from email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org on 05 Sep 2023 11:28 +0000
I’m working on a tool that aims to do two things:
bootstrap Lemmy communities with content from their “equivalent” subreddit
help people migrate away from Reddit, by setting up a bot account on Lemmy that can be later taken over by their legitimate reddit owner. The idea is that the bot account would follow the equivalent lemmy communities and “registration” could be as easy as having the reddit user sending a DM to a bot to authenticate themselves.
I’m wondering how the people here would feel about me trying out this tool by mapping /r/rust to !email@example.com ? My plan would be to set up a Lemmy instance that could exclusively be the home for the bot accounts, and then I would handpick a few posts every day to get them mirrored here, comments included. I also have in the roadmap to have responses to let users on Reddit to be notified of the conversations/replies received on the Lemmy post.
My view of pros/cons:
- Those who are already on Lemmy but stay on Reddit because of specific, niche communities will be able to ditch Reddit entirely.
- More content in the instance, which would help mitigate the common “I want to move to Lemmy, but the content is not there” complaints.
- A clearer path to migration and less time discussing "where to go if we are leaving reddit?"
- Admins who object to this can simply deferate from the mirror instance(s).
- If abused, Lemmy communities might start looking like they are filled with bots only. Not really my intention, this is why I am not planning to fully automate this, but also not a big issue given that admins can easily protect themselves for instances that spam too much.
- It’s a legal grey area (though there are so many repost bots out there and I don’t see how anyone would try to enforce copyright claims) whose support is mostly on the hands of reddit users.
- If people look at it as a tool to help them migrate, we can win them over. If this feels too forced, they will more likely side with Reddit and refuse to migrate.
Anyway, please let me know your thoughts.