Spam reporting thread #50
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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.)
A copy of these guidelines, for pasting in new threads, can be found here
David, you might want to edit your post to make "here" the link it's supposed to be: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Spam_Reporting_Threads
The spam work was flagged away hours ago so now it's time to flag away the spammer.
Topics are in the special folder.
EDIT: Never mind; all are gone already :-)
>26 Taphophile13: I didn't have any issues when I opened that URL, myself. So, one of three scenarios is likely: false alarm on Taphophile's antivirus software, my antivirus software is crap, or the offending material has already been removed from that particular page. Definitely report to me if you ever see antivirus warnings triggered by LT, though. That's something we definitely want to know about.
They did manage to embed images on the page, though, which really shouldn't be permitted.
It's Tim's mileage that varies. I think that if the owner of the site has specifically stated that he does not want us to flag publishers and authors, we should respect that. There does not appear to have been anything so exceptional about this instance that would warrant a flag. It was, as I understand it, one post. Hardly seems sufficient justification for an exception.
Tim has specifically requested that we not flag overzealous publishers or authors, and has also stated that misuse of flags is a violation of the TOS. That's not a risk I would be willing to take no matter how much I considered a particular post to be drive-by spam.
Back in a minute with topics
Hah. That was quick. Never mind.
I was starting to post that, and when I went to the topic to copy the URL, I saw "user has been deleted as spam". Very fast work!
The allegations made by means of the producers of the -------- cream are totally unfounded. They haven’t proven their products, and they haven’t bought many either. In the absence of a well-made website, we can’t believe that this product presents any outcome. There’s no complete record of materials, either. Those acknowledged are not backed by proof, and there are no standards in what quantities these effective elements are integrated within the cream.
I don't see anything to suggest that that is either the author or the publisher. Although the member has only three books catalogued so far (he just joined today), two are by other Argentinian writers. So this seems to be right in line with the rest of his library.
ETA: "Why do I think this novel deserves to be taken into account?
Because it is pure literature in the wild. Worth every euro you pay for it. You realize in the first pages that it is an investment and you do not regret it."
I guess I just don't see any reason someone like Becerra would come to a site like this to flog his book, either himself or through an intermediary. He may not be well-known in the U.S. (I'm not sure that any of his books have been translated into English), but as near as I can tell, he's a quite well-known writer in his own country. Seems to me that if he or his publicist (assuming he has one) were going to promote the book anywhere, it would be on an Argentinian site.
ETA: OK, maybe the point was really to make really pretty maps. :-p Check out Buenos Aires on Local. Only Paris beats it... and I'm not done yet. They don't call BA the Paris of the South for nothing.
ETA: At this point, I'm skipping Brazil, since it would single-handedly double the size of the project. And they speak Portuguese, which is yet another step removed from my French and Latin. :-p
justlen is back with another one
Definitely NOT flaggable. You can upload pretty much whatever you want to your member gallery. (No x-rated stuff, but that's about it.)
ETA: that's why you actually CAN'T flag images in another member's gallery
Tempted to flag the profile now, because he has two warnings posted there already.
It's not attached to the books, it's comments on his own images. He's talking to himself; I find that rather amusing. He hasn't even added the books!
He's obviously not clear on the concept, which is just as well.
I agree it's odd, but I don't see anything spammy about it. One to keep an eye on, perhaps, but there's certainly nothing flaggable at this point.
Never mind. All fixed.
Loranne has already left a profile note.
https://www.librarything.com/profile/TheWormholeJourneys (do NOT flag -- note that profile shares name of book)
https://www.librarything.com/topic/226472 - promoting book
>145 Mr.Durick: - 148 All profiles gone. Some groups still around.
It looks sufficiently squashed now. Good work, all, and thank you!
As for the why it took so long to disappear—enough flags will get an account put into "provisional spam" status. Which should be enough to wipe their Talk topics, but, Tim tells me, does not take care of their spam works or tags. Only LT Staff have the power to enact regular ol' "spam" status, which does knock out this other activity. I'm sorry I wasn't around to do that for you.
In the past, as some of you know all too well, Talk was hit much harder by spammers than any other part of the site. Lately, though, I've been seeing grounds to make "provisional spam" a more powerful block/removal of activity on a member's account, and I've passed this recommendation on to Tim.
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"You can brush your teeth after the whole process to clean those lubricant effects."
"Beard Czar is genuinely a quantity one distributor of the form of beard treatment and grooming Beard Czar products for you to help you to boost, tend and trend for your beard"
While I'm at it, https://www.librarything.com/topic/227158 needs another flag
(but not https://www.librarything.com/profile/sumeetmathur)
With a view to be certain the nontoxic functioning of this complement, they'd finished quite a lot of testes and screened it on certain best parameters.
The same idiotic garbage in that comment on the thread was what I saw (and I'm deleting the comment, now, because one copy of that in the world is more than enough). Wonder if he ever heard of paragraphs, or punctuation?
I also note that there must have been multiple people hit, since the account's now suspended.
If this comment really left out punctuation etc., why would anyone buy a book on the basis of proof that the author can't write? I have often wondered that as I read author spam, author profiles, ...
Urgh tell me about it! Like, you can't even write a few lines to try and cold-sell me your book, you really think I want to willingly subject myself to pages upon pages of that?! :|
All are recently joined members with no works catalogued, spam on their profile pages, and spam links attached to their profile photos and/or attempted live spam links on their profile pages.