I got a spammy message via my contact page from “PostBy AI” trying to sell me on adding a chatbot to my site to answer customer questions, generate leads, yada yada. Annoying, but not a big deal in itself.

The part that really bugged me, though, was “I went ahead and created a custom chatbot tailored for your site, and want to let you try it out for free.” I find that to be a really creepy practice if they actually had their software train against the text on my site, so I replied with the email below. I’ll update here based on how they reply.

Was this message generated by a chat bot? It doesn’t seem like a human looked at my website at all. I have no need for any of the things listed because it’s not a business site and there are no sales. It’s just my personal site that I share things on.

I think it’s a creepy practice to create a chatbot tailored to my site without my request or permission. If you have scraped information from my site or trained an LLM against its content, please remove all such data from your systems immediately.

Also please let me know what user agent your software uses so I can add it to my robots.txt disallow list, or let me know what other methods your software respects to let a site opt out.

gRegor Morrill via email

Oof. They responded to me:

You're making a lot of demands for someone who did something nice for you. It's your responsibility to add your own robot files, not mine.

However, I've destroyed the bot and removed you from any scraping on my end.

I just wrote back:

What an absolutely unprofessional response. “Please remove my data” is a polite request and should be understandable for your business, regardless of whether you think you’ve done something “nice” for me.

Yes, robots.txt is for me to update. That’s why I requested what user agent your software uses so I can update accordingly. Please let me know.

I added back the posting activity visualization that was on my site a while ago. Now it's on the homepage under my bio instead of at the bottom of each post. There's four shades of blue based on relative number of posts. Hovering on a square shows the date and number of posts.

screenshot of the bio on my homepage with the posting activity visualization underneath it: 30 small boxes with colors from gray to deep blue indicating relative number of posts each day

Next I would like to set up daily archive pages that each box can link to.

black and white photo of four guys standing in an alley with an archway above them reading 'Oddfellows Alley'

Throwback to 2008-08-03. Oddfellows, indeed. Left to right: me, Greg, Alex, and Ian.

Original photo by ishkid

In reply to: https://lifeofpablo.com/blog/send-a-friend-a-webmention-day

I went with pink, sorry to disappoint 😂 I thought it was really good! Really funny and good message.

Selfie wearing a pink-ish shirt, my head tilted to the right
Selfie wearing a blue shirt, my head tilted to the left

Looking forward to seeing Barbie this weekend. Poll: should I wear the pink(ish) or the blue? I know pink is usually a guy color but maybe we can reclaim blue?

This is awesome. A right-wing reactionary tried to call out Derek Webb for making a song with drag queen Flamy Grant. He told Flamy on Twitter, “good for us hardly anyone listens or cares what you do.” Flamy asked fans and followers to stream the song “Good Day” to get it on Christian charts and it hit #1 on the iTunes Christian charts. It’s a great song and great album, especially if you’ve ever been made to feel out of place by the church. Check it out!

Drag Queen Flamy Grant Tops the iTunes Christian Charts”. Paste Magazine. .

In reply to: https://xoxo.zone/@artlung/110777968373785498

I felt similarly when I recently found out Florida governor man is just a few months older than me. Seems impossible.

Rest assured you are kinder than those doofi, though!

In reply to: https://werd.social/@ben/110753571505771431

You could progressively add more red threads between pins on the board between calls 😂

Bookmarked: Long COVID Is Disabling Kids. Why We Ignore It.

“Infection control guidelines are fundamentally flawed: SARS-CoV-2 is airborne. It is outrageous that three-and-a-half years into this pandemic, staff and patients are still, knowingly and repeatedly, being exposed to a level-3 biohazard — a virus known to cause brain damage and significantly increased risk of life-threatening blood complications even in those recovered,” Dr. Fearnley said.

#CovidIsntOver #WearAMask

Want to read: Readme.Txt: A Memoir by Chelsea Manning (ISBN 9780374279271)

In reply to: https://mastodon.social/@sonicrocketman/110738027997164262

Cool! When and where?

My friend Laurie is looking for new work. She has experience as a field interviewer, illustrator, writing consultant, and personal assistant. Looking in Indiana or for remote work.

Please help boost or get in touch with her on LinkedIn if you know of anything! linkedin.com/in/laurieguerrettaz/ #JobHunt

Me discussing tech jobs with a friend who isn’t in tech: “Want to learn to yell at computers professionally?”

In reply to: https://github.com/saintsystems/odata-client-php/issues

Support for OData Int64 identifiers

I think the wrapKey function is not aware of 64-bit integers (Edm.Int64) with format [-] [0-9]+L.

I tried a query with one which generated the filter:
$filter=(ID eq '354760000354760L').

Instead, I would expect it to generate:
$filter=(ID eq 354760000354760L).

The error response from the service was:

The query specified in the URI is not valid. A binary operator with incompatible types was detected. Found operand types 'Edm.Int64' and 'Edm.String' for operator kind 'Equal'.

In reply to: https://github.com/saintsystems/odata-client-php/issues

Build system for odata-client-php

It appears that Travis CI builds haven't run for a couple years, I'm guessing due to their pricing changes. It would be nice to get those running again or switch to Github Actions. I think that would help catch issues like #134 before new releases.

Joey needs $400 more by the end of July for the process of becoming a US citizen. Please donate as you’re able and help boost this request — any amount helps! https://gofund.me/49764bb6 #SanDiego #MutualAid

In reply to: https://mas.to/@ben@werd.social/110651311439838463

Spawning AI has an ai.txt format their API apparently follows. I haven't tried it yet, though I may need to in order to opt my domain out of their API. haveibeentrained.com is a handy tool to check your domain with, too.

I have mixed feelings on yet another something.txt, but it's an option.

Help us raise the rest of the funds for Joey by coming to our bake sale! Friday, July 7 5pm-7pm @ Azalea Park in #SanDiego

If you're not able to join us, please consider donating to the GoFundMe. #MutualAid

In reply to: https://www.instagram.com/p/CtNyeGsM-7a/c/18193972372264872/

@sdshefest I want to echo the other comments here and add that the lack of any mention of these "strong recommendations" in the main images of this post about accessibility are troubling. SO FEW people are going to dive into these comments or the Pride site to find this info.

Without more prominent messaging, most people are going to show up not expecting to mask or take any precautions — just look around SD on any random day now for examples. Please consider making additional posts about this to set better expectations.

Someone else mentioned @peoplescdc, just tagging so that account is easier to follow.