Spam reporting thread #79

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Spam reporting thread #79

Jan 7, 9:58 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: NOTE: Because all profile comments are now private, others cannot tell that you have left a message, so please include that information when you post in this thread.
-- 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.)

Jan 8, 9:42 am

>2 norabelle414: Note:There are two spammy messages there.

Editado: Jan 10, 4:57 am

Some people don't learn.

Same spam as >4 MarthaJeanne:

The spammer is gone, but the topics continue.

Topics are gone now, too.

Jan 10, 5:21 am

But now there are two more members doing it.

Jan 10, 8:55 am

>6 MarthaJeanne:

Doing what?

Jan 10, 9:08 am

Posting the same spam. They are gone now.

Jan 18, 8:29 am

Editado: Jan 18, 9:06 am

>10 2wonderY: The messages are gone, but the spammer isn't.

Yes that one is all gone. isn't. (See )

Jan 18, 10:33 am

The account with the number string is gone, but the person (probably) is back:

Jan 18, 10:37 am

Gone already.

Jan 18, 10:39 am

Are we good, or are we good? I bet we can keep it up longer than they can.

Jan 18, 11:12 am

>17 Marissa_Doyle: and gone again.

Editado: Jan 18, 11:29 am

And we'll keep flagging them :)

Jan 18, 3:45 pm

>20 lilithcat: Just for reference (Author, do not flag.)

There was more, long since gone.

Jan 18, 4:28 pm

>20 lilithcat: needs a few more flags.

Jan 18, 4:31 pm

>20 lilithcat: >21 MarthaJeanne: Suspect a hacked account.

Jan 18, 4:40 pm

>23 gilroy: On the one hand, someone who has been a member that long should know better. On the other hand it is an active account, and the member name matches the link name.

Editado: Jan 29, 7:50 am

Affiliate link site (the SEO friendly site exists only to attract search hits to links that the site owner makes money from):

Editado: Fev 2, 10:51 am

>28 SandraArdnas: is gone. as is the topic from >29 SandraArdnas:

Staff will have to remove the topic from >28 SandraArdnas:

Fev 6, 8:13 am

This member has been suspended from the site.

Fev 6, 8:14 am

Fev 6, 8:18 am

>34 Watry: I came in here because I couldn't remember what the procedure was when someone is behaving like a child only to find the antics had spread into this group as well.

Fev 6, 8:21 am

This member has been suspended from the site.

Fev 6, 8:22 am

>35 clamairy: Yeah, that was posted as I was typing 34. I do wonder if all these semi-keysmash username accounts are the same person, who was likely also posting all of those link drop threads in Talk About LibraryThing over the last couple of weeks.

Fev 6, 8:44 am

>37 Watry: And it's not over, apparently.

Fev 7, 9:00 am

You know nothing, JohnSnow75371.

Fev 7, 9:24 am

Why would anybody choose a spamming lawyer?

Fev 7, 9:43 am

Isn't John Snow the bastard son of Ned Stark from Game of Thrones?

Fev 7, 10:23 am

>42 gilroy: That's why I said "You know nothing..." Although it's spelled Jon. (And I'm not going to post spoilers here, but his birth mother is one of the big reveals of the show, and hopefully will be in the final books, if they ever get published.)

Fev 7, 10:40 am

John Snow is also the name of the epidemiologist who discovered cholera. It's a common enough name.

Fev 11, 3:50 pm

Fev 13, 12:12 am

I've marked as spam.

It may look innocuous, but if you click on the member who cataloged it, you'll see content such as
"About Me
XXX escort girls are the perfect companions for any occasion. Whether you are looking for a night out on the town, a romantic dinner date, or just some companionship, XXX can provide you with the perfect experience. We provide high class Housewife escorts ..."

Fev 13, 2:24 am

>47 rybie2: Yes, so much advertising in the description

Editado: Fev 15, 1:21 pm

Fev 20, 2:04 pm

All gone now :)

Fev 22, 8:43 am

>55 Hartofthematter: If you're only catching profiles, you can actually post them in the thread dedicated to spam profiles:

Editado: Fev 22, 8:50 am

>56 gilroy: ok thanks for this. I must admit, when I looked at that thread it appeared to be only for large volume spam flagging. I only manage to find the odd few and thought this thread looked more suitable. I will from hereon use the thread you suggested. Thanks for helpful advice

Fev 22, 12:11 pm

Appears to be a lawyer commercially advertising via the LB platform. Surely not allowed under the TOS?

Fev 22, 1:08 pm

>56 gilroy: Many thanks! I hadn't known of that thread.

>58 Hartofthematter: If you find it's not a TOS violation, let me know; I might be inclined to follow suit. (But, as I understand, it is ... )

Editado: Fev 24, 7:10 am

Author Advertising:

Profile: (Do not flag. Already sent message.)

Never mind. That thread is where it belongs.