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This is a python script using the Mastodon.py library to power a Mastodon bot.
Basically, the script will search the current Federated Timeline and follow people in order to populate the said Federation Timeline a bit more (for more info on how the FTL work in Mastodon, please check the Mastodon documentation and source code). But above this crude behaviour the Capybara Bot implements several features to avoid annoying other users (a lot of people don't like being followed by robot, it turns out) :
With this bot, I hope to restore trust and understanding between humans and robots. A lot of people dislike followbots, but I still think there are useful and have a role to play. I own a personnal instance and without my Capybara bot my FTL would be very lonely.
You will need a Mastodon account, and you'll find one running at @AutofollowBot@mastodon.lertsenem.com. Be warned though: there's no way to force it to follow you.
To run this script, you will of course need Python 3. The following modules are also required:
For a simpler installation, I recommend using a virtualenv.
$> apt install python3-virtualenv
(You'll need to adapt that command if your package manager is not apt)
$> mkdir capybarabot $> cd capybarabot $> git clone https://git.lertsenem.com/lertsenem/mastodon_capybarabot capybarabot $> virtualenv -p python3 venv $> . venv/bin/activate (venv)$> pip install Mastodon.py beautifulsoup4 (venv)$> python capybarabot/main.py --help usage: main.py [-h] [-V] [-v] [-i ID_FILE] [-t TOKEN_FILE] [-d DATA_FILE] [-l LOGIN] [-p PASSWORD] [-o OWNER] [-M MAXFOLLOW] [-T FOLLOWTIME] [-L LEAVEALONETIME] [-B BLACKLISTINSTANCE] [-b BLACKLISTLANGUAGE] [fullhandle] positional arguments: fullhandle full mastodon handle optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -V, --version show bot version -v, --verbose more verbose logs; repeat to increase verbosity -i ID_FILE, --id-file ID_FILE the id file -t TOKEN_FILE, --token-file TOKEN_FILE the token file -d DATA_FILE, --data-file DATA_FILE the data file -l LOGIN, --login LOGIN the login to use, needed the first time -p PASSWORD, --password PASSWORD the password to use, needed the first time -o OWNER, --owner OWNER full mastodon handle of the bot owner -M MAXFOLLOW, --maxfollow MAXFOLLOW how much people the bot is allowed to follow -T FOLLOWTIME, --followtime FOLLOWTIME how many days the bot is allowed to follow people -L LEAVEALONETIME, --leavealonetime LEAVEALONETIME how many days the bot must leave old friends alone -B BLACKLISTINSTANCE, --blacklistinstance BLACKLISTINSTANCE what instance the bot is not allowed to follow (can be used multiple time) -b BLACKLISTLANGUAGE, --blacklistlanguage BLACKLISTLANGUAGE what languages the bot is not allowed to follow (can be used multiple time)
First, you'll need a mastodon account, on the instance of your choice.
Next, you can run the capybarabot with your handle ('user@instance') as an argument.
(venv)$> python capybarabot/main.py user@instance
The first time you will be prompted for your credentials, which will then be
mstdn_capybarabot.* files. Those files holds secrets for a full
access to your account, keep them secret. You can also revoke the bot access
to your account any time you want by going into your account settings and
reviewing the applications permissions.
For a repeated usage, on a dedicated account for example, I recommend setting a cron task to run every minutes or so:
*/1 * * * * myuser cd path/to/capybarabot/ && ./venv/bin/python capybarabot/main.py
Note that after the first time the handle to use is saved in one of the
mstdn_capybarabot.* files, so you don't need to precise it in the command line.