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  • @JackFromWisconsinA
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    159 months ago

    Makes sense, posts can be (and are) automated via repost bots. Commente and genuine interaction is impossible to fake.

    • @Jenga@beehaw.org
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      149 months ago

      Genuine interaction is hard to take but there is definitely no shortage of bot comments or astroturfing in the comments

      • TechyDad
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        29 months ago

        But if the only thing left in the comments section are obvious bots, even real users not planning to join in the Reddit blackout will start fleeing.

        • @goji@lemmy.ca
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          19 months ago

          Yep. Expecting a lot of bot comments on bot reposts that are just copied portions of top comments on previous versions of that repost.

          It had gotten to the point where I didn’t feel confident upvoting much at all anymore, because so many posts were automated content, and worse, more and more comments were just bots stealing contributions made elsewhere (or even further down in the same post) by actual people.

          It’s only going to get worse now.

          I really hope the fediverse is able to do something to safeguard against all that. Because if it’s not already testing the locks, it’s coming.