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BLUF: How does one politely decline a LinkedIn invitation?

For example, *vendors* with whom I do not do business contact me via LinkedIn and asked to be linked. To me, this is an inappropriate request.

WillDuke's picture
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They're probably broadcasting the request to everyone in their contact list. I generally just ignore them. :)

ctomasi's picture

I like clicking the button that says "I don't know unnamed-vendor". I have no idea what sort of response they get, but I like pressing it.

jwyckoff's picture

I heard that if someone sends out too many invite that get declines, something bad happens to them (I don't know what happens to them, but supposedly there is some "punishment").

If it's someone I *really* don't know, I decline. If it's someone I have met once, and I don't want to connect with them, I just ignore it.

canario's picture

Ok and is there a way to make it "invisible" ? I like to update my profile from time to time as I manage to complete projects/goals, but I don't want to be perceived as a "bounty hunter" on a run or a "head hunters cannon fodder". I am starting to have some second thoughts regarding LinkedIn vs Loyality topic... not like anybody cares about my profile - just for future reference.

SteveSherry's picture

[quote="connick"]I heard that if someone sends out too many invite that get declines, something bad happens to them (I don't know what happens to them, but supposedly there is some "punishment").
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If a user gets more than a couple of "I Don't Know's" (IDK's) their account gets locked down so that they are restricted and cannot send anymore invitations to connet without knowing the person's email address.

Rather than damage someone's account for reaching out, you can simply accept the invitation then click on remove connection.
That way they cannot reissue the invitation to you, therefore getting around the problem for you (and not penalising them)
Also, you could just hit archive.....

karaikudy's picture
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I just hit Archive button (Indirect Ignore)
Karthik.