If I ask 10 people “How’re you doing?”, I’ll bet you at least nine will respond “Fine.”* There are some phrases for which we all have developed pre-canned responses. Many of these responses are determined by social mimicry and therefore are shared across a whole group/population. And yet we’re all individuals that are unique to interact with. We do not judge each other’s conversational ability on a few glib replies but rather on the entirety of our interaction.
For the same reason I think it’s wrong to dismiss a bot based on what amounts to the same thing. If a well-built AIML bot is showing too much ALICE, it may be the problem is with the user’s conversational range, not the bot’s. (That being said, to simply instantiate a bot running just standard AIML files and call it your own creation is intellectual theft, even if you’ve slightly modified things here or there. In my not-so-humble opinion. )
*This is even true when they are in fact not “fine”. I’ve had several conversations that started this way, only to then be followed with how the person was sick/lost a job/hacked off a limb. Okay, you get my point. People often fall into pre-built response patterns, even if they clearly don’t apply to the situation at hand.