misskitty_79: (public posts)
In one of the recent [livejournal.com profile] news announcements, LJ informed us that they've made it easier to get rid of them: the pop-up menu that's visible when you hover your mouse over the userhead icon () now includes, both an option to report that user as a bot, & a "ban user" option. Every time someone adds me, I check their journal. If it's all in Cyrillic, if it's friended hundreds of other accounts, but only a few people have friended it, or even if it just looks fake, I ban it & then I report the account. It's actually really easy.

For starters, make sure that both the hover & the new friend notification features are on. You can activate the 'Hover Menu' checkbox over here & the 'notify me when someone adds me as a friend' checkbox is located over here. Just make sure they've both got checkmarks in the boxes & you should be good to go. :)

Then, when you receive a notification telling you that [livejournal.com profile] exampleusername has friended you, you can go visit the account's profile page. Again, if you don't like the looks of it, for whatever reason, feel free to both ban & report the account as a bot.

If you're curious to see who you've currently got banned, visit the Ban & Unban Users page (visit this FAQ to learn just exactly what banning a user does.

Out of curiousity, I checked me recent befriendings (this will bring you to yours, not mine!) &, out of the last 30 friendings (over a span of 20weeks), only four were actual human beings. Of the 26 bots, there are still eleven accounts that have yet to be shut down & all that because not enough people are taking the time to actually report the bots that are out there.

Of course, if, for some reason, you hate the hover feature & don't want to have it activated, you can always do it the "long" way: go to the bot report page & type in the bot's username yourself!

Any questions, feel free to ask me!
Good luck!!!

[livejournal.com profile] knotty_mark, [livejournal.com profile] lubaya, [livejournal.com profile] xnuala & [livejournal.com profile] blacksquiggles all seem to have a higher than usual number of weird/bot friendings...

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