drphil.rb - Voting Bot Update / FixessteemCreated with Sketch.

in radiator •  3 years ago  (edited)


  • Fix for nodes that stop responding.
  • Fix for dynamic rep loading more frequently on lower limits.

New Features

  • Now checking for new HF18 cashout_time value (of present).
    • This will skip voting when authors edit their old archived posts.
  • Now checking vote_weight: 0.00 % and skipping without broadcast.
    • This is useful for special configurations that only vote for favorites.
  • Now voting for favorites irregardless of rep.
  • Optionally configure voters as a separate filename. E.g:
    • voters: voters.txt
      • The format for the file is just: account wif (no leading dash, separated by space)
    • Or continue to use the previous format.
  • Also optional support for separate files in each (format one per line or separated by space or both):
    • favorite_accounts
    • skip_accounts
    • skip_tags
    • flag_signals
    • vote_signals


  • YAML config.
    • winfrey mode that acts like the winfrey bot, all voters vote for everyone
    • drphil mode one random voter votes for everyone (default)
    • min_rep (default 25.0)
    • min_wait and max_wait so that you can fine-tune voting delay.
    • favorite_accounts list and separate favorites_vote_weight option.
    • enable_comments option to vote for post replies (default false).
    • only_first_posts option to only vote on an author's first post (default false).
    • max_rep option, useful for limiting votes to newer authors (default 99.9).
    • vote_signals account list.
      • Optionally allows multiple bot instances to cooperate by avoiding vote swarms.
      • If enabled, this feature allows cooperation without sharing keys (in drphil mode).
    • min_rep can now accept either a static reputation or a dynamic property.
      • Existing static reputation still supported, e.g.: 25.0
      • Dynamic reputation, e.g.: dynamic:100. This will occasionally query the top 100 trending posts and use the minimum author reputation.
  • Skip posts with declined payout.
  • Skip posts that already have votes from external scripts and posts that were edited.
  • Argument called replay: allows a replay of n blocks allowing you to catch up to the present.
    • E.g.: ruby drphil.rb replay:90 will replay the last 90 blocks (about 4.5 minutes).
  • Thread management
    • Counter displayed so you know what kind of impact ^C will have.
    • This also keeps the number of threads down when authors edit before Dr. Phil votes.
  • Now streaming on Last Irreversible Block Number, just to be fancy.


Dr. Phil (drphil.rb) is reimplementation of the "Winfrey" voting bot specification. The goal is to give everyone an upvote.

One optional improvement is that instead of voting 1% by 100 accounts like the Winfrey bot spec, this script can vote 100% with 1 randomly chosen account.

If the complaint about Winfrey is blockchain bloat, Dr. Phil prescribes weight loss to address this. But this feature would only work if there are enough voters defined in the script. If you plan to use this script for one or two accounts, you'll probably want to adjust the VOTE_WEIGHT constant to something a bit lower.


To use this Radiator bot:

$ sudo apt-get install ruby-full git openssl libssl1.0.0 libssl-dev
$ gem install bundler
$ gem install bundler

I've tested it on various versions of ruby. The oldest one I got it to work was:

ruby 2.0.0p645 (2015-04-13 revision 50299) [x86_64-darwin14.4.0]

First, clone this gist and install the dependencies:

$ git clone https://gist.github.com/61bcc2b821aa5acb24f7fc88921950c7.git drphil
$ cd drphil
$ bundle install

Then run it:

$ ruby drphil.rb

Dr. Phil will now do it's thing. Check here to see an updated version of this bot:



Typically, you can upgrade to the latest version by this command, from the original directory you cloned into:

$ git pull

Usually, this works fine as long as you haven't modified anything. If you get an error, try this:

$ git stash --all
$ git pull --rebase
$ git stash pop

If you're still having problems, I suggest starting a new clone.


Problem: What does this error mean?
drphil.yml:3: syntax error, unexpected ':', expecting end-of-input
mode: winfrey
Solution: You ran ruby drphil.yml but you should run ruby drphil.rb.

Problem: Everything looks ok, but every time Dr. Phil tries to vote, I get this error:
Unable to vote with <account>.  Invalid version
Solution: You're trying to vote with an invalid key.

Make sure the .yml file voter items have the account name, followed by a space, followed by the account's WIF posting key. Also make sure you have removed the example accounts (social and bad.account are just for testing).

See my previous Ruby How To posts in: #radiator #ruby

Get in touch!

If you're using Dr. Phil, I'd love to hear from you. Drop me a line and tell me what you think! I'm @inertia on STEEM and SteemSpeak.


I don't believe in intellectual "property". If you do, consider Dr. Phil as licensed under a Creative Commons CC0 License.

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1200 Votes?!?! Wow!

So if I run it it will query me for my private key, then I enter and its sweet, correct?

Dr Phil is running great. It is similar to fossbot kinda. Thank you for making so many great tools.

I'm going to attempt to add a comment feature that is optional similar to the way you have it for drotto. So that members of https://SteemThat.com community know when the Auto Share feature is working other than just seeing the upvote plus perhaps we could craft a message to help get the word out more. If I'm successful I get the code to you so that you can have this version as well. Thank you for all of your hard work!

It was a success. It took me a while to do it but it works. You probably could have done it in 30 minutes but I had to really learn what each line of code was doing in order to use your radiator scripts to add to the drphil. While I was going through the code I found the "Seinfield" which was neat to see and think about how it could be used in a positive way. Thank you for creating these tools in a fun language. If you would like to see my hack job I'll try to upload it to my github or bitbucket soon.

get me along @steemit