i made a post about why i should never have made OCRbot, and where and how i went wrong with it.

@lynnesbian come on, don't feel such remorse for it, you didn't do any harm :blobheartcat:

@lynnesbian That's a real bummer, sorry to hear it, Lynne. Do you have any plans for little OCRBot?

@trickster at the moment i'm just gonna keep it running, but i'm kinda upset about how it turned out. it's open source, so even if i did decide to kill it off, someone else could take up from where i left off

@lynnesbian How about converting it to e.g. a REST API service such that clients can use it to pre-fill the image description fields?

@anathem the problem with that is that it requires extra effort on the user's part, and i don't think anyone wants to put any effort into using this :s

@lynnesbian I'd still say it depends on how the client presents it...

@lynnesbian I was optimistic, but I had a feeling this would be the outcome. :c

@lynnesbian I have limited dexterity and have trouble with certain methods of text entry at various points. OCRbot has been helping me provide captions for friends despite this, and occasionally I've used it in combination with text-based images to share things I simply wouldn't post otherwise.

You've made a big difference for one person, anyway, and allowed me to be respectful of my friends with different concerns while meeting my own accessibility needs.

@lynnesbian thanks for doing the work and sharing it with us :flan_aww:


"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" – she always called me Elwood – "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."

—James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, "Harvey"

It honestly made me more mindful of captioning my images. That and fedilab showing a red outline for uncaptioned images that turns green when you caption them made me use captions a lot more than I did a few months ago

@lynnesbian I think this is a little overly critical. Have you done objective measures of OCRbot's impact on image description usage? I think you'd need to look at each account that has used OCRbot for their own posts, analyze how many images they tended to post before using OCRbot, how many of those has captions, and then compare those numbers to after they started using OCRbot.

@lynnesbian I am responding to this as though it were someone else writing about your creation; if someone made these critiques, I'd ask them to back it up with statistical evidence. Even then, I'd also ask to have a group of randomly selected people who don't use OCRbot with the same statistics for comparison.

The point is, it's easy to become our own toughest critics sometimes. Although your original goal may not have been entirely met, I don't think it's fair to frame it as damaging!

@lynnesbian i think you just need to make

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