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Spam reporting thread #59

This is a continuation of the topic Spam reporting thread #58.

This topic was continued by Spam reporting thread #60.

Spam Fighters!

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1lilithcat
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 6:29pm Top

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: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Spam#Procedures_for_flagging_and_repo....
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.)

4Taphophile13
Sep 19, 2017, 11:39pm Top

SEO
http://www.librarything.com/profile/sayaseogreenbay

arts & crafts, gifts
http://www.librarything.com/profile/mozesann

family lawyer
http://www.librarything.com/profile/wavashorb

light therapy to firm facial skin, treat aging spots, wrinkles, and skin conditions, . . .
http://www.librarything.com/profile/danrichard

5gilroy
Sep 20, 2017, 7:19am Top

Overly enthusiastic Author:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/269688#6184018 (last two posts)
https://www.librarything.com/groups/achievementopentoind

https://www.librarything.com/profile/cntjltd4_ (Author profile - Do not flag)
I've left a comment on the profile, so we'll see what happens.

6lilithcat
Sep 20, 2017, 9:16am Top

>5 gilroy:

Am I being too cynical in thinking that cgth is the same person?

9lilithcat
Sep 20, 2017, 9:59am Top

>8 2wonderY:

Whoa, that was fast!

102wonderY
Sep 20, 2017, 10:00am Top

>9 lilithcat: My Spam smacking powers increase.

11MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 20, 2017, 10:56am Top

>6 lilithcat: Just because the two members are the only two with those books and they both have only those books?

Probably either totally forgot he had joined LT or no longer knew member name/password. After all, that was April, 2013.

12lilithcat
Sep 20, 2017, 10:54am Top

>11 MarthaJeanne:

Just because the two members are the only two with those books and they both have only those books?

That and the similar style user names.

14lilithcat
Sep 20, 2017, 1:23pm Top

>13 MarthaJeanne:

Or not, as the group to which your first example was posted has been deleted (hurrah!).

15gilroy
Sep 20, 2017, 1:41pm Top

>6 lilithcat: I'm going to say possible, but I thought that part of the newer user's name was an acronym for Tony Jones Limited. I might also be reading into it. So I chose to stay with just the one user to be safe.

21Taphophile13
Sep 22, 2017, 4:56pm Top

sleeping bags & mats, camping products
https://www.librarything.com/profile/unwindlife

23beaniebear
Sep 24, 2017, 2:38pm Top

Hello - I have two questions that I hope someone will be able/willing to answer.

1. Is a library that has been around since 2014 but contains no books, considered spam? (eg - http://www.librarything.com/profile/alicejamesbooks123)

2. If a venue (in this case I discovered it through Local Venue) is marked as a bookstore, but is clearly not (it's a bar, with no connection whatsoever to books), do I report that as spam, just change the 'type' to 'other place', or mark as 'defunct'? (I changed it to 'other place', but perhaps I should have done something else..?)

Thank you!

24MarthaJeanne
Sep 24, 2017, 3:39pm Top

>23 beaniebear: There is nothing spammy about that profile.

25lilithcat
Sep 24, 2017, 4:02pm Top

>23 beaniebear:

It's not "defunct" unless it's closed. I'd mark it "other place". (There are bars that have occasional author events.)

We could give a more definitive answer if you could provide a link to the venue page.

26beaniebear
Sep 24, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Ok, thank you. I was just wondering because there are no books in the profile's library and she/it was the profile that entered the bar as a bookstore (http://www.librarything.com/venue/93188/Bar-13) -- I changed it to reflect it now as a food/drink venue.

27beaniebear
Sep 24, 2017, 4:52pm Top

Lilithcat: Thank you - I marked it as 'other place'. This is the venue page: http://www.librarything.com/venue/93188/Bar-13

28MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 5:18pm Top

>26 beaniebear: Probably joined to be able to enter the event there, and didn't bother to change the type of venue from default.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_James_Books

That is a fairly typical newcomer mistake, but entering such events is a desired activity, and not spam. And even if they had also taken part in publisher spam, the profile would not be flagged.

30lilithcat
Sep 24, 2017, 8:40pm Top

>29 Taphophile13:

Things are slow tonight! Those were still up for me to flag after two hours.

31Taphophile13
Sep 24, 2017, 9:25pm Top

>30 lilithcat: Better late than never. Thanks for flagging them.

39Taphophile13
Sep 28, 2017, 7:51pm Top

41Taphophile13
Edited: Sep 28, 2017, 9:39pm Top

First four in >39 Taphophile13: are still active.
Gone now.

45Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:45am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

46Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:46am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

47Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:47am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

48Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:47am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

49Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:47am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

50Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:47am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

51Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:48am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

52Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:48am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

53Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:48am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

54Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:48am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

55Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:48am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

56Ahmed_Hassan
Oct 1, 2017, 7:48am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

57gilroy
Oct 1, 2017, 8:02am Top

Gotta love when they come to us...

58jnwelch
Oct 1, 2017, 10:03am Top

61Lyndatrue
Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 4:22pm Top

While looking at the library in >60 MarthaJeanne:, I was struck by the fact that *one* of the books appeared elsewhere, and was reviewed. Hmmm, I said. I think I'll go off and look. It sure looks like reviews for pay to me (but I've always been cynical).

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/SusanKeefe/yourlibrary

http://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=SusanKeefe

ETA: I'll probably go back and flag all those reviews. I'm busy at the moment, but it surely seems called for.

62Taphophile13
Oct 1, 2017, 4:25pm Top

>61 Lyndatrue: Interesting too that, except for two unrated books, all the rest are rated five stars. Do most people love every book that much?

63amanda4242
Oct 1, 2017, 4:26pm Top

>61 Lyndatrue: I Googled "SusanKeefe" and the first hit was for her pay-for-review site.

64MarthaJeanne
Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 5:08pm Top

>63 amanda4242: She doesn't charge for the review. How can you accuse her of having a pay-for-review site?

"(2) Below is the total fee I charge to review and promote your book/eBook/audiobook. Please note my fee is for the promotion of your book not for the review – this ensures that my review is unbiased."

65Taphophile13
Oct 1, 2017, 5:25pm Top

Her fees are based on the length of the book. She says "I will send you a copy of the review, for your approval, before posting it on the sites you request". Other than placing the book on Amazon, B&N, GR and LT (if it's not already there) how is she promoting the book?

68MarthaJeanne
Oct 2, 2017, 12:32pm Top

>61 Lyndatrue: Most of the reviews are still active.

70Taphophile13
Oct 3, 2017, 5:24pm Top

regenerative medicine with stem cells
https://www.librarything.com/profile/Advancells

73norabelle414
Edited: Oct 4, 2017, 11:47am Top

http://www.librarything.com/profile/mariacoleman
online casino, friend requesting people

74Taphophile13
Oct 4, 2017, 4:29pm Top

>70 Taphophile13: still active

75Lyndatrue
Edited: Oct 4, 2017, 6:41pm Top

>74 Taphophile13: The problem may be that it's not a free account. I just flagged it from my other account, so we'll see if that helps...

Not sure why this account is "lifetime" (but it *is* from 2015, and may be under that umbrella from when there were accounts grandfathered in).

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

ETA: It may require staff participation.

76Taphophile13
Oct 4, 2017, 6:45pm Top

>75 Lyndatrue: Interesting. That may explain it.

79gilroy
Oct 5, 2017, 8:57am Top

http://www.librarything.com/profile/colemanmaria
Friending with casinos is back again

80lilithcat
Oct 5, 2017, 8:58am Top

>79 gilroy:

and smushed again!

81MarthaJeanne
Oct 5, 2017, 10:46am Top

>79 gilroy: I got two friend requests with various forms of the name.

82gilroy
Oct 5, 2017, 1:19pm Top

>81 MarthaJeanne: I was only privileged to get one from the second.

84Taphophile13
Edited: Oct 5, 2017, 6:40pm Top

author inviting us to critique his book
http://www.librarything.com/topic/270635#

left message on profile page (don't flag)
http://www.librarything.com/profile/lachance

85gilroy
Oct 5, 2017, 7:31pm Top

>84 Taphophile13:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/270636
https://www.librarything.com/topic/270633#

I think these were posted about the same time as the first. Same author though.

86Taphophile13
Edited: Oct 5, 2017, 7:39pm Top

>85 gilroy: The first one was posted after I left a message for him. The second breaks into a specific thread discussing a different book. The author did respond to my message and seemed a little surprised that his posts were not welcome everywhere.

ETA: those are now gone. Unfortunately someone replied to his post in >84 Taphophile13: so that one won't disappear.

87lilithcat
Oct 5, 2017, 7:38pm Top

Once again, people have flagged an author review. I wonder how many times it needs to be said that authors are explicitly permitted to review their own books?

Sure, it's tacky, especially when the author awards himself 5 stars. But it's still a review and it's still not a TOS violation.

88lilithcat
Oct 5, 2017, 7:39pm Top

>84 Taphophile13:

Pity that thread won't disappear. When will people learn not to respond to spammers?

89Lyndatrue
Oct 5, 2017, 7:43pm Top

>84 Taphophile13: Review also needed flagging (posting it for the sake of completion).

http://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=lachance

One has a certain pity for him.

90Lyndatrue
Edited: Oct 5, 2017, 7:46pm Top

>87 lilithcat: Many times, when you've pointed this out (review by author is permitted), you've been correct. However, that isn't the author's review; it's a radio interview that he's cut and pasted, and I'm fairly sure that it fails the smell test.

91lilithcat
Oct 5, 2017, 7:50pm Top

>90 Lyndatrue:

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. I think a discussion of the book, whether via prose or an interview transcript, is still a review.

Do I wish authors weren't allowed to do this? Or that we'd finally get that long-promised marking? You betcha!

92gilroy
Oct 5, 2017, 7:51pm Top

Oh the purple in that lone paragraph he put in the "review"...

93lilithcat
Oct 5, 2017, 8:24pm Top

>92 gilroy:

Certainly doesn't incline one to rush out and buy his book, does it?

96Lyndatrue
Edited: Oct 6, 2017, 11:10am Top

>95 lilithcat: I just left the traditional message, and was about to post the same.

ETA: Topic is gone now.

97lilithcat
Oct 6, 2017, 11:57am Top

>96 Lyndatrue:

Oh, lor', he's posting the same message in slews of threads in Hobnob and Brag and Rag Bag, even irrelevant ones.

98Lyndatrue
Oct 6, 2017, 12:03pm Top

>97 lilithcat: Funny (in a sad sort of way). He posted a thank you reply to me, but I'm not all that sure he's grasping the point.

99gilroy
Oct 6, 2017, 12:57pm Top

>97 lilithcat: Wish he had done this in other groups after you'd warned him. This is so a flaggable offense to do that crap, but he's in the right group...

1002wonderY
Oct 6, 2017, 1:43pm Top

I flagged the posts that didn't match the thread discussion in both groups. Copy and pasting is spam.

101Cecrow
Oct 6, 2017, 2:44pm Top

>100 2wonderY:, particularly obnoxious when he did it in a thread that was specifically about how to avoid being obnoxious with self-promoting

104Taphophile13
Oct 7, 2017, 2:50pm Top

Since you may not have much time to do a social round, the occasional appearances that you make are sure to create a greater impact. Such functions make use of the glitterati for their individual needs so as to add as much glamour as possible and attract the attention of media and the public alike. (translation = escorts)
https://www.librarything.com/profile/sofeeya

travel agents
https://www.librarything.com/profile/NishaParmar

105MarthaJeanne
Oct 7, 2017, 3:12pm Top

>104 Taphophile13: Don't you think they would attract even more attention if they took good books around with them?

112TimSharrock
Oct 10, 2017, 5:38pm Top

>95 lilithcat: through >101 Cecrow: thanks all. While updating the Hobnob indices I was sorely tempted to add a "Spam" genre...

121lilithcat
Oct 16, 2017, 11:12am Top

>120 MarthaJeanne:

I wonder why she gave it only 4½ stars; she gave her other book 5.

122MarthaJeanne
Edited: Oct 16, 2017, 11:24am Top

Must not be as good. Topic gone now.

124Taphophile13
Oct 16, 2017, 11:35pm Top

facility management: housekeeping, mail room, office support
https://www.librarything.com/profile/pioneer123

128MarthaJeanne
Oct 18, 2017, 4:13pm Top

https://www.librarything.com/topic/271243 sure looks like it might be author spam. Therefore I assume https://www.librarything.com/topic/271182#6214648 is as well.

(https://www.librarything.com/profile/paigekrull should not be flagged.)

131Taphophile13
Oct 19, 2017, 6:35pm Top

charity organization (don't know if it's a good group but this is not the appropriate place to advertise)
https://www.librarything.com/profile/sponsoring_a_child

1332wonderY
Oct 20, 2017, 2:25pm Top

>132 Taphophile13: Any idea what their blurb is trying to say?

"Bangalore Escort agency noticeably huge for everybody especially in this advanced world considering Independent Escorts in Bangalore the amount of increment of contention."

134Taphophile13
Oct 20, 2017, 2:36pm Top

>133 2wonderY: That's some Google Translate garbage. Are they saying we're a large escort agency and better than anyone else?

Found two more:
" It mind boggling employment and it is harder for human females than for whatever other well evolved creature."
[Are we now competing with other creatures for employment?]
https://www.librarything.com/profile/epbseltry

high class models and escorts
https://www.librarything.com/profile/Jennyarora1

135gilroy
Edited: Oct 21, 2017, 11:30am Top

>133 2wonderY:, >134 Taphophile13: (joke)That almost sounds like they are advertising male escorts for women and are using Pres 45 like commentary... (/joke)

136Collectorator
Oct 20, 2017, 3:45pm Top

>135 gilroy: Could you please try to limit your socio-political opinionating to the Down and Out group?

141Taphophile13
Oct 22, 2017, 4:33pm Top

watersport activities, houseboat trips, snorkeling, jungle safari Scuba Diving
https://www.librarything.com/profile/divyanshuk

1432wonderY
Oct 23, 2017, 9:14am Top

missed reporting this spam work from above
http://www.librarything.com/work/20541866/editions/147411798

146Lyndatrue
Edited: Oct 24, 2017, 1:34pm Top

Enthusiastic author (although I really REALLY want to flag the profile, too)...

http://www.librarything.com/topic/271593#

http://www.librarything.com/profile/Greg_Kopp (please don't flag the profile, no matter how deserving)

ETA: I believe his collection of books could stand a bunch of combining as well, since most of them seem to be the same book in different languages, and no, I'm not the right person to do it, since I barely have command of one.

Author profile: http://www.librarything.com/author/koppgregory

147Lyndatrue
Edited: Oct 24, 2017, 1:42pm Top

>146 Lyndatrue: Actually, when I look more closely, I believe that there are two works in his catalog (in multiple languages).

The topic is gone, and I forgot to mention that I left the usual message on the profile.

148Taphophile13
Oct 24, 2017, 2:21pm Top

While humanitarian efforts are always a noble cause, I do not think LT is the place to request donations.

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

150Taphophile13
Oct 25, 2017, 12:36am Top

156Cecrow
Edited: Oct 27, 2017, 2:43pm Top

159passion4reading
Oct 28, 2017, 4:11am Top

Taphophile13: The above post is still visible on the Book haiku page: https://www.librarything.com/more/haiku

160MarthaJeanne
Oct 28, 2017, 4:38am Top

>159 passion4reading: I'm going to write a bug report for that one.

161bernsad
Oct 28, 2017, 7:45am Top

>159 passion4reading: That's a really bad haiku.

162passion4reading
Edited: Oct 28, 2017, 10:42am Top

>161 bernsad: I agree. They went way above the 17 allowed syllables.

163Lyndatrue
Edited: Oct 28, 2017, 12:08pm Top

I've never, ever had this happen, but I suppose there's always a first time. Please go flag the topic and the profile.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/258853#6225475
http://www.librarything.com/profile/bhavesh606

(It's my gardening thread. Morons.)

ETA: All fixed, and thank you.

164MarthaJeanne
Oct 28, 2017, 12:13pm Top

Yes, it happens. I had one in my challenge thread once. It's hard to see why anyone would think that this sort of behaviour would help sell anything.

165Lyndatrue
Oct 28, 2017, 12:14pm Top

>159 passion4reading: Welp, guess I should have read the rest of the posts. I just edited that "Haiku" away. Normally, if it says "description" I look and delete it automatically, when I'm voting on the spam designation. I just missed this one.

>160 MarthaJeanne: Sorry. I think this messes up the bug report you just made, here:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/272543#

I actually see those with many of the spam works, and usually delete them. I don't think I'd ever known there even *was* a page where the Haiku is collected, although I suppose I should not be surprised. It *is* LT, after all.

172MarthaJeanne
Oct 31, 2017, 7:29am Top

Thank you to the others who were working on the spam page just now. Scary long columns of active spammers!

One last check- yes the last two way down the page are gone as well.

1732wonderY
Oct 31, 2017, 7:37am Top

>172 MarthaJeanne: It's now mostly recreational; and here's hoping it doesn't morph back to what it used to be!

175Lyndatrue
Oct 31, 2017, 11:20am Top

I'm not sure whether this is an author or a publisher, and it's someone who ought to know better. I've left the obligatory comment on the profile.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/272975#
http://www.librarything.com/profile/AmandaKerr

176Lyndatrue
Oct 31, 2017, 11:31am Top

>175 Lyndatrue: You know, I think this isn't new. I could *swear* I've left her a note before. She's one of those "reviewers" that has a bunch of books of which she has the ONLY copy, and which she just LOVES.

Reading through the comments that are there still don't make me all that happy, either.

Is this still Monday? Bleagh.

177gilroy
Oct 31, 2017, 11:54am Top

>177 gilroy: Tuesday, here...

178MarthaJeanne
Oct 31, 2017, 12:07pm Top

>176 Lyndatrue: Look at how many author pictures she has uploaded have comments and since been removed.

179Taphophile13
Oct 31, 2017, 2:40pm Top

Joined two weeks ago, no books, homepage is his SEO/webmaster site.
http://www.librarything.com/profile/ahadarzi

180Collectorator
Nov 1, 2017, 3:39am Top

http://www.librarything.com/author/inkbarga/issues
This is old spam from seven years ago. I am tired of deleting the canonical names from this crap. There must be a better way.

Could someone contact a staff member to see if they can bulk delete the CNs and then handle the spam the way we do it now?

(staff refuses to answer me on any given issue)

181Taphophile13
Nov 1, 2017, 5:14pm Top

182wcarter
Nov 2, 2017, 6:24am Top

184passion4reading
Nov 2, 2017, 8:41am Top

Still only Tuesday. More airlines: https://www.librarything.com/topic/273369

185passion4reading
Nov 2, 2017, 8:42am Top

And another one: https://www.librarything.com/topic/273372#

Someone is working overtime!

187passion4reading
Nov 2, 2017, 8:44am Top

No. 4: https://www.librarything.com/topic/273377

I think someone's posting them as quickly as I report them!

188passion4reading
Nov 2, 2017, 8:45am Top

No. 5: https://www.librarything.com/topic/273378#

This is getting ridiculous! I do have other things to do today.

190gilroy
Nov 2, 2017, 9:07am Top

>184 passion4reading: If possible, try to include a profile link. If we can kill the profile, the threads go quicker.

191passion4reading
Edited: Nov 2, 2017, 10:49am Top

>190 gilroy: Thanks for the suggestion, I'll remember for next time. I'm still very new at this!

192torontoc
Edited: Nov 2, 2017, 2:33pm Top

all sorts of commercial messages left on 75 Books Read threads and surprise- no books
http://www.librarything.com/profile/veenu71

just one example

http://www.librarything.com/topic/273464

193norabelle414
Nov 2, 2017, 3:02pm Top

This one has multiple messages and so is going to need staff intervention, dang it!
https://www.librarything.com/topic/273473
https://www.librarything.com/profile/chrisLynn

194Taphophile13
Nov 2, 2017, 3:40pm Top

198Lyndatrue
Edited: Nov 3, 2017, 12:58am Top

I think that the algorithm's been overwhelmed. I'm finding a lot of one-off escapees, and a few in the spam folder that seem hard to put to bed as well.

The live ones are gone now, but it was actual *work* to get that way, and I keep finding one more to kill, also.

http://www.librarything.com/profile/shahrukhkhan52
http://www.librarything.com/topic/273522#

http://www.librarything.com/profile/bhabjijinamaskar
http://www.librarything.com/topic/273516

200MarthaJeanne
Edited: Nov 3, 2017, 4:03am Top

https://www.librarything.com/profile/Johnypapa is still alive.

See also https://www.librarything.com/work/20586801/147748924
The other book might be legit.

>199 Yamanekotei: Do you see spam activity by those other profiles, or is this based on that weird book?

201gilroy
Nov 3, 2017, 6:03am Top

>200 MarthaJeanne: the four listed in >199 Yamanekotei: all loaded the same screwy book, with strange title compared with cover. So that might be a suspicious thing to watch

205Taphophile13
Nov 3, 2017, 11:21am Top

>200 MarthaJeanne: Seven hours later and https://www.librarything.com/profile/Johnypapa is still alive.
Is there a problem with the suspension of spam accounts?

206Lyndatrue
Edited: Nov 3, 2017, 11:28am Top

>199 Yamanekotei: >200 MarthaJeanne: >201 gilroy: Okay, I've just now started the process to drag staff in on this one. I'd been fighting the Johnypapa thing since yesterday. Of late, the spam folder often seems like it's slow to kill, and I try to help (which usually works), but *that* account just won't die. Pare of it is that work which has the trappings of legitimacy (and, while that ISBN isn't found, the authors, used singly, are all three legitimate). Usually, spammers are dumb, but this one's got me baffled.

I need to drink more coffee, and think about it for a while. I do think that the work, while coming close to a legitimate work, ought to be flagged as spam.

https://www.librarything.com/work/15902361/details/147750189

As an aside, all four copies of the book are using that cover. You just can't make this crap up.

ETA: >205 Taphophile13: Just saw your post (I should type faster). This is a clever person behind that account. What a shame.

207norabelle414
Edited: Nov 3, 2017, 11:54am Top

That "book" is the first item that comes up if you try to add a book with the ISBN "1111111111"

I think in this case it is a red herring - bad data, but not in itself indicative of a spammer

ETA: the other 3 users who have that book in their catalog all added it years ago, and all were added from Amazon.com.

208lorannen
Edited: Nov 3, 2017, 1:11pm Top

>206 Lyndatrue: Thanks for pinging me! Got the Johnypapa account zapped, and am keeping an eye on flagged accounts to make sure there's not something larger wrong with the spam flagging system. This one had 12 flags and was still standing, which isn't good.

>207 norabelle414: I think you're right there—looks like bad data. However, none of the other accounts in >199 Yamanekotei: seem to have any good data, so I'm inclined to think they're still probably spam and that I should go ahead and mark them as such. Thoughts?

209Lyndatrue
Nov 3, 2017, 1:13pm Top

>208 lorannen: Kill them with fire, that's what I say. I'd guess strongly that those accounts were set up to spam; just a guess, but it's a very educated guess. Of course, we also need to remember that I'm heartless.

210norabelle414
Nov 3, 2017, 1:20pm Top

>208 lorannen: I don't see any evidence that they have actually spammed anyone, they're just not in use. I doubt that they have colluded since the accounts were started (and added that bad book data) in 2010, 2013, and 2016.

211Taphophile13
Nov 3, 2017, 10:25pm Top

214rodneyvc
Edited: Nov 5, 2017, 12:08am Top

Vandalism of http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page - see https://www.librarything.com/topic/273720

Duplicated here for completeness:

https://www.librarything.com/profile/bokepa
https://www.librarything.com/profile/eugenetpa
http://www.librarything.com/profile/fever100
http://www.librarything.com/profile/nimki123
http://www.librarything.com/profile/poojakumari21
http://www.librarything.com/profile/varun06
http://www.librarything.com/profile/jennifer115
http://www.librarything.com/profile/alvin12540
http://www.librarything.com/profile/gfdggfgfgfdg
http://www.librarything.com/profile/lkjhgf786
http://www.librarything.com/profile/shikhar123456
http://www.librarything.com/profile/ascfder
http://www.librarything.com/profile/coinbasesupport
http://www.librarything.com/profile/1966Mike
http://www.librarything.com/profile/jossemiler3
http://www.librarything.com/profile/ABHI785
http://www.librarything.com/profile/Aliciaroy
http://www.librarything.com/profile/CHOMLUI
http://www.librarything.com/profile/layyout
http://www.librarything.com/profile/coinbase
http://www.librarything.com/profile/sabkamalik
http://www.librarything.com/profile/uyttrwerw786
http://www.librarything.com/profile/rnkn
http://www.librarything.com/profile/niyaaaaaaa
http://www.librarything.com/profile/htlm
http://www.librarything.com/profile/amitsoft
http://www.librarything.com/profile/sbcglobalemail
http://www.librarything.com/profile/conuvix
http://www.librarything.com/profile/glstechserve
http://www.librarything.com/profile/navroazsmith
http://www.librarything.com/profile/smith112
http://www.librarything.com/profile/ppoo
http://www.librarything.com/profile/poojatiwari
http://www.librarything.com/profile/Saliya.Boli
http://www.librarything.com/profile/applefullcare

215rodneyvc
Edited: Nov 4, 2017, 11:57pm Top

And more Wikithing vandalism:

http://www.librarything.com/profile/techline - http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Ccleaner%E2%88%91*internet%2B18%C3%94...

Is there a way to delete Wikithing spam pages? See those at http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Special:RecentChanges

Do Wikithing pages created by flagged/suspended profiles get deleted?

218MarthaJeanne
Nov 5, 2017, 1:23am Top

>215 rodneyvc: Your example was not deleted when the member was suspended. I could delete the content but not the title.

219rodneyvc
Nov 5, 2017, 1:25am Top

>218 MarthaJeanne: The titles are still really spammy - it would be good to have the pages deleted.

220MarthaJeanne
Nov 5, 2017, 1:27am Top

I certainly agree.

221rodneyvc
Edited: Nov 5, 2017, 7:31am Top

Another Wikithing spammer:

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

http://www.librarything.com/profile/Techline is still vandalising, even though their profile is provisionally suspended!

222gilroy
Edited: Nov 5, 2017, 7:55am Top

Is there a way to delete these spam pages from the Wiki without getting staff involved?
This is a link to "Uncategorized Pages," bringing up the last 500.

http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php?title=Special:UncategorizedPages&...

Please note they are almost all Spam...

ETA Oh and the Wiki Help page? Spam now too: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Help:Contents

228lesmel
Nov 6, 2017, 1:54pm Top

Is there a way to kill the wiki spam? I was looking at recent changes and at least 500 recent changes are spam.
https://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php?title=Special:RecentChanges

229gilroy
Nov 6, 2017, 1:57pm Top

>228 lesmel: There's a whole running thread just about the issues with spam on the Wiki:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/273720

I think Lorannen is looking into it.
I know how to blank pages, but not how to delete.

231lorannen
Nov 6, 2017, 3:00pm Top

>229 gilroy: Yep, I'm on it. Currently working on finding the end of this really unpleasant rainbow (erm, beginning, rather) so we can just revert all changes. It's... a lot.

232lilithcat
Nov 6, 2017, 6:30pm Top

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