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November 14th, 2006


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05:02 pm - Why don't they have...
A way to see who is removing you from their friends-list. It seems stalkeresque, but I keep get randomly added by people (apparently some script finds me interesting, neat!). The first (or second) time I get added by the same person is odd. To me, it seems like someone is adding me repeatedly. It's very confusing.

My posts are largely unlocked atm, so it doesn't matter to me if people add me, whether I want to read them or not, and I've picked up some neat friends by random adding, but the two users in question who've added me recently a) don't seem to last more than a day or so, so I wonder if they're only friending me so I'll friend them, which I currently have no interest in doing. and b) don't seem to actually read my journal and c) are adding more journals than they could possible read and still have time for pretty much anything, unless they sleep and read lj at the same time.

I have enough trouble keeping up with my own friend's list and it's considerably smaller, but of course, probably populated by more interesting people.
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From:thecomedian
Date:November 14th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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That's one of the reasons why mine is friends-only
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From:mdyesowitch
Date:November 14th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I actually like having it readable. Robin The Midwife can't remember her password for anything so she never logs in. My mom's best friend is using the blog to keep up with what's happening with my nephew, and there was that letter I got from tbcs 'tother day.

But it would never occur to me to add anyone via a script. I might check my obscure interests and see if people share those and if they are interesting, but that's as far as my seeking people out go.
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From:ckd
Date:November 14th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
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If you hit this every so often, it will track who adds you and who drops you (unless the add/drop both happen between two checks of course).
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From:mdyesowitch
Date:November 15th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
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Useful! Thanks!
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From:mskala
Date:November 15th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
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I think the "no notifications for when you're removed" is an anti-drama measure, to make it easier for people to remove you without making a big deal of doing so. I think it's misguided, but there you go.

silent_and_calm was recently adding all recent updaters, with a script, until he reached his limit, then removing people in order to continue. As a result, people would be added and removed several times in rapid succession. I heard a rumour that he was also "logging passwords" of people who commented in his journal, but I don't consider that credible because it was never explained what "logging passwords" means, and I can't think of a sensible interpretation of the phrase that would actually be possible given the way Livejournal works. Anyway, according to his journal he received a warning and brief suspension from the LJ admins because other users considered his actions annoying.

Banning a user (requires use of the admin console if the user in question hasn't posted a comment to your journal) will stop them from appearing on your friend-of list and (I think) from their friending you triggering a notification; it won't actually stop them from adding you, and it's a stated policy that the system will not let you stop someone from adding you.
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From:enochs_fable
Date:November 15th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
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It was pretty easy to ban silent_and_calm via the console. I have no idea why anyone would bother doing this, but whatever. Most of my journal is friends-only anyhow, so I really don't care that much.
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From:mskala
Date:November 15th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
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I banned him because of the annoying email.
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From:enochs_fable
Date:November 15th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
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The annoying email?
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From:mskala
Date:November 15th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Every time he added me, I got an email notification. That got old really fast. I'm not willing to disable notifications in general - which are, in general, useful to me - just because of one script kiddie's rudeness, when I can instead block just him by doing the ban.
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From:enochs_fable
Date:November 15th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh weird. I only was added once. I can see why that'd get old fast!
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From:mdyesowitch
Date:November 15th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
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I was added 4 or 5 times. Which if I understand correctly, means I should shut a wee bit. 8-)
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From:mdyesowitch
Date:November 15th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
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shut up
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From:mdyesowitch
Date:November 15th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Ah. That explains it. I feel better knowing why I get a bunch of adds. I knew it was a script doing the adding, but I missed the step where there were removes and a rerun of the script.

I try not to be too instrusive into who's reading and who's not because I feel that way lies madness, but I set the notifications on so that if someone adds me that I might be interested in reading, I can check them out and make an educated decision about whether I want to read their journals.

I still can't understand the mentality of the random add. It seems like it would be more fun, if I were looking for new journals to read, to click the lj random button a bunch of times. Of course, that presupposes that these people ARE looking for journals to read, but why friend if you aren't?

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