MetaFilter Deletion Reasons Twitter Bot
November 21, 2014 8:00 AM   Subscribe

MetaFilter Deletion Reasons Twitter Bot
Tweeting MetaFilter post deletion reasons at @mefideleted to celebrate the wise and gentle hand of moderation reaching from the heart to the edge of our community.

I've long enjoyed the sensibility and humor of the reasons our moderators offer when deleting posts from MetaFilter, and at some point I had the brainstorm that taken out of context these things have a certain Word Jazz quality that was perfect for Twitter. At a Portland meetup last month I had the chance to run the idea past mathowie and cortex and now I've followed through.

The project uses (with permission) a feed from the MetaFilter Deleted Posts blog, extracts new deletion reasons as they appear, and tweets them. I wrote this in Ruby, and if anyone is interested in seeing how it works or in building a Twitter bot of your own you'll find the code at GitHub where I've open-sourced it under the MIT License.
Role: programmer
posted by Songdog (5 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by Going To Maine on November 22, 2014: Yeah, this isn't really a suitable bot for MetaFilter.

So cool.
posted by nevercalm at 4:29 PM on November 22, 2014

posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:53 AM on November 23, 2014

Neat! Does the API no longer complain when you post a status that's exactly the same as another one. e.g. "Double."
posted by ignignokt at 10:43 AM on November 24, 2014

It definitely has some duplication prevention, ignignokt, as I mentioned over in my FPP comment. There were a series of "Double" deletion reasons back-to-back when I first started @mefideleted running, and only the first made it to Twitter.
posted by Songdog at 1:15 PM on December 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'm proud to introduce @mefideleted's little sister, @askmedeleted, in response to the request of several MeFites.
posted by Songdog at 2:01 PM on December 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

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