July 6, 2022

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NYT's new ‘WordleBot’ will passive-aggressively insult your technique

The New York Occasions simply introduced the smug know-it-all to the Wordle get together.

On Thursday night, the Occasions, which purchased Wordle in January, launched “WordleBot” to the world on Twitter. The tweet describes WordleBot as “your every day Wordle companion that can inform you how environment friendly and fortunate you had been,” however actually, it simply feels patronizing.

To put WordleBot to work, one must first solve the daily Wordle, then the Wordle-splaining begins. “I’ll examine your puzzle and tell you what, if anything, I would have done differently,” says the self-righteous droid.

Then, it proceeds to pick apart your Wordle strategy guess by guess in humiliating fashion. “Your guess did eliminate five words, but there were some better options. Guessing “RANDY” for example, would have guaranteed eliminating every possible solution but one.” Thanks for the feedback WordleBot.

So smug.

For the first few slides WordleBot kept up a friendly, if not patronizing, disposition, but then it just turned cold: “This was a wasted guess — it didn’t add anything to what we already knew. From this point, you will need some luck to solve the puzzle in six guesses.” Oh, is that what I need WordleBot? LUCK?

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I decide whether or not it was a wasted guess.

My coworker, Mashable Australia editor Caitlin Welsh was equally offended by such a rigid approach to strategy, not because she made a bad guess, but because she did in fact have a strategy, and WordleBot was just too ignorant to see it. “Sorry WordleBot,” she said, “my third guess today did exactly what I intended it to, which was confirm letter placement? It was not ‘wasted’!”

Once WordleBot has broken your spirit, it proceeds to twist the knife and compares your score to how it, a fucking robot, word solve the puzzle.

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Now WordleBot is just showing off.

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