What is @broombot?
The community needs a free and anonymous way to give feedback to bot owners who have comment bots. What better feedback than downvotes?
I've had this idea percolating in the back of my mind for a while. It's one of those things that I keep turning over and over and contemplating the logical process along with the possible abuse.
I enlisted the help of @nnnarvaez who is a fellow witness and a great guy who is passionate about helping those in his native country of Venezuela, educating them on the use of steemit.com, and stopping abuse.
How do I use @broombot?
;reg <steemit username> and @broombot will DM you instructions. 0.003 SBD is required to register but it will be returned to you.
After you have successfully registered you can DM broombot links to bot comments you perceive as spam for downvoting! To prevent accidental downvoting by those who think this is an upvote bot the format for your DM should be
Users are required to register with the bot. After @broombot is released into the wild, users will be monitored for abuse. Anyone caught abusing @broombot will be banned. What is abuse? Other than targeting specific bots maliciously we haven’t defined that yet. I’m sure we’ll have more to add in the coming days.
There has been some discussion about opt-out bots. For the time being they will remain on the list.
If you find a bot that is not on the list you can submit me a request to add it. Right now the list is short but in the next 24 hours it will be populated with a number of known bots.
General information about @broombot
Because the @broombot account will be doing the flagging it will not post or comment, ever. This will keep its reputation locked in at 25. The idea is to give feedback - not kill account reputations.
All posts and comments related will be done by @raguel. The next phase of development is to provide bot owners with a weekly report in the form of a comment on their latest post.
Multiple members of the community can request the same comment to be flagged. Currently there is only one flag account - @broombot.
Currently the account has 780 SP and the flag weight is set to 1%. This will be adjusted in the future. My goal is to have the weight just heavy enough to remove payout and hide the comment.