Got a reply from the person behind @mastodonanalysis
"Thank you for your note and I apologize for causing harm. As part of a class project I was trying to explore the topological structure of mastodon and identify structures for creating safe spaces in other online communities. I chose this name to alert admins to my intentions. I thought that the only harm caused by downloading data could be server overload which is prevented by API limits. The last thing I wanted to do is cause harm to your community and I have stopped downloading data."
@ffeth Not much, but look here: https://tenforward.social/@guinan/98989563639745953
Mosts admins banned/blocked the bot. I contacted the owner to learn more (see https://soc.ialis.me/@admin/98991669668172738 )
Note that he also poses an interesting question: "It seems inevitable that someone would do this; is there anything we can do to prevent this from happening again?"
He concluded: "I plan to post a short message soon. Thanks for your support; this definitely should have been done with more transparency and more community input. I'll take some time to consider how to move forward and if it's feasible".
@marsxyz IMO it's a non issue. That's why I decided yesterday to first contact the bot owner before taking any action.
The bot owner stopped his research for now & will try contacting the community.
(IMO a topology/research of the fediverse network would be an AWESOME research.)