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The New York Times launches WordleBot to smugly critique your strategy

The New York Times just brought the smug know-it-all to the wordle to party.

Thursday evening, the Time, who bought wordle in January, introduced “WordleBot” to the world on Twitter. The tweet describes WordleBot as “your daily wordle companion who will tell you how efficient and lucky you were,” but honestly, that sounds patronizing.

To put WordleBot to work, you must first solve the daily wordlethen the wordle– the sprain begins. “I’ll examine your puzzle and tell you what, if anything, I would have done differently,” said the do-gooder droid.

Then it proceeds to separate your Word strategy guess by guess in a humiliating way. “Your guess eliminated five words, but there were better options. Guessing ‘RANDY’, for example, would have guaranteed elimination of all but one possible solution.” Thanks for the WordleBot feedback.

So sufficient.
Credit: Screenshot: “New York Times”

For the first few slides, WordleBot kept a friendly, even condescending disposition, but then it cooled off: “That was a pointless guess – it didn’t add anything to what we already knew. From that point on, you’ll need some luck to solve the six-guess puzzle.” Oh, do I need WordleBot? CHANCE?

Screenshot of WordleBot providing feedback

I decide whether or not it was a lost guess.
Credit: Screenshot: “New York Times”

My colleague, Mashable Australia’s Managing Editor, Caitlin Welsh, was also offended by such a rigid approach to strategy, not because she made a bad guess, but because she actually had a strategy, and WordleBot was just too ignorant to see her. “Sorry WordleBot,” she said, “my third guess today did exactly what I wanted, which was to confirm placement of the letter? It wasn’t ‘wasted’! ”

Once WordleBot breaks your mind, he proceeds to twist the knife and compare your score to how he, a fucking robot, would solve the puzzle.

Screenshot of WordleBot comparing scores

Now WordleBot is just showing off.
Credit: Screenshot: “New York Times”