It's the truth (discuss.tchncs.de)
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[-] RandomVideos@programming.dev 147 points 7 months ago

Am i the only person that likes the tldr bot?

[-] sharkfinsoup@lemmy.ml 123 points 7 months ago

I like it because it means I don't have to go to the actual article most of the time to read what it says

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[-] Mothra@mander.xyz 12 points 7 months ago

I also like it but it's not a true TLDR bot

[-] imgonnatrythis@lemm.ee 3 points 7 months ago

Depends, can it hop pay walls? Wish Lemmy had a no pay wall linking policy or at least a warning system. If it can summarize articles behind pay walls it is my friend.

Do agree with OP though, wish it could be even more concise.

[-] Macaroni_ninja@lemmy.world 92 points 7 months ago

Ok, if an article is 500 words long and the bot shortens it to 80 is still reasonable to call it TL:DR, however if there is a 1000+ word article we have two options:

Shorten it to 2-300 words and still give us most of the important details, or give us a two sentence summary, which is the true TL:DR for me, but most headlines also do the same job.

Personally option 1 is much better and I don't care how the bot is called. I'm okay with reading one phone screen worth of text instead of clicking the link and skimming through whatever side content and ads they have and reading 5-10 times as much.

Call it something else if you don't like the TL:DR bot name, or block it, but it's super useful IMO.

[-] EddoWagt@feddit.nl 22 points 7 months ago

How about both? A TL;DR and a TL;TL;DR;DR

[-] pythonoob@programming.dev 11 points 7 months ago

My album my album is dropping is dropping

[-] ReakDuck@lemmy.ml 5 points 7 months ago

Fuck fuck yeah yeah

[-] LukeMedia@lemmy.world 2 points 7 months ago

Just got back from the studio. My album my album my album is dropping is dropping is dropping.

[-] Loid@lemm.ee 3 points 7 months ago

Words many, TL:DR plz

[-] WhoRoger@lemmy.world 10 points 7 months ago

I just want it shortened to a non-clickbait headline. And then a version shortened to about a 1/4rd length, as that's usually the ratio of information to fluff in written articles.

[-] Shelena@feddit.nl 72 points 7 months ago

Here it does a great job of reducing a text of 174 words to 172 words. 👍

(I do not want to complain too much. Usually it works and it is short enough for me to quickly read it.)

[-] pimeys@lemmy.nauk.io 51 points 7 months ago

Best of all you do not need to click the link, load the website, enable JavaScript because there is nothing without it and then tap the cookie banner away disabling all of the cookies first.

[-] rivvvver@lemmy.dbzer0.com 31 points 7 months ago

i see a future where we no longer access websites directly because websites got so bloated that using a bot to give us the content instead is just way easier

[-] twelvefloatinghands@lemmy.world 9 points 7 months ago

We do that now by skipping to the comments though...

[-] pimeys@lemmy.nauk.io 8 points 7 months ago

A bot that would send us the content as email, which we'd read using Emacs. I can see that happening.

[-] pythonoob@programming.dev 3 points 7 months ago

RSS to emacs possible?

[-] KnightontheSun@lemmy.world 4 points 7 months ago

And also avoiding the possibility of your browser not being supported. What a world.

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[-] r00ty@kbin.life 6 points 7 months ago

And don't get me started on "legitimate interest" cookies. Legitimate to whom?

[-] Perfide@reddthat.com 2 points 7 months ago

Actually you usually need to have Javascript off, 90% of news websites paywalls are just Javascript so turning it off let's you read the article.

[-] pimeys@lemmy.nauk.io 2 points 7 months ago

There are quite a many websites just showing a white page if JavaScript is off...

[-] Sotuanduso@lemm.ee 11 points 7 months ago

Just shortening "Republican US Senator" to "Senator," nice.

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[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 70 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

We just need a TLDR bot for the TLDR bot

[-] bjoern_tantau@swg-empire.de 44 points 7 months ago

Could someone summarise this comment for me?

[-] iso@lemy.lol 56 points 7 months ago
[-] jimmydoreisalefty@lemmus.org 13 points 7 months ago

TLDR bot needs a TLDR^2 bot

[-] iHUNTcriminals@lemm.ee 7 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)
[-] Mac@mander.xyz 4 points 7 months ago
[-] moipe@lemmy.world 6 points 7 months ago

Need TLDR bot for TLDR bot

[-] janAkali@lemmy.one 14 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

We need a better tldr bot and also a tsdfln (too short doesn't feel like a novel) bot.

[-] d3Xt3r@lemmy.nz 12 points 7 months ago

This. I mentioned this a couple of times, IMO a Tl;DR shouldn't exceed 150 words, but the bot's author disagreed with me. It's not a TL;DR if it takes up half the screen.

[-] bilboswaggings@sopuli.xyz 21 points 7 months ago

You can get a shorter TLDR by scimming it But having to load some bloated article with pop ups and autoplay videos is worse So I would rather have a long TLDR than it being too short

People really want TLDR bot to effectively give clickbait titles with no context

[-] KnightontheSun@lemmy.world 4 points 7 months ago

I was seeking information on deer salt licks the other day and clicked on one of the search results that took me to someone’s hunting site. The site had every auto play video and pop up you could imagine. It’s like they used every shitty trick in the book to have you click an ad or video. On mobile those tiny “x”s to close them are more difficult to hit, so it was quite tricky to navigate. Ultimately the page told me very little in a ton of words. Ug. Great example of that bloat.

[-] colmear@discuss.tchncs.de 13 points 7 months ago

You just need a bigger screen

[-] JuvenoiaAgent@lemmy.ca 3 points 7 months ago

This. It's totally fine on my 8K 50 inch screen.

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[-] thomasdouwes@sopuli.xyz 6 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

~~The bot uses smmry.com to make its summaries, it would be easy to make a fork that lowered the amount of sentences in the summary, but it might lose some important details.~~

EDIT: oops, completely wrong bot, I was looking at another lemmy TL;DR bot on github

EDIT2: should still be quite simple to fork the current one, but I couldn't find where to reduce the number of sentences

[-] Rooki@lemmy.world 3 points 7 months ago

He should at least put it in spoiler tags. So it doesnt block 2 pages full of text

[-] Uvine_Umbra@partizle.com 2 points 7 months ago

Honestly I just read the TL;DR bot in lieu of the article itself so I don't have to think about paywall & such

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