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Twitter has banned a bot that goes under the social media handle @wordlinator. The bot replies to people’s Wordle posts with rude messages, with some even including a spoiler for the next word in the following day’s game. In addition, the bot was able to acquire the pre-generated list of words for the next games through Wordle’s code, which then ruins the upcoming word challenges.
Wordle is an online game that provides players with a daily word challenge where they are to guess a five-letter word in no more than six guesses. Wordle encourages players to then share their results, which many people do. Every day, all players of the platform simultaneously guess the answer to one challenge. Therefore, there is only one word for everyone every day. Once they do share their results on their social platforms, the players can also include emojis to indicate how easy or complicated the day’s word challenge was. Players can easily be identified on Twitter because they often post a ton of yellow, gray, and green squares arranged in a sequence.
Wordle is all about solving the day’s word puzzle and waiting in anticipation for the next one to come out after 24 hours. But when a bot posted hate comments to players who shared their results and revealed the answer to the next word on Wordle’s system, the fun was spoiled for everyone.
In a tweet, the bot said, “Guess what. People don’t care about your mediocre linguistic escapades.” @wordlinator further spoiled the following day’s answer, saying it was “to teach you a lesson.” Many see the bot’s actions as a bitter response to people’s bragging rights for winning the day’s word challenge on Wordle. But some are also pointing out that people who share are not only those who manage to guess the puzzle but also those who score poorly on the day’s challenge. Thus defeating @wordlinator’s statements inferring that people who share are showing off something without essence and are nothing more than “mediocre linguistic escapades.”
The Worldlinator was suspended for violating Twitter rules and disrupting the online community with its inconsiderate posts. A tweet by Dan Nguyen, also known as @dancow, said, “btw, today’s word is LMAOO,” in response to @wordlinator’s account being suspended from the platform.
Following @wordlinator’s attacks on Wordle players, Twitter also saw a surge of tweets from users saying people should be allowed to enjoy the little things, such as sharing their Wordle scores or results. Others are also pointing out that instead of putting out hate comments on people who do make their Wordle results public, they should focus on channeling their energies into finding things that would spark joy for them, or better yet, just mute Wordle and move on.
While the bot @wordlinator has been banned from the platform, social media users are stating that Twitter may still not be a safe space to share Wordle results. Now that the internet knows that Wordle’s upcoming words can be revealed once someone breaks into its system again, predicting and revealing game answers are still extremely viable possibilities in the future.
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