Spam reporting thread #54
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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'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.
http://www.librarything.com/profile/AlliePleiter (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.
the only books in her library list her as the author
That's pretty typical of LT authors.
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Speaking of which, here's another (it's in a group that's join to post, so you need to join to flag it).
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We saw with another case like this recently that author spam groups have to be dealt with by staff.
Worth keeping tracking of these, though. ;-)
Feels a bit like old times. Got your laser swords at hand?
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.
. . . and it's gone
Two minutes, four posts.
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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Needs smash. Lots of Chinese in the Book Talk area.
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ETA Profile gone, too.
I think this is author spam. Please do not flag https://www.librarything.com/profile/ChristiantytheDeceit, but note the only entered book.
at least they're honest (and gone)
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.
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.
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Folio Society is filling up with spam posts...
He's still 'alive' so I would guess that nobody flagged him. He was just slotted into the spam area automatically.
Profile already noted.
Account hammered. Topics will be gone quickly enough.
At least he's added a few books other than his own since then.
has books posted, but:
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Member for almost a year and a half and no books added - Sniff!
ETA: Suspended now. Good.