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I have no idea why @time and @HN

have followed, but if it serves a useful purpose, go for it.

I am intrigued by the STEM focus and the ridiculously large toot space, though.

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@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.

@freemo please refer to:
mastodon.art/@Curator/10034715
If you’d like help with this sort of bot UX, @kemonine is starting the code.
Thank you for supporting the Fediverse, @freemo
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@Curator @Algot Do you feel one of my bots is in violation of the rules you posted? Neither of the two bots in this thread autofollow, or follow anyone under any circumstances.

@freemo @Algot i did block them & assumed they auto-followed like the starfleet one. If im in the wrong, I will happily unblock. Tho I understand the value in a federation bot, this account federates for that purpose & to limit fake bot followers that follow everything.

@Curator @Algot Starfleet is an autofollow bot, but it also honors the #nobot flag and responds to commands to unfollow (if you dm it to unfollow you it will do so). Does that not follow your rules?

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 @Curator

The underlying technology of bots and federation is very interesting, while technically over my head.

I hope my comment spurred useful discussion and not conflict.

@Algot @freemo no conflict. It’s just how things work. :-) I strive for human & purposeful interaction.

@Algot @Curator I'd say there is some disagreement, but thats not the same as conflict. I dont think anyone is upset.

@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.

c/ @Algot

@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.

@freemo @Curator

My comment was primarily wondering why the bots followed me personally. I copied to Curator because I'd read the post about bot "manners" and wanted to alert my admin.

I was not complaining.