Spam reporting thread #47 (actually #48 as there are two #s46)
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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: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Spam#Procedures_for_flagging_and_repo....
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.)
ETA: ...and, as I'd suspected, it was gone faster than I could do a quick copy/paste. It's so rare, any more (and thank you, Tim), to actually see one of those multi-link spam messages that I probably spent 5 or 10 seconds just being surprised.
I left note on profile—do not flag.
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That could be very useful, though, in finding those rare books for which one has been searching!
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not sure about the last one
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Here's hoping the girls are not tutored by the web-writer.
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and there's more
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skin & dental
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hot, clever escorts
short bio followed by cricket link
age 21 or 38 or 52, lives in Macon or Milwaukee or Naperville
plus link to book "what men secretly want"
online business education
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identical profile photos for SEO /search engine / dating websites
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how to dominate Google business listings
Enthusiastic author. I left a note on the profile now.
It's not an enthusiastic author in my book.
ETA: She clearly won the prize (the account's now suspended).
Oddly, she was able to send me a note apologizing after her account was suspended. I had messaged her after Gilroy did.
what do you want to watch?
medical services on home
escape room adventure
fm music radio
bracelets, key chains
I left a profile message.
massage, happy ending massage
asian escort (because you feel stressed after work)
how to get your ex back
selling used digital devices
I look in locations, then check for profiles that have 1 or zero books. They often turn out to be advertising links only.
gas - plumbing - electrical
On this work http://www.librarything.com/work/34721 someone had changed the published review URL to go to another site. The original member is not reachable, and I have been unable to find the URL of the review. I deleted the spam URL.
It looks like this is the correct URL. The first sentences of the first and second paragraphs are conjoind with "…" and states "Below the review is a discussion of both the review and the book."
she should know better.
She should, but considering that nearly all of the books she's catalogued are her own, I'm not surprised.
Never mind. All fixed now.
Annnnnnd FINALLY gone. Well the non-amy003 ones, at least. That was like 8 minutes of "this user has been removed as spam" posts still sitting there flooding Talk.
Yep when I started to compose my posts above the accounts were active.
They are usually caught a lot more quickly (and cleared) than this.
It took over 30 mins for some of them to go from first flood - although the user was still active for a fair bit of that. I know Tim has some code that should auto-detect these so not sure how they got through for so long.
and a couple more expresses
oops, the not them
Your first link is wrong. Not a spammer. It's an old bug report.
I think the profile killing algorithm is off it's gait today. His (her) threads have been flagged a lot but profile is still her.
ETA: Neither profile listed this morning has been suspended.
I'm just now waking up. If someone more conscious than I wants to point this out to Tim or other staff, it might not be a bad idea.
More additions: I note the last three profiles added to the special bucket are also not suspended. Their topics are whacked, but not them. Definitely broken.
Three whose posts have been deleted (see Spam?) but they still haven't been suspended. May need some more flags or else the algorithm is still a bit off. Been around since around 7am.
First they came for lilithcat, and I did not speak out . . .
ETA: Whew. All fixed.
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I've been known to vary my sedentary tradition by moving from the couch to a chair (or vice versa).
lol. Ditto here.
Dern, I should have copied all the paragraphs foxjuriyam had put!
This guy is posting advertising about the Book Club of California reprints in multiple forums. Doesn't sit well with me.
I saw this one:
On behalf of The Book Club of California, I would like to let members of the Book Design Forum know that Robert Bringhurst's new book "Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface" is now available in a fine press limited edition.
The Book Club of California
ETA: removing links
Here's one: https://www.librarything.com/topic/222322
He's advertising a fine press book published by the Book Club of California, which might certainly be of interest to the groups in which he is posting. He's not a member of those groups, has no books catalogued, and is posting in multiple groups. Clearly "egregious commercial solicitation".
Filled the Easton Press group with topics; probably the first 30 messages. I'm off to flag them now.
http://www.librarything.com/topic/222424 (for example)
Please flag the profile, so they'll all disappear.
Also posting in Recommended Site Improvements now. HALP!
ETA All gone now.
I'm just glad they're gone. It was pretty frustrating to feel like it was just not going to end; rather like the old days, before Tim put that fix in. We're a bit spoiled with how well things usually work, I think. At least I am.
Anyway, glad it's fixed. For now.
Perhaps staff should be notified of the repeated attempts?
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Do not flag http://www.librarything.com/profile/kuliff
I can't say this is very effective advertising:
guys i'm giving away my book please download it and read it just link the link ... however, i will ber glad to get your reviews after you finish reading it
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At least he gave his own book only four stars, rather than the usual five. I guess he took a star off for the bad grammar, punctuation and spelling.
>175 rybie2: et al
I sent an email to their corporate headquarters:
I am a member of LibraryThing.com, a forum for readers. In the past week, members have been noticing new accounts established by your various location offices, created solely as free advertising for your business. That practice is considered Spam, and is a violation of the Terms of Service.
We have seen perhaps a dozen accounts thus far. I see from your website that you have nearly 750 locations.
I hope you will discourage this practice, as it is very bad web etiquette, and you will engender a poor public opinion of your company in a particularly erudite community.
Thank you for your attention to this matter."
If anyone else would like to do so as well, their email is firstname.lastname@example.org
ETA: Never mind. All gone.
I got a quick and appropriate response:
"Would it be possible to get some examples of these new accounts and maybe some of the messages they are sending out. Love to help stop this because I am a huge supporter of stopping SPAM.
Express Employment Professionals"
Thanks to this thread, I was able to send him a list.
"I will get to my Director and VP so they can reach out to these individuals.... Thank you again for reaching out to me. I will let you know once these individuals have been warned."
Here's hoping they develop a company-wide directive that reaches all of their branch owners.
"At Hyperion SEO, we harness the awesome power of Google to bring our clients onto the first page of the search results. We learned from the best agencies in NYC and Chicago, and can confidently say we are the best SEO firm in the world."
"The Book Club of California" is a bit.ly link (I never, ever click on URL shorteners).
ETA: I note from the profile comments that this is his second time out (first was on 4/24). Two strikes. One left.
will leave message
Another one from that author.
I admit it, I flagged the profile. Sometimes there's no education possible.
ETA: (I'd go through this myself, but someone else might have time before I get to it! I've posted to the member's profile, for fair warning, and we can mark the account as spam if the posting continues.)
ETA: No, this is definitely just a new form of spamming. They placed a builder's website under media reviews for a building plans book.
Overeager Author spam.
ETA: Wow, that was fast.
is flooding book talk with chinese? spam.
I flagged this group because the picture is of a book that seems to be written by the group administrator.
And the "group website" is the author's/administrator's book's website.
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Putting your opinion out is one thing. Getting the requisite number of votes to remove it is something else.
Personally, I find it very odd that when we flag an author or venue image, we are automatically recorded as voting for removal, but the same is not true when we flag a book cover or a work. I'd like consistency!
I don't know. It's not as though she's pissed off at anything . . .
Leaving a message on the new member's profile.