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Out 7, 2016, 3:38 pm


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.

Specific procedures:
-- 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:
-- 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:
-- 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:
-- 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:
Spam works, guidelines for flagging and voting:

(A copy of these guidelines, for pasting in new threads, can be found here or at the top of previous threads.)

Editado: Out 7, 2016, 6:00 pm

Enthusiastic author. I left her a profile message but the post still needs flagging.

profile (do not flag)

Editado: Out 7, 2016, 8:54 pm

Chinese diplomas

Editado: Out 10, 2016, 1:03 am

Editado: Out 11, 2016, 12:13 am

75 Chinese diplomas all in the bug collectors thread. Flag the profile.

Out 11, 2016, 2:58 pm

I'm having a bit of trouble with this posting:

I've looked at the profile, and the only books in her library list her as the author. She just joined this year, and (far as I can tell) has had no other activity until that post. (Please don't flag the profile.)

(Her author profile looks like it could use some kind attention from the Combiners as well, since I see at least three titles that appear at least twice.)

I dunno. I flagged the post (because I'm cynical and heartless), but have not posted on the profile. It's kind of borderline, and I'm willing to be persuaded that I'm wrong. Maybe.

Out 11, 2016, 3:30 pm

The post definitely seems spammy to me. She's obviously trying to push traffic to her blog.

the only books in her library list her as the author

That's pretty typical of LT authors.

Out 11, 2016, 3:37 pm

I combined the books.

Out 11, 2016, 3:39 pm

>15 lilithcat: It's typical of *some* LT authors...mostly those that are merely looking to expand their audience. There are many that are here to participate, and contribute, and just happen to be authors as well.

Out 11, 2016, 3:45 pm

Out 11, 2016, 4:51 pm

>14 Lyndatrue: I provided a brief comment on her profile (now that the topic's been deleted).

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Out 12, 2016, 10:28 am

Are they pushing the movie?

Out 12, 2016, 10:29 am

Looks like they're using an affiliate link. I think pushing the book for $$$, on account of the interest from the movie. (There's a movie?) (Then again, I never read the book, either...)

Editado: Out 14, 2016, 7:24 pm

>31 norabelle414: I didn't see a note on her profile, and since she'd posted in a few places, I left one for her. It somehow bothers me more when the person seems educated, and still makes no effort to see whether their posts will be welcomed, or viewed as spam.

Speaking of which, here's another (it's in a group that's join to post, so you need to join to flag it).

Editado: Out 14, 2016, 8:48 pm

Needs one more flag, and I'm flagging the profile (because it's getting old)

Woof. Never mind. Profile is suspended, and post will be gone quick enough.

Out 14, 2016, 9:52 pm

Out 15, 2016, 2:18 am

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Editado: Out 15, 2016, 8:06 am

>36 MarthaJeanne: also

ETA Profile now gone. I have told Lorannen about the group.

Out 16, 2016, 8:37 pm

Chinese diploma 25 or so topics in 75 books challenge group.

Out 17, 2016, 10:43 am

It bothers me that the group in >36 MarthaJeanne: is not yet gone. There are only five flags on it, but the "author" who made it deleted their account after MarthaJeanne posted about it here, and I've been surprised to see it hanging around.

Editado: Out 17, 2016, 12:16 pm

>44 Lyndatrue: It now has 7 flags. I was trying to be patient about it over the weekend, but I really had hoped that someone would do something about it today.

We saw with another case like this recently that author spam groups have to be dealt with by staff.

Out 18, 2016, 1:53 am

>47 Yamanekotei: Looks ominous, but it ain't spam yet...

Out 18, 2016, 2:08 am

>48 davidgn:
Dern, jumped to 555! (×_×;)

Out 18, 2016, 2:10 am

Definite TOS violation, but still not spam... yet.
Worth keeping tracking of these, though. ;-)

Editado: Out 18, 2016, 5:29 am

Multiple Chinese University spam in Do not flag the group of course.


Out 18, 2016, 7:29 am

Editado: Out 18, 2016, 10:24 am


Feels a bit like old times. Got your laser swords at hand?

Out 18, 2016, 7:49 pm

Author mentioned in >31 norabelle414: ( is at it again.

Out 18, 2016, 8:28 pm

Speaking of slow learners, this needs some flagging.

Apparently, he's already been flagged into oblivion *on this same topic* twice before, but seems unwilling to give up.

Far as I can see, no one's left him a note suggesting what he's doing is not okay. I'm not up for it, but it probably needs doing.

Editado: Out 18, 2016, 10:48 pm

a bunch of Chinese
. . . and it's gone

Out 18, 2016, 11:14 pm

Editado: Out 19, 2016, 7:26 am

and more

It took 23 minutes, at least 11 posts flagged, before the profile went down.

Editado: Out 19, 2016, 7:28 am

and he's back

Two minutes, four posts.

Editado: Out 19, 2016, 11:38 am

I'd say author spam, writing under a pseudonym (yes, his "review" confirms this.)

left a note on the profile

Editado: Out 20, 2016, 10:25 pm

Account is suspended; topics are on their way out.

ETA: There was another, but it's already on the way out, too. It looks like it's going to be one of those evenings.

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Out 21, 2016, 9:24 am

Needs smash. Lots of Chinese in the Book Talk area.

Editado: Out 22, 2016, 10:21 pm

Chinese spam


Man, that one was tough. There must not be very many flaggers around.

Out 23, 2016, 11:01 am

Well, your edit is at 4.21am my time, so.

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Out 26, 2016, 3:36 am

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Editado: Out 28, 2016, 2:59 pm

Author spam
(Do not flag

The book involved does not seem to be entered on LT

Out 30, 2016, 4:21 am

Can't decide whether to flag this profile or not, but the topic needs to be flagged.

Editado: Out 30, 2016, 4:28 am

>98 Lyndatrue: Topic is gone. I did flag the profile. Yes, it seemed to be about books, but so vague. Really, it seemed mostly about getting people to contact him without knowing anything. Not a good idea.

ETA Profile gone, too.

Out 31, 2016, 2:55 am

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Out 31, 2016, 6:34 am

There seems to be a major Chinese university spam drive. is RIP now, but it is the third one I've flagged in a short time. Why don't these land in the spam quarentine area?

Editado: Nov 1, 2016, 3:41 am

BTW is in the quarentine area. There is a book entered. It was entered from Amazon and really exists there.

Nov 1, 2016, 6:20 am

Yet another Chinese university spammer:

Nov 4, 2016, 5:45 pm

I think this is author spam. Please do not flag, but note the only entered book.

Editado: Nov 7, 2016, 1:43 pm

Enthusiastic Poster (please don't flag the profile)

Flag, or don't flag (there's another notice/advert/whatever Easton Press by someone else on Book Talk, also):

I'm willing to be persuaded that I was too quick to flag, but I'm clear that Book Talk could fill up with this sort of thing in a heartbeat. Maybe someone wants to leave a note on the profile that there's a group for Easton Press?

ETA: I took my flag off. I haven't left a note on the profile, although I'm considering a reply to the original post on Book Talk.

Editado: Nov 7, 2016, 1:47 pm

>116 Lyndatrue: Similar

Yes, Book talk could fill up with stuff very quickly. Please leave any messages on the profiles so the topics can be flagged away.

Nov 7, 2016, 2:28 pm

I'm thinking those folks intended their posts to be in the Easton Press group, of which they are members.

Nov 7, 2016, 3:03 pm

Now that I've had coffee, and have engaged a bit with the day...

Enthusiastic author (please don't flag the profile):

(Not new to LT, but I just left a message on the profile for him)

Nov 7, 2016, 3:04 pm

>118 lilithcat: I'm absolutely sure it was just Monday Morning Mistakes. As I said, I'd unflagged the post. Having had issues with mornings all my life, I can relate.

Nov 7, 2016, 3:22 pm

Nov 7, 2016, 7:11 pm

>121 southernbooklady: The flag is gone now, though, right?

I think it was mentioned over on "Is this spam?" rather than here, and it's a pity there's no counter-flag (although at least the flagger can remove their flags, and it looks like that's what happened.

Nov 7, 2016, 8:43 pm

>122 Lyndatrue: it was, thanks to the LT staff. If I had seen the other thread I would have stepped in and said something. It's actually a group of bookish friends of mine looking for a new online home. I think LT will be perfect for us, so I'm glad the flags are gone.

Editado: Nov 8, 2016, 2:16 pm

Readable and clever, but author spam nevertheless

He manages to refer to each of his titles

Nov 10, 2016, 4:41 pm

Editado: Nov 10, 2016, 10:43 pm

The problem with the undead members posting 180-in-the-Central-African-Republic spam is back.

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Editado: Nov 12, 2016, 9:26 pm


it's a join to post group but I couldn't join; could only flag the group, not the thread

Nov 13, 2016, 9:00 pm

more Chinese language spam in the group 75 Books Read- here is the culprit!

Editado: Nov 14, 2016, 8:55 pm

live stream
another case of "join to post" but no join this group button

at least we can flag the profile and group
OK, it's appears to be gone

Nov 14, 2016, 8:57 pm

>139 Taphophile13: Not completely gone. The group still needs another flag or so...

Nov 14, 2016, 8:58 pm

>140 Lyndatrue: Now the group is gone too. :)

Editado: Nov 15, 2016, 1:55 am

Oh, ye of little faith. I should have given it the sixty seconds it usually takes nowadays.

On the way out (profile already suspended).

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Editado: Nov 17, 2016, 6:41 am

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who is possibly placing inappropriate photos elsewhere on the site

Nov 17, 2016, 8:06 pm

More Chinese university crap, too numerous to list, but here's the culprit:

Nov 18, 2016, 12:06 am

it's for a custom essay writing service according to all seven tags for their one "book"

Nov 18, 2016, 2:05 am

Latest chinese spam added a work.

Nov 20, 2016, 8:50 pm

Folio Society is filling up with spam posts...

Editado: Nov 22, 2016, 8:30 am

I rescued a post by a new author because his profile was flagged for death.

I left him a note to email staff.

MarthaJeanne, I see you left him a note. Did others flag his profile?

Editado: Nov 22, 2016, 9:14 am

I only flagged the message and left messages for him and Lorannen.

He's still 'alive' so I would guess that nobody flagged him. He was just slotted into the spam area automatically.

Nov 22, 2016, 9:27 am

>167 MarthaJeanne: Yeah, that shouldn't have happened. All looks well now, though.

Editado: Nov 23, 2016, 11:58 am

>171 2wonderY: He did it again

But he just responded to my comment and apologized.

Nov 23, 2016, 1:22 pm
Author Spam

Profile already noted.

Nov 23, 2016, 1:26 pm

>174 gilroy: Yeah, I was just flagging the rest of his posts. How can someone not realize how obnoxious the practice is? He hasn't posted since he acknowledged my profile comment to him.

Nov 23, 2016, 3:15 pm

I flagged the profile. Enough is enough.

Nov 23, 2016, 3:20 pm

>176 Lyndatrue:
The tombstone is a beautiful thing. :)

Editado: Nov 23, 2016, 8:57 pm

Whoa. Hope there are still folks around.

Please flag profile.

Flag post also, do NOT click on links.

ETA. Whew. All gone (but not forgotten).

Nov 24, 2016, 12:46 am

>179 lilithcat: Well, *that* was some serious excitement for a minute or so.

Account hammered. Topics will be gone quickly enough.

Nov 24, 2016, 1:35 am

It's going to be a tough night, if there've already been three or four of these attacks getting through. Perhaps it's the holiday, and they're attempting to take advantage.

Nov 24, 2016, 1:46 am

We've recently killed another attempt in talk.

And of course, our daily Shelly is here:

Nov 25, 2016, 1:57 am

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Nov 25, 2016, 1:59 am


Nov 26, 2016, 1:28 pm

Just in case everyone's out shopping

I'd like to call this an enthusiastic "author" but nope. I flagged the profile too.

Nov 27, 2016, 10:54 am

Nov 27, 2016, 11:40 am

>191 Taphophile13: Oh he's back after 3 years...

Nov 27, 2016, 11:43 am

>192 gilroy:

At least he's added a few books other than his own since then.

Nov 27, 2016, 11:53 am

No, 'all' those books were added in July 2013.

Nov 27, 2016, 8:33 pm

Editado: Nov 28, 2016, 10:11 pm

Editado: Nov 29, 2016, 8:32 am

missed one

has books posted, but:

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Editado: Nov 29, 2016, 12:11 pm

Just in case

ETA: Ah, the magic of posting on this thread (already gone).

That particular fella was an amateur (posted a "link" without understanding that all the pieces needed to be there).

Nov 30, 2016, 9:42 am


Editado: Nov 30, 2016, 9:59 am

>205 MarthaJeanne: Several more posts in various groups. I left a longer note on the profile. If I see one more post, I'm flagging the profile.

Member for almost a year and a half and no books added - Sniff!

Nov 30, 2016, 10:08 am

>206 2wonderY: It was clear from the wording of the one I listed - 'I hope nobody minds ...' that the member knew this was questionable behaviour.

Editado: Nov 30, 2016, 11:12 am

>206 2wonderY: If you left a note on the profile, there's none there now. That profile seems familiar, as well. This is not the first time it's happened. I'll probably flag the profile, once I'm more awake. Unless you've taken to leaving your comments as private, I'd say your comments were deleted.

ETA: Suspended now. Good.

Editado: Nov 30, 2016, 11:11 am

Mine, too. I decided to flag. Neither >206 2wonderY: or I put our comments up as private.

Nov 30, 2016, 11:13 am

Yeah I saw both comments earlier.

Nov 30, 2016, 4:42 pm

author spam (I left message on profile)

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We're overdue for a new thread.
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