Spam reporting thread #73

É uma continuação do tópico Spam reporting thread #72.

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Spam reporting thread #73

Jan 4, 2021, 8:40 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.)

Editado: Jan 5, 2021, 4:55 pm

Jan 7, 2021, 1:07 pm

Review by author encouraging sales; violates TOS

Jan 7, 2021, 2:06 pm

>3 2wonderY: The thread already has both posts flagged, but posting here for the sake of tracking purposes:

And Profile (Already noted, do not flag)

Editado: Jan 12, 2021, 3:45 am

Topic is

Message and profile gone now.

Jan 14, 2021, 5:19 am

Enthusiastic Author:

Warned once before, but not flagging profile

Editado: Jan 14, 2021, 5:26 am

>7 gilroy: He's forgotten since October?

BTW, message 7 in that topic is very bad spam. is offering reviews etc. for sale.

Jan 14, 2021, 7:31 pm

>8 MarthaJeanne: No, I was feeling generous when I posted that this morning. Also I think he got spam flagged off and brought back the last time.

Jan 28, 2021, 12:24 pm

Author spam (

Fev 1, 2021, 11:09 am

>11 MarthaJeanne:

At least he's asking if it's okay.

Fev 1, 2021, 12:22 pm

In theory yes, but the link is in there.

Fev 1, 2021, 12:42 pm

I wrote him a more complete message.

Fev 5, 2021, 11:03 pm

>16 Taphophile13: ETA she delete the message

Fev 8, 2021, 2:31 am

Editado: Fev 12, 2021, 3:50 pm

Editado: Fev 16, 2021, 8:34 am

>24 2wonderY: And six other threads - Gone.

Fev 19, 2021, 11:11 am

>27 gilroy: That group can't be viewed without joining

Fev 19, 2021, 11:17 am

>27 gilroy:, >28 SandraArdnas: Group has been flagged and user has been removed.

Fev 19, 2021, 11:18 am

>27 gilroy: I can’t even see who admins that group. Did you want the group flagged? 351 messages and 351 topics - seems a very exclusive group.

Fev 19, 2021, 11:27 am

>30 2wonderY: The group was flagged out of existence before I could post the rest of the information. It had 1 user, 1 post.

Fev 22, 2021, 5:42 am

>32 karenb: Gone now.

Fev 24, 2021, 10:21 pm

>36 karenb:

Gone now.

Mar 2, 2021, 4:19 am

>40 2wonderY: left a comment

Mar 4, 2021, 9:08 am

>42 haydninvienna: And both are gone.

Editado: Mar 5, 2021, 4:30 pm

author advertising book

Edit: was warned before. I didn't flag the profile nevertheless

ETA: Gone already

Mar 6, 2021, 10:29 pm

This overzealous author just spammed my neat-and-tidy challenge thread:

Editado: Mar 7, 2021, 2:04 am

>46 Cecrow: Messages are gone. After seeing the one message and his entry of the book I looked up the URL. My goodness! He does not seem to write standard English.

I put a comment on his profile.

Mar 10, 2021, 9:20 am

All works have met the threshold and are suppressed. I think staff need to take down the profile though.

Mar 10, 2021, 9:39 am

>51 2wonderY:

Profile is gone.

Mar 19, 2021, 5:42 pm

>56 karenb: in general I don't flag profiles if there is no other advertising, but for some things I'm willing to make exceptions.


Mar 22, 2021, 5:53 am
Enthusiastic Author (Do NOT flag. Message already on profile.)

Mar 22, 2021, 6:23 am

Editado: Mar 22, 2021, 8:31 am

See the spam in the profile pictures

Mar 22, 2021, 9:42 am

>60 2wonderY: is gone, but >59 karenb: isn't.

Mar 25, 2021, 12:24 am

Less than a minute!

Editado: Mar 31, 2021, 6:05 am

Author spam or similar


Abr 3, 2021, 2:13 am

Author spam


Abr 3, 2021, 3:20 am

Abr 6, 2021, 7:05 am

Editado: Abr 17, 2021, 3:39 am

>75 Nicole_VanK: We got rid of that one very quickly.

Editado: Abr 17, 2021, 7:09 am

>74 lilithcat: Did anyone leave a note on her profile?

ETA: OMG, never mind. I found her tirade thread.

Editado: Abr 19, 2021, 4:00 am

>78 2wonderY: also

Both this one and the one in 78 are gone now.

Abr 20, 2021, 9:11 am

review: (to get flagged out of existence before marking the work as spam)

Abr 23, 2021, 6:34 am

>81 MarthaJeanne: She seems to have paused; but she’s already removed my message to her. I came here to record her profile just in case...

Abr 23, 2021, 6:41 am

I know there were more than those 6. Anyway, all the ones I know about are gone.

Abr 23, 2021, 3:34 pm

>82 2wonderY: I guess she really gave up. It must be discouraging to delete a message about spamming just to have someone else add a similar message. Anyway, my message is still there.

Abr 23, 2021, 3:40 pm


Editado: Abr 23, 2021, 10:27 pm

Abr 23, 2021, 10:42 pm

The Eric Arnold author page is mostly books for children.

Maio 1, 2021, 8:51 am

Author spam


Maio 5, 2021, 10:48 am

The account is adding spam published reviews. See:
The account has a bronze medal for adding published reviews so there are at least 25 of them out there somewhere.

Maio 5, 2021, 10:53 am

>93 norabelle414:

Looks like he and his reviews are now gone.

Maio 5, 2021, 12:27 pm

>93 norabelle414:
This account is doing it too:

Both are using the published reviews to promote something called novelstar (sometimes spelled "n0velstar" with a zero)


afaik there's no way to search or see a list of recently added published reviews, right?

Maio 10, 2021, 3:35 pm

We have plenty of items in the spam works section that need to be voted as No. Some users have chosen to catalogue their cell items with full description, but they aren't actively trying to sell these things, that I've seen (If I'm wrong, I'll change my stance on these.) If all they did was catalogue, then these are NOT spam and should not be marked as such.

Maio 10, 2021, 3:56 pm

>98 gilroy: But then adding a cover of an existing book to cell items ...?

Editado: Maio 10, 2021, 4:06 pm

>99 FAMeulstee: I would say that they had a faulty upload with something.

If they aren't actively pushing things for sale, they are not violating the TOS and as such it is NOT spam.

Editado: Maio 10, 2021, 4:34 pm

An awful lot of them are ghost editions anyway.

Others are bad Amazon entries.

Editado: Maio 10, 2021, 9:37 pm

>98 gilroy:
Yes, over forty were already passed as spam. There are over 100 left.

>100 gilroy: What gilroy said: possibly iffy, but not spam.

ETA: Dubious may be a better word than iffy.

Maio 11, 2021, 6:57 am

Maio 11, 2021, 8:21 am

>103 MarthaJeanne: Hmm. Admin option to remove the post doesn’t work the way I thought it should.

Maio 11, 2021, 8:25 am

Does joining a group protect a profile from being removed by flags?

Maio 11, 2021, 9:27 am

>105 2wonderY: My guess, based on all the accounts I found above, is that *new* accounts can be suspended with just one or two flags but older accounts require at least many more flags if not site admin intervention.

Maio 11, 2021, 9:56 am

There was a period of looking for old Spam accounts and they disappeared quite readily.

Maio 11, 2021, 10:17 am

>107 2wonderY: I think that was before the site went fully free - previously, free accounts would be dispatched quickly and paid accounts took extra effort. But now all accounts are free (with all the privileges of a paid account).

Editado: Maio 12, 2021, 2:13 pm Gone.

Author spam (

Editado: Maio 13, 2021, 4:45 am

Re >105 2wonderY: This one isn't going either, so I would guess that it is length of membership. Which is funny, because if this member had just joined, I would not have flagged. It was no activity in over a year since joining that convinced me that the whole purpose of joining was to post that ad in Vietnamese. And in fact it was to get that content and their website link counted. As spam goes it doesn't interfere with people using the site, so I guess it comes down to how Tim feels about LT being used to up people's counts.

Maio 13, 2021, 3:56 pm

Maio 17, 2021, 7:37 am

old, but still worth flagging?


(work is possibly fake but not spam)

Editado: Maio 18, 2021, 8:52 am

Maio 22, 2021, 5:39 am

I seem to have lost my flagging powers. Usually one flag will disappear profiles. Not today.

Maio 22, 2021, 8:38 am

>120 2wonderY:

They're gone now.

Editado: Maio 24, 2021, 12:25 am

Author spam

And while you are there, message 37 could use another flag.


Editado: Maio 26, 2021, 9:12 am

Maio 26, 2021, 9:30 am

>126 lilithcat: But if they aren't advertising a cleaning service, they are allowed to catalog anything they want...

Editado: Maio 27, 2021, 2:06 am


as >127 gilroy: notes, the related works are technically not spam, nor is the user. So close, though. The review definitely is spam.

(And yeah, it was possibly a bad call on my part for >125 karenb: . I'm trying to be more cautious these days.)

Maio 27, 2021, 4:25 am

>127 gilroy:, >128 karenb:. I believe when the joining and adding spam links in places like reviews, the work and the profile should be flagged as Spam too.

Maio 28, 2021, 12:56 am

(work already marked as spam)

Maio 28, 2021, 2:19 am


Please let the review become flagged out. I'll mark the work as spam later.

Maio 28, 2021, 6:22 am

>130 karenb: Also author spam here:

I don't know how to deal with that.

Maio 28, 2021, 9:29 am

>134 spiralsheep: Take a look again. Does that work, at least until timspalding, et al. can address it otherwise?

Maio 28, 2021, 9:34 am

>135 jasbro: As mentioned in the first post here (I know it's kind of hidden toward the bottom), Tim has asked us not to change CK to indicate spammers. Once a spam author page has no works on it, it vanishes into the ether (technically still exists but there's no way to find it). There's no need to add a canonical name, and that can make things confusing in the future.

Maio 31, 2021, 10:14 pm

(work already flagged as spam)

Editado: Jun 1, 2021, 2:36 pm

Jun 1, 2021, 9:05 pm

>136 norabelle414: Thanks - I had missed that.

Editado: Jun 9, 2021, 5:06 pm

on George Saunders, A Swim in the Pond on the Rain - Published Review
Suggesting using a site called

I see this has been reported on other accounts by others eg >96 norabelle414: and >97 norabelle414:

Jun 9, 2021, 5:30 pm

>145 elkiedee: I have deleted the review.

Jun 9, 2021, 11:49 pm also entered a ad in published review.

Jun 10, 2021, 5:22 am

Author spam


Jun 10, 2021, 5:29 am

Editado: Jun 10, 2021, 5:35 am

>148 MarthaJeanne: >149 gilroy: Both gone. Sorry, I don't hang out at the Green Dragon.

Should we do anything about the caption to his author picture?

Jun 10, 2021, 6:18 am

>150 MarthaJeanne: I uploaded the picture again and flagged the original.

Editado: Jun 10, 2021, 8:12 am

>150 MarthaJeanne:

i generally drop a comment asking the uploader to remove the biographical/promotional material, and directing them to the information on the "Contributing Photos to LibraryThing" wiki page. If they don't do so within a day or two, then I'll re-upload it and flag the original.

I think it's appropriate to give the person time to fix the issue, and they often do. I've occasionally received very nice "Thank you for letting me know" responses.

Editado: Jun 10, 2021, 9:09 am

Flagged the message, giving the profile the benefit of the doubt for now (but will be watching).

ETA Doubt resolved--same message popped up in a group I don't hang out in. Flagged.

Jun 10, 2021, 9:19 am

>153 haydninvienna:

What was the message?

Jun 10, 2021, 9:57 am

It's gone now but something about Google paying, and what looked like bits of an ad for a gym. Plus a link.

Jun 15, 2021, 8:41 pm

Noticed what seems to be a lot of sock puppetry to promote this title, especially in lists.

Jun 15, 2021, 8:44 pm

>157 greeneyed_ives:

? Clearly not a spam work.

If there is a profile or review that you believe is spam, please provide the link.

Jun 15, 2021, 9:42 pm

>158 lilithcat: Sorry, the work isn't spam. I think there is sock puppetry to promote the work.


I pulled all of these users from this list:

Each user has the work on their list as #1. They also thumbed down other works, I think to try to manipulate the overall list score.

There appear to be 11 accounts total on that list that might qualify as sock puppets. There may be more associated with that work, but I can't be sure. The 4 above are just a sample.

Jun 15, 2021, 9:57 pm

I don't know. I see a lot of other people thumbing down multiple works on that list, and who do not have that particular work listed.

Editado: Jun 15, 2021, 10:28 pm

>160 lilithcat: I think thumbing down is fairly normal, but it was the pattern that struck me. 11 accounts, all with that work as #1. None of the 11 members have any other work listed in their personal top 5 list. A few of the members thumbed down works above the title in question. Many of the 11 just have the one title in their library period. No other works cataloged.

Edit: Also, looking at the 67 members who have the book cataloged, many just have the one title. A few members have more than the one book, but they all seem very similar. All titles about China, with 1 or 2 stars, except the title in question is 5 or 4 stars. There is a few members who do appear to have more active accounts, so I don't think the work itself is spam.

Jun 15, 2021, 10:30 pm

>159 greeneyed_ives: and most of them joined in a one week period in January and the only thing in most of their libraries is this book or two copies of it. Poor guy, I don’t think he’ll be able to brute force his way into better sales, it’s performing abysmally on Amazon.

Jun 15, 2021, 11:06 pm

Definitely sock puppets. All joined within the same couple weeks and have either just that one book rated 5 stars OR that one book rated 5 stars and a different book with the same title that they have rated 1 star (does that mean this one is the leader?)

More evidence:
This list - - 2 established users listed ~5 books each and 8 new users with only this book listed this book
This topic from January where 3 sock puppets talk to each other -
This review has 13 thumbs. We can't see who gives thumbs but its extremely unusual for even popular books to get that many thumbs on a review -

Jun 16, 2021, 8:21 am

>163 norabelle414: Thank you for more thoroughly documenting the issue! I don't really post to threads much, but I felt this was too weird not to post about it.

Jun 16, 2021, 8:22 am

>163 norabelle414:

Considering all that, I'd suggest you report it to Tim.

Editado: Jun 16, 2021, 10:17 am

>157 greeneyed_ives: I'm looking at this now. Thanks!

ETA: fixed/removed. That was a large batch of sock puppets! Also recalculated the Understanding China: Learning from China's Past, Present, and Future work to reflect the appropriate number of (real) members. Thanks for the heads up.

Jun 18, 2021, 2:47 am

Is there some reason why you are not marking those works as spam?

Editado: Jun 18, 2021, 4:18 pm

>169 MarthaJeanne: To flag the reviews away first. It's a lot easier to flag a review on a regular work than on a work that's already been marked as spam.

Jun 20, 2021, 4:48 am

Jun 20, 2021, 5:00 am

Just a silly question, but does anybody really think that spam like that is going to get them contracts?

Editado: Jun 20, 2021, 3:12 pm

>173 MarthaJeanne: Having links on a popular website can boost their rankings in Google search, regardless of whether someone clicks on the link. They are not posting with the intention of getting any business here, just that someone might search for "roofing company {town}" and be directed here and then to their website

Jun 24, 2021, 5:03 am

>177 karenb: That first one also has a review.

Editado: Jun 24, 2021, 10:39 pm

new member pushing his books
ETA: now gone

left message (don't flag)

Jun 24, 2021, 11:02 pm

>178 MarthaJeanne: True, but it wasn't an egregious review full of links etc. It seems to be gone, as well.

Jun 26, 2021, 3:16 pm

Author spam: (plus another topic which is already gone)
Do not flag (I left a message):

Jun 28, 2021, 11:50 am

Editado: Jul 8, 2021, 9:27 am

Jul 8, 2021, 9:34 am

Jul 9, 2021, 8:07 am

>189 FAMeulstee:

Member and posts are gone.

Jul 10, 2021, 10:13 am

>191 2wonderY:, >192 2wonderY: Can you give a little more as to WHY these profiles are flagged? Please?

Jul 10, 2021, 10:34 am

>193 gilroy: I suspect, as has happened to me recently, the posts were gone before she could copy the URLs over. In the case of >192 2wonderY:, see and

Jul 10, 2021, 11:36 am

Jul 11, 2021, 7:21 am

>193 gilroy: Sorry; they were spamming threads wholesale.

Jul 12, 2021, 2:25 am

Author spam


Jul 12, 2021, 4:32 am

I know the spammer is gone, but one more flag will get the URL topic out of talk.

Jul 12, 2021, 4:44 am

Editado: Jul 12, 2021, 3:20 pm

>202 2wonderY:

The sad thing is that I'd really like to have his book, but it's $85.

Editado: Jul 13, 2021, 6:56 am

Please continue to flag the post until it totally disappears. We don't want the spam URL showing ing the talk lists.

Gone. That was fast.

Editado: Jul 15, 2021, 12:23 pm

Lloyd_Cruz a member since May 2021, has been using the “Published Review” box to push NovelStar, a self-publishing venture. He has done this 41 times. His own page shows no books.

Jul 15, 2021, 12:26 pm

Jul 15, 2021, 1:07 pm

>206 MarthaJeanne: Yes, I flagged him, and his link to the “published review” of the six volume Oxford illustrated Jane Austen is gone. No way to know what other books he posted his spam message on, however. He has a medal for linking published reviews. LOL

Jul 15, 2021, 1:30 pm

>207 booksaplenty1949: Published review spam is somewhat common and very hard to find. Thankfully when the account is removed all of their published reviews are also removed.

I recommended a site improvement to allow us to see all published reviews in one place so we can catch spam easier. Looks like it might actually happen (maybe) (eventually)

Jul 18, 2021, 9:03 am
Author spam

(Do not flag, already left note)

Jul 19, 2021, 3:43 pm

Another account promoting NovelStar in the published reviews:

Jul 24, 2021, 7:30 am

I could have made this one disappear quietly this morning. But it struck me as too cute!

Jul 24, 2021, 9:21 am

>212 2wonderY:

It's gone. What was cute about it?

Jul 24, 2021, 9:38 am

It’s just such a narrow business niche, and their blurb was so matter of fact. Compared to all the other Spam accounts, it seemed quaint.

Jul 24, 2021, 8:02 pm

Based on the way they're posting and the fact that they just joined today, I'm guessing this is the author:

Offending threads:

Jul 24, 2021, 8:18 pm

>215 gilroy:

I'm not convinced at this point. I'd need more evidence.

Jul 24, 2021, 9:18 pm

>215 gilroy:, >216 lilithcat: It looks as if the book may have been published yesterday?

Shadow Shinjuku
Ryu Takeshi
Boris Martinovic, Jul 23, 2021 - 375 pages

Jul 24, 2021, 10:11 pm

And the poster is the only member listing the books. Does seem suspicious.

Editado: Jul 25, 2021, 2:59 am

If this person is not the author, s/he is very probably being paid to put up promotional posts. This is also against the ToS.

These just don't read like someone really excited about a book so that they feel they have to join a website to tell the world about it.

At this point the three posts have visible flags.

Editado: Jul 25, 2021, 10:46 am

Author spam

Ah! She deleted her post. I think we could continue to flag it, to removed the title from talk.


Jul 31, 2021, 11:01 am
(Warned once before back in 2018. I posted the note again, but want to flag.)

Author spam:

Jul 31, 2021, 11:44 am

I certainly think that if MichaelDrakich tries it again in a year or three we need to assume that he is not teachable.

Ago 6, 2021, 6:24 am
Bob__Reader has been blocked in another thread as a sock puppet under the name Bob_Reader.
Appears to be indirect promotion of a book sale and when this is questioned (see post 8 in same thread) multiple flags appear, possibly from fake accounts.

Editado: Ago 6, 2021, 1:00 pm

Ago 6, 2021, 1:27 pm

>229 amanda4242: He's gone.

Ago 8, 2021, 1:24 pm

Haven't seen this type of spam before, hopefully never again.

Ago 8, 2021, 1:31 pm

>232 rabbitprincess:, >233 gilroy:

He has been silenced. (Pun very much intended.)

Ago 10, 2021, 8:31 am

Editado: Ago 11, 2021, 8:09 am

Had to save the verbiage on another spam account because it’s so expressive, yet dense:

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Tell me if I offend here, and I will delete it.

Ago 11, 2021, 8:32 am

>238 2wonderY:

Oh, please don't delete it! That's too funny.

Ago 11, 2021, 9:18 am

It's safe to say google translate will not be replacing translators any time soon :)

Ago 11, 2021, 10:35 am

Repeat author spam post.

I’ve already messaged him. Someone else want to try?

Ago 12, 2021, 8:50 am

I have a badge for flagging 250+ spam members and I imagine a lot of other people do too. If one clicks on the links on this reporting thread one almost invariably sees the message that the member has been reported for spam. My understanding was that this thread was for queries about dubious cases, not a reference to the obvious spammers one had already flagged.

Editado: Ago 12, 2021, 8:55 am

>244 booksaplenty1949: No, the topic for dubious cases is here:

This topic is for obvious cases. Although it does not take many experienced members flagging the accounts to suspend them, it does take more than one. I flagged the accounts in >242 2wonderY: and >243 2wonderY: earlier. Presumably I was at least the 2nd account to flag them but they were not yet suspended after I did. So it is still useful to post obvious cases here so other users can flag them and they can get suspended.

Ago 12, 2021, 9:03 am

The ones in >243 2wonderY: are gone now.

A spam message takes four flags to delete or hide. I think accounts may vary depending on the status of the flaggers.

Ago 12, 2021, 9:52 am

I think sometimes the process is just slower than usual for no particular reason. I go to new profile pictures every morning to look for spam accounts. Usually, they disappear quickly. But only if they don’t, I post them here.

Editado: Ago 12, 2021, 2:53 pm

started a group for his website design business

ETA: member has been removed
the group picture is also gone but the group is still there

ETA2: all gone now

Ago 13, 2021, 10:33 am

I'm guessing this is the author being disingenuous, based on the similarity between the user name on this brand new account with no other books listed and the author's name on Amazon:

Editado: Ago 13, 2021, 10:42 am

>249 Marissa_Doyle: You'd think he would at least enter his book before trying to advertise it.

I don't recommend looking at the bit available on Amazon. The 'literary' bit means that it doesn't make sense.

"These journals are special - their meaningful."

Ago 13, 2021, 10:42 am

>249 Marissa_Doyle: I left a message on the profile already

Ago 13, 2021, 10:46 am

>249 Marissa_Doyle:

It would be helpful if you would link to the profile.

Ago 13, 2021, 10:54 am

Ago 18, 2021, 10:47 am

Took me a minute, but according to google translate the links on their profile and words randomly inserted into the text of their Talk post are selling a water purifier

Ago 18, 2021, 4:37 pm

Ago 18, 2021, 5:22 pm

"just published my debut novel on Amazon and six sample chapters are available to read on the Kindle version link"

Author was already advised not to advertise on Aug 7:

Ago 18, 2021, 5:30 pm

>258 Taphophile13:

You mean that's not her first post? Color me shocked.

Ago 18, 2021, 6:13 pm

>258 Taphophile13: >260 norabelle414: What does she think this is, GoodReads? I mean no need for sockpuppets here...

Ago 18, 2021, 6:26 pm

Do we flag the sock puppets or notify staff?

Ago 18, 2021, 6:28 pm

>264 2wonderY:

See >1 lilithcat::

"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. "

Editado: Ago 20, 2021, 3:53 pm

Editado: Ago 23, 2021, 5:33 pm

>268 Marissa_Doyle: I'm assuming that was author spam. Topic is gone.

Ago 23, 2021, 5:51 pm

About time for a new thread, I think.
Este tópico foi continuado por Spam reporting thread #74.