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I'm getting maybe 20 friend requests from Yahoo IM everytime I start empathy (or my Internet goes up). Is there any way I can deal with the contact spam that doesn't involve me individually clicking on all the contact requests and dismissing them one by one?

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I've had this problem as well, and sadly, it's is really a problem with Yahoo's infrastructure, and not so much something wrong with empathy (in other words, you won't be able to stop empathy from thinking you have genuine friend requests).

The best I can suggest to you is to report a wishlist bug on empathy :(. You could try pidgin but to my memory, that doesn't make it too much easier to dismiss the contact spam in one go, though it does handle it better than empathy.

As grim as it sounds, I'd also suggest moving away from yahoo for IM.

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I disagree with it not being something wrong with Empathy. I think it's both Yahoos and Empathys fault for both being unable to deal with spam. I do agree that I should drop YIM though, I'm trying to get the 1 client I have on it to use something else. :) – Kit Sunde Dec 13 '10 at 15:37
Contact request spam is rare, in fact most messengers don't have a mass deny ability. But as it is increasing, I'd suggest reporting a bug ^^ – RolandiXor Dec 13 '10 at 15:40
+1 for suggesting to move away :D – theTuxRacer Feb 14 '11 at 4:11

The real problem here, from my perspective, is the fact that Empathy doesn't reject requests properly. I keep having the same requests pop up every time even after I reject them until I use pidgin or some other messenger to reject the request. The Empathy team needs to fix the reject request function properly.

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If you have a copy of Windows, I'd recommend running Trillian and rejecting the people through there, or running a copy of the Yahoo IM client (ugh). That's how I got rid of the requests in Empathy, but then again, I dual boot. I don't know how feasible this is for you.

I second filing a bug for mass-rejection.

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I voted up (for filing a bug) but I would suggest - suggesting - running something on WINE :) (So people don't vote you down for mentioning windows lol). – RolandiXor Feb 14 '11 at 14:48
It's a viable solution, and I said "if". Also, Wine is a great idea. – gamerchick02 Feb 21 '11 at 19:12

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