@darius Heya. Thanks for being a cool #botally person ^_^

I'm looking into porting my Twitter bot to Mastodon. I have a Lua→curl→Mastodon module mostly working, so it's time to look into actually using it. I was wondering if you know what the botally consensus is on making a Mastodon bot behave nicely yet also being easy to discover/attracting new followers. Public toots might spam the timelines, but unlisted toots won't be found unless people already know about the bot 😕

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i made a tiny thing for curling the API: github.com/decklin/tusk

the cli ux is very preliminary, suggestions welcome

#botally ppl may be interested? all my twitter bots use basically this level of wrapping, not a high-level-language lib.

(inspired by @tinysubversions' web page tool... thanks!)

Cooked up a little PR to add support for the streaming API in Mastodon.py. The API is modelled on Tweepy's, if only to make it easier to adapt my existing bots…

#python #bot #botally


#botIdea #botAlly Make a welcomebot for your instance who introduces new users to the community and its norms.
"I see you've posted an #intro post. Welcome to frivolous.url! Remember that you are obliged to follow our instance guidelines, listed at http://...."
"Would you like to be listed in our daily digest of new users? It might be a good way to meet people with whom you share interests."
Think IRC bots or Slack bots, vs. the twitterbot model.

I should make the first(?) mastodon bot. #botALLY

Most of these are from established #botALLY s, but the instance is definitely picking up new friends!

@hYPotenuser there were some amazing bots here before #botAlly showed up to be sure. check out @bepis - it makes me laugh so much!

my pals and i are very interested in making art bots that address the ethical and social challenges of bots in social media and beyond. we're always talking about about these sorts of things, and it's why i decided to make my bot's tweets unlisted by default. botsin.space mentions one of our common principals, "Bots Should Punch Up" crummy.com/2013/11/27/0 If you would like to chat w/ or other bot makers like me look for the #botAlly hashag. :grin:

I'd like to have a semi-unlisted option, where a toot is included in the local timeline but unlisted in the federated timeline. use case: art bots on botsin.space

@amasikel Good practice is to give your posts a moderate probability of being unlisted. #botALLY

Respond to this toot with links to profiles of bots (good or bad, lovable or annoying (or both)). I want to start a list. #botALLY

More Mastodon #bots:

@dscovr_epic - Pictures from the Earth Polychromatic Camera on the DSCOVR spacecraft

botsin.space/@poem_exe - micropoetry bot

botsin.space/@Fauxliday - fake holidays

botsin.space/@perlineggcraft - Perlin noise-based textures of tiled World of Warcraft eggs?

botsin.space/@pomological - Watercolors from the the usda's national agricultural library.

botsin.space/@fascists_exe - things that kill fascists


While there's quite a few Mastodon bots already, I hadn't seen any games implemented until @slipstream mentioned @BotBotBotus , which is a French word-guessing game.

There are a number of Twitter bots that do games, but they're tightly constrained by the character limit. With more space to work with, there's a lot of unexplored possibilities.
#bots #botally

i know #botally twitter is sort of on here, where do i find more of indie gamedev twitter? help :dragon:

Has anyone gotten anything like twitter_ebooks talking Mastodon yet? #botally