Please don't group me
August 20, 2019 6:56 PM   Subscribe

Twice in the past month my cell number was added to a groupme thread. They have the wrong number and I have exited the group both times. This is likely the same people again (once for dancing, now for cheerleading). How can I stop them from adding my number to the next group? I replied to say wrong number before exiting this time.

I am not going to download the app or join groupme. I can't believe there is no way to opt out of this thing. I don't have unlimited texting. Each time this happens, it sends 5 texts before I have a chance to reply, so it costs me six texts, seven this time so I could tell them to stop adding me.
posted by soelo to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Do the phone numbers of everyone in the group come up? Can you block all of their numbers? Not sure if/how this would work with groupme, I don’t know that app.
posted by amro at 7:09 PM on August 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


Have you tried "Send "#STOP" to any of your group numbers, or to the GroupMe short code, to stop all GroupMe text messages."
posted by muddgirl at 7:12 PM on August 20, 2019


So far, I have only used #exit to remove the groups. I just tried using the short code 47687 and sending #stop. I got an error that says it is not a valid short code.
posted by soelo at 8:51 PM on August 20, 2019


Frustrating, but have you tried asking them? They seem to have active support over Twitter and perhaps elsewhere. They might be able to block your number from their service entirely.
posted by acidic at 9:31 PM on August 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


If it’s literally the same people adding you (you must be an easy typo from one of their phone numbers?) I would send a memorably irate message the next time. Not profane or abusive, just the sort of thing where you say that this is a huge serious deal for you and you are very angry that they keep harassing you like this. They’ll think you’re a jerk, but they’ll be likely to be more careful next time.
posted by LizardBreath at 5:31 AM on August 21, 2019


I did reply to the last message with #stop and got a note saying that groupme wont text me anymore. This is the same group but different phone numbers, so blocking is not a solution. I don't even know if the number that comes up is the actual phone number of the group creator or some groupme number.

Both times, I looked around their site for info on blocking and did some other searching, but I must not have had the exact right terms. It bothers me that I have to go to another place to get help (the green is an exception). Even when I searched the exact phrase that muddgirl posted, it is on a website called itstillworks and not on groupme.com. Considering that they have been sued for text spam in the past, I would think they might be more forthcoming with info on how to stop it from happening.
posted by soelo at 10:17 AM on August 21, 2019


Yeah I noticed the same thing - they don't seem to list the STOP code anywhere on their website, just the instructions that require signing up for an account. It's pretty scummy.
posted by muddgirl at 1:44 PM on August 21, 2019


Yeah, as far as I can tell GroupMe only mentions the #STOP code in their help.groupme.com support site, not their main site: How do I opt out of GroupMe entirely?
posted by RichardP at 5:20 PM on August 21, 2019 [1 favorite]


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