okay i've decided that i'm turning off all of the free ebooks bots (that i host) in 72 hours. for the 5.5% of you who pay for yours, nothing will change, except they might reply a bit faster.
so what are your options? well:
- you can do nothing, and have them disappear. i'll be able to restore them if you decide to pay later.
- you can host it yourself. i'll give you the login credentials and the necessary files.
- you can find someone else to host if for you, either for less money or for free. i'm sure someone else is willing to do this for you.
here's a link to the tutorial on hosting the bot yourself: https://cloud.lynnesbian.space/s/jozbRi69t4TpD95
pre-emptive responses to all the angry screaming i'm gonna get, in Q&A form
Q: the bots are so easy to host! why aren't you continuing to do it?
A: because i don't want to do this anymore
Q: it's so easy to do though. they barely use any resources.
A: when you run 108 of them it is. they've killed my server multiple times.
Q: fuck you
Q: by forcing people to pay money for the ebooks bots, you are effectively gating off this iconic part of the fediverse experience from people living in less advantaged situations. how can you claim to be anti-capitalist while simultaneously demanding financial compensation for something so basic?
A: i put time, effort and resources into this. it's not free for me to do. it's an effort. the bots are still freely available, and so is the source code. if you can't or won't pay, you can host it yourself or ask someone else to.
Q: you never warned people about paying for this, and now you're taking something away that they've gotten attached to. isn't that manipulative?
A: i'm sorry it comes across like that, but that's really not the intent. the bot won't disappear, you can host it yourself or pay for it to be brought back up.
Q: this is going to look bad for you.
A: fuck off
Q: i'm going to miss [bot]... i hope you know what you're doing to people
A: you can pay or host it yourself, it's still here
Q: many people don't have the technical know-how or resources to host their own bot. this is a very "tech bro" thing of you to do - gating access to a program behind technical knowledge and claiming anyone can do it.
A: you can ask someone else to do it for you, just not me
Q: you're overreacting
A: eat shit
the image on the left is a screenshot every single free ebooks bot. on the right is every single paid ebooks bot.
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