A bot ruins Wordle


The word guessing game Wordle has taken the world by storm in recent weeks. Millions of users try to guess the daily word. Of course, several counterfeits have made their way into app stores.

The main draw for many players is the sharing of results on social media. It’s a fun way to show off your vocabulary while keeping the answer a secret.

There are tips and tricks for beating the game, but a Twitter account has taken that to a whole new level. Read on to see how this social media bot ruins the fun.

Here’s the backstory

Coming up with the right five-letter word is harder than it looks. Some users have spent hours putting together clues while the answer lies in front of them. But there is always someone determined to spoil the fun for everyone.

Wordle .’s website is rudimentary, so a cunning software engineer figured out how to see the answers. According to the engineer, the reverse engineering trick revealed not only the solution for a particular day word, but all future answers.

But what do you do when you have all the answers to the hottest test on the web? You create a Twitter account to reveal the answers. Using The Wordlinator, it automatically replies with the next day’s solution for users who post their daily betting attempts.

It’s not exactly clear who set up the bot account, but it seems they are getting tired of all the word-related tweets. As the profile explains, the goal is to “end Wordle bragging rights.” In response to other Wordle shares, it accuses the posters of “spoiling Twitter for everyone”.

What can you do about it?

If you’ve managed to avoid The Wordlinator, consider yourself lucky. Those who have been unlucky enough to have their future Wordle games ruined can also breathe a sigh of relief.

Twitter has suspended the spoiler account and revoked the tweet rights. That may not be a permanent fix as account variations keep popping up. So here are a few things you can do to make sure your Wordle is safe:

Report all accounts that disclose Wordle solutions. This will automatically block the account from your feed and alert Twitter that something is wrong. If you come across a spoiler account, block it immediately. You will not see future tweets from the account. In Twitter, you can also control who can reply to your tweets. For example, when composing a tweet, click the “Anyone can reply” option and change it to “People you follow” or “Only people you mention”.

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