Spam reporting thread #62
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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: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/Spam
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.)
Author plugging their books. Someone may want to alert them about acceptable behavior. (as always, don't flag the profile)
ETA: This account's been here since 2013, and has had at least some activity interacting with other members. Not a drive-by, then, but with zero books in the library, even though I noticed, AFTER I posted the standard comment on the profile, that 2wondery had already done so, I'm leaving mine as well. Maybe two will provide actual insight on how to behave.
Yup, I saw the acct was not new, though basically unused. Presumably one of those mentioned books is recently published, prompting a new bit of social media activity on their part.
and the kraken already got him
left message on profile directing to Name that Book group
An unnecessary and duplicative group, but how is it spam?
The user is https://www.librarything.com/profile/MBPrice, member since 2014, empty library, does participate in LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
Knowing that posting the profiles here will get them flagged before discussion can take place, I'm just going to point over thataway.
A bike rental business on LT has to be one of the strangest things I've seen. Think about it. How would you pick them up?
I do almost think this is a bug, though.
handcrafted silver jewellery
love stress relief
online fashion store
That's very odd. I can't fathom why that would have happened. He's a long time user, and the news story is posted in an appropriate forum. He's not trying to sell anything. Strange.
link to petroleum company
and the spam work
not an adept spammer, but note the 'wholesale' label on the picture
hmmm, a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea treatment?
Online Reputation Management
health and beauty care
Have they edited it out?
Sorry, I don't usually do this. What should I have done differently? Where can I find this spam folder?
You won’t see the Spam folder on the left side of the page if you aren’t a member of this group. It’s one of the places where spam goes to die.
shop online for fresh teas, coffee, tea gifts and teaware
service provider of trasactional messages, IVR system, virtual mobile numbers
blogger who gives you the right information about the escorts services
That group's description seems a bit misleading: "Online Link For Ebooks (Free Or Commercial)". I can see why an author reading that would think advertising was okay.
All new pages created between January 5th and January 16th are spam. I PMd Loranne on January 19th, but she has not responded, anything else I could do?
and spam works: http://www.librarything.com/work/21383936
Not sure how to propose spam, or if there is some better way to get rid of nonsense entries like this.
How likely is it that two accounts could be so very similar?
341 reviews for each. Both joined the same day, one in 2016 and one in 2011. Look at the review for The Black Swan (for example). It's just some real strangeness.
I dunno. Not spam, though.
Life goes on. I've heard rumors that Spring is around the corner, and note that the local Forsythia are starting to show signs of yellow. :-}
On the other, other hand, the site itself seems legitimate. I dunno.
I don't want this data to suddenly disappear, though, so I'm replicating it below.
"Someone has been spreading spam in the Cheese! group."
I'm beginning to think that this wasn't spam. Too late, though, since the account's been tombstoned.
and these sweethearts are back again
I want a potato chip making machine!
Had to share this wonderful photo
and this guy is back today with a new profile name
hypnotism business, I think
Don’t flag profile: https://www.librarything.com/profile/MichelleHughes_
I left a note there.
Is this the same author?
ETA: same homepage, so I'm guessing she forgot she was already a member
(Yeah, I'm heartless today.)
I haven't flagged either profile, nor the author image on her author page (which I believe may be a stock image I've seen before). I really, really *want* to flag the profiles, but I'm sitting on my hands to keep from it.
Maybe I'll go off and re-read Tragedy of the Commons for a bit. It won't make me happier, but I'll be reminded that choosing one's battles is wisest.
If you provide a link to the photo, someone may be able to find out whether it's a stock photo or not.
It's legit. I found other images of her, and while this one's quite a bit more glamorous than others, it's her image.
https://www.librarything.com/profile/AZIMVTH (Enthusiastic Author: DO NOT FLAG PROFILE)
Group specifically created to advertise writing project.
Usual note left on profile.
Looking at the profile, I so wanna flag them for commercial solicitation.
I don’t really think the profile is flaggable. There are a couple of dozen books catalogued, but we can’t tell what they are because it’s private.
and these losers again
That coffee table is interesting.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialists
despite the book added.
Why do these people think this kind of posting is okay?!
The car leasing company is back
Flagging it doesn't remove it, but it should, (in a righteous world.)
It's only abuse because it's not the author's review, it's from Midwest Book Review. Authors are allowed to review their own books. And I suppose we'll get the marker in "two weeks". ~sigh~
don't flag https://www.librarything.com/profile/katienelson45th
2wonderY already left a message for her
I'm now tempted to flag the profile.
ETA: he's been removed.
I thought I saw others this morning under other titles, on my phone... but gone now.
PS: Also take a look at the CK last words entry. It's a link disguised as a spoiler alert.
He started a group for the sole purpose of downloading his book. It's a join to post group but I don't see the join button.
ETA: Oh, he's already squashed.
Oh and look at the author list at the top of the page:
by Mike Newell (Director), Steve Kloves (Screenwriter), sneha
I saw a few other CK entries like that I just eliminated. Looks like spammer is experimenting all data entry places where a spam link can be inserted.
I'm not going to click on that link, as I'm not on a protected device.
The person on the other end of this profile:
...has cleverly set up a group (which I'm about to flag)...
...which appears to have been created to advertise the book (or books) in a series.
I've just flagged the sole post in the group.
I'm about to leave a comment on the profile (which I have NOT flagged, and no one else should, either, although I swear I've seen this before).
which appears to have been created to advertise the book (or books) in a series.
I don't see that. It appears to me to have been created to discuss a variety of series. The post, which refers to the popular Series of Unfortunate Events, says Book series of the week. you can read it independently or connect with other members. That suggests to me that it is more like a book club, and that next week they'll be doing a different series.
And I don't think Lemony Snicket needs to advertise on LT.
They are now making a bunch of super simple posts as though to engage in general conversation but um, no.
I also joined her group, flagged those messages, and then left.
ETA: I usually give people some time after leaving a comment, because I don't assume they'll see it right away. In any case, my first comment was directed at her duplicative group, not the advertising.
Custom bathrooms and kitchens need custom flags: http://www.librarything.com/profile/ModernCustom12
All about the neue science: https://www.librarything.com/profile/Fracisoy
CEO hasn't updated their Wordpress since 2010, either: https://www.librarything.com/profile/dicklyles
no books in library, just read my stuff: https://www.librarything.com/profile/EveThomas
Call psychics now: https://www.librarything.com/profile/CallSanDiego
non-psychic gurus: https://www.librarything.com/profile/CasinoSpieleGuru
Promo site no longer exists: https://www.librarything.com/profile/lohalloran72
Two books, both their own: https://www.librarything.com/profile/StepLandSurvival
Free online dating: https://www.librarything.com/profile/odeneat0n
search engine: https://www.librarything.com/profile/madelast
food healthy: https://www.librarything.com/profile/kristophergrizzell
degree in months: https://www.librarything.com/profile/MayfieldCollege
affordable services: https://www.librarything.com/profile/zikim15
steel tanks: https://www.librarything.com/profile/cetwins15
easy video: https://www.librarything.com/profile/michaelnico
beauty center: https://www.librarything.com/profile/anhthu2015
drill baby drill: https://www.librarything.com/profile/RonAskinDrill, https://www.librarything.com/profile/Codmah20
marketing specialist: https://www.librarything.com/profile/steviej12
online careers: https://www.librarything.com/profile/dsieg19581
biz lawyer: https://www.librarything.com/profile/Commercial555
training services: https://www.librarything.com/profile/tomjones123
Mobile therapy? https://www.librarything.com/profile/Mehab
bail bonds: https://www.librarything.com/profile/CharliePickens
Whoops! Sorry, I didn't realize. I will post profiles over there from now on.
I missed looking at the profile itself, but just because all they have cataloged is their own two books, that's not grounds for spam removal.
Agreed. I think people are far too quick to flag author profiles, despite Tim's request that we not do so. These are : -- 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.
(And now I think it's time for a new thread).
The profile itself was promoting non-book commercial businesses with links & text. I noted that they had actually catalogued two books, which is unusual for such spammers.
I have seen several iffy author profiles, but I am flagging only the commercial spam right now. Thank you for the reminder of the differences.