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Yeah, $50 doesn't begin to cover what we'd lose by letting sponsored posts into the fediverse.

The answer, again, is no.

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Also pretty clear they have no idea what Mastodon is, and that this is entirely automated. But yeah.

@matt Yeah I had a few of those too -- even more puzzling on our invite only less-than-1000-user instance. I think it's actually just "we want an article on your about page for crappy SEO reasons" more than sponsored posts but obviously -- still 🙅

So I'm not entirely against sponsored content. If it's transparent and obvious and filterable then our clients can move past them.

THIS post however is content hijacking; they're not even paying you to write content but manipulate EXISTING forms. That shit is rancid.

@jalcine @matt I felt like a pariah when I was following marketing trends and everyone there was really excited about content that wasn't 'traditional' marketing. For example, a blog post written like all others on a car review site, but sponsored by Ford. That's misleading. I'm a little put off by podcasters and "influencers" too. It's one thing to use and like Squarespace and get paid by them and it's another to stage a photo of you using a backpack. It's all still advertising. :blobpats:

@matt
Do they not know they can just make an account on any number of servers, or just set up their own? LOL

@frankiesaxx They could, but who would be reading them? Frankly, on Twitter I would quickly get tired and unsubscribe from independent authors, who were "building the platform" by posting: "Buy my book!" every other day. Advertising for the sake of advertising is extremely dull.

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@SeventhMagpie
If that's all they can think of to write on their social media it's probably not a great advert for their books.
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@matt I too get these email for a site I administer, and they're equally as terrible and hilariously wrong, yet also annoyingly persistent.

@lowbrow Hah yeah. I really want to know what the success rate of something like that is

- find random email addresses online
- send bad automated messages
- ???
- profit?

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