The Great Spam Profile Hunt #7

É uma continuação do tópico The Great Spam Profile Hunt #6.

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The Great Spam Profile Hunt #7

Fev 26, 2022, 2:57 am

(Though used/needed much less often than in the past....)

As previously:

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By popular demand, a new thread for the Great Spam Profile Hunt that spontaneously erupted the 1st of September 2016 (in Spam Reporting Threads #52 & 53).

You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, I will rout you out! -- U.S. President Andrew Jackson

To avoid false positives, here are some proposed general guidelines.
Concentrate on accounts with 0 listed books. (It is the rare spammer that bothers to list any books at all, and the even rarer spammer that lists more than one or two)

ALWAYS avoid flagging accounts of LT authors

ALWAYS avoid flagging accounts which are members of the Librarything Early Reviewer's Program*

ALWAYS avoid flagging accounts associated with bookstores, publishers, or libraries

As a rule, avoid flagging accounts which are members of LT Groups*

As a rule, avoid flagging accounts which belong to authors of any sort whose works are published -- self-published or otherwise. (Spammy e-books which exist primarily as marketing vehicles would seem to be the main exception)

In all cases, abide by the established spam reporting guidelines on the main spam reporting thread.

Additional tips:
In general (and in the absence of other signs of overriding spamminess), if a profile links to a website with a URL which mirrors the personal name listed on the profile (e.g. "" for Real Name = "Joe Smith"), the site should be considered personal rather than commercial, even if the website does make reference to commercial or professional services provided by the person.


Search (in the main site search box, top-right) for keywords commonly associated with spam that you expect would be found in spam profiles' names and/or descriptions. Geographical place-names are also worth a shot.

Select "Members" under "Social" on the left-hand panel to select member profiles as the scope for the search.

Sort the results by "book count" (top right).

The zero-book accounts matching your search will be at the bottom of the results list; start investigating from there and continue until you've opened all of the zero-book accounts matching the search.

Flag spam profiles, and post results in this thread.

* Accounts that are obvious spam will not necessarily be saved by either of these factors.

Jul 19, 2022, 3:04 pm

>57 karenb: You have been busy, almost all are gone.

Only this one is still up:

Jul 23, 2022, 7:54 am

Jul 30, 2022, 1:18 am

Ago 6, 2022, 6:32 am

I have flagged member (a member since 3 May 2022; zero books lised) on the basis of his/her contribution "Andrex Toilet Tissue Gentle Clean 24 Roll" to Johann Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen's CK Short Biography. The link goes to a price comparison website.

I notice that they have been awarded bronze medals for Helper (34) and Add Linking (34), so there is probably more of their spam out there. I assume established members know how to get to them.

Ago 6, 2022, 6:59 am

Good catch! I can find only 12 places where they add CK, so it's probably best to contact staff and let them track all of the links down.

(Next time, maybe post in the general Spam Reporting Thread? That topic is for discussion; this one is just links to whack.)

Dez 22, 2022, 7:45 pm

Jan 11, 4:56 am

(flag the work after the review is gone)

Jun 12, 2:14 pm

I’ve been playing with the member search function to see how productive Spam hunting can be. There sure are a lot of casino and betting profiles and attempts at membership by these guys. You’d think all of SE Asia spends their time playing games of chance online.

I’ve learned to pick up phrasing that I see repeated and change the search term. This week, I tried the combination “Nhacai” and got this very long list:

About half were already squashed by the algorithm and another chunk were unconfirmed members. But a good many were live profiles with tons of links.

My next search is “topn” and yes, more spam.

Jun 12, 7:52 pm

>209 2wonderY: Yes, there are lots of accounts from SE Asia. Most of the gambling ones are easy to spot, but online translation is our friend. I've been marking the most egregious advertisers and predatory businesses.

If you're feeling ambitious, I haven't checked accounts in New York City in a while -- NY NY, New York NY, etc. Or Los Angeles, for that matter.

Editado: Jun 22, 10:23 am

I’ve notified Kristi that I’m seeing other spam profiles today that are adding legitimate books, like this profile:

Ah. Glad to see it disappear so quickly. I thought the catalog would shield them.