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Overrun with "fake followers"

  1. Not long after the number of spam comments getting into moderation increased exponentially, I began seeing an increase in what I call "fake followers".

    The problem is only getting worse. I stopped email for likes, and now I'm tempted to stop email notification of new followers. The problem, of course, is that sifting through 25 "followers" a day to find the one that's legit is both time-consuming and a pain.

    This sharp rise in "followers" who have no blog, who use only a gravatar profile with no URL attached, who write in a language I can't even identify or are selling everything from apartments in Jakarta to "Yo, babe! Toys for your intimacies!" is driving me crazy.

    There has to be a reason for it, and if there's a reason, there should be a solution. People are beginning to blog about the problem, it's so bad.

    We need to have the ability to block followers.

    The blog I need help with is

  2. I don't think creating yet another thread is helpful

    You can click the the report button on the bottom right hand corner of the gravatar profile pages to report these followers to Gravatar Staff.

  3. Oh, sorry - missed that thread when I looked. I'll go look at it now. And I didn't realize the gravatar pages could be reported. Thanks!

  4. You're welcome. Yes, every gravatar profile page has a little "report Abuse" button on the right hand side bottom corner. There's a dropdown menu you can use after you click it.

  5. I marked this "resolved" and am adding a small comment to the other thread.

  6. Okay and see you there.

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