"friend" requests...

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Member
Joined: 05.11.2010

hello everyone!
so, i might be overreacting here -besides, i do that quite often- but still, i wanted to share this with everyone else so that you could tell me what you think..
so, lately, i've been receiving these private messages by "guests" and not members, telling me that they find me interesting even though they do not know me -yeah bite me!- and that they would like to communicate with me and give me their e-mail telling me to send them a message and stuff. and these message-texts are almost identical most of the times.
so, what i'm trying to say here is that i'm getting a bit suspicious.. if someone likes the people in this site, so he likes languages and stuff, why doesn't he login, so that we will know who he or she is and remains a guest? do we have a little privacy issue here?
indeed i am rather sensitive when it comes to privacy issues, and maybe i am overreacting, but then again, maybe i'm not. that's why i wanted to post this as a forum topic. do you have similar experiences? do you find it strange?

Retired Moderator
Joined: 19.05.2008

Sounds a bit like spam... I haven't received any messages like that!

Retired Moderator
Joined: 17.01.2010

Yeah, last summer I got some strange emails from somewhere in Africa. I don't mind, I like African folks :-) But be careful, better remove your email address :-(

Retired Moderator
Joined: 16.02.2010

Oh I've received quite a lot of similar PM's ever since I've been a member Regular smile Those are spams, no doubt about it (for me that is). When it comes from Guests, just ignore them, as we cannot ban a user that doesn't have an account. On the other hand, if they're registered, then please let us know. We'll be only too pleased to report them to the master of us all, I'm referring of course to LT Teeth smile

Member
Joined: 05.11.2010

i see.. thank you guys for discussing it. :-) of course i'll ignore those messages... i just wish these people find some other way to kill their time. i knew i wouldn't be the only one to encounter such incidents.. i see now that it is indeed a widespread phenomenon.. Take care guys and do not let them spoil what we've got here, in this great community.

Member
Joined: 22.11.2016

Related Query - I had previously P.M.ed this query to one of the editors, but have still never received any reply.

LT has a category "Friends" and I've received a couple of "friends' requests", viz: "So-and-so wants to be your friend" from other members. Unfortunately, I can't find anywhere in the FAQ's or rules for LT where this "Friends" status or relationship is explained -- i.e., WHAT this friendship status then entails or involves, if I click on "accept this request"...?!?! I mean, every member who wants to can already contact me and see most of my account details...

(P.S. I'm not on facebook, nor have I ever had a facebook account, in case that explains this hole in my knoweldge of something which everyone else is automatically familiar with and takes for granted...)

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Joined: 05.04.2012
ibn as-sabil wrote:

Related Query - I had previously P.M.ed this query to one of the editors, but have still never received any reply.

LT has a category "Friends" and I've received a couple of "friends' requests", viz: "So-and-so wants to be your friend" from other members. Unfortunately, I can't find anywhere in the FAQ's or rules for LT where this "Friends" status or relationship is explained -- i.e., WHAT this friendship status then entails or involves, if I click on "accept this request"...?!?! I mean, every member who wants to can already contact me and see most of my account details...

(P.S. I'm not on facebook, nor have I ever had a facebook account, in case that explains this hole in my knoweldge of something which everyone else is automatically familiar with and takes for granted...)

They won't, actually being friends with someone here won't have any effect on Facebook or other social media. They won't have access to your information - the only thing they will be able to do is have access to a list where your latest activity is shown (which actually only extends to adding translations, idioms and explanations). Your friends have access to pretty much the same information as every other user - including those that are not added as such.

Member
Joined: 22.11.2016

Dear Alma Barroca - Thank you very much for explaining that!

Ospite

I am sorry you got spammed.
I get PMs in blank sometimes.

I do not interpret the reasons for any friend requests made to me.
All of the ones I have received are valid.
Why read into the minds of people I can't even see? Of course it's not a friendship.
I don't have a Facebook or anything like that, so I don't mind. I just take it at face value.

Of course, that is just my own view. Maybe other people find friend requests
annoying and invasive. That's why I don't ask many people.