One thing to do is include the date/time that no chains are required.

In general, status messages should be timestamped because it's almost
always important to know when they were generated.  Yes, tweets are
timestamped, but that's the tweet's timestamp, not the date that the
status was actually generated by the service.  (Yes, the two will be
reasonably close when things are going well, but ....)

On Oct 15, 11:01 pm, John Kalucki <> wrote:
> I don't know about paygrade, but more than a few Twitter employees
> follow i80chains during the season. We hear you. I just don't know
> what to suggest be done about the situation.
> On Oct 15, 11:09 am, Toxic <> wrote:
> > On Oct 15, 7:50 am, Ryan Sarver <> wrote:
> > > 1. Duplicate tweets HAS always been considered a violation.
> > Sure, it's always been a reason to kick someone off, but by attempting
> > to automatically police it, you've managed to take out a couple of
> > quite legitimate services, some of which were using twitter in new and
> > interesting ways.
> > But for those collecting examples of collateral damage, I've got
> > another one for you.  Perhaps someone "above the approptiate pay
> > grade" at Twitter is a skier/rider?  Because this change in behavior
> > (even if it's not a change in policy) is going to eliminate two
> > resources that Bay Area skiers tend to use.  Neither seems like
> > something that Twitter wants to shut off, but neither can continue to
> > operate with the current de-duplication filters:
> > @i80chains.  That rebroadcasts Caltrans's announcements for Interstate
> > 80 in the Sierra Nevadas. During the winter, it lets people know when
> > chains are required to drive over Donner Pass.  When chain control is
> > turned off, it tweets "OPEN: NO RESTRICTIONS" (or something to that
> > effect).  That "all clear" tweet is getting caught by the filters,
> > which leaves out-of-date information on the stream/feed.  It is as
> > important to receive a tweet that says "you don't need chains" as it
> > is to receive one that says "you'll need them from Kingvale to
> > Truckee", but as of right now, only one is allowed to get through.
> > @tahoe_weather.  Rebroadcasts National Weather Service warnings/
> > watches and announcements relevant to people in Tahoe.  It also has a
> > "No active advisory" tweet that it sends out when there are no longer
> > any active weather statements.  Again, these "all clear" tweets are
> > getting filtered, which rather drastically reduces the usefulness of
> > the bot.
> > > 2. In the Spam section of that policy we also clearly state that the rules
> > > will be changing as we adapt to new tactics
> > I understand that it's impossible to really define spam and/or abuse,
> > and that anything that's ultimately an announcement-bot is going to be
> > walking a fine line.  But those two bots above seem like they're not
> > remotely abusive, do seem like they're useful, and they're getting
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