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7/21/11
Original Poster
RichLeighton

I have someone sharing hundreds of Chinese documents with me every day in Google Docs. How do I stop this?

I have someone sharing hundreds of Chinese documents with me every day in Google Docs. I remove the documents, and they are back the next day. I cannot contact this person because there is no link or email for this person, and I cannot delete the documents. It is very frustrating and repeated queries to Google has resulted in no response - even though there are many such similar situations/problems found after doing a simple web search.

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Rebecca
7/25/11
Rebecca
Sounds like you clicked on a folder that is available to the public, and this automatically added the contents to your Docs List. 

Did you use the "Remove from my Documents List" option for the folder too or just the documents you originally saw in there?  Maybe new items are being added to the folder, and for that reason they're also appearing in your Docs List.


7/26/11
Original Poster
RichLeighton
@Rebecca - I didn't click on any public folders. All these files are individual docs, and if I "remove from my documents" the same files appear again the next day. There are nearly 300 of these that keep reappearing daily. Any idea on how to remove myself from this individual's share list? I have no way to contact him/her.
alex2143
7/26/11
alex2143
Found this post here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google%20Docs/thread?tid=6d90c66d152d3756&hl=en
 
Apparently, you can't block people from sharing docs with you. So anyone who has your email address can share docs with you. You can not protect yourself from spam in Google Docs.
 
If it's unintentional spam, you can right click one of the documents, hover over Share, then click "email all contributors" or something like that. If it's intentional, you could click "Owned by me" on the left side every time you enter Google Docs. Nothing else you can do, only reporting.
7/26/11
Original Poster
RichLeighton
Unfortunately, when I hover over share, "email contributors" is grayed out and unclickable. Very frustrating. I just got some more unwanted docs added. The owner of these documents is 艾未未, but I have no way of even finding a contact link. Any ideas?
7/26/11
Original Poster
RichLeighton
It would be great if there was a button where you could "uncollaborate" with specific sharers to remove/block their documents from showing up in yours.
alex2143
7/26/11
alex2143
Agreed. It's very unlike Google that you can't do anything to protect youself from spam in Google Docs.
Rebecca
7/26/11
Rebecca
Rich, I'm going to write you an email so that we can discuss specifics like document titles and URLs.

From my initial investigation, this doesn't look like someone sharing to you specifically, it looks like public documents.  That doesn't make it any less annoying though so let's get to the bottom of what's happening.

7/26/11
Original Poster
RichLeighton
Ok. I'd appreciate that. I've removed all the documents for today already so I could see my own work, but they'll be back by tomorrow again. I'll not remove them so you can see all of them.

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