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May 20th, 2009 (02:06 pm)
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It's been an interesting day so far.

Now, this problem has been around for a while now, and still I from time to time see someone on my flist wondering about this.

Who are these strange people randomly adding me?!

Answer: Bots

Today alone, I have already got 9 friend requests. And it's only 2pm.

Now, it is very easy to report a bot. You can get right to the link when hovering over the icon before the username (or, use this link, provided by kit84).

Here, I thought to compile a list of ways to recognize a bot (ones I've discovered; I could be wrong or miss something).

So, the most usual ways of spotting a bot:
  • The name makes no sense. It's just a jumbled mess of letters.
  • The journal is a plus account (they mostly are, for some reason).
  • The user doesn't mark their year of birth.
  • There are no userpics, or just one or two of them.
  • The user has no interests listed.
  • The user isn't part of any communities - although sometimes the default LJ comms.
  • There is no profile information, OR: if the profile is in English, run it through Google etc. search. Chances are it is copied from another user! [In those cases, I always report both the bot and the stolen userinfo].
  • There are no entries in the journal, or just a few. In some cases, I have seen many entries, but they are mostly or always in Russian, and from some you can clearly see they have been copied from somewhere else.
  • If you look at the user's friend list, you can possible see some of your mutual friends in there (I believe they go through flists or communities while adding).
  • A bot has no mutual friends.

  • Those were just off the top of my head. Feel free to add stuff in the comments, and I'll add them to the list ^^

    Comments

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    Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
    Posted at: May 20th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)

    I guess it might take more than one report, maybe, to get them removed...? And if there are thousands of them out there (which there are), it takes time to verify they aren't actual people...

    And they add from flists and comms, so that's why you see your friends in there.

    Just report them, maybe ban them, and let them be. It's just some automatic robot behind it, not actual people :)

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    Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
    Posted at: May 20th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)

    I believe I reported that one. It was a stolen profile of another user :D But, yeah, it's annoying they keep hanging around... What can you do about it, though?

    Posted by: kit84 (kit84)
    Posted at: May 20th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)

    I'm spamming your post a bit, but last one, I promise :p

    I guess it might take more than one report, maybe, to get them removed...?

    Might be worth a try? *WEG* Some kind of round robin email or make a post on journals to say 'please report this user'?

    Y'know...I remember the days when I could pm them ask to be defriended and they actually DID it. *sad*

    Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
    Posted at: May 20th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)

    LMAO, the old good days when people were actually THERE and... they existed... XD

    And spam away, I don't mind ^^ It's nice when people talk. *nods*

    Posted by: kit84 (kit84)
    Posted at: May 20th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)

    but 10 more added me!, all together! i really felt attacked

    I think that's something that LJ-abuse/support is missing. This isn't just the odd one or two over a couple of months, tends to be a spurt of a lot of them over a short period of time and I know I certainly feel...attacked, but sort of helpless against doing anything about it. Turns friending which is pretty much a good thing, and twists it into something that almost does seem like abuse.

    *sporks LJ abuse*

    Edit: And hope you start to feel better soon! Being ill is not good :( *sends good thoughts*

    Edited at 2009-05-20 04:59 pm (UTC)

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