An evil Bot is spoiling future Wordle answers for naive fans

A Wordle game has five incorrect character words.

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Obviously someone didn’t learn about curse of Wordle. A kid in class A created a Twitter bot that looked for people tweeting their scores for that day’s word puzzle and responded with a quote for the next day’s word. Bot of the goal, obviously, is “to put an end to Wordle brag. ”

Wordle, guess the word great the game has mysteriously taken over all of humanity (even to the point of highlighting in SNLopen cold this weekend), seems designed only to be love and joy. As demonstrated by the apparently selfless intent of its creator and refuse to make money, with philanthropic acts of people who get rich just by being involved in the game, at this point, is our only hope of peace. So no one is happy with some asshole trying to ruin the experience for everyone.

This dark story started earlier this month, like Discovered NME, when a software engineer named Robert Reichel decided to reverse engineer the game’s code out of pure curiosity. He recorded his pursuit in a blog post, revealed that he had a good understanding of the algorithm that decides each day’s chosen word. From there, he can figure out the next day’s word that will be chosen by the algorithm from a static list, and thus, for the first time, every time, the game is “right”.

His mistake was shown. Later, when posting this method, he concluded, “Try it.” Of course everyone did. And one person, still unidentified, thought it would be a the idea of ​​creating a Twitter bot that uses this information, then made reviews around people posting their scores to their timeline, to reply they ruin the game for them for the next day.

One of the simple joys of Wordle, where you have six guesses to determine a five-letter word, the letters are placed in the correct places and the letters that are wrong are marked Mastermind-style, is that you can simply share your results with your friends without spoiling the game for them. Using emojis, it creates a version of the grid with green and yellow rectangles, showing your predictions and the number of turns you have completed. So of course a lot of people posted those results on Twitter.

As you can see above, I did this for the first time today, because I was more prides itself on getting a tough word after two big misses. Usually, me and my friends share our results in a small WhatsApp group. Sometimes it’s confusing enough to try to distinguish each other’s first guessed words based on the resulting pattern. We are all having fun and not harming anyone.

But it’s clear that this shared enthusiasm isn’t something just a single scoundrel can handle, as he explains his spoilerbot account — The Wordlinator — with, “I was sent from the future to end pretentiousness.” Except, because it’s a bot, it’s not looking for such a thing. Considering the victims, one posted her results saying, “I cheated bc I know it’s something I never would have guessed.” When the bot automatically replies, “God, stop bragging. Here, grab hold of tomorrow and get on with your life: XXXXX. ” (I already censored the word, ruined the game myself so I can write this tomorrow.)

Another said, “Agreed, the hardest one yet. I didn’t know the word even existed,” posted his full six turns to address it. And again, “Guess what, tomorrow is XXXXX. Keep bragging, and I’ll be back every day. ”

That’s just a bad thing to do! Sure, it’s not so important in the grand scheme of things, but it takes away 5 minutes of fun from everyone’s day at a time when we could do with all the first minutes we could. have been.

The bot seems to be a bit interrupted — it seems to have a flurry of replies every few hours. It was temporarily suspended after launching 5 days ago, but has quickly returned and is still continuing, while the account creator brags about its relevance (sorry). We’ve reached out to the people behind The Wordlinator to find out their motives and will let you know if they come back to us.

Apparently the Curse of Wordle will take care of them eventually. But in the short term, you may want to lock your account if you are in the habit of posting your scores on Twitter. An evil Bot is spoiling future Wordle answers for naive fans

James Brien

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