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Occasionally, I receive invitations to join a Steam group from people I've never met, and which are most likely just sock-puppet accounts to begin with. However, 99% of the time, none of my friends are in these groups, which makes it rather pointless to join them (and add to event spam).

Am I able to restrict group invitations so that they only originate from friends? Other options would be to restrict invitations to only those groups that already contain a friend, or off entirely.

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"Am I able to restrict group invitations so that they only originate from friends?"

The short answer: No.

People have been complaining about this on the Steam forums for over a year. There is also a suggestion for this feature on the Steam forums but alas, Valve in their infinite wisdom have not implemented this feature (hopefully some day they will).

Can I do anything to mitigate the amount of group invites I am receiving?

Yes! You can:

  • Set your Profile Status to "Friends Only"
  • Don't join any groups on steam
  • Don't join any servers
  • Block all communications with a person

I personally only do one of the above, and that is set my profile to "Friends Only". I haven't received any Group invites in a long time since doing that.
Some servers have a plugin to automatically invite you to their group when you join their server. I mostly only play on competitive servers so this hasn't affected me.
If you're finding one particular person is harassing you non-stop with invites, you can Block all communications with that person.

Also,"You shouldn't be invited to a group after declining an invite to it just once."

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    Put a character that is late in the alphabet in front of your name. When I preceed my name with a clan tag which starts with a number, like 3E|Username, then I get way more invites to random groups than when I have my usual username which starts with a S. – user28015 May 6 '13 at 1:00
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    +1 to @user28015 - My username used to start with two 00s, like 00|username|00 and I got so much invite spam it was ridiculous. I never realised that after I changed it to start with 'zz' how little invite spam I get. I figured people just stopped trying to get me to sign up. – Robotnik May 6 '13 at 3:55
  • Well, assuming that people are using bots for that, it is logical. – user28015 May 6 '13 at 5:58

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