Hints & Tips: Removing yourself from hippoGROUPS lists
In August 2009 I blogged about removing yourself from unwanted notice lists. This method worked mainly with stores that had added you to Subscribe-o-matics without your permission, such as when you pick up a freebie or a hunt item, or even if you simply visited their store but didn’t buy anything. Some stores use a marketing strategy of adding all visitors/freebie or hunt item-grabbers to lists and then sending them update notecards or occasional giftcards (usually for small discounts) in order to entice them to their stores, but it can be very annoying when these notices cap your offline IMs if you can’t log in for a few days, or if you’re simply not interested in what the store sells.
So what do you do about it? Well, probably the same thing I used to do: click ‘discard’ on the notice when you log in, or (if they’re really bugging you) you might mute the sender. It’s easier to click ‘decline’ than it is to do something about it, after all. However, I was recently added by two stores that sent me notices on a regular basis, both of which I had never bought anything from. I recognised one as having been from a hunt prize I had picked up (and I may have even become a customer of that store but for their daily spamming with an LM and self-promotional spiel, so that strategy backfired for them!), but the other sold something I’m not even vaguely interested in, so I was pretty peeved to be receiving regular notices from them. And the trick up above didn’t work because they were using a different form of group: the hippoGROUPS.
If you’ve been added to a hippoGROUPS list and want to get out of it, luckily it’s very simple to do. And for the persistent store owners who keep adding you back to the list there is even a way to block them from doing so. Hop behind the cut to find out how.
First, you need to visit the Hippo Technologies sim in Second Life, using the avatar you want to remove from those lists. Dotted around the outside of the store you’ll see kiosks like the one arrowed here:
Go up to one of them and click on it. The kiosk will give you a randomly-generated password.
NOTE: Make sure you are out of chat range of anyone in the store. The password will be given in open chat, so anyone within 20m of you will be able to see it. Use some form of radar (either the free version of Mystitool, or the free radar from Crystal Gadgets) to ensure nobody in the store is that close to you. Walk to another kiosk if you have to.
Once you have your password, go to the My hippoGROUPS website and log in using your avatar name and the password you were given. You can change your password on the site once you’re logged in, so if you think someone heard your password in-world then you should do this (in fact, I’d recommend doing it anyway, but remember not to use your main Second Life login password. You should never associate that with your avatar name, either out-world or especially in-world). Don’t forget to note down what it is! If you forget your password, just visit the store in-world and click the board again.
Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see a page like this. Obviously, I’ve blurred out the groups I had been added to:
And there are all the notices I never signed up to receive! Grr! (And you can see how long I’d been ignoring them, too.) Anyway, from there it’s very simple: just click ‘Leave Group’ (and, if you get re-added, you can even click ‘Leave & Block Owner’) and you’ll be bugged no more.