With the API coming, it means that bots are coming. I gave them some thought because I'm a programmer (so potential bot writer) and reddit bots annoy me so I'd be glad the same mistakes made there weren't repeated here.
Especially since there are plenty of neat things we can do with bots. Like dice roller for RPG subs. Or that cool asoif search both on reddit.
First pain point is that on reddit, bots don't really exist in the system. They are simply normal accounts that are automated via the api. I think that the system ought to know who's a bot and that their botness should be apparent when posting. Instead of being accounts, they should belong to accounts. This means that you can prevent early levels from using them (since they don't know snapzu yet) and loosen the quotas on high level users.
Attaching bots to account also means that we know who to contact if there is an issue.
Second issue with bots is sitewide bots. Because you thought of a joke doesn't mean everyone on the whole site should see it every time they use the words that trigger it. I've banned plenty of bots on a sub I mod for that reason. Bots should be invited on tribes by chiefs. Or bot writers should whitelist a list of tribes the bot should be active in (maybe that would be an option for higher level bot writers?).