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Can I remove someone from my followers?

  1. politetimesplitter
    Member

    I'm still in the early stages, been going about a month veeeeeeeeeeeery slowly as a result of procrastination. On all the posts I've made, whatever likes I've generated seem to come from users with bots dropping a 'like' based on tags in the hope that I'll go to their page and follow them.

    Usually it's because they don't leave a comment but in some of the cases I can tell because their blog is based on something about a tag of the post (e.g. 'writing') but far removed from the actual subject (i.e. the quality of writing in a particular video game).

    In the case of the most recent one, I'm without a doubt that it was automated and the blog owner didn't actually read the post (judging by the content on his front page, not just a difference in opinion, a total difference in ideology) and dropped a like because of the first alphabetical tag - even before you consider the like appeared right after I tagged it.

    Now, though I'm quite sure most people are irked by 'empty likes' and such, I can deal with it. However, after my very first post, I got a follower (no like, no comment, so it's even less convincing) with absolute zero connection or interest to any topic I touched on in the post. Yesterday, I took a look at that user's site, and it's clear that it's an automated follow in the hope they'll get one in return.

    Empty follows aren't worth anything to me, quite frankly, and I'd rather just prune this person off my follow list, if that's possible. Is there any option to do that short of blocking them? I'd rather stay away from filling up a block list.

    The blog I need help with is politetimesplitter.wordpress.com.

  2. No, you can't remove followers from a public blog, nor can you block them. Your only option is a private blog, which defeats the purpose of blogging, in my opinon! I totally agree with what you say, and i personally think WordPress made a big mistake by allowing 'followers' and 'likes', because it's all just so fake, like Facebook.

  3. Glad to know that there is such as thing as a faux like. I wrote one of my alleged likers whose likes occur seconds after I post and asked why the person follows me. I am so annoyed that I may start leaving nasty posts after each of that person's posts. Or is there a better way?

  4. We cannot block or delete subscribers from public blogs. However, please read this about public blogs that become private blogs > Blog Privacy and Subscribers > http://wpcommaven.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/blog-privacy-and-subscribers/

    Note that you have complete control comment moderation. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation If your blog is public others can, of course, read it. They can submit comments but you can Moderate all comments and choose which ones to approve or not.

    For trolls, you can “blacklist” them at Settings > Discussion toward the bottom of that page. Enter their email address, their username, and if they included it, their website. That will automatically send them to moderation so that their comments do not appear on the blog. Do note though that if they are determined, they can use a different email address or username to get around that. Also, do not put their IP address in the blacklist. IP addresses are no longer unique, and you might end up blocking legitimate visitors. Also, all they would have to do is go to a wi-fi hot spot, or connect via a different ISP and they could get around that.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-blacklist

    One other thing I would suggest is to set your blog so that first time commenters are held in moderation till approved, then from that point forward they will not need approval. Settings > Discussion. The next step on that of course is to set it so that all comments are held in moderation until approved. That way you are in control, and they might just get tired and go elsewhere after a while.

  5. Is there a way I can stop them from the bot-generated LIKEs?

  6. There is no way to prevent "likes" or remove them other than to disable the "like" button function on your blog.

  7. politetimesplitter
    Member

    Many thanks for your replies all. I'll grin and bear it, and just smile when I do get some genuine feedback.

  8. You're welcome and best wishes.

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