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Discussion on: I Built Daily Developer Jokes and the First Ever DEV Bot

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Zane Milakovic

Maybe we need DEV to have a official tag or identification system for bots, so it can be a notifications preference to squelch it.

Your point is valid. But it’s not like this isn’t providing content. It’s just doing it via a automated way. I have seen other bots that don’t offer value in the same way.

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Jason C. McDonald

Oh, I agree, great concept and use! I'm just concerned what the rise of the DEV bots will lead to later, but I agree with the author and Ben that this isn't presently a problem, and making bots clearly labeled (as you suggested) first-class citizens will help keep the negative down.

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Ben Halpern

I'd like if we could make bots first class citizens, with a special classifications. Likely we'd want these bots to belong explicitely to users and/or orgs and they could do the same basic things, but would be classified in a special way.

I think the usefulness of bots for certain types of subscriptions, like I might want a bot that auto-creates a post for every issue in a repo for a side discussion or just to keep up with stuff going on.

Once we get this system underway we can migrate this bot there. Until that system is available, we'll likely take the standpoint of neither endorsing this nor denying it if done with the right intentions.

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Zane Milakovic

I think that’s a fair and great place to start.

One thing you may want to do short term, is just to tag bots somehow. Not so much for user transparency, but to flag would existing things would be impacted by any change.

The added benefit would be any user transparency it brings.

That being said, that may be half the effort already.