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@darius A passing thought on Bot ethics: Maybe bots on Mastodon should use a Content Warning for "bot-generated content"? I know you are good about adding transparency to Profile summaries and often use "@botsin.space" to help, but a CW is a clearer bit of transparency for boosts and out-of-context displays in places like Federated Timelines. What do you think?

@max What purpose does a CW serve in this case? Genuine question here, I'm having trouble thinking through it

@darius Explicit opt-in to read/view it. I am slowly working through the idea that maybe bots don't deserve free/easy/cheap human attention. May be anthropocentric thinking on my part, but I'm starting to think more warnings for bots in public feeds is the more responsible approach. It's one of a number of ethical positions I'm debating that I have more questions than answers yet.

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Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.