PolypeptideK friend request

Type1Lou
By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2011-06-10 21:10:47 -0500
Started 2011-06-08 07:22:17 -0500

I just received a friend request from PolypeptideK. When I went to look at the profile, it appears to be a come on for a product..by a 110 year old. (I'm not saying that the product may or may not have merit but felt deceived.) Unfortunately, I had accepted the friend request before checking the requestor's profile. I immediately removed PolypeptideK from my friend list since this seemed to be a marketing ploy.

Moral: I will check the profile before accepting any friend request.


54 replies

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-10 12:18:15 -0500 Report

I just wanted to apologize to the newer members; Ive been here long enough to know how the site ticks and sometimes forget that a lot of you dont!
I stated this below but allow me to reiterate: if anything on the site looks suspicious to you, be it a member, a post, a discussion, a recipe, etc., either flag it or send an inbox message to a site administrator. I usually inbox John. Look for a red flag, usually located below the post, and click on it. It will open and ask why you are flagging it along with a comment box. There is not always a flag, such as in the case of a friends request. Then you will need to inbox someone.
All the administrators automatically became your friends when you joined so you can find them in your friends list on your profile page. If you are mistaken in your suspicions, have no fear, the administrators will never "rat you out"! Hope this helps!

Gimpalong
Gimpalong 2011-06-10 15:59:36 -0500 Report

Thanks a lot. I didn't realize that outside company's would use their marketing ploys on this site. I guess if they can do it on one site, they could do it on others. Thanks for letting us know what to do, and what to watch for.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2011-06-09 11:44:39 -0500 Report

Polypeptide-K has been deleted from the community. Unfortunately, on occasion spammers do show up in the community. If you see this happen please either flag them or notify one of the advocates to take care of them. Thank you all for keeping an eye out.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-09 17:27:46 -0500 Report

Dear Jeanette,
Thank you…thank you…thank you! Now we can devote our time and efforts to more fruitful endeavors. I truly appreciate the support I received from the DC community after I posted this discussion yesterday morning. Thank you Jeanette, John, Gabby and James for your efforts in protecting our site from such spammers.

MarkS
MarkS 2011-06-09 11:57:27 -0500 Report

Dang, and I was enjoying the discussions of everyone finding holes in his information!

Cheryl*G
Cheryl*G 2011-06-09 22:27:14 -0500 Report

What I read it was female!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-10 17:33:58 -0500 Report

Dear Cheryl, since Polypeptide has been deleted, I can't refer you to some of their replies. The profile did initially state "Female" of 110 years of age? In their replies to many of the posts on this discussion or to posts on their profile, they referred to themselves as "WE"…sort of like the Queen of England…aha, probably more than one person, maybe even a company? They never updated the profile with more accurate info as far as I could tell. They later admitted they were a small enterprise and trying to get word out about their product…could have been a female or a male…who knows? Anyway, I was happy to get Jeannette's notice that they had been deleted.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-06-08 20:28:19 -0500 Report

I accepted and then rescinded the invitation for friendship based on the comment on their wall of, "Look no further for a cure!" … sorry, that right there is a red flag. I do not mix friends with business and would NEVER promise a cure for an incurable disease. That's poor business, poor judgement and very poor friendship.

berrykins0
berrykins0 2011-06-08 18:39:37 -0500 Report

i just deleted her from my friends list after reading what you wrote about this person thanks for the posted waring

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-06-08 18:20:57 -0500 Report

I checked it out before deleting this person, there was no way I would accept it. Thanks for posting that. We should all post about anything like that, and let others know, I was going to, and then I saw your post.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-08 18:44:30 -0500 Report

Dear Tabby,
Thanks for the reinforcement. I felt soooo naive and angry with myself for not checking the profile first…nobody likes to be taken advantage of…something that Polypeptide-K has done to many DC members since her friend count now numbers 172!

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-06-09 06:33:49 -0500 Report

I just checked their profile, Lou, they have 173 friends. What I don't understand is why are they still on here? Why haven't they been kicked off? You know I came on this site to mingle with other Diabetics. If this site allows commercial businesses to be on here, then I don't know whether I'm interested in being here! I've met some really good friends here that I don't want to lose, but I believe what they've done is allow someone to break the rules. I don't understand why, unless they are receiving payment, they would subject us to this company. They have other businesses posting ads on here and that is understandable. They need to pay their bills, but OBVIOUSLY this company is a member. How is that even possible, I wonder. : - 0 Mara

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-09 07:58:36 -0500 Report

Dear Mara,
I believe DC is investigating Polypeptide-K and they already deleted a product review by them as inappropriate. I don't think the integrity of DC is in question. They're just taking the steps to be sure before kicking them off…give them a little more time. I've been delighted with the support I received from the DC community in my post…we are watching out for each other!

Lymy
Lymy 2011-06-08 18:13:50 -0500 Report

Seems like someone sold our info to this deceitful company and I am about to follow your lead. As soon as I post this message to you I will be removing them from my friendship circle. After all who wants to be friends with some one so deceitful? I wish I had come to this page before I went into my inbox file.
Thnaks for the heads' up.
Regards
~Lymy~

Tigereyze209
Tigereyze209 2011-06-08 17:30:38 -0500 Report

Ironicly, Poly-k has earned a ton of badges and points too.
Hey, just saying…

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-08 18:06:29 -0500 Report

Yep! I wonder, since many of the people who initially accepted the friend request then unfriended Poly because of the blatant sales pitch… does she lose her points/badges…probably too nightmarish for DC to police. It'll be interesting to see what John's inquiry into the product yields and whether DC continues to allow this profile.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-08 13:03:49 -0500 Report

Thanks for the heads up, because of the wonderful info on this I declined the friend request. Sad to say it because this is the only one I have ever had to decline, of course I haven't been on DC a long time. But please if you find anything else like this keep us informed.

cavie2
cavie2 2011-06-08 12:49:40 -0500 Report

Just checked and noticed that Poly now has 168 friends when I was in earlier about 6 hours ago there were only 64

just4us3
just4us3 2011-06-08 12:43:49 -0500 Report

I just did the same thing from Polypeptide K.. and it was just an advertisement.. not a person. I couldn't find a link to flag it as a fake profile .. but they are gone as a friend..

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-06-08 12:26:49 -0500 Report

John has addressed this member and you guys should be safe from future spamming from them. If it does continue, please let John or myself know and we will try to take care of it.

Dixiemom
Dixiemom 2011-06-08 14:59:48 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby and John. I was a little confused but I accepted and since I have read what everyone has written, good-bye friend. It's a shame company's resort to deception. I'm glad everyone watchews out for each other.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-08 12:37:30 -0500 Report

Dear Gabby and John,
Thanks for the action! Wish I had it in me to treat Polypeptide-K the diabolical way Carl Hiassen treated a telemarketer in his novel "Nature Girl"..I can only dream…

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-06-08 12:40:26 -0500 Report

I am not familiar with that book, but I bet it wasn't so nice.

They may have a good product and John is asking for some study results. But they are not to just blanket the site with commercial solicitation. If anything like that happens again, just let one of the site moderators know. We will do our best to protect the you guys.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-08 18:57:38 -0500 Report

Carl Hiassen is one of my favorite Florida authors. (He's a native Floridian and a columnist at the Miami Herald.) The bad guys in his novels get their comeuppance in a particularly apt way. He's a wacko-funny author who people either love or hate!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-06-10 08:34:45 -0500 Report

I may have to check him out. Sounds like he is rather tongue in cheek a good bit, specially if he writes for the Herald.

Spottsmom
Spottsmom 2011-06-08 10:48:05 -0500 Report

I always check requests and was just coming here to see what if anything was written as it looked like a commercial not a profile and when i see someone adding that many friends in such a short time that sets off alarms for me.
Thank you for verifying this for me
Do we have a way to report these type things? In case it happens again.
Also someone said they flagged the profile i see no way to do this?

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-08 12:19:04 -0500 Report

I see the little red flag (for flag as inappropriate) beside Posts but I too, couldn't see how to flag a friend request. Dietcherry suggests that sending a message about a suspect profile to one of the advocates would be a good way to handle this too.

knit57
knit57 2011-06-08 08:27:46 -0500 Report

Thanks! I accepted it too. I have now unfriended! lesson learned, Check the profile before accepting!

cavie2
cavie2 2011-06-08 08:11:19 -0500 Report

I have just accepted the friendship request by PolypeptideK before reading all these messages. So how do I remove them I've looked and can't find a button to press

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-08 12:27:27 -0500 Report

Dear Cavie2,
If you log on DC and go to your profile page, click on "Friends" in the upper right hand corner. This will bring up a list of people you've friended. Find Polypeptide-K, and click on their photo. You'll then get their profile page but next to their photo on the left, you have the option to "Remove from friends" Click that and they're no longer on your "Friends" list. (I'm not part of the social network generation, so friending and unfriending has been something I've learned from Diabetic Connect…we're never to old to learn, provided sufficient incentive!)

cavie2
cavie2 2011-06-08 12:38:48 -0500 Report

Thanks Type1Lou for that info. I had tried that and checked my friends list and poly was still there so I obviously thought that was not what I should have done. Logged out and came in later only to find it gone so my computer must have been going slow at the time.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-08 07:28:28 -0500 Report

Ive already flagged them

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-08 07:31:21 -0500 Report

Thanks…I'm still learning my way around this site and wanted to alert the community…didn't think about "Flagging" the post.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-08 07:39:24 -0500 Report

Lou Ive learned the hard way to check out every friends request I receive before accepting. If youre in any doubt about something, flag it or send an inbox message to John and he'll sort it out.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-06-08 07:27:26 -0500 Report

I forgot to add the dash in the name Polypeptide-K and couldn't see how to edit my original posting of this discusssion. Also noted that Polypeptide-K just was awarded the Beloved badge…seems I wasn't the only one "taken in"…

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-06-08 07:48:58 -0500 Report

I received the same request, Lou, but I was waiting to check with someone like dietcherry first. I knew it was a product, because of the little box, but I didn't know whether this site had a sponsor or some such. Now, I can go "Ignore" the request. Thanks to you and to dietcherry. ;-)

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