Spam reporting thread #39
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Distinguish between the following, and flag the highest level of the violation:
-- Type 1: Irredeemable commercial spam: make sure to flag the member's profile, as well as the spammy activity. This type includes things selling strollers, pharmaceuticals, live-streaming sports games, porn, and/or trying to create traffic/links to sites for such things. Sufficient profile flags will automatically result in temporary suspension and deletion of the member's activity, so use your profile-flagging powers wisely and carefully.
-- Type 2: Teachable moments: DO NOT flag the member's profile, but DO flag the violating activity (e.g. self-promotional Talk post, group, or local venue). This type includes promotional activity that violates the Terms of Service (TOS), but where the member is potentially redeemable, e.g. overzealous authors, overzealous publishers, or other members with small TOS violations but who are otherwise using the site legitimately. These cases should be reported to staff (by sending a message or email to staff and/or or posting on this thread), so the member can be taught how to use the site.
-- Overzealous authors or publishers (these fall under type 2): do NOT flag the member's profile. Report to staff here or privately. You can also send the member a polite message pointing them to the terms, mentioning the "no promoting" language, and pointing them to the Do's and Don't page for authors: http://www.librarything.com/about_authors.php
-- Suspected sock-puppetry to promote a book, write fake reviews, and/or stack ratings: do not flag the profile, but report to staff here or by message, so staff can investigate. This is a serious violation for which members can be permanently banned.
-- Profile flags for commercial spammers only (type 1): On the member's profile page, click on the "report for spam" link, then follow instructions to flag the member. Again, this is only for commercial spam, not for "overzealous" authors, publishers, or booksellers, which should be reported to staff instead. See Talk post: http://www.librarything.com/topic/85810
-- Spam or promotional posts in a Talk topic (type 1 or 2): flag the post as an abuse of the terms of service.
-- Spam or promotional groups (types 1 and 2): flag new groups using the "flag this group" link.
-- Spam lists: report in this thread, and flag the member if it's commercial spam.
-- Spam works (type 1 spam): flag the work as spam on the work's editions page, and then vote on proposed work spam. Make sure to read the guidelines before proposing or voting, especially for what is not spam. Voting page: http://www.librarything.com/spam_works.php
-- Spam in a review (type 1), or an explicitly promotional review (type 2): flag the review as an abuse of the TOS, using the red flag.
-- Spam or promotion in "published reviews," or other CK fields (type 1 or 2): post here and/or delete.
-- Spam or egregious promotion/advertising in venues or events (type 1 or 2): post here and/or delete. Note that authors are permitted to add events for their books.
-- Spam in book links / quick links: post here and/or edit to remove spam.
-- Spam author names listed on a work: No current procedure. Tim has asked us not to change CK to indicate spammers, and not to combine spam authors together.
-- Not sure if it's spam? Post here, and explain why.
Please note that Tim has asked us not to use either CK or the combining system (whether works or authors) for spam fighting.
For more information see these wiki pages:
Procedures for flagging and reporting spam: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Spam#Procedures_for_flagging_and_repo....
Spam works, guidelines for flagging and voting: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/HelpThing:Spam_works
(A copy of these guidelines, for pasting in new threads, can be found here or at the top of previous threads.)
I followed the link, which leads right to a listing on Scribd for a teleplay by... guess who? Yep, the poster. It *sounds* like it's going to be on television, but that's just wishful thinking, I'd guess.
Note that the author of all his books but one is actually him. The only item he isn't the author of is a collection where he appears. As long as I'm being unkind, I'd also guess that this other profile is him, also.
Why do people do that? I just do not understand. Anyway, I flagged the post, and suggest that someone ought to leave a note on his profile (and that he ought to know better, considering how long he's actually been here).
ETA: Never mind. Problem resolved.
It might have been on my end. My internet is dragging its feet this morning.
The italian translates to
"Browse the best digital flyers of your favorite brands. Compare the best deals and buy at competitive prices: only Offertevolantini.it! Choose between all the opportunities available in your region, province or city."
Their "book" should also be flagged:
I'm not sure what can be done about it. I see you left a comment on the profile. You might try sending an email to staff, but I suspect that it's a non-starter on getting them changed unless the user chooses to.
It's not spam, and it's not able to be deleted by anyone other than the member using it (user data is sacred on LT).
I am, frankly, appalled at the comment you left. ("You must not try to put an entire plot summary as a tag."). Seriously? It is none of your business how someone else uses tags. If you think the person used that field in error, intending to use the review field, you can point them politely in the correct direction. But your comment was peremptory and rude.
Unfortunately, a "discussion of the book and her writing of it" is a review. Tim keeps promising that author-written reviews will be marked, but under the TOS it is perfectly OK for someone to review their own book.
So that should not be blue-flagged, tacky though it may be.
That is not spam. The only "inappropriate" tags would be those attempting to sell something. Those are perfectly acceptable tags, nobody other than the poster can or should delete them, and we have specifically been asked not to ask other users to "correct" their data - this applies even in the case of actual error and even more so in the case of "A usage you don't like". I would recommend you delete your comment and, if you wish, replace it with something like "I notice you are using the tags field for plot summary, and just wanted to give you a heads-up in case you wanted to put these in the Comments or Review fields instead."
As soon as the book gets more than a few taggers those kind of extremely idiosyncratic tags no longer show anyway, except when you choose to see everything.
There may be spoilers thrown in the face of some people as long as the book doesn't have enough taggers to bury them I guess, but that's another matter.
ETA: I removed my flag on:
This was from >118 Mr.Durick: Sure, it's probably just been created for spamming, but there's no reason given, and I'm loathe to just flag because it's an empty account, just created today.
I don't remember which one was a link to youtube，but both 110 and 111 posts were spam.
This jackass is hijacking threads. Three more, two posts apiece:
I would definitely hire https://www.librarything.com/profile/LeoNelson!
Leo Nelson is a London base Author and Editor; here he is sharing his experiences with educations & writing services. He provides Custom essay writing UK help to the one who require such assistance for various reasons.
How about these?
“Spent high school summers managing easy-bake-ovens for the government. Garnered an industry award while researching psoriasis in Cuba. Spent high school summers importing jungle gyms in the government sector. Practiced in the art of supervising the production of circus clowns on Wall Street. Prior to my current job I was short selling carp in Gainesville, FL. Had a brief career donating xylophones in Phoenix, AZ”
Self-promotion - a bit too heavy and in the wrong place.
...is still there, and has three flags. The profile's already been suspended, and the note on that topic is "This user has been removed as spam." I usually only see this when a comment's been posted on a thread where there were other comments.
Anyone have an explanation for this? I'm confused.
Just in time for a new group.
The last one is tagged “sap srm online training, sap srm courses online, sap srm training online, sap srm courses online usa, sap hana online training, sap srm online courses, sap fico training in usa”
Better to post, if you're not sure.
In other words, the spammer had written a few short paragraphs of nonsense about some books, then edited his post to be a wall of spam.
Edited to add the guilty party: http://www.librarything.com/profile/kamshijasi45
The OP's user name resembles some of our spammer user names. It's possible that this was a set up, but I'm cautious so I'm not going to flag it. The OP has one book in his library. Harry Potter.