okay i've decided that i'm turning off all of the free ebooks bots (that i host) in 72 hours. for the 5.5% of you who pay for yours, nothing will change, except they might reply a bit faster.
so what are your options? well:
- you can do nothing, and have them disappear. i'll be able to restore them if you decide to pay later.
- you can host it yourself. i'll give you the login credentials and the necessary files.
- you can find someone else to host if for you, either for less money or for free. i'm sure someone else is willing to do this for you.
here's a link to the tutorial on hosting the bot yourself: https://cloud.lynnesbian.space/s/jozbRi69t4TpD95
pre-emptive responses to all the angry screaming i'm gonna get, in Q&A form
Q: the bots are so easy to host! why aren't you continuing to do it?
A: because i don't want to do this anymore
Q: it's so easy to do though. they barely use any resources.
A: when you run 108 of them it is. they've killed my server multiple times.
Q: fuck you
Q: by forcing people to pay money for the ebooks bots, you are effectively gating off this iconic part of the fediverse experience from people living in less advantaged situations. how can you claim to be anti-capitalist while simultaneously demanding financial compensation for something so basic?
A: i put time, effort and resources into this. it's not free for me to do. it's an effort. the bots are still freely available, and so is the source code. if you can't or won't pay, you can host it yourself or ask someone else to.
Q: you never warned people about paying for this, and now you're taking something away that they've gotten attached to. isn't that manipulative?
A: i'm sorry it comes across like that, but that's really not the intent. the bot won't disappear, you can host it yourself or pay for it to be brought back up.
Q: this is going to look bad for you.
A: fuck off
Q: i'm going to miss [bot]... i hope you know what you're doing to people
A: you can pay or host it yourself, it's still here
Q: many people don't have the technical know-how or resources to host their own bot. this is a very "tech bro" thing of you to do - gating access to a program behind technical knowledge and claiming anyone can do it.
A: you can ask someone else to do it for you, just not me
Q: you're overreacting
A: eat shit
the image on the left is a screenshot every single free ebooks bot. on the right is every single paid ebooks bot.
the americans are gonna be real happy to wake up to this
heads up: the free ebooks bots are being shut down in around 60 hours. this only applies to the bots i host, and not any hosted by other people.
if you'd like your ebooks bot to stay up, you have several options:
- you can pledge the ebooks tier on my patreon: https://patreon.com/lynnesbian this is US$2.50 per month.
- you can ask me for the bot credentials and files, and host it yourself, using this guide: https://cloud.lynnesbian.space/s/jozbRi69t4TpD95
- you can ask around and see if anyone would like to host your bot for you
thank you for understanding
to quote the ebooks tier:
Your own ebooks bot. If you'd like an ebooks bot for free, you'll need to either host it yourself or get ask else to host it for you. I'll keep all the bots updated to the latest version, and unlike the discontinued free service that i used to provide, I'll let you set things like posting frequency, accounts to learn from, whether or not to use CW'd and followers only posts, etc.
this means that you can have your bot follow multiple people. if you want to make a bot that mixes two people's toots, only one of you needs to subscribe c:
reminder: the free ebooks bots hosted by me are disappearing in 46 hours.
if you'd like to keep yours, either:
a) pledge the ebooks bot tier ($2.50/mo) on my patreon - https://patreon.com/lynnesbian
b) follow the guide at https://cloud.lynnesbian.space/s/jozbRi69t4TpD95 to host it yourself, and ask me for the credentials
c) ask someone to host it for you, and ask me for the credentials
sorry if it seems like i'm spamming, but i don't want people to have a rude shock when their bot disappears in 2 days. thank you for understanding.
ebooks deadline is 31 hours
reminder - free ebooks bots are disappearing in 14 hours
i must have fucked up the maths somewhere because the deadline was actually 2 hours ago, but this toot says it's not for another 5 hours
i'll do it Soon™ then, so this is your last chance to keep your ebooks bot!
i'm gonna have dinner, make sure all the patreon bots are safe, then remove the free ones
@lynnesbian Hope it goes well! For now, this squirrel has to go sleepy-peepies. ≡ω≡
Fingers crossed I don't wake up and bots have rebelled and taken over the Fediverse.
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