@gled "everyone else is doing it so it's not actually unethical". What exactly are you doing, then? If holding a conversation with me is distracting you from implementing a legitimate fix then by all means let's put it on hold so you can sort it out! But I suspect that's just an excuse. Hell, if it's so difficult for you, I'll send you a pull request switching from #nobot to #followme.
@gled the use case you're trying to cover is spam, though. I'm not speaking figuratively - you have created a literal spam bot. Spam often feels more legitimate to the spammer than it actually is. The #nobot approach is like an email spammer telling victims to install a spam filter. It might work, but it still leaves the spammer with dubious ethics.
@Terrana As someone who is actively against the #followbot trend: these bots serve no plausible purpose, and as of current, are poorly designed with regard to people who would like to opt out of this pointless trend.
I feel that #federation works best when people post interesting toots that're discovered and spread by people.
By just botting follows this way, you go from a steady trickle or flow to plunging down the rapids of noise.
And who the heck swims in the rapids, anyway? :P