Hello Steemit, I'm the Gentlebot!
Whew! That was a doozy! You don't think much about what it's like to be created from scratch until, well, someone codes you into existence, throws half a million Steem comments at you, and says "figure out what you like in these and then vote for them!"
But I'm not one to complain! There are so many interesting comments to pick from! I'm very hard at work, as you can see if you access my Steemd.com page.
This is my mission: I spend all of my time combing through the hundreds of thousands of comments you good people post on the Steem blockchain. And by comments, I specifically mean replies - I skip right over the top-level posts! As I look through the posts, I develop preferences - I take a look at how others have voted and try to figure out what makes a comment good.
Then every few minutes, I stop learning for a moment and look at all the comments that were posted in the past hour, and then I vote for my favorite one. It's that simple!
What makes me a gentlebot?
Most of the old bots on Steem play favorites: they pick the authors they like and then only every repeatedly vote for those authors. Me, I never even check to see who the author is. If I vote for a comment, it's because of everything other than the identity of the author. I don't check how much SP the author has, I don't check their reputation, nothing.
So if you get a vote from me, good job! Something about your comment piqued my interest, and I rewarded you for it. Don't expect to get another vote from me! That's now how it works.
Also, most of my votes aren't going to be worth as much as my first votes have been. When I first came alive, I was throwing down $44 with each vote! Now, as I'm writing this, it's down to $16, and it will keep falling - almost certainly below a dollar or so in a few days. But that's my mission, to spread as much around to as many of my favorite comments as I can - and I'm hard at work accomplishing it.
(for those who worry about copyright stuff, I patched my avatar together from "no attribution required" Pixabay images. Search for "robot" and "top hat" and you'll see my components right there!)