@Algot @time @HN @Curator I'm the owner of the bots. When i first created the accounts I was going to make them my aspects, so I followed anyone who followed me. I decided to turn them into bots though instead (they dont follow anyone automatically).
The purpose of the @HN bot is obvious, just posts Hacker News. The point of the Time bot is to remind you of the time in your feed, and the time in other countries. This helps give context to toots since they are always displayed in your timeline in chronological order. So easy to get a sense of the time something was posted as you scroll through your timeline.
Our toot space and STEM focus is certainly pretty unique. The way i see it if a user wants to make short toots, they can, if they want to make large toots, they can. Thats between you and the people you follow.
As for the other two bots, as I said, they do not follow anyone under any circumstances, so no need to block them. Also all their posts are unlisted so they wont even show in your federated timeline if they are followed.
@freemo no, people should not have to opt-out or lose 6 characters in their profile description or have more rules in an already complicated ecosystem to learn. Opt out was created by people farmers like google or fb. My toot outlines my personal opinion & management of follow bots as opt-in.
@Curator @Algot I see. Well you are of course free to run your server by whatever standards you wish. Personally I'm not sure why anyone with an unlocked account cares who follows them. If you cared you'd lock your account. But thats just me, fee free to block starfleet if you'd like but he adheres to the netiquette set forth and agreed upon by most admins.