Today’s post is a ranty post. Not really pattern related, exactly.
Tumblr has been winding down as far as doll stuff goes, but I keep posting stuff there. About a year ago the ‘chat’ function was rolled out for Tumblr, which I don’t like because I can’t opt out of it. The asks notification is already dodgy and I sometimes don’t get a notification until I do, and then see there’s like 4-5 in there which are all undated so I don’t know how old they are. The chat function is worse.
The chat function is where the porn bots play. And I tried to be responsive to chats, except they start off with things like “Hi” or “Do u have a minute?” and me being nice, if I see that pop up I say something like “Sure” and then… well, then I find out I’m not talking to a person who needs sewing or doll advice. I’ll spare you the details. And I suspect responding to one message put me on some kind of list of possible marks. So I don’t even check that anymore.
And now the porn bots have invaded Flickr, which is where I keep most of my photos. They use some kind of thing where they don’t tag you (I have tags turned off) but they mention you in comments which automatically sticks their, uh, ‘pictures’, in my Flickr feed. Do I see questions & comments on my photos, or responses to comments on friends photos anymore? Nope. Not a bit.
Facebook… so far the worst I get is friend requests from people with porn-y profile pictures. And the stuff that gets posted in groups before mods clean it up. But honestly? I mind that the least because it doesn’t interfere with me being able to help people and answer questions. The other things, I either get punished by trying to be responsive, or I’m made to look unresponsive because the actual stuff I need to respond to is hidden under a pile of pornbot spam trying to sell me things or infect my computer with viruses.
I can’t really comment about instagram, twitter, or any of the other social media networks I’ve signed up for to check out, but don’t use. Assume they’d have similar issues. Because they’re EVERYWHERE. And trying to be responsive to people you don’t personally know as a result of pattern stuff opens me up to way more of this crap than I’d deal with as just a person.