is balanced; of course, it could also have that head rolling down the highway effect. I mean, who doesn’t like a train wreck?
Today, the DSE Trade Bot has become a chat room staple in all its simplistic wonder, asking our community of owners their opinion on if a trade seems balanced or lopsided. All trades are looked at in a vacuum because no-one will ever know the particular makeup of either team involved in the trade. The community will also never know if the trade is a ‘need’ or ‘want’ based trade (again, read my previous article). But in either case, it’s always fun, in a mildly worrisome way, to see one of your trades pop-up in our beloved DSE trade bot.
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