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...
misskitty_79: (public posts)
When I got on the streetcar to work this evening, my driver informed me that I shouldn't stay out late, since they were going on strike.

Confirmation can be found in the following links:Updated @ 01h20: Mayor David Miller says TTC workers will be ordered back to work:Updated again @ 10h10: Sunday legislation possible:
misskitty_79: (public posts)
Re: the newest announcement @ [livejournal.com profile] news.

"Opting Out
First of all, let us reassure you that the only entries that will ever appear in the explore areas are public entries. However, you will have a few options if you don't want a post of yours to be included in the explore areas. You can remove individual posts that are currently appearing in an explore area by clicking on the delete button next to that entry. This will not delete your entry from your journal; it will only remove it from appearing in that explore area. If you want all of your public entries to be excluded from the explore areas, you may opt-out by going to Viewing Options [scrolling down to the "Additional privacy options" section] and checking the box labelled "Explore Area Exclusion." Journal entries posted as private or friends-only are automatically excluded, but this will also exclude your public entries from the explore area.
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misskitty_79: (public posts)
Anyone in the UK concerned about family or friends they have not heard from is advised to contact a special police hotline on: 0870-156 6344. In every case, it is best to have the missing person's full name, date of birth and passport number before calling any of the numbers listed here.
  • People unable to make contact with Australians in London who they have reason to believe were caught up in Thursday's incidents can contact Australian House on: 020 7379 4334.
    People in Australia can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s consular hotline on: 1800 002 214. British Authorities have also established a hotline for Australians in the UK to call: 08701 566 344.
  • For those concerned about New Zealanders, if you are in the UK call: 020 7930 8422 or fax: 020 7316 8999. If you are in New Zealand call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade freephone line: 0800 432 111.
  • Those trying to track down Americans should call the number set up by the Department of State: 1-888-407-4747.
  • If you are trying to get information about Canadian friends or relatives in Britain are asked to contact one of the Department of Foreign Affairs toll-free hotlines: 1-800-606-5499 or 1-800-387-3124.
  • Those in South Africa should contact one of the following numbers at South Africa House: 012 351 1900, 012 351 1294, 012 351 1997, 012 351 1430.

    Please don't call these numbers if you do not have a genuine inquiry, as they are extremely congested. This will give priority to concerned family and friends.

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