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Is it possible to remove a follower?

  1. janvowlesartist
    Member

    I have someone following my blog and when i checked it out it is a blog that seems to be mainly for loans. They have added a few posts that have more tags than actual content. For instance over 300 tags (i didn't count them all, i counted a line and then lines down!) on each post and the tags have nothing to do with the post. Is it possible to remove a follower as i don't like the idea of this blog being connected to mine in any way. Thank you

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

  2. No 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.

  3. @janartist
    If this blog is a free hosted WordPress.com blog, you can report any spam blogs you find here at WordPress.com to Staff. http://en.support.wordpress.com/report-blogs/#reporting-a-wordpress-com-blog For the rundown, please review http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/. If you require any clarification (or are generally unsure whether or not a specific type of content is allowed), please feel free to contact Staff.

  4. janvowlesartist
    Member

    Thank you. I do have my comments set to be moderated so i guess if this blog does start spamming me it won't get them anywhere. Still a shame we have no control over who 'follows us' though, especially if it's a spam blog.Thanks for the advice, especially about the 'blacklist' as i never knew that. Cheers ;)

  5. janvowlesartist
    Member

    Yes it IS a wordpress.com blog. It's definitely NOT a 'normal' blog and seems to be intended to lure people in with the 'false' tags. Thanks for the links ;)

  6. Be cautious about using comment blacklisting, as ISPs place hundreds of us in the same IP block to save money and the result can be blocking many legitimate commenters so do not enter IPs inot it. Also know that we have no control over who chooses to subscribe to the RSS Feeds on public blogs.

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