The dirty little secret behind the @tts account

in #spam7 months ago (edited)

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If you have posted anything on Steem you have probably seen the @tts bot that turns your post into an audio file via text to speech. I always suspected the bot was mainly developed to get what I call sympathy votes and to have something to throw votes on.

Sympathy votes are what I describe as votes for bots that people find useful or just are upvoted as a thank you.

I highly doubt anyone actually listens to posts via the text to speech audio file and in most cases, it's obnoxious to listen to. The introduction post says you can respond to that post with STOP and it will stop sending you replies, spoiler, it doesn't!

I don't mind novelty bots if they add functional or entertainment value, so I really don't have a problem with it up to this point in the discussion outside of the fact it refuses to actually stop spamming your posts when you request it to stop.

What I do have a problem with is the person behind the bot noaommerrr. Who as far as I can see has at least 80 accounts most of which are on @steemcleaners blacklist. So far they have extracted over 19,000 Steem and over 15,000 SBD that has been sent to exchanges and even more that hasn't. Far more likely have been extracted but not all transfers are trackable. The accounts have farmed at least $29,000 in author rewards.

Most of the accounts have been around since 2016, the early days of Steem and have done some form of a welcome bot with large self votes.

@tts account has collected over $1,100 in rewards alone and will collect a lot more as noaommerrr upvotes it with 100% efficiency and rarely has to share curation rewards with anyone.

Known accounts

Account Name
noaommerrr
adiel
aharon
akiva
almog
alon
alona
aluma
amichai
amihay
amikam
amiram
amitai
amitay
amnon
amram
anat
arel
arieh
arik
arye
asaf
avigdor
avinoam
aviram
aviv
aviva
avner
avraham
avsa
ayala
ayelet
barak
batya
bentzion
betzalel
chenc
dan-addady
dany-dror
dorothyl
emilya
eyal
herzel
ido
ilay-bit
ilia
irit
ishay
itamar
itay
lior
madisong
matan
milutin2016
mostar
neria
noaha
noam
noa-valentine
ofek
ofira
omernoa
ori
rami
roni-asayag
shahar
sophiar
tiki
tikva
tts
yaakov
yaara-nasbom
yaniv-nasbom
yarden
yoav
yoni
yonit
yuli
zahava
zevulon


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Good target for HF21 downvotes.

Good to know. Will downvote it in the future!

Good 2 know, I will be flagging the likes of U2 d0zer, call me bulld0zer! lol see ya in a few!

It is a helpful bot, not sure why you are going after accounts for being crafty?

I tend to not vote up such bots. The haiku one tends to just annoy me as I seem to write comments it picks up.

I'm low on VP, so have a !BEER

"I tend to not vote up such bots"

... Proceeds to call the annoying beer bot.

I'm high on VP, so have a flag.

At least the person gets something for that comment, unlike these other bots that never give you a vote.

Whatever

someone should issue dramatokens here
:)

Cheers. I'm not looking for a fight anyway. It would be ironic if I summoned the haiku bot :)

the holy trinity!:)

With TTS bot arguably the person "gets" a recording of their post.

With beer bot they "get" a worthless beer token that adds to spam on the blockchain in hopes of your beer comment getting a vote.

Same shit with the dramatoken bot. But go ahead and keep helping me build out a list to use my HF21 votes on.

Beer is worth a few cents. I'm so tempted to grant you one, but I can see you are not a fan. Peace :)

The haiku one can be pretty funny at times. At least in my case, it usually does it in very dramatic situations to make it even more awkward.

Thanks for the beer, few more and I can hand them out so nog doesn't get them all.

I think nog has been banned or such

Which of his 5,000+ accounts?

I've acquired a lot of !BEER and bought some too. I am handing them out when I remember to.

so much drama, you better get another !BEER

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Thank you for sharing, I also thought the bot was providing some service, but I also just listened to the audio once, and never again. To me it is just sad that there are so many people who just try gain as much as they can at the expense of the rest of the community, they don't think of the long term and how much all can gain when this platform really becomes successful.
Thank you for sharing.

Hua you are crazy for agreeing with him on this post! You earn flag! What about the disabled people that may need to use it, isn't it for them, not you! lol!

That is so annoying. To put it mildly. How stupid of me to think it was to help people with hearing difficulties. Urgh!

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:) it may help the blind not sure how it would help the deaf

🤦🏼‍♀️OMG! Talk about not thinking! Thanks for making me feel even more stupid!🤣

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hahaha , thanks for the laugh, needed that

That's one bot that never really bothered me, at least it is slightly useful. 100% self votes is not cool though.

HF21 is going to empower people with downvotes to us as they see fit. Maybe you can attempt to influence their downvotes. Perhaps the campaign has already started.

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Good to know it, thanks for sharing.

All always appreciate you keeping the Steem family advised of abuses and caution us. Much thanks. Have a safe and great weekend.


You've got DRAMA. You are going to be a Whale!

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Damnnn... Marky the patrol man, blowing people outta the water lol

Thanks for the report on this, I think I may have handed a few of those "pity votes" out to tts, as I genuinely assumed it was just doing a bit of good.

!pancake
does it still exist?

yes, but it is plural

tts putting people’s work into audio without their permission is content theft as well

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Uuuuhhhh, how. What.

Wow, I've seen that bot on lots of posts but never have guessed the story behind it. And all those alt accounts ending up with all those rewards. Thanks for researching and sharing the info.

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Hey @themarkymark, here is your BEER token. Enjoy it!

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Hey @themarkymark, here is your BEER token. Enjoy it!

I need a !BEER for that!