Spam reporting thread #74

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Spam reporting thread #74

elokuu 23, 2021, 5:52 pm


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: elokuu 28, 2021, 8:18 am

Author spam (

One more needed on fourth topic. All gone now. Unless I missed some.

elokuu 28, 2021, 8:36 am

>5 MarthaJeanne:

He's also under 13, and therefore not permitted to use LibraryThing.

elokuu 28, 2021, 8:42 am

I thought about that. It's up to staff whether to cancel the membership. Maybe an adult is running the publishing business for him. Nothing actually says that he has control of the profile.

elokuu 28, 2021, 9:09 am

>7 MarthaJeanne:

Nothing actually says that he has control of the profile.

That's true, which is why I haven't flagged the profile, just left a note.

elokuu 29, 2021, 2:38 pm

>9 karenb: Do we flag the member?

elokuu 29, 2021, 5:00 pm

elokuu 30, 2021, 7:29 am

elokuu 30, 2021, 5:25 pm

>17 karenb: Since the reviews and members were flagged to the limit, I added the works.

Muokkaaja: elokuu 31, 2021, 7:29 am

elokuu 31, 2021, 7:29 am

syyskuu 2, 2021, 1:09 pm (Join to flag group)

Author spam
Author profile: (Already left profile message, do not flag.)

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 9, 2021, 4:18 am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

syyskuu 13, 2021, 1:26 pm

(Works are owned by 0 members, so the relevant user(s) are already gone.)

syyskuu 14, 2021, 5:38 pm

>30 karenb:

Considering the non-book items that are catalogued, I don't know why a blog post wouldn't be okay.

syyskuu 15, 2021, 11:01 pm

>31 lilithcat: That's not what I thought I found. Will investigate some more. Thanks.
(work already pre-emptively marked as spam, though the review could use flagging)

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 16, 2021, 2:39 am

syyskuu 16, 2021, 4:21 am

Overzealous author though, so don't flag the profile.

syyskuu 16, 2021, 8:44 am

>37 Nicole_VanK: Too late. Already flagged to oblivion.

syyskuu 16, 2021, 2:15 pm

Enthusiastic Author - Do not flag - (Already left a profile comment)

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 16, 2021, 4:35 pm

syyskuu 16, 2021, 7:36 pm

>40 lilithcat: And a long term message posts to the thread instead of on the profile... Sigh

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 18, 2021, 9:49 am
Author spam

Edit: Already informed not to advertise outside designated areas a few days ago.

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 23, 2021, 5:36 am

Ah! Profile and topic already gone.

Group, too.

syyskuu 24, 2021, 5:31 am

I see this the same as Enthusiastic Author. So DON'T FLAG THE PROFILE

syyskuu 24, 2021, 9:26 am

syyskuu 24, 2021, 3:47 pm

>47 gilroy: I don't get this.

ToS: "LibraryThing is not an advertising medium. Egregious commercial solicitation is forbidden."

How is offering a free app to track your reading "egregious commercial solicitation"?

syyskuu 24, 2021, 8:51 pm

>50 anglemark: It's advertising in the wrong place. If they placed it in Hacking Librarything or one of the software discussion groups, I probably would have left it alone. But they put it in the group to talk specifically about Librarything. So that advertising is egregious solitication to me, but I marked it as a learning experience, not a full on spam.

syyskuu 25, 2021, 5:07 am

>51 gilroy: Hm. It's not directed at other programmers but at ordinary readers. And the guy has been an active member for 14 years. And it's not a commercial solicitation. Well, we can agree to disagree.

syyskuu 26, 2021, 3:06 am

>55 karenb: It might be worth letting staff know, however the ones for dobsonexcavator were all catalogued on 20 Nov 2020, so they aren't recent additions.

syyskuu 27, 2021, 5:13 am

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syyskuu 27, 2021, 8:28 am

>57 2wonderY: For a moment I thought your account was hacked, LOL. I usually open a dozen unread talk threads in new tabs and then go through them, so I wasn't immediately aware this was the one for spam reporting. So I'm reading about escort housewives and thinking WTF. The bit about bodies as dummies still has me stumped :D

syyskuu 27, 2021, 4:59 pm

syyskuu 27, 2021, 5:12 pm

>59 gilroy:

He probably saw the word "Writers" in the group name and thought (wrongly) that it was okay.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 10, 2021, 7:26 pm

Posting here, as well.

--> Screen cap of private messages looking for sex have been deleted, so no one will accidentally on purpose go to the effort of typing in the url.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 11, 2021, 2:21 pm

The user below was sending the same message in a private message to me.

lokakuu 10, 2021, 4:17 pm

>70 pgmcc: You shouldn’t leave that live link in your post. You are accomplishing their work for them.

lokakuu 10, 2021, 4:23 pm

>71 2wonderY: Yeah, that's why I posted a screen cap and then deleted the messages.

lokakuu 10, 2021, 4:44 pm

>72 clamairy: I would still edit the picture to not include the full URLs.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 10, 2021, 8:10 pm

>73 MarthaJeanne: Seriously? You think anyone will go to the effort to type that in unwittingly? LOL I was more concerned about avoiding accidental "clickage."

It will be much easier for me to just delete it.

lokakuu 11, 2021, 12:30 pm

>70 pgmcc: I'm so not clicking through to test it, but please consider editing your post to remove the "https://twitter..." link.

lokakuu 11, 2021, 2:21 pm


lokakuu 14, 2021, 9:54 pm

lokakuu 15, 2021, 5:26 am

>82 MarthaJeanne: The review only talked about bags. It didn't have links or promote the business of the user, so I thought it didn't qualify as spam. Thanks for the second opinion!

lokakuu 15, 2021, 5:58 am

Did have a link.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 18, 2021, 6:53 am

Author spam. Almost gone already. Gone.

Do not flag

I'm not sure why she thought that advertising in Bug Collectors was a good idea.

lokakuu 19, 2021, 10:30 am

>86 karenb: That one's gone.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 23, 2021, 8:09 pm has posted rude remarks on a couple of threads.

And started his own thread claiming to be a single 13 year old male looking for love:

And has now deleted his comments.

And has now posted a comment on my wall calling me a liar, as well as the comments below.

And more comments on my photos, using inappropriate and offensive language.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 23, 2021, 8:01 pm

Tämä käyttäjä on poistettu roskaamisen vuoksi.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 23, 2021, 8:02 pm

Tämä käyttäjä on poistettu roskaamisen vuoksi.

lokakuu 23, 2021, 9:36 pm

>91 tardis: gone now

lokakuu 23, 2021, 9:49 pm

>94 karenb: Good riddance! The comments on my profile were creeping me out. I did block him but gone is better!

lokakuu 25, 2021, 4:23 pm

"Offers hilarious packages altogether including flight tickets & hotel booking service"

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 27, 2021, 3:58 am

This is actually author spam

( do not flag.

BTW, His book is not available from ER.


lokakuu 27, 2021, 6:10 am

lokakuu 27, 2021, 9:23 pm

New member created group to discuss and distribute his book:

I left message on his profile page:

lokakuu 29, 2021, 2:18 am

How does one let prospective patents of such a school know that they have such poor morals? Would you want to send your kids to a spammer school?

lokakuu 31, 2021, 9:38 pm

Author spam:

Not including the profile link as the account is set to private and messages can't be left.

marraskuu 4, 2021, 1:27 pm

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 21, 2021, 7:39 am

One of our group admins removed the post, but because of some glitch when I used the back button to return to the thread the spam link was still visible. Odd. Might be my browser, and not LT.

marraskuu 21, 2021, 8:28 am

>113 clamairy: Gone now.

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 21, 2021, 9:38 am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

marraskuu 21, 2021, 9:51 am
Muokkaaja: marraskuu 21, 2021, 10:00 am

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 21, 2021, 10:03 am

>118 MarthaJeanne: wow, he’s prolific, I’ll give him that.

One thread still alive

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 21, 2021, 10:07 am

117-119 all gone.

There are plenty who create more than 4 topics.

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 21, 2021, 11:49 am

And another author gone gone gone


They are using the same groups, same lack of knowing how to use LT. I'm guessing the same person putting all these authors on.

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 21, 2021, 12:23 pm

I can't get edit to work.

>122 MarthaJeanne: all gone now.

marraskuu 21, 2021, 11:54 pm

marraskuu 21, 2021, 11:59 pm (flag the review away first, then we can flag away the work)

marraskuu 22, 2021, 3:42 am

>128 2wonderY: That one has a bunch of works that are spam; I just haven't gotten through them yet. Or maybe I'll just email staff and let them deal with them all.

marraskuu 22, 2021, 3:09 pm

>131 Taphophile13: Interesting. The German 'reviews' make about as much sense as a lot of English language spam I've seen.

marraskuu 22, 2021, 3:31 pm

BTW, the fastest way to get these long lists of reviews is from the member's review page.

marraskuu 22, 2021, 3:52 pm

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 26, 2021, 7:55 am

new "member" accident lawyer wants to be my friend

marraskuu 26, 2021, 10:54 pm

marraskuu 28, 2021, 5:19 pm

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 2, 2021, 2:34 pm

re >153 lilithcat::

Here she goes again:

And more:

I swear, I am this close to flagging the profile.

joulukuu 2, 2021, 2:38 pm

>154 lilithcat: She seems a bit of a slow learner, doesn’t bode well for the quality of the books she’s trying to peddle

joulukuu 2, 2021, 2:52 pm

>156 MarthaJeanne:

What's really annoying about that is that she asked how to promote her book after being directed by gilroy to the Hobnob group. I was way less snide in my reminder to her than I wanted to be.

(NOTE: JanEPat's profile says "Keeping Gender Secret", but doesn't indicate preferred pronouns, so I've just defaulted to the feminine.)

joulukuu 2, 2021, 3:18 pm

The book uses E and mer.

joulukuu 4, 2021, 1:15 am

Author spam
Group 'It is the Group of Christian Writers and the Library made by their books. '

Do not flag profile.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 5, 2021, 6:52 am Gone

Not quite author spam, but probably same idea, so I did not flag

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 5, 2021, 11:50 pm

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 6, 2021, 7:03 am

joulukuu 6, 2021, 4:58 pm

Using works and reviews to advertise illegal streaming.

joulukuu 6, 2021, 5:11 pm

>165 amanda4242: we shut down all the reviews. I switched to A view in their catalog for efficient flagging of the works.

joulukuu 10, 2021, 9:55 am

>168 2wonderY: Gone already.

joulukuu 11, 2021, 8:44 am

Half a dozen spam works with spam reviews.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 19, 2021, 3:44 am (gone)

I think we can confirm that this is not a proper member.

joulukuu 19, 2021, 3:59 am

Tämä käyttäjä on poistettu roskaamisen vuoksi.

joulukuu 19, 2021, 5:45 am

>175 FAMeulstee: I've just been through and flagged all the ones that were still displayed. All hidden now.

joulukuu 19, 2021, 5:47 am

>176 haydninvienna: But he is still alive.

joulukuu 19, 2021, 6:14 am

joulukuu 19, 2021, 7:29 am

>177 MarthaJeanne: >178 FAMeulstee: Just done so. I must have assumed (without looking, of course) that enough people would have nuked the profile already.

joulukuu 19, 2021, 7:37 am

Until the profile is gone, several of those messages are hidden, but still available, so it would be important to keep flagging the profile.

joulukuu 19, 2021, 8:47 am

It seems to have been a drive-by spammer, but very odd that the profile hasn’t disappeared.

joulukuu 19, 2021, 9:10 am

Just flagged it myself and still it persists

joulukuu 19, 2021, 9:29 am

Must be a process that the admin forgot to kick off somewhere in their code fiddling

joulukuu 19, 2021, 9:59 am

Now they're gone at last.

joulukuu 19, 2021, 9:59 am

Gone now.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 20, 2021, 7:59 am

They don't give up, do they? This is so similar to other recent ones. Really obnoxious when they post in long established topics.

The job must be spamming various websites.

joulukuu 20, 2021, 8:16 am

Like >174 bradvaldez6: the spammer isn't gone. In spite of so much flagging.

joulukuu 20, 2021, 8:17 am

>189 MarthaJeanne: Seems like it takes more flags to get the spammer out.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 20, 2021, 8:23 am

Didn't used to. Often the spammer was gone before the messages.

This time the messages are all gone.

joulukuu 20, 2021, 8:31 am

Maybe this fix broke something?

joulukuu 20, 2021, 8:44 am

>192 norabelle414: Sounds reasonable.

joulukuu 20, 2021, 9:28 am

>194 2wonderY:

One of those is gone:

As is the one mentioned in >188 FAMeulstee:

Perhaps just taking longer? Or needing more flags than before?

joulukuu 20, 2021, 9:36 am

>195 lilithcat: I'm sure that >192 norabelle414: is right on the money.

joulukuu 20, 2021, 10:01 am

Typically, just one flag and a refresh deletes those accounts. Maybe I’ve been demoted.

joulukuu 20, 2021, 10:04 am

>197 2wonderY:

If you have, so have I!

joulukuu 20, 2021, 10:27 am

>188 FAMeulstee: That profile is now gone. The message I checked reflects that.

joulukuu 20, 2021, 3:04 pm

>195 lilithcat: I've whacked them too. Let's see if it helps.

joulukuu 20, 2021, 6:03 pm

>200 rodneyvc: Sadly they are still there :-(

Found an other one, profile:
The thread he/she started is gone.

joulukuu 20, 2021, 6:46 pm

>201 FAMeulstee: yes - they seem to be lingering way longer than before.

joulukuu 21, 2021, 11:06 am

Tried to use the innocent "So how do I advertise my book" schtick -- already warned once.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 21, 2021, 11:29 am

Someone so stupid as to try again in the same topic is not teachable.

Message is now hidden.

joulukuu 21, 2021, 12:06 pm

joulukuu 21, 2021, 1:29 pm

>205 SandraArdnas: Should his book also be marked as spam?

joulukuu 21, 2021, 1:39 pm

>206 FAMeulstee: No, it's a real book

joulukuu 21, 2021, 1:59 pm

>205 SandraArdnas: That’s a stupidly random placement.

joulukuu 22, 2021, 5:58 am

>212 haydninvienna: They've been warned multiple times. Flag the profile.

joulukuu 22, 2021, 6:14 am

>213 gilroy: Done. Topic as well. Topic now hidden.

joulukuu 22, 2021, 9:14 am

I have posted in Bug Collectors about spam profiles not disappearing:

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 22, 2021, 9:30 am

>216 lilithcat: Hmm.....why can't I see that topic in Talk or the Bug Collectors group? The link works fine and I starred the topic but I don't see it anywhere

I figured it out! It was in the "Spam?" section (probably for having so many links) but I've rescued it now

joulukuu 22, 2021, 11:02 am

>213 gilroy: Now gone.

joulukuu 22, 2021, 11:10 am

kristilabrie has requested that examples of non-disappearing spam profiles be posted in the Bug Collectors thread:

joulukuu 23, 2021, 7:25 am

Oddly, this profile has been suspende, but persist, with its spam content on the profile picture page:

joulukuu 23, 2021, 7:31 am

>221 2wonderY: I don't see a way to flag the profile picture. Maybe report it in the thread mentioned in >219 lilithcat: ?

joulukuu 23, 2021, 7:48 am

Tämä käyttäjä on poistettu roskaamisen vuoksi.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 23, 2021, 8:15 am

Also previous message.

Another ad for earning money, presumably by spamming.

joulukuu 23, 2021, 9:22 am

>222 FAMeulstee:

You cannot flag a profile picture, for obvious reasons.

joulukuu 23, 2021, 12:42 pm

>224 MarthaJeanne: Always nice when they just drop into the spam thread for insta-identification...

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 24, 2021, 2:27 am

Really about time that URL in the subject line gets automatically deleted.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 24, 2021, 3:24 pm

Author spam gone


You beat me to it.

Also gone

joulukuu 25, 2021, 12:09 pm

>234 karenb: review gone, work flagged

joulukuu 27, 2021, 5:47 pm

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 28, 2021, 5:07 am gone

Another keto with a URL in the subject line. In fact the word keto by itself is a good indication that a message is spam.

"That is just a fortune cookie factory reject."

joulukuu 28, 2021, 8:46 am

>244 2wonderY: The top three seem to be the same spammer.

joulukuu 28, 2021, 10:11 am

Probably. Where is Faktorovich when we need her?

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 28, 2021, 8:37 pm

joulukuu 28, 2021, 9:00 pm

Profile flagging seems to be repaired. I will further test it in the morning, when they usually appear in a cluster.

joulukuu 29, 2021, 8:42 am

Happy to report that flagging profiles does indeed suspend them again.

joulukuu 29, 2021, 8:51 am

Time for a new thread.

joulukuu 30, 2021, 11:02 pm

>246 anglemark: Since all 4 accounts have been blocked by LibraryThing, figuring out if they are a single spammer is a job for a hacker and not for a computational-linguist.
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