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Reporting a Spammer

  1. nlthomas profile image60
    nlthomasposted 6 years ago

    I did a search on this first and didn't find anything related. I'm not sure if this is spamming or not. I got a 'fan mail' from a user who is now 'following' me.

    However, upon looking at their profile, they only have 1 hub, have been here 5 months with over 1k followers. Looking at their recent activity, all they're doing is following people on hubpages.

    I can tell that they're following people just to get followed back. Does this qualify as spam or something else? How should I report this, if at all? I mean, they haven't hurt me personally and haven't commented on my hubs, but it's still annoying to see the activity abuse.

    thanks in advance

    1. ThomasE profile image82
      ThomasEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It does sound spammy. Each follower is a backlink to your profile, so this is a common thing for a spamster to do. I would flag the profile.

      1. nlthomas profile image60
        nlthomasposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I'd thought of that, but wasn't sure if there was anything else I should do. Kind of tricky when you think about it. All that effort for just one hub too. Sounds more like a waste of time for me wink

        1. nlthomas profile image60
          nlthomasposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Okay, I flagged it. I didn't realize you're given options and a place to write your reasons for flagging. That's really helpful. I've never flagged before, so I apologize for the newbness of this.

    2. itech profile image53
      itechposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      And the name of that person starts with 'five'

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    Website Examinerposted 6 years ago

    The HubPages Terms of Use define spam as using a script or automated system to follow, which is a violation. Following people in droves manually may hurt the author score, but it is not considered spam and is not against the rules.

    1. nlthomas profile image60
      nlthomasposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks WE. I wasn't sure where they drew the line. It still looks like spam to me, but that's because anything done in droves is spam in my eyes. I went ahead and flagged the profile anyway. I'll leave it up to the Hubpages team to decide.

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        ssaulposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        i will definitely consider that  to be spammer since all they doing is follow, lol

 
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