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I just received kudos from someone I dont know or follow and who doesnt follow me...how can that be?

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  • I've been sponsoring you as a premium member for over three years because I think that what you're doing is cool. However, I'm less than impressed with the lack of response to this problem! Blocking individual athletes is a cludge and not a proper solution! Surely it's not difficult to understand that people don't want kudos from complete strangers!!!

    Thanks,

    -John

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  • This is happening to me also. 
    With all of the privacy controls enabled people who you don't approve to follow you shouldn't be able to view your activities. End of story. 

    I understand the issue with needing to display the ride for leader boards to keep people accountable so they don't jump in a car or train and cheat for KOM's. But can't you instead create private leader boards for just yourself? I don't use leader boards to compare myself to other people, but instead to compare to my previous efforts. 

     

    I don't want to have to make all of my activities private because that defeats the point of sharing my rides with my friends. Plus then I can't track my individual progress.

    Blocking individual athletes is pointless also because there are so many of them out there now with this poor behavior that if you block one, another is just going to pick up where they left off. 

    It seems that most of these "Stranger-Kudo's" problems stem from being part of a club more so than public leader boards. 

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  • I had a recent spamming type effect from this guy https://www.strava.com/athletes/16062157 . Kudos on lots of insignificant rides, they guy is not connected to me in anyway and is based thousands of miles away. Seems like some kind of scam or spam IMO. i have blocked him, but it is very suspicious

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  • Well, the rocket scientist is back with further comments... :-p

    There is a conundrum to what many ask for here. I'm okay with getting kudos from a stranger, if - for example - I stole their QOM. Or if I do a race or big ride and impress someone - or they impress me - it's nice to kudos them (espec podium places). And, I don't want to have to 'follow' more than just my friends. My feed has too much in it already. I know many other people on Strava and kudos them when they get accomplishments and I see it, but I am a "stranger" to many (ie not a Strava follower).

    Having yourself on a leaderboard means it is going to be public. After my stalking problems I went private all the way. Blocking did not solve the problem (though it would help many who object to the same "stranger" always kudos-ing them).

    FWIW Ted Daly: if your rides are private you still know how you did against not only yourself but against others too. With a private ride, every segment I do gives me an option to see it against the leaderboards, but also whether it's a PR etc., and I can look at it against all my results. Comparing yourself to your previous efforts is exactly what Strava does private OR public. Nothing is different except my rides are not publicly accessible. Yes, it means my friends can't see what I'm doing. Yes, that kinda s*cks. But I'm taking privacy over stalking.

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  • I have started receiving random kudo from people I don't  know and who do not follow me, all my followers have to be approved.  I have enhanced privacy settings turned on.  As has been said above it happens instantly when I upload.  I do not like this at all, the thought that someone I have not approved seeing my runs is creepy and dangerous for a female runners. Someone please tell me how to stop this.  Thanks

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  • How about limiting the ability to give Kudos to (a) followers and (b) people in the leaderboards for that ride. Shouldn't be to difficult to code for the pointy-headed types (and I don't mean time trialists).

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  • same issues for me, I received kudos from two individuals from a country in a language I don't recognize yesterday and I'm in Canada. I understand the danger that this issue poses for women from potential stalkers who have acces to their routes. This is unacceptable and needs to be fixed asap.

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  • Hello everyone, same thing just happened to me. I received a kudo from an unknown user that's actually in the same city as I am. I just want my ractivities to be visible to the circle friends that I trust. I don't want strangers tracking me down based on my common routes. Working in the IT sector this to me seems very concerning. I agree Kudos from non-followers should be allowed when you achieve success in leader board or when you get best time, that's because you are competing publicly within your chosen club. But activities that do not get top segment results or do not end up on a leader board should be only visible to your circle of chosen friends.

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  • On top of the privacy concerns, these idiots (worst offenders in TX) mean that I wake up with 50+ kudos messages on my phone in the morning, hiding all my useful alerts

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  • Quick update: I figured out how they are doing this in my case.  For me personally all of this started when I joined various local clubs.  All of sudden I got Kudos from people that I was not following or people that were not following me BUT these Kudos come come from EXISTING Club members (for me).  

    FYI (maybe obvious to others) each club at the top has number of ACTIVITIES listed for a predetermined time (ex. one week).  When you click on number it will list all club activities.  So ... people go through and click Kudos on it.  

    Makes sense.  You joined a club to share your activities with your club members.  You joined because you want to become a better athlete or continue to be motivated (or whatever the case may be).  Your club members have the opportunity to support you by giving you Kudos.  

    Now that I understand how I am receiving these Kudos I am okay with it.  It was my choice to join the club and share my activities with the club. 

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  • Yep just started with me too - random weirdos from around the globe sending multiple kudos for single rides,  - reading the posts, it seems that once its starts, it gets worse? I choose to use this software, and am comfortable with adding info to social media generally. However Strava - you need to demonstrate that you're looking for a solution, especially as people are paying for premium membership  

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  • Seems very much like Strava are ignoring this problem.  I've seen no indication that they acknowledge the problem or doing anything to fix it!

    Unfortunately for me its not Like Piotr W says the kudos i am getting are from random people not local to me or associated with any of the clubs I am in but from people in far flung parts of the globe.

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  • Can't agree with Piotr, nothing to do with clubs as I'm not a member and like everyone else here, this is RANDOM kudos even from people whose first language isn't English. It really is time consuming writing offensive replies to them and then blocking them. Lol

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  • A privacy update for all of you.

    Starting this week, if you are a member of a Strava Club and you have enabled Enhanced Privacy:

    Your Activities in the Club's Feed will only be visible to club members who are also your approved followers. 

    For example, if I am a member of the same club as you, but I do not follow you, I will not see your Activities in the Club's Feed. Also, if I am not a club member, and I also do not follow you, I similarly won't see your Activities in the Club's Feed. 

     

    We look forward to hearing about other privacy concerns that are important to you, and we plan to continue our efforts to improve privacy on Strava. Thank you! 

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  • Everyone can view my strava-data, but when someone is going to give me spam kudo's every day hundred times it gets annoying. I just want to be able to block a specific athlete, even when I 'm not following him.

    Strava please help me!

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  • @Marc, You can block any specific athlete, the same as if you are following them or not following them. You can block athletes from their profile page on the Strava website. I'm sorry for the annoying kudos. 

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  • I think this problem started  when when I joined one of the new Strava clubs - "Outside". I believe that anyone that is in the same clubs as I am can see all the ride by club members, including mine.  I have left the "Outside" club; hopeful the flood of kudos from random strangers will stop.

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  • This athlete is very annoying and I've asked him nicely in his comments to please stop giving me the endless countless kudos.  His reply was "can't stop, won't stop".   It would seem he sends the kudos so you visit his profile and see his website where he has stuff for sale.  You can go to his activity page and under the comments see that I'm not the only one bothered by this.  I blocked him today, hope that works.

    https://www.strava.com/athletes/105919#

     

     

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  • That's really not cool. Looking at his profile he's clearly a twat. When will Strava give us complete privacy?

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  • Given Strava are not doing anything about this it seems the best trick is to (unfortunately)

    1. go to the Dashboard on your Mac or PC,
    2. then click on the spammers Avatar in your Kudos or comments
    3. when you are on their profile page click on the Gear ikon beside the "Following" box and select "Block Athlete".  

    Seems to be working for a few annoying spammers that are breaching Strava's conditions by these 'athletes'  harassing us and/or posting links to their commercial ventures. 

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  • PS: That TM 'athlete' has been harassing me and my friends in Australia (of all places) and when kindly asked to stop he urged his followers to also harass me with more unjustified Kudos.  

    Strava has clear Terms and Conditions of non harassment and are NOT enforcing these by allowing this 'athlete' to continue his global plague of harassment. 

    Strava - please read your own conditions below. We are being harassed so please remove this athlete:https://www.strava.com/athletes/105919#

     

    You agree to not use the Site to: (a) upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; (b) harm minors in any way;

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  • Yes, our apologies folks, please block these athletes who are giving undesired kudos. That will stop their activity right away. We are looking into this behavior and assessing the situation and what we might be able to do. Thanks for your patience. 

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  • Yes, this same guy (https://www.strava.com/athletes/105919#) is just being a duche giving kudoz to everyone he can for no reason... I've blocked him, and Strava would do us all a service by shutting down his account. While he may try to open another account, it seems clear he's fond of his statistics and a new account will start him back at 0 miles which may bother his narcissism... Thanks for your attention on this one Elle, and thanks for your work!

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  • A suggestion: The first time kudoz or comments are given by an athlete NOT following me (or who I'm not following... not sure about thus one, though) it would be great to give me something along the lines of, "You've been given kudoz by X and they are not in your network of known athletes, do you want to accept kudoz and/or comments from this athlete?" Then I've got the option to accept kudoz and or comments as I choose. Until i choose tgey cannot give me any furtger comnents or kudo. Perhaps everyone can have a list of "Known Athletes" and can choose to accept kudoz and/or comments from them...

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  • Steve Crosby - perfect. Let's hope that someone at Strava is listening...

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  • Thanks Steve, indeed a good idea. 

    At this time however, here is what I recommend:

    - Contact us directly through a support ticket if you would like to report a user's behavior. 

    - Block an athlete who repeatedly gives unwanted kudos to stop this from happening again. 

    - Enable Enhanced Privacy which will decrease the ability of others in your Clubs to give unwanted kudos. 

    Let me know if you have any questions. 

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  • I've sent in a support ticket to report the user and they are blocked. I've also left all clubs as I wonder if that is how they are/were providing automatic kudoz.  

    Honestly, this is little more than an annoyance which seems to be easily fixed by blocking someone. Their childish behavior is disappointing, however, and makes me think, "This is why we can't have nice things." ;-) 

    Thanks again for your work!

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  • To add to @Steve Crosby's suggestion: Place a toggle within Privacy Settings that prevents all Strava users, except followers, to comment on or place Kudos on activities.   Follower requests can then be the control point to allow real life social encounters to be continued or discontinued on Strava.

    This is in line with private accounts on instagram or facebook restrictions etc. Should be relatively easy to code and most users would be grateful for it.

    It is a shame that this social platform of sharing has come to this but I guess its like a magnifying glass on  life - these platforms bring out the best and worst in people. 

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  • I have started getting spam Kudos over the last couple of weeks. 

    I have enhanced privacy set, but the people that have been giving me Kudos (none of which are followers) also belonged to some of the same (new) clubs I joined recently (Wiggle, Chain Reaction, Bike Radar, and Strava).   From Elle's update at the top, these people shouldn't have been seeing my activities in the club feed due to my enhanced privacy, but presumably this is not working as desired.   As a workaround, I have now left these clubs which is a shame.

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  • I'm so happy to have finally discovered this thread. 

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