First of all, L4s (sorry misspelled in titel) is not a real user, so no harm done here.

It’s an automatic bot xposting from reddit, making this community just as bad as r/technology, which kind frankly only revolves around politics and social media platforms.

I’ve had the user blocked 2 weeks now, and this community is muuuuch more enjoyable and is actually about technology now.

Just wanted to share a positive experience.

      • @nutsack
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        Lemmy is basically Reddit it has all of the same community problems

    • @[email protected]
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      I forgot about those. Just blockbthe bot that posts them.

      I can see how they were useful when Lemmy was smaller. But now there’s enough content for me to browse that I don’t miss those reddit cross posts.

  • Katlah
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    You can also make it so you don’t see any bot accounts at all, makes the experience 10x better.

    • @glimse
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      There’s a discussion about bots posting on HackerNews but feel free to comment here

    • @fishos
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      Which for awhile, this user(L4s) insisted on not labeling his bot as such because he felt his was special and deserved to be seen above others. Only after being massively called out did they fix it. But it left a bad taste in my mouth and I’ve had them blocked since, including their personal account. While the setting is useful, some users still need to be called out.

    • jungle
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      96 months ago

      How?

      • @radix
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        246 months ago

        There’s a checkbox in your Lemmy account settings to allow/block all bot accounts. Only works if they identify themselves as such, so it’s not foolproof, but it’s better than nothing.

      • TWeaK
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        146 months ago

        In your account settings, uncheck “Show Bot Posts”.

        The one annoying thing is that if a bot replies to you (particularly the PeerTube bot) it can be tricky to clear the notification. There’s no clear all button on the website, but there is in Jerboa.

    • @[email protected]
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      36 months ago

      I think an instance popped up recently where every human user marked thselves as bot accounts.

    • TheMurphyOP
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      Thanks, unfortunately it’s not possible in my client Boost for Lemmy.

      Edit: Nvm, found it through my desktop. Thanks again!

  • @LavaPlanet
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    356 months ago

    Omfg. It put up an anti Vax post about eradicating autism. Holy fk.

    • TheMurphyOP
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      246 months ago

      Yeah, it’s the same guy.

      • chingadera
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        26 months ago

        It was easier for me to find this guy by just going into community posts instead of a search, thanks

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    deleted by creator

    • @JGrffn
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      66 months ago

      Fuck it, I’m joining you. That sounds like a mentally healthy choice.

      • DarkSirrush
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        26 months ago

        The biggest problem is that a LOT of people don’t use the bot account flag, so it only blocks about 1/3 of bots on lemmy

  • MHLoppy
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    As an aside, you can edit your submission title on lemmy/kbin/mbin.

    • TheMurphyOP
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      46 months ago

      Thanks! I’m using Boost for Lemmy, and I can’t really find the option here. Maybe it’s not included in the app.

  • @CrayonRosary
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    216 months ago

    I went looking for a post by them to block them. Turns out I already did.

  • @BackpackCat
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    166 months ago

    Thank You! Honestly I think one of the things I like a lot about lemmy, and the fediverse, is the ability to easily block users, communities, and whole instances I don’t want to interact with a all. Everytime someone complains about seeing too many foreign meme or whatever I wonder if they have tried the blocking features to trim down the timeline.

    • @[email protected]
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      26 months ago

      How do you, as a user, block an entire instance? As far as I know only an owner of an instance can block (de-federate) another instance. I would love being able to block an instance as a user though.

        • @[email protected]
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          16 months ago

          The app is fine but I’m also using webui so I would love the feature to be at the ‘root’ of Lemmy instead only in 1 app.
          I read elsewhere that v0.19 will not bring complete instance blocking. Communities will be blocked but not the users, and it is the users and everything about an instance I want to block. I want to be able to black hole an entire instance, as if it and its users do not exist at all. I’m getting conflicting messages on the ability of v0.19 by several people and I am lost on what it will actually bring. I guess we will have to wait and see once v0.19 is out and we start using it.

            • @[email protected]
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              Yeah, and it’s the blocking of the complete user base of an instance that’s what I truly want and seek.

              • @[email protected]
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                Same. Instances are literally just a collection of users and they are the only reason to block one. I think the problem is the lemmy devs are mad everyone wants to block their pet communist instances because of the users there just generally being unpleasant people.

  • Elias Griffin
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    Really odd some Lemmy choices, allowing News Aggregation Posts (Simple link and summary) from a particular user that is somehow not flagged a bot/influencer/paid. I duna know how you can post Tech News Links 10 times a day, every day, for 5 months and still be allowed to post as a “person”.

  • Lunch
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    96 months ago

    Omg I had not noeall those posts were from the same bot…thanks!

    • El Barto
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      Their agenda is “noble” (keep the content flowing here), but the reality is what the OP mentioned. I stopped going to the technology reddit sub because it was tiring to sift through the doomscrolling.

        • @APassenger
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          76 months ago

          Or segment into more than 1 bot. 1 tries to only surface tech, another is less choosey. Then we block per taste. I’m not talking about 5 bots. 2, maybe 3.

            • @[email protected]
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              as a bot writer

              Ooh, how does one make a Lemmy bot? A couple of communities I moderate could benefit from a bot to post regular threads based on a template or respond to comments that contain key phrases.

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                • @[email protected]
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                  16 months ago

                  I can at least get you started if not just make it for you. I can even host it for you until the code is complete.

                  Thanks so much for the generous offer!

                  Email me and we can chat.

                  Would you be opposed to chatting publicly, perhaps on [email protected] or [email protected]? The communities aren’t very active, but seem like suitable places to discuss this topic. I can’t imagine that we are the only people interested in this, and I feel that fostering some open-source bot development could be beneficial for the fediverse as a whole.

    • @[email protected]
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      26 months ago

      Yeah we shouldnt mirror reddit posts. If its not busy enough in a sub instance to foster news and discussion then it isnt busy. Growth should be organic.