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Spam reporting thread #55

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joulukuu 2, 2016, 8:50 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.)

joulukuu 2, 2016, 5:16 pm

joulukuu 3, 2016, 1:01 pm

Enthusiastic author. Please don't flag the profile. A comment on the profile has been made.

joulukuu 4, 2016, 10:34 pm

>8 amanda4242:

It's very weird how he posted in two threads that are utterly and completely unrelated to his work.

joulukuu 4, 2016, 11:26 pm

>8 amanda4242: To make it easier, here's the link to the post made in your first mention:

Bet anything it's a drive by author, though.

joulukuu 5, 2016, 2:23 am

>9 lilithcat: I've gave up trying to find logic in spam a long time ago.

>10 Lyndatrue: Thank you! I never can remember how to link to a specific message.

joulukuu 5, 2016, 7:35 am

>12 2wonderY: I think all three profiles need to have the note about self promotion put there.
Then at least they're warned.

joulukuu 5, 2016, 7:46 am

>13 gilroy: The author got them when I flagged the images. I wasn't quite sure how to word it to the other two. Do you want to give it a go?

joulukuu 5, 2016, 8:53 am

>14 2wonderY: I think I'll just drop the usual. It seems boiler plate enough since they set up for the other author anyway.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 6, 2016, 1:39 pm

This member has been suspended from the site.

joulukuu 6, 2016, 1:43 pm

>18 Collectorator: I'm about to leave a comment on the profile.

The group certainly needs to be flagged (I'm also flagging the two topics within the group, to help hasten its demise).

It's one of those idiotic join-to-post groups.

joulukuu 6, 2016, 1:51 pm

What am I missing? I don't see the spaminess.

joulukuu 6, 2016, 1:57 pm

>20 2wonderY: The group was formed to sell the book. I note that the link to the book is now gone. I also see that the profile was changed to remove the advertisements for the book. I'm trying to decide how to proceed. Yeah, ian-anthony seems to recognize that it was wrong, but I have no trust that it'll continue in virtuousness. The speed in which those things were removed shows that someone was paying attention. I think I'm leaving the information on this, just in case the user decides to push the envelope again, down the road.

joulukuu 6, 2016, 2:00 pm

You do know that once you have flagged you can leave the group again, don't you?

joulukuu 6, 2016, 2:04 pm

>22 MarthaJeanne: Yes, of course. It isn't necessary to join to flag it, in any case. I joined to flag the two posts in the group (I'm nothing if not methodical), and then rejoined to remove those flags (because sometimes I have pity). I see there are now four flags.

joulukuu 8, 2016, 7:48 pm

joulukuu 9, 2016, 3:37 am

Essay writting services
Although, if the ad has that poor grammar I wonder how a teacher would react to the essays.

joulukuu 12, 2016, 7:00 pm

Enthusiastic author:

Please don't flag the profile. I left the standard message.

joulukuu 13, 2016, 7:12 am

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 14, 2016, 9:11 pm

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 18, 2016, 3:56 pm

>34 MarthaJeanne: I just deleted the "description" of the book, which was nothing but links.

ETA: When it's a "private member" that's added it, I'd expect that staff can still see the name and profile. I wonder if it'd help to poke Lorannen (although it seems cruel to do so, considering she's in the middle of dealing with ordering for SantaThing).

joulukuu 18, 2016, 3:54 pm

Missed that. Thank you.

joulukuu 22, 2016, 1:26 pm

Overzealous author.
Profile already noted, please don't flag.

joulukuu 22, 2016, 9:00 pm

adult videos, wallpapers, etc.

joulukuu 23, 2016, 10:37 am

I incorrectly marked this entry as "SPAM" Slaughter Karin. Since I was unable to reverse this mismark, I voted "No". Would someone be able to unmark this entry? Thank you

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 23, 2016, 10:49 am

>43 Conkie: I'm not sure whether staff can reverse that marking, but I went ahead and voted "No" on it for you. If it was you that added an author photograph as the book cover, I can tell you that the cover will be flagged as "Not a cover" sooner or later. Were you somehow just trying to add that photograph to the author page?

joulukuu 23, 2016, 6:02 pm

Author promotional spam:

For information only - do not flag: I have left a private comment for him.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 26, 2016, 1:01 am

I was browsing the spam folder, and noticed that a work had been added (by someone who had not yet gone to the tombstone phase). I took care of that, but the work itself is still there. I flagged the cover as spam, but I have no experience in doing that with a work.

I've never seen a work quite like this. It almost looks legitimate, somehow.

I'm just so confused (pity I don't read Chinese).

ETA: I should add that "1" is a valid author, although I'm not sure it's valid in all those cases (but appears to be correct in a couple of them).

joulukuu 26, 2016, 1:46 am

>48 Lyndatrue: Works can be flagged from the editions page, which I have done, so now it is up for a vote.

joulukuu 26, 2016, 7:05 am

>48 Lyndatrue: Thanks for the satisfying early morning project. Cleaned up "1."

joulukuu 26, 2016, 10:50 am

>50 2wonderY: Just now drinking that first cup of coffee, and it was wonderful to see that the problem I'd left when I went to sleep is now fixed, and for a bonus, author "1" is (mostly) repaired. XXOO

joulukuu 27, 2016, 11:07 am

the About Me translates to: Customer stream is an agency that specializes in search engine optimization, web design and paid traffic. The agency is located in the heart of Regensburg. Http://

joulukuu 27, 2016, 11:10 am

Profile picture caption: buy the best insulation to Choose

joulukuu 27, 2016, 12:59 pm

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 28, 2016, 9:20 pm

more spam( why?) and many messages on the 75 Books Read 2016

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 30, 2016, 9:55 am

New author started out on the wrong foot and 4 posts automatically went to the Spam page.

He is in danger of being automatically suspended. I've left a message on his profile

His review of his book
also violates TOS and needs flagged.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 30, 2016, 7:44 pm

still- messages in Chinese- more this evening
one example in 75 Books Read

tammikuu 1, 2017, 4:11 pm

tammikuu 1, 2017, 4:43 pm

Hmmph, you'd think the spammers would get New Year's Day off.

tammikuu 1, 2017, 6:59 pm

Everything from >64 Taphophile13: through >68 Taphophile13: still needs more flagging, too. :-{

tammikuu 1, 2017, 11:39 pm

Author just joined and is pushing his book in several threads.

I have left message on profile so don't flag

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 5, 2017, 10:45 am

I've just seen a thing over in the spam folder that's going to take a LOT to clean up. It's still in the flagged but not suspended stage, and here's (at least some) of the problems.

There's five books in the catalog (they may or may not be real books, but they're all by the same "author)), and that often keeps the suspension from happening. There's three posts, and far as I can tell, they're visible to the groups they're in. Three posts, three different groups. Halp!

Please note that it's best to get rid of those posts via flagging first, before flagging the profile (somehow, if the profile is flagged, they don't always seem to clean out, but stay behind with the "this user has been removed as spam" message replacing the post).

Profile: (that's a join to post group)

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 5, 2017, 10:59 am

>74 Lyndatrue: The author is NOT a real author, or at least no one but this very inventive spammer has the books.

I don't even know where to start. I'm probably going to drag in staff here.

ETA: Guess I'm slow on the uptake. It's the AUTHOR doing all of this. :-(

ETA2: Well, now I guess I'll just have to hope that things get cleaned up by magic, since the account's now suspended. The author is still there, and the works, such as they are.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 5, 2017, 11:07 am

>74 Lyndatrue: Thanks for bringing me in! I've got the account in question suspended for spam activity now, and the Talk posts should disappear in the next hour or so. I'm not convinced the books themselves are spam—as >74 Lyndatrue: mentions, they could be real, but the account certainly wasn't acting in good faith.

I'll keep an eye on the Talk posts. If spamming the account doesn't make them go away, then that's a flaw in our system, and I want to get Tim to fix that, which is why I went ahead and took the account down.

ETA: I've found some evidence that at least one of the books exists (at least here, on Amazon, which I know isn't absolute proof, but better than no results?

ETA (again): Talk topics are gone!

tammikuu 5, 2017, 12:22 pm

>76 lorannen: Thank you, and welcome back from your well-deserved vacation!

I didn't flag any of the books, even though it seemed odd not to, since the *only* owner of said books is Mr Suspended. I am quite sure all of them exist (for certain values of exist), whether or not they have the slightest value as books. I have a vague sort of pity for him, since I'm sure he's just like the rest of those types that think they'll just try a little advertising to try and get their books out there. It's rather sad, but in this era of self-publishing, too many "authors" don't really grasp the marketplace.

Ah, well. So it goes.

Thanks again. :-}

tammikuu 6, 2017, 10:41 am

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 6, 2017, 10:16 pm

and more spam!
a lot of messages in the 75 Books Read group-one example

tammikuu 10, 2017, 10:54 pm

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 11, 2017, 4:39 am

These sites for cheating students get me even madder than the garbagy hormone ones.

No, wait. They are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts, because "every student is pressured with the burden of competing with the other. Studies, extra-curricular activities along with the added pressure of becoming an established individual are too much to deal with." Of course you can't expect those poor (but rich) students to write their own papers.

Gone now.

tammikuu 14, 2017, 1:03 pm

A new-ish member trying to drum up art business:

I might be too rude, can someone else leave a profile comment?

tammikuu 14, 2017, 1:12 pm

>86 2wonderY: I left a message on the profile. I would keep a watch on this one because this isn't even an author but someone just trying to drum up business. If another spam post appears I would also flag the profile.

tammikuu 14, 2017, 1:29 pm

>86 2wonderY: I read through some of her "reviews" (books I wouldn't read anyway, or else already had). The review of Black Beauty is a nutshell version of her "style" (yeah, I'm not very kind, but I don't care). Her reviews are nearly all self-referential (and also tend to give away plot endings, such as they are).

tammikuu 14, 2017, 1:48 pm

>88 Lyndatrue:

?? I can't find a review of Black Beauty by her.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 14, 2017, 2:08 pm

>89 lilithcat: Mea Culpa. It was actually Flowers for Algernon.

I'm not sure that she's all that old, either.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 14, 2017, 4:26 pm

Enthusiastic author just joined today. Reviewed his own book and links to three Amazon sites so you can get his book too.

Don''t flag the profile; I left a message for him.

tammikuu 14, 2017, 4:38 pm

tammikuu 14, 2017, 4:40 pm

>91 Taphophile13:

Here, too: (though I note that this was posted well before your message to him).

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 14, 2017, 4:48 pm

>93 lilithcat: Thanks. Didn't see that one. I suspect there may be others.

I think we need one more flag on both posts.

tammikuu 14, 2017, 4:57 pm

>94 Taphophile13: I just flagged both, and they still need one more each.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 14, 2017, 5:31 pm

I flagged them both (>93 lilithcat: and >91 Taphophile13:). They are now gone.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 14, 2017, 5:31 pm

Ugh. I hate the accidental double post thing.

Is it just me, or is it more noticeable now that most spam is corralled? It seems as though more people are showing up to flog their latest masterpiece, of late.

Perhaps I'm just cynical. Oh, wait. I was always cynical.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 16, 2017, 1:23 am

>98 MarthaJeanne: You missed one: (Folio Society)

Hope that's all of them.

tammikuu 16, 2017, 2:38 am

I ignore several groups, so yes, I miss some spam.

tammikuu 16, 2017, 9:42 am

>98 MarthaJeanne: He'd be borderline for me, because his posts in those two threads do TRY to engage in the conversation.

tammikuu 16, 2017, 10:26 am

He opened threads that were several years old to advertise his translation. One of those was 2007. No, he wasn't trying to engage in a conversation. He was trying to hide his spam. I might consider something like this borderline if it was a recent thread. Not reopening a dormant thread.

tammikuu 16, 2017, 11:34 am

>102 gilroy: Even the link I posted (which I just happened to notice by accident, long story) was a post stuck onto a thread from 2013. MarthaJeanne is correct; he wasn't trying to engage in any conversation, just merely hiding his links. The two links originally posted were both old threads as well (but the 2007 one was the one that really got me).

I'd bet there are others out there. It's weird, because all of the places he posted on were at least vaguely related to his subject matter, even if the threads themselves were old. I'm vaguely tempted to go tell him that there already exists an excellent and worthy translation of The Divine Comedy, where the rhyming scheme is honored for each volume, translated by John Ciardi (and Terza Rima in English is *hard*, unlike Italian).

Feh. I nearly went down the rabbit hole.

Here's two others, tacked on to older threads, but I wouldn't flag them. I just put them here for the sake of completion (those posts are both in the writer-readers group, and seem appropriate for that group).

I suspect Mr Harris was a drive-by author, but at least he stopped the moment MarthaJeanne posted the comment on his profile.

tammikuu 16, 2017, 5:24 pm

Actually, with the inclusion of the writer-reader group, where his advertising is much more blatant, yeah, I withdraw my objections. His profile might have gotten a flag from me if he'd continued...

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 17, 2017, 5:37 pm

>104 Lyndatrue: >105 gilroy: Still at it. Also reposted which is specifically against the Terms.

tammikuu 18, 2017, 9:20 am

Author self-promotion:

I've left a comment for the member. Please don't flag the profile, etc., you know the drill :)

tammikuu 18, 2017, 11:23 am

>109 konallis: For the sake of the future, please remember to provide the profile when you post this. Most authors catch on and either wander away to their next target, or become productive members of the LT community. For those rare cases (of which we just had one, so it's fresh in my mind) where someone is determined to continue to break the rules, a profile left here gives the next person who sees the rule-breaking an understanding that they've already been warned.

I'm a fan of giving the first time folks as much help in wanting to stick around (and follow the rules) as possible. It's just better for us all to know when something actually *is* the first time.

tammikuu 18, 2017, 12:22 pm

tammikuu 20, 2017, 6:23 pm

courtesy of Google translate
" - Correct setting of contextual advertising in Yandex Direct, Google Adwords. Manufacturing sites. Please call 8 (964) 409-79-12 (whatsapp, viber, telegram)"
"I find on the website find the location of the subscriber on the number of his mobile phone for free."
Lawyers arbitration practice for SP and LLC
selling purses
foundry equipment

tammikuu 23, 2017, 10:47 am

Author/publisher spam:

Profile (do not flag): I've left a comment.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 26, 2017, 4:00 am

I did not flag, as it is not clear that they wanted to spam, but probably just don't understand LT.

tammikuu 26, 2017, 4:13 pm

This member has been suspended from the site.

tammikuu 26, 2017, 4:20 pm

>118 Collectorator: The second thread, which has already disappeared, was definitely self-promotion, but I'm not sure that the group itself is.

tammikuu 26, 2017, 4:26 pm

This member has been suspended from the site.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 28, 2017, 1:36 am

I clicked on a wheel in Spam by accident. Please flag the following:

(seems already taken care of)

Here's hoping the topics vanish as well.

tammikuu 29, 2017, 1:46 am

Enthusiastic person? Dunno. Please don't flag the profile.

I'm thinking that it's more than enthusiasm, but that's just me. Cynical.

tammikuu 29, 2017, 9:07 am

I think this person might count as a spammer. All their posts link to the same website:

There was a mild version in one of my groups:

But over in the science fiction group, he/she posted to tons of threads and is getting flagged into oblivion.

tammikuu 29, 2017, 9:24 am

>123 southernbooklady: Probably author spam, so I haven't flagged the profile.

tammikuu 29, 2017, 12:10 pm

Here's a point of interest, which I am adding here to follow up on the profile (now suspended) from >122 Lyndatrue:. I'd also seen that there was what I'd call a parent account, and that some of the "friends" of this parent account bear watching.

One of the very first things I noticed was the following:

LibraryThing member tjnpdx has accepted your friends invitation.

tjnpdx's profile:

She may have fired off random invitations for friends, and it's an interesting mixed bag. Her link to Goodreads is educational. The account was created just before the one here, on LT. Yep, that's what I said. It has 196 books in it, and all added from Jan 28 2017 and Jan 29 2017. The ratings on books on both places is what really stopped me, though.

GB Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (no touchstones) gets four stars here, and ONE on GR. All the ratings seem random, in both places.

I don't believe in that many anomalies. I'd guess that most of the people who accepted friend invitations are kind hearted people (LT has an abundance of kindness; I'm sure GR does too).

I don't expect anyone to take any action here. I'm posting all this as much not to lose it as anything. I could be entirely wrong about this. I've been wrong before.

For ease of comparison:

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 29, 2017, 12:11 pm

Clearly I need more coffee (double post).

helmikuu 2, 2017, 4:06 am
and all "books" (adverts for (fake?) watches) added by him.
Reported via flag and blocked.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 2, 2017, 4:26 am

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 2, 2017, 9:55 pm

I've made a request for help, and am only leaving this in case someone sees it here first. I just have no trust in Google Translate conveying the information on where he might find the forum he seems to be seeking.

Someone who speaks Portuguese want to provide some help?

helmikuu 2, 2017, 10:15 pm

I just got a phishing spam profile comment from

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 3, 2017, 1:33 pm
"Do you have a paypal account ? in the event if you do you can make an additional 300 a week in your revenue working from home for 3 hours every day... go to \link\"

... and gone.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 5, 2017, 9:12 am

Author advertising:

Profile for info only, do not flag: (MarthaJeanne has already left a comment.)

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 5, 2017, 9:24 am

helmikuu 5, 2017, 8:58 pm

helmikuu 6, 2017, 8:43 am

helmikuu 6, 2017, 8:33 pm

Author spam. I've left a message on his profile.

helmikuu 6, 2017, 8:47 pm

helmikuu 6, 2017, 11:24 pm

>139 amanda4242: &>140 rybie2: I just got a nice message from the author apologizing and thanking me for pointing them to the rules.

helmikuu 6, 2017, 11:38 pm

...and a rude response from the person from >141 amanda4242:.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 7, 2017, 12:24 am

>144 amanda4242: I didn't see that you (or anyone) had left a comment on the profile for shishirgupta, so I just did.

I'm trying very hard to understand why I shouldn't flag the profile of SilencedPress (mentioned in >141 amanda4242: and >143 amanda4242:), though. It's not like this is a new arrival, and rudeness suggests that they already *knew* what they were doing was wrong.

helmikuu 7, 2017, 5:37 am

>145 Lyndatrue: Apparently everyone felt the need to flag >141 amanda4242: since they're suspended now...

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 7, 2017, 6:55 am

Not Spam, but automatically put in the Spam folder. I see no life preserver today to throw out.

oops. Never mind. I see this addressed in >144 amanda4242:.

helmikuu 7, 2017, 9:31 am

That topic is in one of those join to post groups. It still needs two more flags.

It was posted before I'd left the note on his profile. I hope it gets the flags before it gets a comment (so that it'll just go away).

I have vague pity for some of these folks (not enough to keep me from flagging, though). Seriously, self-publishing is one of the worst things to ever come out. For every remarkable author that shows up on the scene, we get a thousand that should have spent their time in some more productive manner. Ah, well. So it goes.


Please join the group, flag the topic, and leave the group. XXOO

helmikuu 7, 2017, 9:45 am

>147 2wonderY: I don't think I've ever seen this*(1) before. It's interesting. I have no intention of doing a "rescue" in this case, though. Some of the places where the advert was posted are egregious, and the last one is especially so. I was trying to see what *other* member had the books by

It took me a bit to realize that there were just two copies in the library. There's actually multiple copies, with slightly varying titles. This guy's been around since 2011. I wonder if it's just been under the radar until now...

*(1) Where someone's enough of an idiot on the self-promotion that they end up in the spam folder. All of the "books" in that library were entered at once. Wonder what the account was used for before...

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 7, 2017, 9:51 am

Actually, the "works" probably need spam flagging as well. I just have not the slightest knowledge in how to do it (and it's early, and I'm still drinking coffee).

Most of those are the SAME book, in addition.

There may be a real author here, as well. Please don't flag *this* book.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 7, 2017, 11:03 am

>151 Lyndatrue: I've done a bit of combining. There is no sign that these aren't actual books, therefore they should not be flagged as spam.

WorldCat has lots of books by Shishir Gupta. Not surprising, as Gupta is a very common family name in India (It means protector or governor.) Shishir is one of the names of both Vishnu and Shiva. Compare with 'John Lord' - which has 8 distinct authors on the disambiguation page.

helmikuu 7, 2017, 11:00 am

>151 Lyndatrue:, >152 MarthaJeanne:

They are actual books, available on Kindle:

/snark/ Although it could not possibly be the same person, because his Amazon page says that he "never indulges in any media hype or promotion to extend or beam light his works". /snark/

helmikuu 7, 2017, 11:06 am

>153 lilithcat: "Kindly check all you can on this author NOW."

Well, I think we have checked as many messages as possible for now.

helmikuu 7, 2017, 11:13 am

>152 MarthaJeanne: The combining is excellent, and thank you. Several of those "books" exist only in the directory of shishirgupta, and I have been unable to find evidence of their existence. There are indeed books by the actual author, though. I wonder if that account was originally made by the author, and then compromised by someone else? Ah, well, no matter.

This book is also legitimate:

The others were all introduced by shishirgupta, and if it was up to me, they'd all just be deleted. Yeah, yeah, I already know what others will say. I'd bet the actual author would like to be disassociated, but he's not around to ask.

The interesting point here is that 100% of the library for our miscreant exists only in that library. I would posit that removing those items would be a service to the actual author. Just my personal feeling here, and I recognize that it's probably a minority opinion.

helmikuu 7, 2017, 11:17 am

>153 lilithcat: I'm tempted to point him out to Amazon. Those "Kindle" books could vanish overnight. I note that 100% of the reviews on those books are from unverified customers. I dunno. It's sad to see how easy it is to pollute. :-{

helmikuu 7, 2017, 11:19 am

>155 Lyndatrue:

I understand your sentiments, but the fact remains that this guy's books are legit. Just because they are self-"published" as Kindle books, and no one else has them, doesn't mean they aren't.

I'm splitting that author page.

helmikuu 7, 2017, 3:25 pm

>155 Lyndatrue: What I was trying to say is that with such a common name, it would be surprising if there weren't multiple authors with this name. Even if nobody else had a copy, they would still be legitimate books.

I have at least two books in my library that only exist in a single copy copy, and a handful of others that have only a handful of copies in existence. They still exist. I own them. I would be very upset if anyone were to flag them as spam. Of course, I'm not trying to sell them, which is a difference, I suppose, but just calaloging the books is not spam.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 7, 2017, 4:53 pm

>158 MarthaJeanne: I didn't mean to imply that a single copy would (or should) be flaggable, but I consider the "books" in that catalog to be very marginal. Very. I have multiple books in my own catalog that exist alone, partly due to the fact that they're old (like me), and sometimes due to the fact that no one in their right mind would want them. :-}

I understood what you (and lilithcat) meant, and (even when I may disagree) I prefer to follow the rules, both written and community developed.

>157 lilithcat: I'm very grateful that the author page was split. The actual author deserves to have his own page. Thank you.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 8, 2017, 8:30 pm

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 12, 2017, 10:35 am

overeager author just joined

don't flag the profile; I left a message

ETA: He did send me a message apologizing for doing something against the rules.

helmikuu 13, 2017, 12:00 am

helmikuu 18, 2017, 8:04 pm

>169 MarthaJeanne: Still needs 1 more flag

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 20, 2017, 4:22 am has both talk spam and book spam (
All Chinese university spam.

ETA he's dead, so just the books need dealing with.

helmikuu 20, 2017, 7:20 pm

web development

joke site

smoking cessation by vaping

logo design

"Any concrete entity can assert a Trust in India through a registered Trust Deed asleep the Indian Trusts Act which becomes a exact entity." (Hunh?)

helmikuu 20, 2017, 9:18 pm

helmikuu 20, 2017, 9:18 pm

Insane amounts of Chinese university spam:

helmikuu 20, 2017, 9:23 pm

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 20, 2017, 9:25 pm

is now starting more Chinese uni spam

helmikuu 21, 2017, 1:44 am

>178 Taphophile13: Those are gone now.

helmikuu 23, 2017, 7:46 pm

helmikuu 24, 2017, 2:40 pm

I thought there were threads just for the specific profile killing sprees some people were doing...

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 26, 2017, 2:27 pm

The two groups are gone. And so if he.

helmikuu 27, 2017, 10:28 am

Author spam, both posts gone already.

left a comment on the profile

helmikuu 27, 2017, 7:03 pm

security and surveillance solutions

maaliskuu 5, 2017, 2:18 pm

This member has been suspended from the site.

maaliskuu 5, 2017, 2:24 pm

>198 Collectorator:

I've left the author a note.

maaliskuu 7, 2017, 11:14 am

>202 MarthaJeanne: He was dinged for advertising his stuff once before, back in 2010...

maaliskuu 7, 2017, 11:15 am

Well, if I see one more now I'm flagging the profile, too.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 7, 2017, 4:40 pm

maaliskuu 7, 2017, 9:48 pm

Author spam:

Profile for information only; I've left a message:

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 8, 2017, 12:43 am

>202 MarthaJeanne: I got a spam comment from this user last night. There doesn't seem to be a flag function for those.

maaliskuu 8, 2017, 1:35 am

>209 defaults: You report that directly to Lorannen. You can also flag the profile.

maaliskuu 8, 2017, 9:27 am

Tämä viestiketju jatkuu täällä: Spam reporting thread #56.