Spam reporting thread #46

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Spam reporting thread #46

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tammikuu 29, 2016, 12:32 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.)

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 29, 2016, 12:37 am

I'm guessing that this is the thread you hope people use. It really ought to have been thread #47, but we're all smart folks. I'm sure everyone will figure it out. Commenting mostly to move this above the other thread. Maybe if you (rybie2) ask someone on staff, they can delete the duplicate one.

tammikuu 29, 2016, 12:38 am

As for the duplicate thread (which has a single message by rybie2, which rybie2 has deleted), you can also click to ignore it.

tammikuu 29, 2016, 3:12 am

tammikuu 29, 2016, 4:19 am

Interesting. wanted to be my friend. When I went over to see who it was and explain that I only friend people I know in real life, that member was already suspended.

tammikuu 29, 2016, 9:31 am

Just want to note that, when creating a new thread and cutting-and-pasting the first post with instructions, the word "here" in the last should be a link to this page:

tammikuu 29, 2016, 9:56 am

Why did we start a new thread already? Normally we wait until 300 posts...

tammikuu 29, 2016, 10:01 am

>8 gilroy:

No, normally it should be done after about 200 posts.

tammikuu 30, 2016, 1:21 pm

helmikuu 1, 2016, 7:09 am

helmikuu 1, 2016, 8:36 am

>14 rybie2: still needs flags on profile

helmikuu 3, 2016, 6:00 am


helmikuu 5, 2016, 6:29 pm

Clueless author has started a group to promote her own work:

Profile (for information only - do not flag):

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 5, 2016, 8:23 pm

>24 lilithcat: I agree with you on the group (and flagged it myself), but do want to point out the the creator is this profile:

...unless you're saying that those two are one and the same...

Truthfully, the third account in that group seems a bit odd, also.

(and the caveat remains the same: Please do NOT flag the profiles.)

helmikuu 5, 2016, 9:50 pm

>25 Lyndatrue:

You're right. I just saw that EM had posted it and made a rash assumption.

It's rather odd that SophieLynn is using Ellie Masters' book cover as her only profile pic, and that she joined the same day as Ellie_Masters

helmikuu 5, 2016, 11:20 pm

>26 lilithcat: All three of those accounts are odd. It may not all be the same person, but it's surely the same result. I gently point out that they were created within a day of each other...

I'm so cynical.

helmikuu 5, 2016, 11:37 pm

>27 Lyndatrue:

Only two on the same day (1/17/16). The third, Nathalie_Pinette, was two weeks later (1/31/16). Still . . .

helmikuu 6, 2016, 3:18 am

The message from EM in that group is flagable.

helmikuu 6, 2016, 3:47 am

Plus both of them using caps to emphasize (it's not that uncommon a thing, but two posts, back to back that way, both trying to say how AWESOME! she is...), and the style of phrasing the OP used... it does seem awfully suspicious. Anyone care to ask Loranne to peek into it?

helmikuu 6, 2016, 8:20 am

>24 lilithcat: Is this one that staff needs to investigate for sockpuppetry?

helmikuu 6, 2016, 9:21 am

>33 gilroy:

Maybe so.

helmikuu 6, 2016, 10:21 am

>33 gilroy: And the profiles mentioned in >25 Lyndatrue:

helmikuu 6, 2016, 10:46 am

>30 MarthaJeanne: I just went in and flagged both messages (I don't remember it being a join to post group yesterday, but I see it is now). Yeah, I'm heartless. So what else is new?

>33 gilroy: Ir's more than just a little naivete' going on here. It seems very calculated. Sockpuppets is a good first pass, yes.

helmikuu 8, 2016, 5:56 am

>38 henkl: Gone already.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 8, 2016, 5:58 am

Yes, they are coming and going quickly this morning. There have been a lot of unreported ones in Book Talk.

helmikuu 8, 2016, 8:37 am

>31 .Monkey.: Yep, a forensic linguist would probably have a field day with them.

helmikuu 8, 2016, 8:49 am

>24 lilithcat:
I's Amused. They now have a thread asking about the group flags.

helmikuu 8, 2016, 10:44 am

How would one go about flagging a profile picture?

helmikuu 8, 2016, 10:48 am

You can't directly. You have to flag the profile if it's warranted.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 8, 2016, 11:28 am

>43 MarthaJeanne:

>44 2wonderY: is correct. The only profile pics not allowed are X-rated ones and "suggestive images of minors or seeming minors", so if that's the issue, contact staff about it. But adverts and the like are allowed in profiles.

ETA: of course, now I'm curious. Link?

helmikuu 8, 2016, 11:35 am

The author spam one seen at >26 lilithcat:

helmikuu 9, 2016, 1:27 am

>48 Yamanekotei: I don't see any spam there.

helmikuu 9, 2016, 1:34 am

>50 MarthaJeanne: It's all over in the special folder. The system caught it all.

helmikuu 9, 2016, 1:37 am

Gone now, but s/he posted about 25 or so spams in Recommend Site Improvements group.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 9, 2016, 1:42 am


helmikuu 9, 2016, 2:15 am

You should always post examples of the spam. How can we flag someone if we don't see the spam?

helmikuu 9, 2016, 5:33 am

helmikuu 22, 2016, 10:18 pm

Guess we haven't had one in a while:

Enthusiastic author:

Please do NOT flag the profile.

(In this case of hit and run, I'm not going to bother leaving a note on the profile. I'm betting against it being read.)

helmikuu 23, 2016, 1:36 am

Another enthusiastic author:

Please do not flag

He left me an unsolicited note on my profile telling me about his new book. I responded with a polite note pointing him to the TOS and How Authors Can Use LibraryThing pages.

helmikuu 23, 2016, 1:46 am

>77 amanda4242: Did you report this directly to anyone? That's really obnoxious behaviour.

helmikuu 23, 2016, 2:02 am

>78 MarthaJeanne: I didn't report it because he is still pretty new to the site and when he saw that I had a couple of his works listed he probably thought he was doing something nice. I thought I'd cut him a little slack and just point him towards the rules, but I figured I should make others aware of him so he can be flagged away if he breaks any more rules.

helmikuu 24, 2016, 2:45 pm

helmikuu 24, 2016, 2:58 pm

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ETA: Quick disappearance

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 28, 2016, 11:50 am

I mistakenly rescued a post from you-know-where that should not have been. It *looks* innocent enough at first glance, but some of those links go to places that are bad.

Already gone.

maaliskuu 3, 2016, 6:55 am

maaliskuu 4, 2016, 12:30 pm

I think if you look under "links" on this wiki page, someone has replaced the text with spam, but I'm new to LT so wanted to check here for guidance

maaliskuu 4, 2016, 1:18 pm

>105 Booklover889: I'm not sure what you're referring to on that page. Could you provide a specific example?

Perhaps someone has already fixed it.

maaliskuu 4, 2016, 1:29 pm

Scroll down to the "right sidebar" title and the "links" subtitle under that

maaliskuu 4, 2016, 1:40 pm

>107 Booklover889: It took me the longest time to understand what you meant. I've removed the links that were there, but I have no idea what went there before, so I replaced it with nothing.

Odd business, that.

maaliskuu 4, 2016, 1:58 pm

>108 Lyndatrue: That section looks like it wasn't supposed to have links, based on the history of the page. Though authors have been adding stray information about their own things regularly. I just had to remove a book title from a heading toward the top of the page.

maaliskuu 4, 2016, 3:04 pm

>108 Lyndatrue: sorry it was so difficult to understand

>109 gilroy: I guess I should have looked at the history!

Now that I found that and looked at it, I found the original text and copied it back in. Maybe what I should have done originally was to undo the edit that inserted the spam link using the history page?

maaliskuu 4, 2016, 3:20 pm

>112 Booklover889: I'm not a big wiki person, so no clue, but I guess?

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 4, 2016, 5:00 pm

>112 Booklover889: Actually, what you did was probably more useful, since I'd guess most people weren't really noticing that the wiki page was being used in that way. Much better that you called attention to it.

I'd have probably understood more what you were trying to say if that was an area I was more familiar with. Thanks for your persistence.

ETA: Just for the sake of consistency, this is the profile of the person who put those links in to advertise (yes, it's another enthusiastic author). Please do NOT flag the profile. Placing here only because it's good to track this kind of thing.

maaliskuu 4, 2016, 5:08 pm

It appears that someone made a "new" thread for Spam reporting (my guess is that it was an accident). I'm mentioning this only to push the current thread above it.

maaliskuu 5, 2016, 2:10 pm

Bumping to the top.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 7, 2016, 2:23 am

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maaliskuu 7, 2016, 4:06 am

It does? Then why did its Group get deleted? I WANT SOME! Waaaa.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 10, 2016, 1:57 am

Profile already suspended but group still alive.
Eighteen minutes later, group is also gone.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 10, 2016, 10:34 am

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maaliskuu 10, 2016, 1:17 pm

Wow! That's sneaky!

Thread title: amysisson's 2016 book list

new member already gone.


maaliskuu 11, 2016, 4:44 am

I think that this must be commercial spam even if there's no way to shop.


maaliskuu 21, 2016, 10:43 am

and the book in the catalog is spam.

maaliskuu 24, 2016, 12:28 pm

maaliskuu 26, 2016, 1:04 pm

In fact, any membername including the string 'juriya' - eight when I did a search, and all spammers.

maaliskuu 26, 2016, 1:25 pm

>167 Noisy: Good tip - I've flagged them. Rather sweet, really, one of the contact links ended with "/brain-plus-iq-scam". I haven't seen anyone admitting to a scam before ;-)

maaliskuu 28, 2016, 3:06 am

>167 Noisy: >170 Mr.Durick: Also, do a member search on juriyam. I found four of them. (It looks like a string only shows up on a search if it's the LAST letters of the member name, so juriyam produces results different from juriya.)

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 29, 2016, 6:15 am

maaliskuu 30, 2016, 5:51 am

Accidentally clicked to save this thread and meant to permakill it...

maaliskuu 30, 2016, 2:14 pm

Someone's vandalized the Library of Congress quicklink. What's the procedure here? I can fix the spam, but don't want to obscure the history in case staff need it in its broken state to track down the spammer. Or would zapping spammers fall into the "Not until after TinyCat" bucket, in which case I'll go ahead and fix it now?

maaliskuu 30, 2016, 2:33 pm

>183 lorax: Personally, I'd vote for just fixing it. If it isn't easy to identify the vandal, then it's likely that it won't be something that gets handled in any timely manner.

maaliskuu 30, 2016, 3:44 pm

I went ahead and fixed it. I really don't know why that one isn't considered important enough to be locked down and un-editable like some are.

maaliskuu 30, 2016, 8:30 pm

This is a very determined "author" (with at least two warnings already on the profile):

That might look innocent enough, except that the whole point of the thread begun was almost certainly to talk about this book.

Originally, the profile was a cover for this book, although it's now been changed to a stock image.

I just looked for this book on Amazon, and was a bit confused, at first. It seemed well reviewed and all...

...except that Amazon has fallen prey to its own success (i.e. don't trust the good reviews).

I flagged the comment he made about the book. I haven't flagged the profile, and I haven't bothered posting a comment on the profile, since the other two didn't seem to sink in. I just made a comment on the thread. I dunno.

maaliskuu 30, 2016, 9:39 pm

I'm sorry. After two warnings, especially since one was from staff, I flag the profile.

maaliskuu 30, 2016, 9:44 pm

>187 gilroy: Don't be sorry. It needed to be done. Usually someone changes their tune pretty quick (and I've even had some really sweet private thank yous from authors). In this case, it just didn't seem to take.

No worries.

maaliskuu 31, 2016, 2:12 am

>186 Lyndatrue: Profile suspended.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 6, 2016, 9:54 am

huhtikuu 7, 2016, 10:11 am

there are a lot of the packers and movers groups

huhtikuu 7, 2016, 11:46 am

With ones like that it is best to also flag the profile.

huhtikuu 7, 2016, 5:31 pm

the groups were gone in a flash!