Spam reporting thread #71

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Spam reporting thread #71

1lilithcat
Abr 22, 2020, 9:04 am

PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING SPAM

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: http://www.librarything.com/about_authors.php
-- Suspected sock-puppetry to promote a book, write fake reviews, and/or stack ratings: do not flag the profile, but report to staff here or by message, so staff can investigate. This is a serious violation for which members can be permanently banned.
-- Profile flags for commercial spammers only (type 1): On the member's profile page, click on the "report for spam" link, then follow instructions to flag the member. Again, this is only for commercial spam, not for "overzealous" authors, publishers, or booksellers, which should be reported to staff instead. See Talk post: http://www.librarything.com/topic/85810
-- Spam or promotional posts in a Talk topic (type 1 or 2): flag the post as an abuse of the terms of service.
-- Spam or promotional groups (types 1 and 2): flag new groups using the "flag this group" link.
-- Spam lists: report in this thread, and flag the member if it's commercial spam.
-- Spam works (type 1 spam): flag the work as spam on the work's editions page, and then vote on proposed work spam. Make sure to read the guidelines before proposing or voting, especially for what is not spam. Voting page: http://www.librarything.com/spam_works.php
-- Spam in a review (type 1), or an explicitly promotional review (type 2): flag the review as an abuse of the TOS, using the red flag.
-- Spam or promotion in "published reviews," or other CK fields (type 1 or 2): post here and/or delete.
-- Spam or egregious promotion/advertising in venues or events (type 1 or 2): post here and/or delete. Note that authors are permitted to add events for their books.
-- Spam in book links / quick links: post here and/or edit to remove spam.
-- Spam author names listed on a work: No current procedure. Tim has asked us not to change CK to indicate spammers, and not to combine spam authors together.
-- Not sure if it's spam? Post here, and explain why.

Please note that Tim has asked us not to use either CK or the combining system (whether works or authors) for spam fighting.

For more information see these wiki pages:
Procedures for flagging and reporting spam: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/Spam
Spam works, guidelines for flagging and voting: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/HelpThing:Spam_works

(A copy of these guidelines, for pasting in new threads, can be found here or at the top of previous threads.)

2gilroy
Editado: Abr 22, 2020, 10:47 am

https://www.librarything.com/topic/319314
https://www.librarything.com/topic/319315
Enthusiastic Author.

It looks like he asked for help, was given it by lilithcat, then proceeded to post the two links above anyway...

https://www.librarything.com/profile/WilburArron
(Already left a comment)

3Lyndatrue
Editado: Abr 23, 2020, 2:31 pm

Standard garbage. Please flag both topic and profile.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/319384#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/dert456

ETA: Man, that was fast. Profile suspended, topic gone. Thanks, magic fingers, wherever you are. :-}

4gilroy
Abr 23, 2020, 2:30 pm

5lilithcat
Abr 24, 2020, 3:10 pm

Oh, look! I think I'll pretend to ask a question and somehow make it all about me and my book: http://www.librarything.com/topic/319416

http://www.librarything.com/profile/LAbernathy

7MarthaJeanne
Abr 25, 2020, 11:49 am

Also https://www.librarything.com/topic/319451

Her choice of groups is interesting. '1001 Books to read before you die' This is such a great book, it should be on that list!

92wonderY
Abr 25, 2020, 12:18 pm

10MarthaJeanne
Editado: Abr 25, 2020, 12:45 pm

Writing a review of your own book is not flaggable.

Sorry she has just put in someone else's review. That is flaggable.

11karenb
Abr 28, 2020, 11:29 pm

Snagged in the spam filters but not yet in oblivion. (Two topics snagged in six weeks means I'm not the only one who's probably checking the filters less often. So spammers work from offices?)

https://www.librarything.com/topic/319595
https://www.librarything.com/profile/lookhoper

12MarthaJeanne
Abr 29, 2020, 3:06 am

>11 karenb: Gone now.

15gilroy
Abr 30, 2020, 2:09 pm

>14 Taphophile13: no posts? No group? That seems rather … benign of a profile. I'd leave it alone until they did something more blatant

162wonderY
Abr 30, 2020, 2:54 pm

>14 Taphophile13: I flagged it. I'm surprised it's still around.

18MarthaJeanne
Maio 3, 2020, 2:17 pm

>17 lilithcat: I think you mean group, not book.

In last line I would say probable not possible.

19lilithcat
Maio 3, 2020, 3:31 pm

>18 MarthaJeanne:

Quite right! I'll edit that.

20gilroy
Maio 3, 2020, 4:49 pm

So flag all of them?

212wonderY
Maio 4, 2020, 7:18 am

Slow to knock them down this morning. This one posts multiple spam

http://www.librarything.com/profile/servicsecryto45

22MarthaJeanne
Maio 4, 2020, 11:27 am

>21 2wonderY: gone now.

23MarthaJeanne
Maio 5, 2020, 1:45 pm

https://www.librarything.com/topic/319929

I guess this counts as an author.(https://www.librarything.com/profile/TheStrawberryMoon)

24MarthaJeanne
Maio 5, 2020, 1:47 pm

>23 MarthaJeanne: She has added a second message to the topic.

25gilroy
Maio 5, 2020, 6:28 pm

>23 MarthaJeanne: She's been around since 2009. And NOW she's doing this advertising thing? I wonder if her account got hacked...

26Taphophile13
Editado: Maio 5, 2020, 8:22 pm

>23 MarthaJeanne: Now she has started a group about her YouTube channel.
https://www.librarything.com/groups/youtubebookclub

29MarthaJeanne
Maio 6, 2020, 3:09 pm

36MarthaJeanne
Maio 10, 2020, 5:26 pm

>35 Taphophile13: He seems to have responded to your message, but can't do that properly either. See his profile.

37Taphophile13
Maio 10, 2020, 5:46 pm

>36 MarthaJeanne: Thanks for your clear, polite reply to him. I don't deal well with "But I want to do things my way" responses.

38MarthaJeanne
Editado: Maio 10, 2020, 6:06 pm

>37 Taphophile13: I checked his Amazon page and discovered that "It is a highly intelligently written story." Apparently he has been done wrong by all sorts of people, and the books are his story.

39MarthaJeanne
Editado: Maio 10, 2020, 6:19 pm

>35 Taphophile13: https://www.librarything.com/topic/320129 If he is so intelligent, why hasn't he figured this out from the links we gave him?

40Taphophile13
Maio 10, 2020, 6:38 pm

>39 MarthaJeanne: Wow. It has been my experience that people who rely on telling you their IQ do so because they can't impress you any other way.

41MarthaJeanne
Editado: Maio 10, 2020, 6:54 pm

They can't impress me that way either. In fact I am more impressed with someone with a low IQ who acts intelligently than with someone with a high IQ who can't read a few web pages and figure out how to do what they explain. For some reason I am reminded of A Fish Called Wanda.

42lilithcat
Maio 10, 2020, 8:17 pm

I expect he's a very stable genius. Probably even had an uncle who taught at MIT.

43bnielsen
Maio 11, 2020, 1:58 am

45MarthaJeanne
Maio 12, 2020, 9:06 am

>44 karenb: The works still need flags, but the profiles are gone.

47MarthaJeanne
Editado: Maio 17, 2020, 9:15 am

https://www.librarything.com/profile/george-calleja1 is an author who was warned about spam in August. His current messages seem to be trying how near he can get.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/320396
https://www.librarything.com/topic/309856#7162454

(His library consists only of his own books. However someone else has entered one of his books. His books have 5 star ratings, but the other member has not rated her copy.)

48gilroy
Maio 17, 2020, 10:52 am

The second one yes, first one no.
That's just a foolish request to try to write ti trends, which doesn't work.

492wonderY
Maio 17, 2020, 10:54 am

>48 gilroy: I agree with you, and even thought to write a response in the thread, but then I thought "Eh, why bother?"

51Taphophile13
Maio 17, 2020, 10:11 pm

>50 2wonderY: I left a note for her.

52Taphophile13
Maio 17, 2020, 11:37 pm

New member offering review service:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/320417#

53MarthaJeanne
Editado: Maio 18, 2020, 3:40 am

57MarthaJeanne
Editado: Maio 25, 2020, 5:12 am

58MarthaJeanne
Maio 27, 2020, 11:42 am

https://www.librarything.com/topic/320794

Author who read enough to make a giveaway, but either didn't see the bit about advertising or thought he could just follow his instincts, no matter what the rules are for everybody else. https://www.librarything.com/profile/AMP1972

59MarthaJeanne
Editado: Maio 27, 2020, 12:21 pm

>58 MarthaJeanne: He has edited his first message and added a second one.

He left a message on my profile:
"Thank you. What about facts is considered advertising? The giveaway is running, and talking about my own works is condemned, as advertising? OK."

The original message included several links to places where his book is available.

60Lyndatrue
Editado: Maio 27, 2020, 3:49 pm

>59 MarthaJeanne: The second message in his posting needs one more flag, if someone is inclined. I note that he's also on Goodreads. Hopefully he'll go back there.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/320794#7172153

61MarthaJeanne
Maio 27, 2020, 4:32 pm

>60 Lyndatrue: The message is gone, but because there were two, the topic stays.

62gilroy
Maio 27, 2020, 5:05 pm

>59 MarthaJeanne: They always have some stupid argument that they weren't advertising. Even when it was obvious that was their intent.

63lilithcat
Maio 28, 2020, 3:58 pm

The offender in >58 MarthaJeanne: has now glommed onto another author's spam post.

www.librarything.com/topic/186660

http://www.librarything.com/profile/AngeloMarcos

65MarthaJeanne
Editado: Maio 28, 2020, 4:19 pm

66lilithcat
Maio 28, 2020, 4:24 pm

67gilroy
Maio 28, 2020, 9:34 pm

He was warned and continued to spam?
Isn't that profile flag time?

68MarthaJeanne
Maio 29, 2020, 2:30 am

'No idea, sorry.' isn't spam, just WHY? when the last message was from July 31, 2009.

70gilroy
Jun 2, 2020, 6:13 am

>69 lilithcat: I'm going to drop him another comment that isn't a link back to his profile... :)

712wonderY
Jun 2, 2020, 7:12 am

>69 lilithcat: Notable self-promotional copy. I'm kinda glad it's preserved for posterity:

"I know many notable figures that say they are now notable figures due to their reading of the book Rocket Randy."

72MarthaJeanne
Jun 2, 2020, 7:28 am

I find his two paragraphs to be too much to read. Don't think I could manage a book, especially no one as complicated as he makes his out to be.

73lilithcat
Jun 2, 2020, 10:06 am

>71 2wonderY:

I'd love to know how that's possible, as his book hasn't been released yet! I wonder who they are?

74Marissa_Doyle
Jun 2, 2020, 1:51 pm

Honestly, the posts read like some serious trolling...

75MarthaJeanne
Jun 3, 2020, 7:42 am

77gilroy
Jun 9, 2020, 7:07 am

https://www.librarything.com/topic/321231#
Enthusiastic Author

https://www.librarything.com/profile/TonyBrunal
(Profile. Do not flag. Already commented)

79lilithcat
Jun 10, 2020, 3:19 pm

>78 Taphophile13:

Definitely cheeky!

80Taphophile13
Jun 10, 2020, 3:23 pm

>79 lilithcat: Yes. And I don't bare anything with strangers. Hope he has a good editor.

822wonderY
Jun 12, 2020, 5:34 am

I’m curious why people are voting No and Undecided on those Spam works.

83gilroy
Jun 12, 2020, 6:13 am

>81 Taphophile13: The last one still needs votes.

84lilithcat
Jun 12, 2020, 9:12 am

>82 2wonderY:

There could well be a legitimate work titled "Perth". Perth

852wonderY
Jun 12, 2020, 10:24 am

But the description included a link to the Spam business.

86lilithcat
Jun 12, 2020, 10:38 am

>85 2wonderY:

Not everyone sees descriptions. Some folks (like me) have the feature set at "always hide".

87SandraArdnas
Jun 12, 2020, 6:19 pm

It's not even description. It's in the Publication field

88karenb
Jun 12, 2020, 7:45 pm

>85 2wonderY: It didn't when I looked at it. The dangers of deleting crap before it's been fully voted on?

89norabelle414
Jun 17, 2020, 4:20 pm

>88 karenb: Spam work doesn't actually get deleted, you can still see it if you put the &spam=1 tag on the end of the URL:
https://www.librarything.com/work/20277853/184887535&spam=1

90gilroy
Jun 18, 2020, 7:52 pm

https://www.librarything.com/groups/photography2

Photographer created a group just to advertise his business
https://www.librarything.com/profile/AndiWerner (Not sure if I should give him the usual author promotion notice or flag him.)

91karenb
Jun 18, 2020, 8:17 pm

>89 norabelle414: I meant deleting evidence of spamminess (e.g., the description) before the voting is done.

92gilroy
Jun 19, 2020, 6:13 am

Enthusiastic author advertising book:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/321593

https://www.librarything.com/profile/C_L_Hoang (Profile. Already commented, do not flag.)

93norabelle414
Jun 19, 2020, 1:58 pm

>91 karenb: I can still see the spamminess when I click on that link. in the Book Information section there is a long paragraph that is copy/pasted from somewhere, and a link to their website. I don't think anything has been deleted.

94lilithcat
Jun 20, 2020, 9:17 am

Dude's gone now, but I had to share!

Would you trust him to write your essays?

Brandon Curtis is the best expert and a senior content writer in the UK. No need to worry for the academic writing anymore you can take the writing service with him in cheap nursing essay writing service and have the best grades for the assignment waiting it is so much helpful for the students to have the good academic career in the UK.

95MarthaJeanne
Jun 20, 2020, 9:32 am

Wow! It is so much helpful for me to have him write my assignments!

96karenb
Jun 20, 2020, 11:53 pm

>93 norabelle414: How the heck did I miss that? Geez.

98bnielsen
Jun 21, 2020, 4:11 am

>95 MarthaJeanne: Reminded me of this t-shirt :-)

992wonderY
Editado: Jun 21, 2020, 8:02 am

New member has posted at least three adverts for his new book.

I've left a message on his profile

http://www.librarything.com/profile/johnnywilliamsbooks

Will round up threads here, but most are already being flagged.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/321689

http://www.librarything.com/topic/321691

http://www.librarything.com/topic/321692

100MarthaJeanne
Editado: Jun 21, 2020, 9:13 am

>99 2wonderY: All three are gone now. (I was fourth on all of them. Love to see the topics disappear!)

I also divided the author page before he could complain that books were on his author page that he hadn't written.

101MarthaJeanne
Editado: Jun 26, 2020, 12:46 pm

Author spam.
https://www.librarything.com/topic/321858 At least he realizes that it is a shameless plug.
https://www.librarything.com/topic/321855

https://www.librarything.com/profile/MarkRobijn

The first one still needs a flag. Gone now.

1022wonderY
Jun 26, 2020, 12:40 pm

Oddly, he spells the author name differently on his books, so they don't even land on the same author page.

103lilithcat
Jun 26, 2020, 1:20 pm

>102 2wonderY:

He probably does that because they are two different genres. That's not terribly unusual, just as some authors use different names for different series.

104MarthaJeanne
Editado: Jun 26, 2020, 1:56 pm

Since he entered his copies yesterday and is the only member with these works, the two author pages aren't indexed for search yet. So we can't combine them yet.

105MarthaJeanne
Jun 28, 2020, 4:11 am

>101 MarthaJeanne: Response to my pm "Sorry. I'm new to the site. Not meaning to break the rules right off the bat. : )"

Of course he could have checked the rules, knowing that his ad was shameless. Oh, well.

While I'm thinking of it, I combined the author pages.

106lilithcat
Jun 28, 2020, 9:18 am

>105 MarthaJeanne:

Authors not checking the rules seems to be the rule, rather than the exception.

Kind of like the folks who come here asking how they can read the books.

108MarthaJeanne
Jun 29, 2020, 9:55 am

110karenb
Jul 4, 2020, 3:41 pm

An account created for an imposter site. The correct site is https://realscatrecords.com/, and they are aware of the fake site.

https://www.librarything.com/profile/helenappl

111MarthaJeanne
Jul 4, 2020, 3:47 pm

112karenb
Jul 4, 2020, 3:48 pm

>111 MarthaJeanne: Fast! And on a Saturday too.

1132wonderY
Jul 9, 2020, 6:33 am

New group directs to his/her Facebook page

http://www.librarything.com/groups/weareinittowinit

114MarthaJeanne
Jul 9, 2020, 8:43 am

115gilroy
Jul 9, 2020, 10:23 am

When did screwy uploads become spam? I'm seeing three items on the spam work list that are just bad uploads.
Also seeing one where someone was cataloging authors that got marked again...

https://www.librarything.com/spam_works.php?type=1

116lilithcat
Jul 9, 2020, 10:56 am

>115 gilroy:

Because people don't know what they're doing?

117lilithcat
Jul 9, 2020, 1:46 pm

Keep an eye on this one: http://www.librarything.com/topic/322224

It's not spam yet, but I expect it will be shortly. Why? Gee, maybe because the poster wrote a trilogy about Charlemagne? Any bets on how soon she recommends her own work?

http://www.librarything.com/profile/acaciaoak

118MarthaJeanne
Editado: Jul 14, 2020, 11:44 am

https://www.librarything.com/topic/322336
https://www.librarything.com/profile/louislehot01

"Louis Lehot is positioned to provide tailored legal advice that is practical, commercial, and cost-effective for his clients. "

Gone.

119MarthaJeanne
Editado: Jul 20, 2020, 2:43 am

https://www.librarything.com/groups/levelsagamestory

Author spam https://www.librarything.com/profile/dipendrathapa

Note the rating and review.

I had a quick look at the book on Amazon. I don't think English is the author's first language.

Author's bio from Amazon:
"Writing is fun, engaging and the most beautiful thing to do. To pour out mental accumulations is such a wonderful thing, otherwise it makes a mess on the top. Happy reading"

121MarthaJeanne
Editado: Jul 22, 2020, 2:04 pm

https://www.librarything.com/topic/322533

https://www.librarything.com/profile/jassrichards Member was warned about spam in 2015, and also earlier did not respect LT rules.

The review here https://www.librarything.com/work/23245690/reviews/168779793 is not by the author, but by someone else.

122Taphophile13
Editado: Jul 22, 2020, 1:52 pm

author offering review copies
https://www.librarything.com/topic/322533#

long time member who was warned in 2015; left another note
https://www.librarything.com/profile/jassrichards

MarthaJeanne beat me to it.

123MarthaJeanne
Jul 22, 2020, 2:05 pm

The topic is gone.

124MarthaJeanne
Editado: Jul 22, 2020, 2:26 pm

More author spam https://www.librarything.com/topic/322534

(https://www.librarything.com/profile/chriswind)

She also knows better. 2012 https://www.librarything.com/topic/138147

125karenb
Jul 22, 2020, 8:43 pm

Old talk messages that in a thread that was revived today, need just a few more flags to disappear.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/224493#6984622
https://www.librarything.com/topic/224493#6984959
https://www.librarything.com/topic/224493#6984960

126gilroy
Jul 24, 2020, 9:03 am

128MarthaJeanne
Editado: Jul 25, 2020, 10:21 am

>127 lilithcat: I deleted her member description and the published review (from Amazon) and flagged the review which was also copied from the amazon reviewer.

The topics still need flags. Update: only the fourth link still needs a flag. That one's gone, too.

129Marissa_Doyle
Editado: Jul 27, 2020, 11:28 am

Profile gone, but this post remains: https://www.librarything.com/topic/321816#7224959

ETA: Gone

130gilroy
Jul 27, 2020, 3:58 pm

133MarthaJeanne
Jul 28, 2020, 12:11 pm

>131 2wonderY: Both gone now.

134MarthaJeanne
Editado: Jul 31, 2020, 1:44 pm

This group seems to be set up for author spam.
https://www.librarything.com/groups/childrenschristmasb2

ETA Sometimes authors react well to having the ToS pointed out to them.
"Thank you MarthaJeanne, the group is removed. Sorry!"
The member has also left LT.

136lilithcat
Ago 7, 2020, 7:04 pm

139MarthaJeanne
Editado: Ago 9, 2020, 1:01 pm

https://www.librarything.com/groups/ideas

Gone before I can finish the report.

140Taphophile13
Ago 9, 2020, 1:02 pm

>139 MarthaJeanne: Already gone.

141MarthaJeanne
Editado: Ago 10, 2020, 3:37 am

Author spam

https://www.librarything.com/topic/320842#

(https://www.librarything.com/profile/AMP1972)

142gilroy
Ago 10, 2020, 6:04 am

>141 MarthaJeanne: I feel like I've seen that profile once before. We're they warned already?

143MarthaJeanne
Editado: Ago 10, 2020, 9:15 am

They don't accept profile messages. I guess they don't like being told that they are advertising.

See >58 MarthaJeanne: ff They know darn well.

Unfortunately I don't go there often, so that message stayed up for several weeks.

Do you think it's time to flag?

1442wonderY
Ago 10, 2020, 11:09 am

>143 MarthaJeanne: member flagging won’t make a difference. Reporting to Kristie is the only viable option.

145lilithcat
Ago 10, 2020, 11:50 am

>144 2wonderY:

Member flagging can cause profiles to disappear, but such flagging should be restricted to commercial spam.

Authors fall into "Type 2", as indicated in >1 lilithcat:

146gilroy
Editado: Ago 10, 2020, 12:22 pm

>143 MarthaJeanne: >145 lilithcat: Well, this is their second time and they were warned once before. As far as I'm concerned, this is flag and notify Kristi, since they've turned off comments.

ETA: Wait, I could put a comment on the profile, so I have dropped my usual commentary of what is or is not proper.
If they erased the previous comment and blocked MarthaJeanne, that just tells me that they are due for flagging...

147karenb
Ago 10, 2020, 12:22 pm

>143 MarthaJeanne: >146 gilroy:

I can see comments now. Maybe they changed that?

148lorax
Ago 10, 2020, 12:52 pm

gilroy (#146):

We are explicitly forbidden from flagging "overenthusiastic" authors, no matter how many times they've been warned. Escalating by contacting Kristi directly is the appropriate response. (She prefers email but will respond to profile comments, so you don't need to resort to off-channel communications unless you want to.)

I see I have the member in question here blocked already. Probably because they maliciously edited a post to try to make me look stupid in an earlier thread about Member Giveaways (the "clarifying" text in the first post was absent when I responded):

https://www.librarything.com/topic/320832

149lilithcat
Ago 10, 2020, 12:58 pm

I wonder if this person had been suspended at some point. His first post in the thread to which >148 lorax: links says, "my return to LT is appreciated."

I don't see comments either, but don't recall blocking him. He must have blocked me!

150gilroy
Ago 10, 2020, 1:12 pm

>148 lorax: Actually, if they've been warned and continue to advertise, we've been told we can flag. Especially if we've pointed them to the appropriate rules and TOS.

In this case, they look like they were flagged off prematurely the first time, allowed to return, then promptly proceeded to make an arse of themselves. I'm not flagging right now, because I couldn't see the warning from the previous time. I've dropped my reminder, in public, so it can be seen that they were warned. Then if he goes one more round, I'll flag.

1512wonderY
Ago 10, 2020, 2:18 pm

As long as they have books cataloged, flagging does not suspend the account.

152lorax
Ago 10, 2020, 2:23 pm

gilroy (#150):

Actually, if they've been warned and continue to advertise, we've been told we can flag. Especially if we've pointed them to the appropriate rules and TOS.


I missed that! Can you link me to it? I'm a a bit paranoid about flagging, given that they say getting it wrong is a violation of the TOS.

1532wonderY
Ago 11, 2020, 12:24 am

154lilithcat
Ago 11, 2020, 12:30 am

>153 2wonderY:

Definitely. I did flag it, earlier today, but it's still there!

155MarthaJeanne
Ago 11, 2020, 3:26 am

>153 2wonderY: The picture is definitely against the Terms of Service.

156rodneyvc
Ago 11, 2020, 7:26 am

>154 lilithcat: I've flagged the profile too.

157haydninvienna
Ago 11, 2020, 10:20 am

>153 2wonderY: Ye gods. No way is that picture within the ToS.

1582wonderY
Ago 11, 2020, 11:00 am

I sent a note to Kristie.

1602wonderY
Editado: Ago 12, 2020, 10:16 am

Profile take down is sluggish today. That was way too many posts. (17)

161Taphophile13
Ago 12, 2020, 10:24 am

>153 2wonderY:, >158 2wonderY: Profile is still there. Maybe bump it up to Tim?

162lilithcat
Ago 12, 2020, 10:34 am

>161 Taphophile13:

Profile is gone.

163MarthaJeanne
Ago 12, 2020, 10:38 am

>162 lilithcat: I still see "Unconfirmed member." and the horrible picture. https://www.librarything.com/profile/lescort

164lilithcat
Editado: Ago 12, 2020, 12:35 pm

165Taphophile13
Ago 12, 2020, 12:44 pm

>164 lilithcat:
I was referring to https://www.librarything.com/profile/lescort which is still present.

166MarthaJeanne
Ago 12, 2020, 1:57 pm

>161 Taphophile13: links to >153 2wonderY:, which is about lescort.

167lilithcat
Editado: Ago 12, 2020, 3:13 pm

I thought I had seen a previous report suggesting that there was a bug that “unconfirmed” members could not be deleted with flagging, but I can’t find it.

168Taphophile13
Ago 12, 2020, 3:24 pm

There was a problem deleting accounts after LT went to all free (life-time) accounts. There was some discussion here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/318194

169MarthaJeanne
Ago 12, 2020, 3:35 pm

>168 Taphophile13: He asked for input, so I have reopened it.

170MarthaJeanne
Ago 13, 2020, 10:54 am

Author spam

https://www.librarything.com/topic/323239

(https://www.librarything.com/profile/LeeTaylor69)

171Marissa_Doyle
Ago 14, 2020, 11:25 am

172lilithcat
Ago 14, 2020, 11:27 am

>171 Marissa_Doyle:

Could be. It's not spam - at least not yet.

173MarthaJeanne
Ago 14, 2020, 11:45 am

https://www.librarything.com/topic/140969#7240010
Author advertising her new audio version in a thread that mentions her book.

(https://www.librarything.com/profile/WendyHinman)

175gilroy
Ago 14, 2020, 3:53 pm

>173 MarthaJeanne: People are arguing against flagging the post.

176amanda4242
Ago 14, 2020, 4:20 pm

>173 MarthaJeanne: I think I'd leave that one, especially since she didn't start the thread. She's not really advertising, just mentioning that there was a discussion about changing the cover for the recent audio version.

177lilithcat
Ago 14, 2020, 5:38 pm

>176 amanda4242:

I'd leave it, too. The OP didn't merely "mention" her book, but actually used it as an example of how cover art affects the purchasing decision.

178jasbro
Ago 15, 2020, 9:36 am

And her library has more works cataloged than only hers alone. 😁

179JakeLonergan
Ago 15, 2020, 10:00 am

Este utilizador foi removido como sendo spam.

181MarthaJeanne
Ago 15, 2020, 2:19 pm

>180 gilroy: message is gone. Profile isn't.

182lilithcat
Ago 15, 2020, 2:30 pm

>180 gilroy:, >181 MarthaJeanne:

I wouldn't flag the profile. There are legit books catalogued

183Marissa_Doyle
Ago 16, 2020, 11:46 am

184gilroy
Ago 17, 2020, 7:45 am

Enthusiastic author. Needs one more flag:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/323409

(Profile already noted)

1862wonderY
Ago 20, 2020, 7:32 am

http://www.librarything.com/topic/323502

http://www.librarything.com/profile/turtleshellbooks

I've left a note. Review violates site rules and needs flagged aswell.

188lilithcat
Ago 21, 2020, 6:02 pm

Author spam needs one more flag: http://www.librarything.com/about/authors

I've left a note on his profile: http://www.librarything.com/profile/titusjohnsonsr

189gilroy
Ago 21, 2020, 6:40 pm

>188 lilithcat: I suspect the author spam is gone, but the link in your post is for the Author Guidelines page...

190lilithcat
Ago 21, 2020, 6:43 pm


so it is - screwed up "cut and paste".

192gilroy
Ago 22, 2020, 3:02 pm

>191 spiralsheep: If possible, could you post both profile and spam instance so we can make sure all are gotten at the same time, please?

193spiralsheep
Editado: Ago 22, 2020, 3:14 pm

>192 gilroy: Ok, thank you for the tip. After I posted I noticed several other comments by the same profile but they were all getting flagged by then.

194MarthaJeanne
Ago 22, 2020, 3:33 pm

Besides, for authors it's a good record for next time.

197MarthaJeanne
Editado: Ago 25, 2020, 4:48 am

>196 karenb: I don't understand why that spammer hasn't been suspended yet.

It at least looks like the messages are all gone.

198karenb
Ago 25, 2020, 4:59 am

>197 MarthaJeanne: Me neither. I flagged it before posting, too.

199MarthaJeanne
Editado: Ago 25, 2020, 5:16 am

>198 karenb: I had flagged it before you posted. And lots of times spammers disappear before I can post here.

Anyway, the posts are gone. I had flashbacks to some of the really bad spam attacks from several years ago when I saw that block of topics.

200gilroy
Ago 25, 2020, 5:56 am

>196 karenb: is the profile to the author?

201karenb
Editado: Ago 25, 2020, 7:48 am

>200 gilroy: The author of the spam topics, yes.

The comment on the profile is the same as/similar to the content of the spam topics.

ETA: Gone, finally.

202lilithcat
Ago 25, 2020, 9:04 am

>197 MarthaJeanne:

I noticed a lag yesterday evening when I flagged a spam profile. A few hours after I did so, it was still there, but it's gone this morning. Usually, they disappear almost immediately.

Maybe related to The Mysterious Disappearance of Mr. Spalding? http://www.librarything.com/topic/323589

203gilroy
Ago 25, 2020, 9:50 am

>201 karenb: No, I meant the author of the advertised book. That might be why it hadn't gotten enough flags to go.

204MarthaJeanne
Ago 25, 2020, 10:11 am

He did not seem to be the author, as the books he was selling were quite varied.

205EmmaFleming01
Ago 25, 2020, 10:24 am

Este utilizador foi removido como sendo spam.

206lilithcat
Ago 25, 2020, 10:32 am

Thread is getting very long, so it is continued here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/323663
Este tópico foi continuado por Spam reporting thread #72.