Spam reporting thread #62

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Editado: Abr 2, 2018, 9:10 am


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.)

Jan 25, 2018, 8:36 am
Author plugging their books. Someone may want to alert them about acceptable behavior. (as always, don't flag the profile)

Editado: Jan 25, 2018, 10:59 am

>6 .Monkey.: Here's the profile of which to not flag, for the sake of posterity. I'll also leave the standard note (but I'm betting on it being drive by).

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.

Jan 25, 2018, 10:59 am

>6 .Monkey.: >7 Lyndatrue:
Wow. An empty library since 2013 and now spamming books...

Jan 25, 2018, 11:38 am

>7 Lyndatrue: I didn't see much need to link the profile since the name will remain on that thread post regardless, unlike single-posts that get flagged into oblivion. ;)

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.

Editado: Jan 26, 2018, 10:20 am

Editado: Jan 26, 2018, 3:54 pm

group started for the purpose of finding a particular book

left message on profile directing to Name that Book group

Jan 26, 2018, 4:11 pm

>12 Taphophile13:

An unnecessary and duplicative group, but how is it spam?

Jan 26, 2018, 4:40 pm

What to do with user who created a wiki page with only content is "Unsubscribe mE!" at

The user is, member since 2014, empty library, does participate in LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Jan 27, 2018, 3:19 am

I mean, staff could be notified since it seems they want to be unsubscribed from something? but the page itself is fine, users are allowed to do whatever with wikis so long as it's not against TOS.

Jan 27, 2018, 12:12 pm

Well, this is a weird problem. I just noticed two posts over on the spam profile thread, and have no idea what the solution is. If it were just me, I'd flag the profiles into oblivious, and be done with it. However, I think a bit of consensus, here, with cooler heads than mine, would be best.

Knowing that posting the profiles here will get them flagged before discussion can take place, I'm just going to point over thataway.

Jan 31, 2018, 11:03 am

>20 2wonderY: How odd. I don't think I've ever seen that before. On the last entry, where you've pointed out the member gallery, all the titles and links to the images are still there. The links go to nothing, and it's probably just the tags that are keeping it all around (such as "#self_driven_bike_agra").

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.

Jan 31, 2018, 11:29 am

>20 2wonderY: >21 Lyndatrue: Well, since Tim has said we can catalog anything as long as it doesn't conflict with terms of service, I can see them cataloging the bicycles. For an inventory type thing. But links in the pictures would still be spam...

Editado: Fev 1, 2018, 10:30 am

Enthusiastic author: (This one's in Happy Heathens, but I'm betting there's more in other groups.)

Remember to not flag the profile.

Yes, I left the basic comment on the profile.

Editado: Mar 2, 2018, 4:07 pm

Esta mensagem foi removida pelo seu autor.

Fev 2, 2018, 5:25 pm

Waves come and go, such is life on the internet.

Editado: Fev 4, 2018, 7:28 am

This one ended up in the spam folder but I think is not:

So don't flag the user:

Fev 4, 2018, 9:30 am

>35 FAMeulstee:

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.

Fev 4, 2018, 9:32 am

If they haven't posted much before, and then posted a link, the spam filter could likely pick up on that. Though, why it doesn't pick up on the many that are actual spam... but eh. It happens.

Fev 6, 2018, 6:03 pm

>41 Petroglyph: Not seeing it. The profile is entirely devoid of any personalization.

Have they edited it out?

Fev 6, 2018, 6:08 pm

Ah! The posts are in the Spam folder.

Fev 6, 2018, 7:59 pm

>42 2wonderY:
Sorry, I don't usually do this. What should I have done differently? Where can I find this spam folder?

Fev 6, 2018, 9:46 pm

>44 Petroglyph:. If it’s a member posting spam in Talk, a link to one of the posts explains things. In this thread, if you post just the member page, we look for spam on the profile page itself.

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.

Fev 7, 2018, 6:08 am

>45 2wonderY: Ok, thanks!
>46 Taphophile13:: flagged!

Fev 8, 2018, 7:57 am

Group leading to member's books on Amazon

Fev 8, 2018, 11:55 am

Fev 10, 2018, 11:45 pm

mcitp training

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

Fev 11, 2018, 4:51 pm

Fev 13, 2018, 9:45 am

Fev 16, 2018, 1:43 pm

Editado: Fev 19, 2018, 3:43 pm

enthusiastic author
Flag, don't reply:

Don't flag:
I left the standard message for him.

Fev 19, 2018, 3:50 pm

>66 Taphophile13:

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.

Fev 19, 2018, 7:09 pm

Fev 20, 2018, 6:53 am

Fev 21, 2018, 12:54 am

Fev 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

member created group to hype his book:

don't flag profile:
I'll leave standard note

Fev 22, 2018, 11:43 pm

"Pour BellaNu Cream freshly picked mint and so many grandfathers into a leaflet."

I'm very curious as to what kyzerkhayden really meant to say!

Editado: Fev 24, 2018, 4:26 pm

I reported a lot of new-wiki spam in the previous thread, that is still not removed.
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?

Fev 24, 2018, 6:04 pm

Loranne was out sick for a while, she may have wound up with lots of comments and had things get overlooked. You might try again.

Fev 25, 2018, 9:16 am

>80 .Monkey.: Thanks, I will try again tomorrow as I don't want to bother her in the weekend.

Editado: Fev 26, 2018, 12:01 am

Fev 26, 2018, 11:57 pm

Failed attempt at a review?

Not sure how to propose spam, or if there is some better way to get rid of nonsense entries like this.

Fev 27, 2018, 12:15 am

>85 damnnicks:

That does not appear to be spam.

Editado: Fev 27, 2018, 12:31 am

>85 damnnicks: It isn't spam. It *is* very odd, though, especially considering the very strange similarities between the two people who have this "entry" in their catalog. I'm not sure yet where a good place is to point out all the oddities in 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.

Fev 27, 2018, 2:54 am

>87 Lyndatrue: Same person who joined & imported on two occasions. There's a number of mirror accounts like that. It's incredibly obnoxious, but allowed.

Fev 27, 2018, 7:55 am

It's a mystical conspiracy, dontcha know?

Fev 27, 2018, 11:18 am

>88 .Monkey.: I think I'd have paid far less attention if the pattern in the names hadn't been so similar to those we often see in spammers. I vaguely considered leaving a comment on the later account to ask if they knew about the earlier one, and if they were both the same person. Then I realized it didn't matter, in the larger scheme of things, and ignored it.

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. :-}

Fev 27, 2018, 8:50 pm

Editado: Fev 27, 2018, 9:17 pm

>93 clamairy: I had to look at it for a few moments. Yeah, it's enough to get flagged as spam, and the account too, before someone actually does go to the site.

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.

Fev 27, 2018, 9:29 pm

>94 Lyndatrue: But who joins book cataloging site just to post a link to a website to buy cheese?

Fev 27, 2018, 9:43 pm

Posting innocuous messages in Talk, but clearly solicitation on the profile:

Mar 5, 2018, 7:28 pm

New member started a group to discuss his book:

Don't flag profile; I've left a message directing him to the usual groups

Mar 6, 2018, 8:56 am

Most of my Spam hunting is from new profile pics.

Had to share this wonderful photo

Editado: Mar 6, 2018, 5:21 pm

Trust me, this is spam.

Please also flag profile.

ETA: All gone.

Mar 7, 2018, 8:22 am

And I meant to add this one to my original list this morning

Mar 12, 2018, 2:18 pm

Enthusiastic author. I'm inclined to flag the group which seems to have been created mostly for her own publicity.

Don’t flag profile:
I left a note there.

Editado: Mar 12, 2018, 10:56 pm

>126 2wonderY: Might be. Certainly the same genre.

ETA: same homepage, so I'm guessing she forgot she was already a member

Mar 12, 2018, 4:46 pm

Over in the creature's "group" is this topic, which needs just one more flag.

(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.

Mar 12, 2018, 8:27 pm

>128 Lyndatrue:

If you provide a link to the photo, someone may be able to find out whether it's a stock photo or not.

Mar 12, 2018, 8:56 pm

>129 lilithcat: I'm probably wrong, in this particular case. It's less perfect on close inspection (but here it is, in either case).

(I'm a bit less crabby than this morning. ;-})

Mar 12, 2018, 10:30 pm

>130 Lyndatrue:

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.

Editado: Mar 13, 2018, 10:53 am (Enthusiastic Author: DO NOT FLAG PROFILE)

Group specifically created to advertise writing project.

Usual note left on profile.

Editado: Mar 13, 2018, 10:58 am

>134 gilroy: I'm about to flag the profile. *After* you left the profile comment, there's this, over on Writer-Readers:

(It's already got two flags, by the way, and needs a couple more, in my book.)

Mar 13, 2018, 11:03 am

>136 Lyndatrue: Actually, that was there and triggered me to look deeper. I suppose I was trying to be too nice to them. They posted twice in Hobnob after I left the note too...

Mar 14, 2018, 10:39 am

>140 lilithcat: Did you leave the usual message?

Looking at the profile, I so wanna flag them for commercial solicitation.

Mar 14, 2018, 11:22 am

I didn’t.

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.

Mar 15, 2018, 7:43 am

Mar 15, 2018, 2:26 pm

This car leasing place is getting annoying

Mar 19, 2018, 7:26 am

>150 southernbooklady: I'm in! Oops, I need a sisterhood, I guess.

Mar 19, 2018, 1:40 pm

Mar 20, 2018, 9:28 am

>155 2wonderY: I don't think they think it's okay, I just think they think that no one will notice for a little while.

Mar 20, 2018, 11:24 am

The car leasing company is back

Mar 21, 2018, 12:36 pm

is multiply flagged already.
I left a note on new member's profile

the link was to his blog.

Mar 21, 2018, 12:38 pm

>160 2wonderY: He's been flagged and suspended, and the topic is gone.

Mar 21, 2018, 12:40 pm

Mar 21, 2018, 8:23 pm

>160 2wonderY: He had a second post on another long running thread:

Editado: Mar 22, 2018, 8:12 am

An egregious spam review of his own book with price and availability:

Flagging it doesn't remove it, but it should, (in a righteous world.)

Mar 22, 2018, 8:19 am

>165 2wonderY:

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~

Mar 22, 2018, 11:13 am

Mar 22, 2018, 11:43 am (Enthusiastic Author - Do not Flag Profile) (This is a join to post group.)

Mar 22, 2018, 12:06 pm

>169 gilroy:

I've left a comment on her profile.

Mar 22, 2018, 12:18 pm

asking for reviews & offering e-book

don't flag
2wonderY already left a message for her

Mar 22, 2018, 12:34 pm

Amazon link, offering copies of book:

don't flag profile:
I've left a note

Editado: Mar 22, 2018, 12:42 pm

>172 Taphophile13: it was flagged away, and they've reposted
ETA and again

Time to flag profile, they're just plain spamming at this point.

and again

Editado: Mar 22, 2018, 12:43 pm

>173And he's back again:

I'm now tempted to flag the profile.

ETA: he's been removed.

Mar 22, 2018, 12:44 pm

I did. They're spamming. 4 freaking posts in about as many minutes, and with a fake name? Toast.

Mar 24, 2018, 6:02 am

Editado: Mar 24, 2018, 7:06 am

>177 TerenceHearsay: Flagging the profiles first. Some are members for a while. Hmmm. Where else have they inserted garbage? Staff might should be notified.

Editado: Mar 24, 2018, 8:00 am

Yep. See the same in the fourth of the films and also in Member Recommendations.

Mar 24, 2018, 10:27 am

>179 2wonderY: All gone from the "Published reviews" that was posted, but I don't have easy access to your other items mentioned. This is due to the fact that I would not have any familiarity with that particular work. Nice to see that the reviews just vanished with the suspension of the accounts, though.

Editado: Mar 24, 2018, 12:36 pm

Published reviews need profiles flagged, even the first one, as the link to the supposed full published review is a spam link:

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.

Mar 24, 2018, 1:02 pm

>181 2wonderY: You know what? Look at this page again. There are presently 254 publisher reviews for this work. That's a clean-up that needs the assistance of staff.

Mar 24, 2018, 1:05 pm

>181 2wonderY: There are over 200 published reviews there. And they are all spam. Maybe staff can do a total delete?

Mar 24, 2018, 1:06 pm

I left a message for Loranne, though I don't know who is on board today.

Editado: Mar 24, 2018, 1:09 pm

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.

Mar 24, 2018, 1:10 pm

Some of those spam accounts have the badge for posting published reviews. ugh.

Mar 24, 2018, 1:11 pm

>187 Taphophile13: You have the power!

Mar 24, 2018, 1:12 pm giving away his book in Early Reviewers!

I’ll leave a note for him. Don’t flag

Mar 24, 2018, 1:18 pm

>184 2wonderY:

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.

Mar 24, 2018, 1:24 pm

>189 2wonderY: All gone for now. I wonder how many other works have these fake reviews. Some people really should be flogged, I mean flagged.

Mar 24, 2018, 1:27 pm

>191 2wonderY: At least for now, sneha just leads to a fake author page here on LT.

Mar 24, 2018, 1:56 pm

Continuing with

I just noticed the first member recommendation contains a link to vinyl posters & printing. He has a similar recommendation on If it smells like spam?

Mar 24, 2018, 3:08 pm

>194 Taphophile13: Here's the user in the recommendations to squash!

Mar 24, 2018, 5:47 pm

Best thing about all of the messages I just read through? It seems like everything is cleaned up, and there's nothing left for me to do. :-} Yes, all the wretches and their fake reviews are suspended (user) and deleted (review).

Mar 24, 2018, 6:31 pm

>196 Lyndatrue:. And already there is another one posted.

Editado: Mar 24, 2018, 6:46 pm

>197 2wonderY: As far as I can see, it takes just two flags from the long time spam flaggers to suspend an account (which implies serious care in doing so). The account is suspended, and the review is gone, which is as it should be.

Mar 25, 2018, 5:07 pm

water sports (no, not that kind)

Mar 27, 2018, 2:00 pm

I thought about posting in "Is this spam?" but really, I've already decided.

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).

Editado: Mar 27, 2018, 2:09 pm

>203 Lyndatrue:

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.

Mar 27, 2018, 2:46 pm

>203 Lyndatrue: I spotted that group earlier, chose to hold off until I saw what else they did. The Lemony Snicket series made me draw up short.

Mar 27, 2018, 2:58 pm

>204 lilithcat: and >205 gilroy: I'm sure you're correct, although the name of the profile is what stopped me cold (and still leaves me a bit concerned).

I just removed my comment from the profile (but not my flag from the group).

Editado: Mar 28, 2018, 8:32 am

Overzealous author ( has created just to plug her book, as seen:

They are now making a bunch of super simple posts as though to engage in general conversation but um, no.

Mar 28, 2018, 9:24 am

>210 .Monkey.: has made several more threads and is now spamming multiple groups. still needs another flag.

Mar 28, 2018, 9:25 am

>210 .Monkey.:, >211 .Monkey.:

I've left comments on her profile.

Mar 28, 2018, 9:26 am

I saw; I left another, irritated, one, because I saw that she'd gotten at least one and was still spamming.

Editado: Mar 28, 2018, 9:31 am

>213 .Monkey.:

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.

Mar 29, 2018, 11:58 am

Again the remodeler. I wonder when they will get that it's just not working here.

Editado: Mar 31, 2018, 12:29 pm

Urgent care needs flags urgently:

Custom bathrooms and kitchens need custom flags:

Abr 1, 2018, 2:24 am

Hot Tub in Italy, handles don't exist:

All about the neue science:

CEO hasn't updated their Wordpress since 2010, either:

no books in library, just read my stuff:

Call psychics now:

non-psychic gurus:

More misc:

Promo site no longer exists:

Two books, both their own:

Editado: Abr 1, 2018, 4:48 am

search engine:
food healthy:
degree in months:
affordable services:
steel tanks:
easy video:
beauty center:
drill baby drill:,
marketing specialist:
online careers:
biz lawyer:

Abr 1, 2018, 4:06 am

(I've been watching a bunch of tv tonight.)

Abr 1, 2018, 4:48 am

Mobile therapy?
bail bonds:

Abr 1, 2018, 7:12 am

>227 karenb: If you're mainly getting profiles, they need to go over in the thread for the Great Profile Hunt. Most recent thread is here:

Editado: Abr 1, 2018, 12:39 pm

>228 gilroy:
Whoops! Sorry, I didn't realize. I will post profiles over there from now on.


Abr 2, 2018, 9:04 am

>222 karenb: Two books, both their own:

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.

Editado: Abr 2, 2018, 9:11 am

>230 gilroy:

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).

Abr 2, 2018, 9:52 pm

>230 gilroy:
>231 lilithcat:

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.
Este tópico foi continuado por Spam reporting thread #63.