Is this spam? #13

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Is this spam? #13

syyskuu 29, 2019, 3:42 am

The old topic was getting rather long

syyskuu 29, 2019, 2:01 pm


This is NOT the spam reporting thread.

This thread is for asking if something should or should not be considered spam. It is meant for questions and discussion.

The actual spam supporting thread is here:

lokakuu 1, 2019, 2:20 pm

Two members joined yesterday and have reviewed the new book
The Making of Dual Mania: Filmmaking Chicago Style

It looks like sock puppetry to me.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 1, 2019, 2:24 pm

On the last thread:
fdholt mentioned being suspicious of author Cat Ellington ( and author Joseph Strickland (

I notice two new accounts today that have added books by those two authors and little else:

The second account there also posted this suspicious thread: which is the topic of Joseph Strickland's book

(>3 2wonderY: argh you beat me!)

lokakuu 1, 2019, 2:26 pm

>4 norabelle414: Yah, I was comparing their libraries and saw the overlap as well.

lokakuu 1, 2019, 2:31 pm

And Stanley1969 just posted a review of another Cat Ellington title.

Do we flag those profiles?

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 1, 2019, 3:28 pm

>7 MarthaJeanne: Well, dang. Her's is going to be more work than his to break up all their organizations and occupations... Oh well... Something to do...

>3 2wonderY: >4 norabelle414: Wonder if any of this is coming from their Harry Fox Agency...

lokakuu 14, 2019, 8:02 pm

lokakuu 15, 2019, 8:06 am

New member has added two valid books, but has embedded a spam link with profile picture

lokakuu 24, 2019, 4:45 pm

New member/author has added a link on her author page to services she offers for a price

lokakuu 24, 2019, 4:54 pm

>11 2wonderY: I think that such a link would be okay on her profile page. The author page is not her personal page so it seems inappropriate there. Perhaps delete it there and send her a personal note explaining that.

lokakuu 24, 2019, 4:58 pm

>11 2wonderY: At least they put the link in the correct section?

The online course is hosted on the same site as their blog, which is also linked, so I don't think there's any value in keeping the course link.

lokakuu 24, 2019, 5:24 pm

>12 Taphophile13: and >13 norabelle414: Thanks, I agree with you both. I wrote her a note asking her to move the link. That way there won't be a link war.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 24, 2019, 6:35 pm

>12 Taphophile13: >13 norabelle414: and >14 2wonderY: I just deleted the link you were discussing. I'll put it back, and wait for her to delete it...


Okay, it's back now. Hopefully she sees the note from 2wonderY soon, and deleted it herself.

marraskuu 13, 2019, 8:50 am

Member/author just created a group sending people to his own website:

marraskuu 13, 2019, 12:01 pm

I've just been down a rabbit hole which started with the (5 star) reviews of this authors most popular book.

To cut to the chase, I've found reviewers whose reviews are mostly/almost exclusively 5 star reviews of (I think) self-published books with very few copies:
There's at least some overlap. I suspect more are out there.

Am I being overly suspicious? Might someone have sold 5 star reviews to authors? What should be done about this if anything?

I've just noticed that the reviews are all a few years old fwiw.

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 13, 2019, 4:45 pm

>17 mart1n: Sure looks like reviews and stars for hire. That last one added 202 titles from May to December of 2014 and produced 199 reviews and all with 5 stars. And then no activity at all since.

OanaMatei was including purchasing information as links on the reviews through February 2015.

marraskuu 13, 2019, 2:34 pm

I'll drop Kristi a line.

marraskuu 15, 2019, 9:34 am

>17 mart1n: I'm digging into this, piecemeal as much as I can. There's certainly enough digging to do, here! I'll follow up appropriately on all accounts I find in violation.

marraskuu 15, 2019, 11:09 am

>21 kristilabrie: Great, thanks Kristi!

marraskuu 18, 2019, 8:07 pm

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 18, 2019, 8:13 pm

>23 rodneyvc:

Not spam.

To elaborate: He is not the first, and will not be the last, author to join LT and yet, for some reason that I cannot fathom, not bother to catalog his own book.

I think they just don't understand how LT functions, and view their profiles here as similar to their Amazon author pages.

As far as I am aware, he hasn't engaged in any prohibited promotional activities.

So, not spam.

marraskuu 18, 2019, 8:15 pm

It's on his profile page, not his author page, so it's okay.

Although "extensive research in eugenics, solar cars, and planet colonization" did puzzle me.

marraskuu 18, 2019, 8:18 pm

>25 Taphophile13:

All useful in planning the "future exodus of earth".

marraskuu 18, 2019, 8:31 pm

>26 lilithcat: So, he's a sci-fi writer? The eugenics wars went badly and we had to evacuate.

marraskuu 20, 2019, 11:57 pm

Anyone else get a friend request from new member smiletogo ?

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 23, 2019, 5:50 pm
has been marked as spam.

CapMo is a group fighting invasive species:

NYS Dec also has an invasive species kit:

This is probably the same kit as the two groups work together.

I think that the CapMo page is behaving strangely, but that is not a reason to mark it spam.

Edited to add: I just looked at the page again and there was a catechism attached to it that was not there earlier in the afternoon. And there are over 800 libraries but the editions shows only 2.

And edited again: There is now another work attached to this record: Walsh's Tasmanian Almanac 1869. What is happening?

marraskuu 23, 2019, 5:53 pm

>29 fdholt: It's a black hole work that we just took apart, but apparently it's collecting editions again. No, not spam.

marraskuu 26, 2019, 7:17 am

Profile page is mild

Profile picture contains an active commercial link:

marraskuu 28, 2019, 8:19 am

I don't see anything there that isn't allowed on a profile page, although I doubt that there will ever be any books entered. In theory, LT could delete this account in three months just for that.

(Note that the URL is not functional.)

marraskuu 28, 2019, 10:29 am

>32 2wonderY:

Not spam. Just another author who doesn’t understand the site.

>33 MarthaJeanne:

In theory, LT could delete this account in three months just for that.

Really? I must have missed that! Is that in the TOS? Because, if that’s the case, there are a slew of candidates for deletion.

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 28, 2019, 10:47 am

>34 lilithcat: from the TOS (last point under other rules):

We reserve the right to remove accounts with no books after three months. (But we have never done so.)

Would they ever do it? My guess is it would take a slew of attacks on the site through old empty accounts. Otherwise it's a waste of staff time.

marraskuu 28, 2019, 11:27 am

>35 MarthaJeanne:

Thanks, I must have missed that.

marraskuu 30, 2019, 5:14 am

>38 rodneyvc:
Well, the link on the first profile is all about tools for increasing clicks, so it's the most spammy.

joulukuu 3, 2019, 8:29 am

I'm putting this here because it's a new user and they are redirecting to another site. I don't see any notes about such a post being approved by the LT staff. So I'm not sure if I should flag it or not.

joulukuu 3, 2019, 8:47 am

I'd call that spam.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 6, 2019, 3:55 pm

joulukuu 6, 2019, 4:05 pm

>43 norabelle414: all their friends seem to have disappeared very quickly.

joulukuu 6, 2019, 4:50 pm

>43 norabelle414: Friends are suspended, but work needs flagging as spam (if it is). Kind of odd to see a medical book that has so few pages. The hardcover retails at $75, but it's not yet released. It looks like the release date is Jan 1, 2020 (not that long from now), It's interesting that the Kindle version is available on December 9, 2019. I won't be buying it; it's listed at $50 ($49.99 plus potential state taxes, for the pedantic).


joulukuu 9, 2019, 5:00 am

Probably not. I PMed about where reviews should be entered.

joulukuu 31, 2019, 2:59 am

Dubious about this one:

Image looks like stock photo,

joulukuu 31, 2019, 3:04 am

Very hard for just a profile to be spam.

joulukuu 31, 2019, 3:20 am

Have you translated the text?

joulukuu 31, 2019, 3:42 am

>49 rodneyvc: >51 2wonderY: Google Translate gives "MSc Le Thi Hai - Former Director of the Nutrition Consultancy Center, National Institute of Nutrition". Until she actually starts advertising her services as a consultant or whatever, I vote not spam.

joulukuu 31, 2019, 10:42 am

>49 rodneyvc:

It's not a stock photo; it's a professional one. She's with a pediatric clinic now:

tammikuu 1, 2020, 11:05 pm

>50 MarthaJeanne: I think that the following profile is spam -

I usually flag these when I spot them. Should I wait until they catalog spam works or post inappropriately?

tammikuu 1, 2020, 11:12 pm

>54 rodneyvc: That's spam.

tammikuu 3, 2020, 9:04 pm

This publisher has rated all their books as 4 to 5 stars, possibly inflating all the books' ratings.

Is this spam in the usual sense?

tammikuu 3, 2020, 9:06 pm

>56 fdholt:

No, it's tacky, but it's not spam.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 3, 2020, 9:08 pm

I have learned the term sock puppet accounts from this thread, which I entirely appreciate.

Can anyone explain to me what the definition of spam is on this site? I'll keep a look out if I can!


tammikuu 4, 2020, 5:02 am

Basically, any advertising is spam. Including authors and publishers advertising their books.

tammikuu 4, 2020, 10:26 am

>58 RRAdams:, >59 MarthaJeanne:

True, however, let's not forget that Tim has specifically requested that we not flag author accounts on that basis, just the spammy posts.

tammikuu 7, 2020, 5:06 pm

>61 Petroglyph:

Can't tell - the account is already suspended.

tammikuu 7, 2020, 6:43 pm

>62 lilithcat:
That user posted several spam links to a pet care product.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 8, 2020, 9:23 am

Just keeping an eye on this one. The "about me" translates to "Daily updated news."

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 8, 2020, 9:40 am

Next profile shares the same homepage, and a similar message:
"The Most Reliable and Most Complete Official News Site about interesting information throughout Indonesia and the rest of the world"

tammikuu 8, 2020, 5:20 pm

>64 2wonderY: >65 2wonderY: Both profiles suspended now.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 9, 2020, 7:08 am

The only one that I am tempted to flag is the second.

Here is a quote that I found in Google
My experience with Coursefab was excellent. I received my completed homework on time and the quality of the work was by far better than other services that i have used in the past.

They seem to be in Mumbai.

tammikuu 9, 2020, 9:16 am

>67 rodneyvc: All gone.

tammikuu 9, 2020, 9:45 am

>67 rodneyvc: For me, the only one I'd have left was Amit Book. The rest were adverts that didn't have books loaded to make them look like legit libraries to me.

tammikuu 9, 2020, 9:47 am

I think AmitBook had forbidden advert links in the text of their profile picture.

tammikuu 9, 2020, 11:46 am

>67 rodneyvc:
I haven't seen those profiles, but I can guess what they're like. If it seems like they could start to use LT for cataloguing, I'll bookmark them and check back in a few weeks. Some businesses, though, never seem to catalog books (for example, locksmiths and garage door installers).

tammikuu 9, 2020, 4:31 pm

>69 norabelle414: I didn't flag any of them, so I'm slightly curious as to the process that had them removed - someone else flagging them or the LT spam profile detection algorithms.

tammikuu 9, 2020, 4:55 pm

>73 rodneyvc: Probably someone else flagged them

tammikuu 9, 2020, 5:07 pm

>72 karenb: or Dubai call girls.

tammikuu 12, 2020, 3:59 am

This is an error, but is it spam?

tammikuu 12, 2020, 5:53 am

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 12, 2020, 6:14 am

Certainly not spam. Just a poorly entered copy of a popular book. Legend Marie Lu

Normally we combine Ghost copies with the related work. Do we want this review visible on the work's edition page? There are over 300 reviews.


tammikuu 13, 2020, 9:28 am

This one is kinda tweaking my senses a little but I don't want to flag if it isn't.

tammikuu 13, 2020, 9:32 am

>79 gilroy:

I'd say at this point it's just informational.

tammikuu 13, 2020, 9:49 am

>79 gilroy: I thought it was cleverly worded Spam. I flagged it.

tammikuu 13, 2020, 10:10 am

>79 gilroy: I went to flag that post and then decided not to. I know about zakat, but for people who do not live among Muslims it might be worthwhile information. I think Crypto-Willobie had the right idea.

tammikuu 13, 2020, 10:54 am

I'll leave him as one to watch then.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 13, 2020, 11:05 am

>80 Crypto-Willobie: I like the message you left.

It's a rather fine fuzzy line with this kind of thing. My feeling is that this one stayed (just) on the right side, but the review blogger was (just) over onto the wrong side.

But of course that could also be that this person had something to say, and used clear English to say it.

tammikuu 19, 2020, 5:28 pm

>85 rodneyvc: If they were setting up their library I would say they're good but this seems to be nothing but advertising.

tammikuu 19, 2020, 5:31 pm

>86 Taphophile13: Yes, Its the lack of appropriate books catalogued that has me itching to zap them.

tammikuu 20, 2020, 7:56 am

Has anyone ventured to click on the link in this post?

tammikuu 20, 2020, 8:16 am

His links lead to his blog. While a link to a blog may be allowed in a review, to me it looks a lot like advertising when the review is repeated in talk.


tammikuu 20, 2020, 8:48 am

I think you’re right. Trying to drive traffic to the blog. I took a look at that member’s reviews page. Nothing worth while.

tammikuu 30, 2020, 2:00 am

tammikuu 30, 2020, 6:42 am

>91 rodneyvc:
Hmm, iffy. Lots of links, but they're a publisher. Maybe contact staff to handle it?

tammikuu 30, 2020, 9:19 am

>91 rodneyvc: I don't see that they've done anything wrong

helmikuu 10, 2020, 3:06 pm

I want to flag this as author spam, but I wanted to get people's opinion before I did.
I admit to having removed the description which was a huge chunk of advertising copy, plus the series name which was more a title.

The profile isn't much better: (Just noticed this has been in place since 2012, so that makes this a harder call for me.)


helmikuu 10, 2020, 3:13 pm

>94 gilroy: That looks awfully spammy to me.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 10, 2020, 3:14 pm

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

helmikuu 10, 2020, 3:23 pm

>94 gilroy:

Should have done this a long time ago, but I've flagged the author pic:

helmikuu 10, 2020, 6:18 pm

>94 gilroy:
Looks spammy to me too, but apparently it's a real paperback book available for sale on Amazon, so as a cataloged work I don't think it can be considered spam.

helmikuu 13, 2020, 11:57 am

Just keeping an eye on this one

helmikuu 14, 2020, 2:07 am

>99 2wonderY: Definitely spam. Doing an image search on the profile image yields hundreds of newly created profiles on various sites with the identical profile info and image

helmikuu 14, 2020, 8:29 pm

>101 rodneyvc: I'd say yes

helmikuu 15, 2020, 4:07 pm

Is this spam or does it fall under the (in)famous "you are allowed to catalog anything, including your perfumes"?

The "author" should be flagged at least, I guess:

helmikuu 15, 2020, 4:15 pm

>103 anglemark: I don't think it's spam; weird, but not spam.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 15, 2020, 4:22 pm

Really weird. I removed the 'biography' from the author page.

You can't flag authors as far as I know.

helmikuu 15, 2020, 4:23 pm

>103 anglemark:

You can't flag an author.

In any case, I think this is probably some sort of program/reference issued by the race committee.

helmikuu 15, 2020, 4:58 pm

>106 lilithcat: I didn't think of that, I read it as an ad for the race, but you are probably correct.

helmikuu 15, 2020, 9:27 pm

>102 gilroy: Its a motor car race in Australia. I think the user is using it to record event viewing and participants. It's a slightly different use of LT but possibly not that much different to cataloguing DVDs I guess. I don't think it is spam. They've catalogued other TV shows.

helmikuu 16, 2020, 1:46 am

>103 anglemark: etc: Definitely unusual but I think legit. The member's profile came as a surprise: it's apparently a woman in the US, who has catalogued a very macho motor race in a country town in Australia (Bathurst; nice town except when the racing is on), but that doesn't make it spam.

helmikuu 21, 2020, 10:30 pm

>110 gilroy:

I don't see anything spammy there.

Just a new member who doesn't understand groups/forums. Or proper punctuation and capitalization, which is possibly worse than spam.

helmikuu 21, 2020, 11:18 pm

What about new member jamessellie who is promoting cbd oil?

helmikuu 21, 2020, 11:21 pm

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 22, 2020, 7:47 am


well, that didn't work. neither did a search.

helmikuu 22, 2020, 4:56 pm

Thank you - he seems to be gone!

maaliskuu 5, 2020, 6:16 pm

The link in the group leads to a betting assistance site, but the profile of the owner is mostly blank. Kinda unsure.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 5, 2020, 6:19 pm

Sure looks to me like the link in the group is the only reason that person joined.

maaliskuu 10, 2020, 11:47 am

maaliskuu 10, 2020, 11:47 am

>119 2wonderY: Not spam, just doesn't know what they're doing

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 2020, 10:54 am

Not Spam, but seen while doing Spam patrol.

New member/author admits to being only 7 years old:

Action recommended?

maaliskuu 12, 2020, 10:52 am

In such cases, do NOT put the membername into talk, but contact staff. Please delete the name from your message to help keep her safe.

maaliskuu 12, 2020, 10:53 am

Good point. Will do.

maaliskuu 16, 2020, 1:44 pm

One to watch. Homepage is blocked by my computer.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 16, 2020, 2:26 pm

>124 2wonderY: Looks like spam to me. Google shows:

Check out my blog - \his website\ See more. See Dr's full profile for free. Join over 1,675,000 members sharing their knowledge across BiggerPockets.

ETA: Gone now.

maaliskuu 17, 2020, 7:18 am

>125 Taphophile13: Can you check on this one today? Similar homepage address:

maaliskuu 17, 2020, 8:08 am

>126 2wonderY: Not setting off my spam spidey senses yet.

maaliskuu 17, 2020, 8:52 am

>126 2wonderY: Okay, I checked out the name on Google and she is an author. Nebber mind.

maaliskuu 27, 2020, 2:16 pm

maaliskuu 27, 2020, 2:22 pm

>129 2wonderY: Spam, I'd say.

maaliskuu 27, 2020, 3:18 pm

>129 2wonderY: If they haven't posted anything, I'd say no. But worth keeping an eye on.

maaliskuu 27, 2020, 3:30 pm

huhtikuu 6, 2020, 8:19 am

The site offers reviews of a variety of products.

won't click on it, but under appliances is "Marian Consecration For Children" Really?

huhtikuu 6, 2020, 8:40 am

>133 2wonderY: Probably.

huhtikuu 6, 2020, 9:18 am

>133 2wonderY: it's full of product reviews, though I didn't see that one (I only looked at the first page). Looks like spam to me.

huhtikuu 13, 2020, 5:01 pm

Is this someone trying to send traffic to his blog?

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 13, 2020, 5:09 pm

>136 MarthaJeanne: it's about life insurance, ultimately (the blog, that is) (so, yes? profile is still clean, though)

huhtikuu 16, 2020, 3:43 pm

Legit organization, for profit, with names I recognize in "resident editors". No books catalogued.

huhtikuu 16, 2020, 3:59 pm

Also this profile: 2 extra links in text, no books catalogued.

huhtikuu 20, 2020, 6:09 am

>140 2wonderY: Looks innocent enough... Except that's encouraging advertising.

huhtikuu 24, 2020, 6:10 am

I don't know how to research the photo, but this looks provocative:

huhtikuu 24, 2020, 6:25 am

>142 2wonderY: I agree that looks iffy. But as long as they're not doing anything else...

huhtikuu 24, 2020, 4:29 pm

>142 2wonderY: Take URL of photo, go to Google Images, click on the camera Icon so it asks you to paste URL. Click search:

This link gives some interesting information. Definitely a lifted photo...

huhtikuu 24, 2020, 5:03 pm

>144 gilroy: Fascinating! Thanks for providing this old dog with a new trick.

Reminds me of a set of new members a year or more back that were collectively just photos of pretty sweet young things, but were being used for marketing or rental purposes. Might point this one to staff for their review.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 25, 2020, 3:50 pm

We flag groups set up by authors to advertise their books. What about publishers? New member, new group. They sent out invitation to various members. See Some, but not all of the invitations went out to other new members.

huhtikuu 25, 2020, 5:36 pm

>146 MarthaJeanne: It's self-serving, but seems in the same vein as other limited edition collector groups. Enough interest to let it be, unless those new members are sock puppets.

huhtikuu 26, 2020, 7:44 am

>148 gilroy: Yes, but more likely just a bored kid.

toukokuu 2, 2020, 9:22 am

It looks like a member is trying to sell books from his collection...

toukokuu 2, 2020, 9:28 am

>150 Marissa_Doyle:

Nope, that price is what he paid for it.

There are multiple threads on this topic in the Fine Press Forum, and I think he meant to post there.

toukokuu 2, 2020, 12:03 pm

>151 lilithcat: Ah, okay, thanks--I don't visit those threads, so didn't know.

toukokuu 2, 2020, 2:39 pm

>152 Marissa_Doyle:

I don't generally, either, but as the subject said "#3", I figured it was meant to be a continuation of a previous thread, so I looked.

toukokuu 3, 2020, 5:02 am

OK, this is all about a male author, but the "real name" and photo are female. Links to Amazon included. Not sure if it's just wonky or spam.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 3, 2020, 5:15 am

They call themselves amfan - which I'm interpreting that as fan of Anthony Morrison in this context.

It is an odd one though.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 3, 2020, 6:14 am

My guess is that it might be advertising for the author of That is not actually a book of his as far as I can tell, so I have flagged it.

This woman does this on several other sites as well. Google anthony morrison vanessa jacobs

I vote spam.

toukokuu 3, 2020, 3:29 pm

>156 MarthaJeanne: Gone. Thanks.

toukokuu 4, 2020, 10:28 am

Not Spam - yet. Just posting it here for future observation because of the picture tagline:

toukokuu 4, 2020, 11:27 am

>158 2wonderY: The tag is spelled differently from the picture.

toukokuu 5, 2020, 9:34 pm

Okay my question is. I created a group for those like minded people who are interested in online video streaming? I got flagged. So why is this considered spam

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 8, 2020, 10:25 am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

toukokuu 9, 2020, 2:26 pm

toukokuu 9, 2020, 2:48 pm

>162 gilroy: I think it's okay, though I'm not going to click on the link. He's joined three other groups since joining a couple of weeks ago and hasn't been posting that I can see.

It does push first post Spam suspect buttons.

toukokuu 9, 2020, 11:26 pm

Keeping an eye on these, no obvious spam but a bit suspicious.
Two new members started groups with identical names: "Favorite Books from 90's". A number of spam groups lately have used the Favorite books/movies, etc. from the 70s / 80s / 90s format.
These two apparently share the same blogspot—

toukokuu 10, 2020, 7:17 am

The R-K-M profile is a returning member? Maybe spoke with the admin about the flagging?
(I've visited those links before.)

The other, I'm suspicious of.

toukokuu 14, 2020, 7:09 am

One to watch for possible edit to Spam later:

toukokuu 14, 2020, 7:53 am

>166 2wonderY: That honestly felt like someone discussing the actual book to me. Just for some reason a double post

toukokuu 14, 2020, 8:27 am

No, just a new member wanting to discuss the book, and not realizing that the topic is 11 years old.

toukokuu 14, 2020, 11:10 am

Possibly. But I won't be sure until that new member adds something (anything) to their profile or catalog.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 15, 2020, 11:34 pm

Anyone familiar with the site linked to here? Seems like spam but maybe not.

(ETA: Account created 22 April; no books yet.)

toukokuu 15, 2020, 11:50 pm

>170 karenb:

Nothing spammy yet, though I'm always dubious when I see a profile written in the third person.

toukokuu 23, 2020, 4:16 pm

This is a zero member work. Not sure if it had a spammer that got taken away and this got left behind or what.
I was going to just canonical title it to clean up the spam mess, then changed my mind. Then vacillated on what to do with it. So posting it here.

toukokuu 23, 2020, 4:24 pm

>172 gilroy: Looks like a legitmate work, imported with rubbish in the title. Happens regularly. I've combined it with another non-zero copy.

toukokuu 26, 2020, 8:24 am

toukokuu 26, 2020, 9:00 am

As long as all the advertising is on the profile, and is not objectionable, I don't see the problem.

kesäkuu 1, 2020, 11:57 pm

>177 wcarter:

That spam was reported in the Spam Reporting thread.

This thread is for asking if something should or should not be considered spam. It is meant for questions and discussion.

kesäkuu 8, 2020, 4:58 pm

Borderline, to me. No books added since April.

kesäkuu 12, 2020, 10:26 am

An odd resurrection of a 2016 thread by a new member:

kesäkuu 12, 2020, 10:30 am

Definitely odd, but nothing definitively spammy (yet), either.

One to watch.

kesäkuu 12, 2020, 11:37 am

>180 2wonderY: Also notice #421 in that thread. Not much point in flagging it now though: the member has been removed.

kesäkuu 12, 2020, 12:06 pm

I had flagged that back then. If we could get more flags, at least the spam text would disappear.

>181 lilithcat: Yes, posted it here to more readily check on it. Sneaky bastards.

kesäkuu 15, 2020, 9:21 am

New member seems to be celebrating YouTube and inserting other links into their comments.

What think you?

kesäkuu 15, 2020, 9:28 am

>180 2wonderY: etc

A ton of spammy links in the Comments on on Worldwa's page..

kesäkuu 15, 2020, 9:36 am

>185 Crypto-Willobie: Great catch! I wouldn't have thought to go back to the profile. That person really slipped up by posting any oddness in Talk, eh?

kesäkuu 15, 2020, 9:38 am

Lets leave Worldwa alone please.

I'm sending it to Kristie for staff review. It's a vulnerability that perhaps hasn't been explored.

kesäkuu 15, 2020, 9:39 am

>184 2wonderY: I think the member is cataloguing YouTubes.

>185 Crypto-Willobie: Bleh! Now removed as spam. Could well be the same person as in >180 2wonderY:?

kesäkuu 15, 2020, 11:10 am

>184 2wonderY: Well, the member is back. I'm wondering if they are a YouTube Influnencer from Russia trying to catalog their work...

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 15, 2020, 12:53 pm

>189 gilroy: On further reflection, I guess it might be okay to catalog YouTube videos here. But I do wonder about the few odd other links:


Anybody want to check them out?

Kristie says from the backside that the account looks okay, so I'm removing the links here.

kesäkuu 22, 2020, 12:28 pm

Can someone check out the Haiku on this work, please? I can't read the Cyrillic script. I think I saw an ISBN in there, though.

kesäkuu 22, 2020, 12:36 pm

Per Google Translate:

Moreno, Juan Carlos
Rossini: Cinderella: Teresa Bergkantha, Luigi 'Alva, Paola Montarsolo; Chorus of the Opera Scotland (address: Arthur Olntchaim); London Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Claudio Abbado) / Jacopo Feretti · curated series Claus Minakakis; music Gioachino Rossini composition · Translation by Dimitra Papavassiliou. - 1st ed. - Athens: Kathimerini, 2007. - 47p. · 27x19cm - (Deutsche Grammophon: Great Opera; 4)
gre, ita
Copyright: RBA Coleccionables / Editec. Printing: Grafica Veneta Spa, Italy. Contains the libretto of Jacopo Ferretti, in the Italian original and in translation (COM N. Pratsinis - K. Zisimou OE). Date of 1st release: 29.6.2007.
Original language: Italian (translation from Spanish)
Original title: La Cenerentola ossia La bontà in trionfo
ISBN 978-960-6709-73-9 (Hardcover) Released

(It's actually Greek)
(and hardly a haiku)

kesäkuu 22, 2020, 12:39 pm

I deleted it. Not spam, but not haiku either.

kesäkuu 22, 2020, 12:46 pm

Google Translate is obviously not an opera fan. Teresa Berganza

heinäkuu 22, 2020, 10:58 am

My Spanish is horribly rusty. I think the first link is going to a sales site, but not sure. The second seems to be promoting pumpkins and Jack-o-lanterns? Again, rusty Spanish and need help...

heinäkuu 22, 2020, 11:03 am

>195 gilroy:

The first says it's "dedicated to sharing technical literature on programming". Judging by the creator's profile, I don't think it's spam.

heinäkuu 22, 2020, 11:11 am

The first looks more like a site comparing programs and apps for various tasks than either a sales site or 'technical literature on programming' - there's nothing about programming there, just about existing apps/programs.

The second - a squash fansite? Stranger things have existed, I suppose.

elokuu 1, 2020, 7:06 am

for your consideration:

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elokuu 1, 2020, 7:13 am

As long as it is just the profile I would leave it alone.

Unless someone checks out the links and discovers that they lead to objectionable content. (As in calling for violence.)

elokuu 1, 2020, 7:26 am

Yeah, leave it. The Great Profile Hunt will probably grab it in their sweeps instead.

elokuu 1, 2020, 8:57 am

>200 gilroy: Now that it's been posted here, probably no.

Hmm. Several links, and all the text talks about their great system (which is a registered trademark) for memorizing the Koran. YouTube is free to view, but the ads create revenue. I found no related web sites, just the YouTube and Vimeo channels. It seems very dubious.

elokuu 1, 2020, 9:08 am

>199 MarthaJeanne:

Unless someone checks out the links and discovers that they lead to objectionable content. (As in calling for violence.)

That's a bit of a leap. Usually it's "buy what I'm selling".

elokuu 1, 2020, 10:25 am

'Buy what I'm Selling links' on profiles are generally allowed.

Schools are allowed to have links to the school website. Businesses are allowed to have the business website.
Churches are allowed to have church related websites.

As long as they are just 'selling' the Koran, I don't see a problem.

Profiles with no books aren't going to get many views, anyway.

elokuu 2, 2020, 8:01 pm

This topic is getting overly long, so I'm continuing this into Thread #14
Tämä viestiketju jatkuu täällä: Is this spam? #14.