Tournament invite spam

Insanephantom

I received several messages from someone about a tournament on this site. I had no intention to join it but I got message after message with updates on the number of people signed up for the tournament. After receiving some messages I sent a message back to that person asking to opt out of the invites (I'm assuming he sent out a load of invites via mass messaging but I have no idea how he got hold of my username). I also put him on my 'block' list. However I then got yet another message despite the block, and when I tried to send yet another message I found I couldn't send it cause he blocked me! This does not make sense, I blocked him and he can continue to spam me, and yet he's blocked me and I can't message him? What's going on here?

whirlwind2011

@OP: I'm not sure what happened. That does sound weird. You might have gotten the post-block message because your block request needed a little time to be processed.

If you keep getting the messages, you can report the member to the staff via a Support Ticket. However, I suspect that if the member continues to send messages as frequently as you have described, the member will soon be banned for spamming.

kohai

You were invited but didn't decline

http://www.chess.com/tournaments/players?id=48772&sortby=alphabetical&page=3

The messages you're seeing are updates (tournament announcements) posted by the TD wallyjack on the top of the tournament page.

Insanephantom

Ah I managed to dig up the initial invite and clicked decline. Should be fixed now. Thanks!

Btw, just a suggestion, since those additional messages are 'updates', I think it would be helpful to include an option to decline/opt out at the bottom of those as well (in addition to the one shown on the initial invite) to make the option more accessible.

ArmenianBishop

Administrators & Super-Administrators sometimes feel duty-bound to work aggressively to advertise or notify members about opportunities to join new tournaments.  If the other team has a full board, then administrators might send additional notifications to member players, so that the tournament can start in a timely fashion.

On a few occasions, I've waited to play specific teams, only to find out to late that those tournaments are already closed.  So, I would've appreciated a second tournament invite, on those occasions.

As a Super-Administrator at Levon Aronian Chess Group, I have never spammed members with these additional tournament invite messages.