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The Groups system on Steam has been left to rot a little, but Valve have finally decided to update it. This also removes the ability for spammers to spam group invites out, something I complained about only recently.

From now, only your friends can invite you to groups. This basically stops spammers in their tracks and as someone who got a fair amount of them, I really welcome this decision. They said it themselves "When we first created the Steam Community groups, the community itself was a smaller and simpler place.", but now Steam is just insanely big.

They've also created a new type of group, a "Restricted group" where people have to request access to join it. Seems like a decent idea, so you can double check a request instead of letting anyone join or being invite-only. A nice middle ground for group permissions.

They say they're now moving to deal with all the groups that have been created by spammers, which could take them a while...

See the full announcement here. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Eike 3 August 2017 at 11:05 am UTC
I had only few invites, so it didn't disturb me, but of course, when you're more "visible" as a user, I understand it might be a pain... somewhere.
BlackBloodRum 3 August 2017 at 2:38 pm UTC
Nice!

Next up prevent spam friend requests. I get so many requests from random windows users it's not funny. Who wants windows users as friends? Not me!
Eike 3 August 2017 at 3:19 pm UTC
BlackBloodRumNext up prevent spam friend requests. I get so many requests from random windows users it's not funny. Who wants windows users as friends? Not me!

Obviously, friend requests couldn't be restricted to friends only.
Maybe (like the feature of Facebook) to friends of friends, or to members of the same group or something.
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