Bot 'Like'

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    I seem to be stalked (not followed) by rather annoying digital creatures called bots. They make sure to like most everything I post, with the aim of offering me weird tips to get rid of cellulite, etc. I have the feeling they’re fishing for backlinks. Any way at all to banish them?

    No comments, just likes that lead to dead gravatar profiles or profiles with descriptions like “Patience with family is love, Patience with others is respect. Patience with self is confidence and Patience with GOD is faith. ;-)”, site ’19 Weight-loss Secrets’.

    Festive season, innit? Humbug.

    The blog I need help with is vladyslavmalska.com.

    #1574078

    raincoaster
    Member

    Report them as spam to Gravatar. If they have blogs hosted here, report them as spam to WordPress.com via the drop down menu on the grey Admin bar.

    #1574112

    Most often…neither, actually. Most often they have no blog on WordPress, and a deleted Gravatar profile.

    “We’re sorry, that profile has been deleted.

    You can view your own profile though.”

    Of course! Nothing better I’d like to do…*sigh*

    I’ve dug up a number of similar threads such as

    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/gravatar-creepy-spam-likes-what-to-do?replies=13

    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/reporting-spammer-gravatar-profiles?replies=14

    …I can find absolutely no way to get at the profiles…or lack of profiles. No buttons on Gravatar…nothing.

    Also…I have no idea what grey admin bar you refer to. As I see it, the whole of the admin bar is a grey drop-down menu.

    Here are some profiles, for whoever wants them. Totally free!

    http://en.gravatar.com/myloveeddie

    http://en.gravatar.com/icooseyuu

    http://en.gravatar.com/djmoore1986

    http://en.gravatar.com/normanallom12

    Their number is small…for now.

    There really needs to be an easier way of dealing with this.

    #1574114

    raincoaster
    Member

    If the Gravatar has been deleted, then bloggers like you reported them and it’s gone now. Problem solved.

    #1574210

    http://en.gravatar.com/mamoikam9

    Here’s another profile. Not really sure what else to do with them but this. As I said before, can’t find an option on Gravatar anywhere that would address the issue. Support there, too, is closed.

    #1574211

    timethief
    Member

    I’ll tag this thread for Staff. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

    #1574229

    eurello
    Staff

    Hi Vladyslav – Thanks for the report. I’ve passed these along to our Terms of Service team.

    #1574253

    bizigal
    Member

    http://en.gravatar.com/djmoore1986 Lisa Newman

    http://en.gravatar.com/jipeyuru76 Jenny

    http://en.gravatar.com/myloveeddie Geraldine

    These 3 girls are driving me crazy. They are trying to send me viruses.
    They all have links to sell me something. What can I do about these losers!

    #1574254

    bizigal
    Member

    http://en.gravatar.com/thauijo222 Judy

    Here is another freak!

    #1574260

    +1

    I just got Judy.

    #1574261
    #1574262

    http://en.gravatar.com/mamoikam9

    They’re multiplying…or something.

    #1574263

    bizigal
    Member

    They are some type of “bot freaks” with their words of love, then “slam,” they hit you with some spam site! “The Stepford Bots”!

    #1574264

    This just happened to me too! 2 in under 5 seconds.

    #1574265

    eurello
    Staff

    Hi all – We’re working on a way for you to report spammy Gravatars that should be available shortly. I’ll update this thread as soon as it’s ready.

    In the meantime, keep in mind that discussing these profiles here is likely driving more traffic to the spammers. ;)

    #1574266

    Better than being harassed alone…

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    #1574268

    bizigal
    Member

    I wonder if there is a “bot-abuse” or “bot-oholic” support group we can all attend?

    Bizigal: Hello, my name is Bizigal and I am being harassed by bots.

    Group: Hello, Bizigal.

    #1574273

    Group: Why did you join this group, Bizigal?

    Bizigal: It was a sunny morning in [insert here]. I had just drank a satisfying cup of tea. Looking out the window, life was great. I was blissfully unaware of the danger lurking in cables thousands of miles away. It would travel to me quickly and pounce. I made another cup. And suddenly, out of the blue Ethernet cable, my machine received notification of a notification of a ‘Like’. I like Likes, but this one was…sinister. A great quest would have to be undertaken…one that would consist mainly of patience.

    Group: How horrifying! *faints*

    #1574274

    bizigal
    Member

    Bizigal: I really don’t know how long I can keep this up; Clicking on the “Likes.” I mean, when I see their pictures, I break out into this cold sweat. I want more.

    Group: Stay away Bizigal. Don’t click on them. They are nothing more than a weekend tramp.

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