ancient Mastodon superstitions, history (1)
When I joined Mastodon three years ago, a bunch of wannabe programmers had just discovered the API and started writing follow bots. Very soon, everyone decided follow bots were spammy and annoying and started blocking them. A few enthusiasts proposed the #nobot tag as a “solution” and a fair number of people added it to their profile, but no one liked it and follow bots rapidly became an accepted reason to block instances.
ancient Mastodon superstitions, history (2)
@ghost_bird I use the nobot tag! It was one of the first things I was told to do when I joined. I have no idea whether it does anything since I do still get followed by bots, but I have no way to note the followbots that ... don't. If there even are any.
I love how you've framed this because it's absolutely true that it's use is superstitious at this point! I often think about removing it and then I'm like 'well ... what is it hurting?' XD
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.