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Aaargh!

What's to do, what's to do? These damn Russian bots keep friending me, I keep reporting them to the LJ team set up for that purpose, and they keep on, and on and on. They haven't found Dreamwidth yet, but I'm waiting... LJ needs to do something about it, and quickly. Their lack of action is not helping, and irritating those of us who consider LJ our first journal. I just don't know what the bots are aiming for and don't want them spamming me.

Completely apart from that, I think we should have a National Lurkers' Day. I invite you all to say Hi! Hello! I scroll past your posts because I'm too shy to comment but it's a good day! Something along those lines?

It's a funny old thing. Many of my flist have moved away from my interests, or vice versa. Staying friends isn't a bad thing, and, who knows, maybe one day our interests will converge again!

*smoooooch*

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laazikaat
May. 20th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
National Lurkers Day! Love it! Yes we should have one.
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
We should! It's not that the lovely lurkers don't want to say something, but they're shy, don't know what to say. Maybe intimidated. No one should be intimidated and everyone has a right to give their opinion. Yes?
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piksa
May. 20th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
National Lurkers' Day is a wonderful idea. It has my vote!

Luckily I haven't gotten the attention of the Russian bots. *knocks wood*
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! I know that sometimes I'm concerned about the quality of my fb, which is silly because I know, as a writer, that a "Good job!" is enough to lift my spirits.

Hope they don't find you! What a complete pain they are. *sigh*
karieflybabe
May. 20th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
I got your back as far as the bots are concerned. LJ needs to either do something about it or admit the fact that they can't do jack shit and let us move on.
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yep, the bots are intensely irritating and LJ should be taking action. The fact that it's a Russian-owned company isn't filling me with confidence. Who have they sold our details to?

If this goes on much longer (just had two more), I'm off to Dreamwidth for good.
snowpuppies
May. 20th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Eek. I've had just the one, but its friended and defriended me several times - really - and it's way creepy.
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
First rule is, don't friend back. Don't know the name and they haven't commented? Very likely a bot. No idea what they're after, but they're creepy!spidery!icky!

It's a pity, because real people who want to friend are under a microscope now. I like new friends. *sigh*
evilmaniclaugh
May. 20th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
I don't care what we're into, I love having you in my life. :)
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
*snuuuugggles*

Me too, honey. Rain or shine, fandoms come and go...

Love you. :)
katbcoll
May. 20th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
We met because of our likes, we're friends because you're you. *G*
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Aww. Dunno why you stick with me sometimes.

I've got a new addiction - J2 AU. *g*
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silkensky
May. 20th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
darkhavens had a lurker day too, but I missed it. *sad face*

So... hi!

I'm having a pretty good day so far... got CMT on the television, kind of job searching in the background... leftover curry for lunch (*glee!*) And you?
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Hi, honey! Glad you caught mine!

What's CMT? I have a feeling I should know...

Good luck with the job searching. It's such a pain to find the right one for you.

I'd kill for curry, but I have beer. *g* Go together? Y/N

I'm extremely well, thank you. Nothing has gone wrong for ages, life is smooth sailing, and I like my friends. Couldn't be better, really. *happy*
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woman_of_
May. 20th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
So far I've been lucky with the spam-bots, but waiting to see what happens. I'm liking Dreamwidth, but would like to do more with it (at least I like it a lot more than insane journal anyway).

Well Spike is still my favourite character and James Marsters my favourite actor, so still got a lot in common with most of my flist. Even if we have moved onto different fandoms now, in some cases.
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Those bots have been on my case and they're very irritating. Hope they don't find you.

I've started a dragon comm on DW, and it's very user-friendly. I was able to find a nice layout and there's a comm for promoting other comms which is very handy.

Yep, Spike will never replace any other character, no matter how much I enjoy them, and no other actor will ever be quite the same as James. I'm with you. Other fandoms are just plain wonderful, but they're never quite the same as our first love. Lucky we're in a time of multi-fandom, and are able to multi-love! *g*
vampirefever
May. 20th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
The only upside of the gazillion bots that have friended me is that I now look wildly popular and so, ispo facto, I must be a BNF. All I need now are minions.
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
LOL! Shame that most, if not all, the bots will soon defriend. Why they friend in the first place is a bit of a mystery. Shhh. Haven't seen one for, oh, hours.

Bows down before the BNF anyway! *g*
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kazzy_cee
May. 20th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I don't find the bots spam me with anything - and they just friend me then after a few days unfriend me if I don't take any action at all. What do they spam you with???

Oh btw - I LOVE my e-reader!!!!!! So cool!!!!!!!!!
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
So far, I've been spammed with get-rich-quick schemes, usually involving Google. I haven't bit so I'm hoping they'll just sod off.

YAY!!! I ADORE my e-reader. Did you find it easy to install the software? So easy, and hundreds of books at the fingertip! I have several 'collections' now, and the bookmarking facility is brilliant!
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velvetwhip
May. 20th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
That is so scary. I hate those bots.

::cuddles you and clings:::


Gabrielle
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
*cuddles you back*

If the bots attack, just delete them. They're easy to spot - no one who's ever fb to you, just a bunch of nits. Ignore them, sweetheart, as I am.

Easy peasy!

*huggles*
lavastar
May. 20th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
OMG - I don't know why, but for some reason my fiction journal has been friended by about 54341342641342 Russian bots. It's rather disappointing - cause at first, I would be like, "OMG, someone friended me! Happy happy!" But only a small fraction of people who friend me are non-bot. *sigh*

So now when I get the email that someone friended me, I pretty much assume they're a bot. It's sad.

I did get one of the English "I used this kit to get rich working at home!" things. They seemed to think that having Step 1 of their master plan be "Quit your job" would entice me. *shakes head*

BUT OMG. LURKERS DAY IS KIND OF A FABULOUS IDEA. Can it be international, though? I wouldn't want to miss out. ^-^

We have an International Day of Femmeslash, after all, so why not a day for lurkers?
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Me too! I thought I was all popular for a while, and then...

Disappointment. Ah well, the friends I do have are stellar. *dances*

The get-rich-quick schemes as enticement? I don't think so. A quick look (not that I took a look, mmmm) are ridiculous.

INTERNATIONAL it is!! I meant to say that, but misspoke/mistyped. Lurkers are so important - hell, I was one for years - and can becomes readers and maybe writers!

Good plan, babe. *dances more*



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devo79
May. 20th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Today I was friended by 7...SEVEN...
I checked them all out and only 1 was actually what seemes to be a real person. *sighs*

This pisses me (and Puppet!Angel) off *points to icon*
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Seven may be a record! I'm so pissed off because LJ doesn't seem to be doing anything about it. At least at Dreamwidth it's possible to communicate with an actual person.

*icon love*
shapinglight
May. 20th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
I hadn't been too troubled by bots but today there were 6 of them!
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
They seem to be splurging! I have no idea what they're hoping to achieve because they usually defriend quickly. One had a get-rich-quick scheme in English to advertise, but the rest were all in cyrillic script and even the quickest look at our journals would've made it clear we're not likely to catch on. I'm puzzled.
saifai
May. 20th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
National Lurkers Day sounds great, especially for someone who's a lurker by heart. *gr*

Keep getting the Russian bots here too. I check back every so often and I'll see their accounts suspended, then the next day one that looks exactly like it shows up. I think they are doing something, but just not enough it would seem.
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much of a lurker, so understand the shyness and timidity. It's HARD sometimes, to say something that you don't think is silly. That's where friends some in. They can reassure, make you feel better. :)

I really don't understand what the bots are up to, and LJ isn't exactly forthcoming about it. *sigh*

lelaina_c
May. 20th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
*delurks*

I am not a Russian spam bot. I am slightly tipsy, though.

*relurks*
kitty_poker1
May. 20th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
You were lurked? *g*

Is your name Ivan or Tanya?

Okay, not a Russian spam bot. Tipsy=good.

*works on getting tipsy*
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stretfordditto
May. 20th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
I think I have a couple of bots but I've no idea what to do with them. How do you defriend/delete someone? NLD sounds like a great idea! :D
kitty_poker1
May. 22nd, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
To defriend, just go to the Friends section on your Profile page then to Add or Remove Friends and uncheck them from your friends masterlist. The bots usually defriend very quickly, which begs the question: what on earth are they doing??

I'm keen on the idea of NLD (or ILD) but not sure how to organise it! I rather like laazikaat's idea of a little poll after every fic to encourage lurkers to respond in a non-pressured way.
deird1
May. 20th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ooh... who I am supposed to report them to? I've got two who've friended me.
kitty_poker1
May. 22nd, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
If you go to Support (under Help) at the bottom on your Profile page, there's a place to report the little buggers. Just stick in their names, and job done! They seem to have slowed down for the moment... *looks around warily*
yanagi_wa
May. 20th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hi, still here, still scribbling. *g*
kitty_poker1
May. 22nd, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
Hi, and glad to hear it! *g*
txrabbit
May. 21st, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
*smootch*
kitty_poker1
May. 22nd, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
*smooooooch*
spike7451
May. 21st, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
I must be soooo boring I have only ever been friended by a bot 2 or 3 times. LOL! I would go nuts if it kept happening all the time. And it's been happening for a while now so LJ should do something and soon.
kitty_poker1
May. 22nd, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
Hee! You, boring? Never!!

They seem to have little splurges and it's so irritating. Not as bad as when I had a Greatest Journal and kept being spammed in comments by idiots trying to sell penis enlargement schemes and Viagra. Did they think I was going to recommend them to hubby? *g*
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