Rash of new hub accounts all following with no hubs etc.

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  1. ChristinS profile image43
    ChristinSposted 6 years ago

    Rash of new hub accounts all following with no hubs etc.

    I've had probably a dozen today. New signups with zero hubs they sign up and follow a bunch of hubbers. Does this mean my hubs are about to be scraped and posted all over the place? Why does this happen and is there not a way to block mass signups like this? I wish there was a way to not allow people to follow you.

  2. profile image0
    Rayne123posted 6 years ago

    Yes I would like to know the same thing, however i have no clue
    good question
    Laurie

    1. profile image0
      Rayne123posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have someone with zero hubs joined 4 months ago and only following me, how do you stop that is there a way, is what I like to know.

    2. CraftytotheCore profile image77
      CraftytotheCoreposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I'm totally perplexed!  Another one today.  That's almost 10 this week. 
      sad

  3. CraftytotheCore profile image77
    CraftytotheCoreposted 6 years ago

    Christin!  This just happened to me, the day my Hub was chosen as Hub of the Day! 

    At least 3 people with 0 Hubs joined that same day and followed me.  Next thing I know, someone informed me that my Hub of the Day was stolen!  I have 2 hubs that I know of that were completely copied in entirely including photos to blogger.

    Since that day, 6 people have unfollowed me.....they have all been banned by HP.  I have no idea who those people were or how they found me.

  4. FlourishAnyway profile image97
    FlourishAnywayposted 6 years ago

    I've had similar zero hub followers and haven't heard a peep from them.  No published content, activity in forums, etc.  It makes me wonder what the deal is.  I wish there was a way to "decline" or "unfriend" a follower.

    1. ChristinS profile image43
      ChristinSposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Have you checked any of your recent hubs for plagiarism?

  5. pagesvoice profile image83
    pagesvoiceposted 6 years ago

    I guess it is time for us to all brace for the other shoe to drop. Things are getting very strange lately.

    1. ChristinS profile image43
      ChristinSposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What else have you noticed? I've noticed this and a lot of strange comments on hubs for awhile that I never saw previously.

    2. CraftytotheCore profile image77
      CraftytotheCoreposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good point Christin!  I had a comment on one of mine that said the commentor could have written it better than I did with a link to a tech website.  I didn't click on it, but it was a guest user.

  6. innerspin profile image92
    innerspinposted 6 years ago

    Sounds very unsettling. They wouldn't need to follow you to scrape hubs, unless they only wanted newly published. Maybe try posting a "suggested feature"  on the forums about blocking people.

    1. ChristinS profile image43
      ChristinSposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      them being alerted about new hubs is my concern actually, that they'll take that hub and try to say it's theirs or something.

    2. CraftytotheCore profile image77
      CraftytotheCoreposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I just realized one of my followers was someone I was following.  They aren't here at all.  Last I saw them they were asking about bubblew

  7. Borsia profile image43
    Borsiaposted 6 years ago

    Of course there are lots of people who are readers and not writers and a writer without a reader it a sad lot.
    Of course you should be watching for plagiarism but at the same time be happy that you have new readers.

    1. ChristinS profile image43
      ChristinSposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      these are highly suspect though several in one day, follow immediately after signing up, and most have "sales" kind of names. I think it's not legit otherwise I would be thrilled smile

    2. Borsia profile image43
      Borsiaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Have you seen any plagiarizing or portions of your hubs pop up elsewhere? Google is pretty good at sniffing this out.
      I don't blame you for being suspicious.

    3. ChristinS profile image43
      ChristinSposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it's happened quite often, which is what makes me a little paranoid perhaps.

  8. Robin profile imageSTAFF
    Robinposted 6 years ago

    Hi Christin,
    I would post this in the Forums, so that staff can see it.  We don't monitor the Q&A as closely.  Thanks!  smile

  9. Danette Watt profile image84
    Danette Wattposted 6 years ago

    This has happened to me a few times, although not recently. I

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    JThomp42posted 6 years ago

    Just do not follow them back. When their account is closed, they will be taken off of your list.

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      Rayne123posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      yes thanks but what if their account doesnt close

  11. MizBejabbers profile image88
    MizBejabbersposted 6 years ago

    Your question had some good answers and it raised more questions. I believe that several of these no-hub followers that followed me are commercial. I didn't follow them back because I was afraid their motive was to sell me something. Maybe I was wrong.

 
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