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  1. Someone tried to comment on my blog. It was nasty and I think connected to a seller. I spamed it and reported abuse. However, they are still on my post because they also "liked" it. How can I remove someone who has liked my post? Also, I was EXTREMELY concerned to see that it looked like they had somehow got me to "follow" their site. I unfollowed immediately as soon as I saw it. HELP!
    Blog url: http://theartofencouragement.wordpress.com/

  2. We cannot remove "likes" others leave on our blogs.

    Nasty commenters are a reality we have to deal with as bloggers http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2008/06/04/how-to-handle-negative-comments/.

    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. Thank you for your suggestions. I do moderate all first time comments, so I was glad to catch this one. I've had other randoms, but what surprised me is that it was not caught by akismet. They tried about 20 times in a row. My concern about the "like" was other viewers of my blog clicking into their info - I stopped the hover option for that "like" and the profile is now gone.

    What I do not understand is that it seemed this person was able to have me "follow" their blog without my involvement. When I went to check the notifications, their gravatar already had the follow button clicked. I unfollowed immediately.

  4. Anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com can "follow" your blog, "like" and "share" your posts in several locations without ever clicking into your blog and creating a page view stat. Those who have username accounts only but no blog can become "followers" and click the "like" and/or "share" buttons. Those who do not have wordpress.com or gravatar accounts cannot use the like button. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/07/09/wordpress-followers-likes-and-stats/

  5. I'm so sorry but my browser crashed before I could type that I undestand your concern and have fllagged this thread for Staff attention.

  6. thank you for your help.

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