Spam reporting thread #47 (actually #48 as there are two #s46)

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Spam reporting thread #47 (actually #48 as there are two #s46)

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Editado: Maio 11, 2016, 9:02 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.)

Editado: Abr 10, 2016, 1:02 pm

It'll probably be gone before I type it in here, but just in case:

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.

Abr 11, 2016, 2:27 pm

eager author

I left note on profile—do not flag.

Abr 11, 2016, 2:43 pm

>7 rybie2: Yet the astrologer did not foresee all the spam flagging.

Abr 11, 2016, 3:30 pm

>7 rybie2: Got that one!

Abr 11, 2016, 7:27 pm

Editado: Abr 11, 2016, 7:29 pm

Abr 11, 2016, 7:30 pm

another astrologer
Enemy protection

Abr 11, 2016, 7:48 pm

>13 Taphophile13: I flagged the whole bunch (and they're all gone now), but let's take a moment to mourn the loss of "Funeral King," who left us his own memoir: "We are specialized in Funeral Planning, we plan your and your near once funeral according to you. Funeral king also customize the funeral arrangement as needed."

Abr 11, 2016, 8:37 pm

>14 Taphophile13: >16 Taphophile13: All flagged and gone.

Abr 11, 2016, 8:44 pm

>17 rybie2: Thank you for your help.

Abr 12, 2016, 3:24 pm

>24 2wonderY:

If you have any desire and you want to complete it then our black magic specialist in Lucknow give you quick and sure solution for all kind of troubles.

That could be very useful, though, in finding those rare books for which one has been searching!

Editado: Abr 12, 2016, 3:36 pm

Abr 12, 2016, 4:33 pm


"Lucknow independent escorts girls are so well versed and having great conversation style, they able themselves so elegantly that it gives a proper expectation if you having one Lucknow call girls services. Visit our website for more details about female."
Here's hoping the girls are not tutored by the web-writer.

Editado: Abr 12, 2016, 4:51 pm

guaranteed relief in two hours.

Abr 12, 2016, 5:03 pm

Is it just me, or does it seem to others as though there is a lot more uncaught spam in the last couple of days?

Abr 13, 2016, 10:49 am

Abr 13, 2016, 11:04 am

Here's one of those code spams that flooded us a few months ago

Abr 13, 2016, 1:24 pm

>55 gilroy: She's all over the talk threads, pasting the same ad.

Abr 13, 2016, 1:24 pm

>56 2wonderY: Yeah, I noticed. Got tired of adding links. :)

Editado: Abr 13, 2016, 1:35 pm

Y'all are a whole lot kinder than I am. Here's the profile (which I've flagged).

It's not an enthusiastic author in my book.

ETA: She clearly won the prize (the account's now suspended).

Abr 13, 2016, 1:36 pm

>58 Lyndatrue: When I first spotted her, I saw two posts, suspected enthusiastic. Then she exploded... I went with a very gruff comment on the profile, but not sure if she saw it...

Abr 13, 2016, 1:45 pm

Aww, I missed all the fun.

Abr 13, 2016, 3:02 pm

Think she'll petition to come back? :)

Abr 13, 2016, 3:38 pm

Editado: Abr 13, 2016, 3:39 pm

Enthusiastic author (I've already posted a comment on her profile, and flagged the topic).

ETA: >62 lilithcat: Ah, great minds think alike...

Abr 13, 2016, 3:49 pm

>58 Lyndatrue:

Oddly, she was able to send me a note apologizing after her account was suspended. I had messaged her after Gilroy did.

Editado: Abr 13, 2016, 4:04 pm

>64 2wonderY: It's that old "one bite of the apple" problem. A couple of posts, and apology, sure. As many as I saw? Nope. Nope nope nope.

Abr 17, 2016, 1:02 pm

Abr 17, 2016, 1:05 pm

Abr 17, 2016, 1:12 pm

Abr 17, 2016, 7:36 pm

>76 Taphophile13: Beware of cracks!

Abr 17, 2016, 7:39 pm

Abr 18, 2016, 12:04 pm

Abr 18, 2016, 12:09 pm

same girl

I left a profile message.

Abr 18, 2016, 6:52 pm

>84 Taphophile13: How do you come up with all these profiles? I know how to check out the new groups, but how do you check out new profiles?

Editado: Abr 18, 2016, 7:57 pm

>85 CurrerBell: I'm not looking for new profiles although I'm glad to find them early. Some spammers sit here for years. If you want to see recent profiles, go to Zeitgeist and scroll down to recent users.

I look in locations, then check for profiles that have 1 or zero books. They often turn out to be advertising links only.

Abr 18, 2016, 8:07 pm

Okay, this one looks normal at first glance but the link is for anal bleaching and male enhancement. (Ugh, wish I hadn't clicked that one.)

Editado: Abr 19, 2016, 1:23 am

I just found some nasty spam.

On this work 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.

Abr 19, 2016, 2:40 am

>94 MarthaJeanne:

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."

Abr 19, 2016, 9:05 am

I left a note on this author's profile yesterday.

For reference

Abr 19, 2016, 3:59 pm

long time member author spam

she should know better.

Abr 19, 2016, 4:03 pm

>97 2wonderY:

She should, but considering that nearly all of the books she's catalogued are her own, I'm not surprised.

Editado: Abr 21, 2016, 2:25 am

>101 Yamanekotei: Topics are now gone, but profiles still need to have more flags.

Never mind. All fixed now.

Abr 21, 2016, 3:53 am

Lots of east Asian character set spam which doesn't seem to have been detected from

Abr 21, 2016, 4:26 am

Editado: Abr 21, 2016, 4:30 am

There's 2 other accts as well. Only the "amy003" one is currently still alive, but for some reason the posts aren't clearing from the page. :|

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.

Abr 21, 2016, 4:31 am

>107 .Monkey.:

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.

Abr 21, 2016, 4:32 am

It would probably help if those last posts were flagged.

Abr 21, 2016, 4:34 am

Yep, and the user too. I've done my bit.

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.

Abr 21, 2016, 4:36 am

There are also lots in the spam area that need flagging.

Abr 21, 2016, 4:42 am

Abr 21, 2016, 11:37 am

Editado: Abr 22, 2016, 12:09 pm

>117 yolana: this guy is a spewer, asian characters with them word diploma thrown in.
oops, the not them

Abr 22, 2016, 9:59 am

>119 yolana:

Your first link is wrong. Not a spammer. It's an old bug report.

Editado: Abr 22, 2016, 10:03 am

Aaah, I think I didn't completely copy it it, there should have been a 2 at the end. Thank you.
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.

Editado: Abr 22, 2016, 10:46 am

>120 lilithcat: >121 yolana: etc. There's something definitely wrong. That profile has been flagged four times (at least), by my count, and is still not disabled. I'm assuming that both of you had flagged it, by the way. All the listed topics are gone.

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.

Abr 22, 2016, 11:26 am

>122 Lyndatrue: Just a quick note to say I've left a private comment on Tim's profile.

Abr 22, 2016, 12:32 pm

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.

Abr 22, 2016, 12:35 pm

Hey. I'm in all-day meetings today in NYC, but I've asked Loranne and Kristi to take a look at this, and at least delete people manually until I can look at it.

Editado: Abr 22, 2016, 12:37 pm

>122 Lyndatrue: and all, thanks for reporting. We're looking into what's going on there.

ETA, in light of >125 timspalding: I'll be sitting on the "users flagged as spam" staff page and taking down any profile who should have hit the threshold for being automatically removed.

Abr 22, 2016, 12:37 pm

>122 Lyndatrue: and >124 CurrerBell: I'm looking at flagged profiles now and will start spamming. Thanks for reporting!

Abr 22, 2016, 1:46 pm

We've got a bit of a server lag issue, which might be the cause here. Once that's resolved, I'll test to confirm (ooh, I'm going to make a SPAM account!) and post again here.

Editado: Abr 22, 2016, 1:53 pm

Um, why has lilithcat been removed for spam?

First they came for lilithcat, and I did not speak out . . .

Editado: Abr 22, 2016, 2:14 pm

Hopefully this one gets repaired ASAP. :-{

ETA: Whew. All fixed.

Editado: Abr 22, 2016, 2:15 pm

>129 cpg: That was on me. Sorry guys. We had an overzealous spam flagger who flagged a couple of obviously not spam accounts (which had old flags, since removed), but in my skimming the list, I missed this one. I'm so sorry. All should be well now.

Abr 22, 2016, 2:21 pm

Whoa! That'll teach me to go all morning without checking LT.


Abr 22, 2016, 2:23 pm

>132 lilithcat: Whew! You're back. Now let me go find a towel to wipe this egg off my face.

Abr 22, 2016, 2:35 pm

>131 lorannen: Those darn overzealous people. Always creating more work...

Abr 22, 2016, 2:39 pm

>132 lilithcat: Glad to have you back.

Abr 22, 2016, 2:59 pm

Update: Automatic removal of accounts with a sufficient number of flags is now working. Server lag was the issue, and we're back up to speed. Flag away! But, you know, judiciously, as always.

Abr 22, 2016, 3:23 pm

>132 lilithcat: Oh, dear, have you lost one of your nine lives?

Abr 23, 2016, 1:25 am

“My partner and that i determined to vary the sedentary tradition we led. I anticipated to alter, acquire results Megadrox rapidly, however the extra educated additional worn out I grew to become. After i start…

Abr 23, 2016, 10:26 am

>138 Yamanekotei:

I've been known to vary my sedentary tradition by moving from the couch to a chair (or vice versa).

Abr 23, 2016, 11:54 am

>139 lilithcat:
lol. Ditto here.

Dern, I should have copied all the paragraphs foxjuriyam had put!

Abr 23, 2016, 2:20 pm

>139 lilithcat: Just be careful jumping from one to the other. How many lives do you still have to spare?

Abr 23, 2016, 5:01 pm

>141 CurrerBell:

Jumping? I casually stroll.

Abr 24, 2016, 12:54 pm

This guy is posting advertising about the Book Club of California reprints in multiple forums. Doesn't sit well with me.

Abr 24, 2016, 1:13 pm

Could you please post some of the topics? I don't see anything on a cursory glance of All Topics.

Abr 24, 2016, 1:25 pm

I saw one, now gone. I posted links to the profile so he will understand why the topics disappeared.

Editado: Abr 24, 2016, 1:34 pm

>144 Lyndatrue:
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.

Russell Fernandez
The Book Club of California

ETA: removing links

Abr 24, 2016, 1:29 pm

I don't think copying the whole thing here is suitable. At least the title and links should be removed.

Abr 24, 2016, 1:30 pm

>144 Lyndatrue:

Here's one:

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".

Abr 24, 2016, 2:07 pm

>148 lilithcat: (et al.) I doubt much that comments on the profile will stop him, either. Pity that it's Sunday, since it makes it tougher to drag in the powers that be. It's almost profile flagging worthy (please note that I said almost). I dunno.

Abr 24, 2016, 2:56 pm

I'd seen & flagged two of his posts. Were there more? I'm also pretty sure we don't need to go dragging anyone anywhere, regardless. It only takes 4 people to flag a post into oblivion. I'm pretty sure he's not going to go making dozens of posts meanwhile.

Editado: Abr 26, 2016, 12:30 am


Filled the Easton Press group with topics; probably the first 30 messages. I'm off to flag them now. (for example)

Please flag the profile, so they'll all disappear.

Also posting in Recommended Site Improvements now. HALP!

Abr 26, 2016, 12:52 am

I have to quit. There's still a lot of it out there. I'll be back in a while, and hopefully it will have all vanished. :-{

Editado: Abr 26, 2016, 1:17 am

The user is gone, but the topics haven't disappeared yet. Nothing to do now but wait.

ETA All gone now.

Abr 26, 2016, 1:36 am

Is it just me or is the system not as efficient at removing these as for the Korean spammers recently?

Editado: Abr 26, 2016, 2:21 am

>159 bernsad: There's something odd about Japanese characters, I think. It seems the last time this happened, it was Japanese characters just like this one. Or... I dunno.

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.

Abr 26, 2016, 10:46 am

Another Employment Express profile:

Perhaps staff should be notified of the repeated attempts?

Abr 27, 2016, 11:35 am

Seems to be a sales page for kitchen appliances:

Abr 27, 2016, 1:51 pm

and again:

Employment Express McMinnville, OR

Abr 27, 2016, 1:56 pm

According to their website, Express Employment Professionals has 743 locations so far. And every one will be spreading itself around the web.

Editado: Abr 28, 2016, 2:36 am

Author spam
Do not flag

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
Reply | More

Abr 28, 2016, 6:58 am, the Employment spam account of the moment (how many more to go?)

Abr 28, 2016, 7:47 am, another in the conga line of "Employment" spam accounts

Abr 28, 2016, 8:56 am

Just thought I'd point out that similar posts to the ones we were fighting a few days ago are still showing up. But now they are in the spam area. Wonderful!

Abr 28, 2016, 8:59 am

>171 MarthaJeanne:

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.

Editado: Abr 28, 2016, 9:11 am

>177 lilithcat: **grin of the day**

>175 rybie2: et al

I sent an email to their corporate headquarters:

"Good morning,

I am a member of, 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

Editado: Abr 28, 2016, 12:08 pm

>182 2wonderY: Weird. The second one's not taking. All the others are gone.

ETA: Never mind. All gone.

Abr 28, 2016, 3:37 pm

Abr 28, 2016, 4:45 pm

>178 2wonderY:

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.

Brian Bogle
Exchange Admin
Express Employment Professionals"

Thanks to this thread, I was able to send him a list.

Abr 28, 2016, 5:16 pm

Another note from Brian:

"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.

Abr 28, 2016, 6:08 pm

Blatant Spam company - they boast about it

"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."

Maio 1, 2016, 12:04 am

The mate to >192 2wonderY:

It's got several flags, but not enough to go bye-bye.

Editado: Maio 1, 2016, 12:36 am

For >192 2wonderY: and >193 2wonderY: and for posterity:

"The Book Club of California" is a 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.

Maio 1, 2016, 7:00 pm

Overzealous author. I flagged the message and left him a comment.

Editado: Maio 2, 2016, 6:05 am

"The Trekking Agency Encounters Nepal Dot Com provided the Everest Base Camp Trekking which is popular Trekking in Nepal"

Maio 2, 2016, 7:29 am

"I have cute looks with charming figure. If you are looking for a romantic night of passion I can help you."

Maio 2, 2016, 7:44 am

A true beauty. A pity that the image is a stock photo when you google for it.

Maio 2, 2016, 7:49 am

Looks like a guy

Maio 2, 2016, 10:40 am

Maio 3, 2016, 6:22 am and the 40 spam venues created (at a prodigious rate of ~4/minute around 3:30am EDT).

Maio 3, 2016, 9:44 am

eager author

will leave message

Maio 3, 2016, 10:01 am

Maio 3, 2016, 10:37 am

Another one from that author.

Maio 3, 2016, 10:44 am

That one's a SLOW learner. I was the fourth flag, so that topic will be gone.

I admit it, I flagged the profile. Sometimes there's no education possible.

Maio 3, 2016, 11:12 am

Probably someone who was told to go post here. Not planning to stick around...

Editado: Maio 5, 2016, 11:13 am

I came across a spammy media review, posted by appletrees33. Looks like their CK history has a lot of faulty reviews:

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.)

Maio 5, 2016, 11:18 am

I've removed a few. Yuck!

Editado: Maio 5, 2016, 11:25 am

They seem to be pushing a specific parenting website. Isn't this just another version of solicitation and against the TOS?

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.

Editado: Maio 5, 2016, 11:27 am

The one here won't let me delete it.


They're gone probably working the same time as somone else.

Editado: Maio 5, 2016, 1:30 pm

Overeager Author spam.

ETA: Wow, that was fast.

Editado: Maio 7, 2016, 3:33 am

is flooding book talk with chinese? spam.

Gone now.

Maio 9, 2016, 11:03 am

I flagged this group because the picture is of a book that seems to be written by the group administrator.

Maio 9, 2016, 11:58 am

>226 MarthaJeanne:

And the "group website" is the author's/administrator's book's website.

Maio 10, 2016, 6:06 am

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Maio 10, 2016, 6:57 am and the 37 spam works that I flagged.

Maio 10, 2016, 7:02 am

>231 rybie2: Don't forget, marking them as spam you still need to go and vote.

Maio 10, 2016, 7:08 am

>232 2wonderY: When I flag spam works, I usually leave the voting to 4 other spam fighters. I used to vote on them years ago, but I figured I already put my opinion out there by flagging them in the first place. Only rarely now do I vote on my own flagging since others agree so quickly that there are rarely cases where I think I need to vote as well.

Maio 10, 2016, 9:27 am

>233 rybie2:

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!

Maio 10, 2016, 11:24 am

>230 MarthaJeanne: Oh, I've always wanted "a pointy mind."

>234 lilithcat: Yes. There's even an RSI for that but nothing has happened.

Maio 10, 2016, 12:38 pm

>236 Taphophile13: Based on her book titles, I'd say she's a rather angry person...

Maio 10, 2016, 3:41 pm

>237 gilroy:

I don't know. It's not as though she's pissed off at anything . . .

Maio 11, 2016, 8:02 am

Leaving a message on the new member's profile.

Maio 11, 2016, 8:11 am

Oops, she's posted in a second group:

Editado: Maio 11, 2016, 8:14 am

Maio 11, 2016, 9:02 am

Well past 200 posts, so time for a new thread!
Este tópico foi continuado por Spam reporting thread #49.