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Could people please stop to pipe random news website feeds to unofficial bots?

That'd be great.

Social media is for people.

Subscribe to news at their sources, use a reader.

Cluttering the timeline with feed relays from foreign news outlets sucks. This IS spam.

And fck me how braindead are bots that post the freakin time to a medium that can only be read on a computer? You know, these fancy calculators that come with a built-in clock?

That was unexpected. Well I've no soundcloud or whatever. Mebbe go outside and plant a tree or something? 😄

@bekopharm
I agree that there is some post pollution. However I don't think those news bots exist primarily for people to us them, but because someone enjoyed making them. Same with the fortune, markov and "is this a boob or not" bots. Creating them should not be discouraged. You can always go ahead and block the bots. :akko_shrug:

@bekopharm @fatboy Don't they usually post with the "unlisted" tag - so don't appear on timelines?

@neil Afraid no.

I'm not talking about nice bots or behaiving bots that tag their stuff so it can be ignored.

Global timeline is saturated with this and my killfile is growing each day.

@bekopharm Fair enough. I guess the sort of people that follow these bots aren't the ones who'd have a reader.

@neil Oh the numbers usually look like this:

6k posts, 0 following, 5 followers.

So yeah, "interesting chitter" 🤔

@bekopharm sorry, i like it very much. just mute them, if you don't.

@benni I do but they seem to multiply each day.

Can only image how this looks for someone new to the verse. A bot army in a town of craziness.

@bekopharm This! A thousand times this!
Or bloody hell, just either 1. post unlisted, 2. move your bot to botsin.space so I can insta-block it or better yet 3. do both of those.
If you really like using the Fediverse as your own personal RSS reader, OK fine. But don't ruin the experience of others because of it.
No, telling us to just mute them if we don't like is not a reasonable response. I have been trying! And yet, every time I open the federated timeline, even on my current tiny instance, I find at least 5 more of these damn things. Yes, I have the big bot instances blocked. I am still at above 200 bots muted.
It's like throwing a plastic bag on the ground in the forest and saying "Well, if you don't like it, pick it up." I mean yeah, of course it's good if someone does; but if it's your bag, shouldn't that someone be you?

@bekopharm
I wholeheartedly agree.

Furthermore, newsbots NEVER put content warnings, which make their posts a hell of a mess to deal with. I tried to contact the maker of a newsbot once, and all I got was crickets.

Can I get a human on the line, please? :blobugh:

@yuki Huh, you're correct.

Never thought of this before. I seldom [have to] use this feature myself and have disabled it for viewing entirely 🤷

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