Automated CQs happen ALL THE TIME. Don't believe me? Listen to the contest this weekend. Big guns don't waste their voice calling CQ, they let the radio do the talking until someone answers the call....then the voice, phonetics and cadence change. CW is even more automated than that. Cadence changes mid-contact....<your call>.....exchange at 50wpm. LOL. Just about every radio has voice and CW recorders built in these days. Oh yeah, what about scanning the band. Every radio does that....they automatically find the signal while you'r ereading the latest HRO catalog. Take it a step further....are you cheating when you use an auto tuner? You don't have to match your antenna, the radio does it for you. My rig control program turns on my radio automatically. Heck, when I walk in to my shack, I stand in the dark and say "Alexa, open the radio room" and everything turns on. AUTOMATION IS NOT THE PROBLEM. It's been a part of the hobby since some clever ham invented the CW keyer....maybe longer. The problem is the UNATTENDED part. If I can set up my FT8 station, and rack up 500 QSOs while I'm at the ball park eating a hot dog.....yes, that's wrong, and as some have pointed out, not really legal. To each his own I guess, but in my opinion (whatever that's worth) unattended operation violates the spirit of the hobby. I don't just mean physically unattended, where there's nobody in the room. I mean mentally unattended, where the "operator" is in the station, at his operating position, but instead of tending to WSJT-X, he's actually streaming YouTube videos of his favorite band. We've all seen that guy, calling CQ on top of your QSO in progress. Little did you know he was actually watching Jethro Tull on another monitor. He didn't mean any harm, right? That is somehow perfectly legal. But again, is that in the spirit of the hobby? Is that advancing the radio art? Is that why we became ham radio operators? I think not. I say again....AUTOMATION is not the problem. It's the lack of presence, both physically and mentally. If we must build the technology into the program because it is "useful", then I guess the QSO has taken on a new meaning. If this falls into the RANT category, I'd suggest it's possible that you just don't want to hear the truth. But I could be wrong. Sorry for the long post....you might want to minimize your browser window now and see how many stations you've worked. I wish you all the best.