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Spam reporting thread #65

This is a continuation of the topic Spam reporting thread #64.

This topic was continued by Spam reporting thread #66.

Spam Fighters!

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1lilithcat
Aug 28, 2018, 1:42pm 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: 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.)

5Taphophile13
Aug 29, 2018, 5:06pm Top

>4 2wonderY: Are we flagging the sock puppets or just listing them here? They don't seem to be disappearing.

72wonderY
Aug 29, 2018, 5:30pm Top

>5 Taphophile13: I wrote to Loranne about them from the last thread. I don't think we're supposed to flag sock puppets.

8Lyndatrue
Edited: Aug 30, 2018, 1:51am Top

92wonderY
Aug 30, 2018, 8:54am Top

I may nudge Loranne again. This author keeps adding sock puppets.

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

https://www.librarything.com/profile/SallyENep2

11norabelle414
Aug 30, 2018, 9:23am Top

It looks to me more like some kind of publishing/promoting scheme than straightforward author sock puppetry, but that's still something that should be squashed.

12gilroy
Aug 30, 2018, 9:26am Top

I almost think we need to just start flagging them. There's too many and more keep appearing every day.

13Taphophile13
Aug 30, 2018, 9:27am Top

>12 gilroy: I was thinking the same thing.

142wonderY
Aug 30, 2018, 9:38am Top

Some of them are lifetime accounts, and flagging them doesn't make them disappear.

15gilroy
Aug 30, 2018, 9:51am Top

>14 2wonderY: True, but right now there are NO consequences for what they keep doing. And if the staff are busy with conferences and fixing search, we need another way to get their attention to this serious breach of service.

17lorannen
Aug 30, 2018, 11:24am Top

>16 2wonderY: Thanks for pinging me again—I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to address this one earlier. I'm on it today, and will update once I've got them all knocked out/IP addresses blocked.

22karenb
Sep 1, 2018, 10:03pm Top

>21 lilithcat: Oh, good catch, thank you.

23Lyndatrue
Edited: Sep 2, 2018, 1:21am Top

Enthusiastic reviewer... Someone needs to leave a note, but not me, not tonight.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/295726#

Poster profile:

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

On the other hand, I might be wrong. I'm not all that reasonable this evening...

Massively edited.

24lilithcat
Sep 2, 2018, 12:29am Top

>23 Lyndatrue:

Why do you think he's the author?

25Taphophile13
Edited: Sep 2, 2018, 12:34am Top

>23 Lyndatrue: Are we sure that Gregory_R is the author, Nic Stone?

ETA: It looks to me like a new member, unfamiliar with the site, posting a review of sorts in the first group that shows up rather than posting a review in the usual way.

26Lyndatrue
Edited: Sep 2, 2018, 1:22am Top

>24 lilithcat: and >25 Taphophile13: Yeah, I should know that I'm not all there this evening. I see that my flag was countered (and I've removed it as well). Thanks for putting up with me.

It would still be a kindness for someone to post a note on his profile, but as I said (and have proved), tonight I lack the skill.

27Lyndatrue
Sep 3, 2018, 5:00pm Top

An actual enthusiastic author (I'll leave the standard comment on the profile):

http://www.librarything.com/topic/295791#
http://www.librarything.com/profile/lauranatalie

302wonderY
Sep 4, 2018, 11:25am Top

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

And added another sock puppet account to >16 2wonderY:. Loranne?

332wonderY
Sep 4, 2018, 11:34am Top

Thanks. Adding it to the official tally as well. I most generally find spam profiles from looking at new profile pictures.

Wading through them today is onerous because a couple of members are adding lots of images.

I had to gasp at the amount of PII this new member has added:
http://www.librarything.com/profile/rmm038gmailcom

I'm tempted to caution her, but I'm guessing I might get a poor reaction.

34norabelle414
Sep 4, 2018, 11:49am Top

>33 2wonderY: I ... just ... what...?

36lilithcat
Sep 4, 2018, 12:43pm Top

>33 2wonderY:

That's just bizarre. Identity theft waiting to happen.

372wonderY
Sep 4, 2018, 1:06pm Top

Oddly, she has put this same substantial material all over the internet - even on her Pinterest page!

38gilroy
Sep 4, 2018, 1:34pm Top

>33 2wonderY: That's her ... short introduction? OMG, that's a fricking resume...
Does she realize this isn't LinkedIn?

392wonderY
Sep 4, 2018, 1:39pm Top

It's way beyond a resume. She lists all of her places of residence and phone numbers and housemates, her schools from grade school on, including teachers, her coursework, with grades... It goes on!

40Taphophile13
Sep 4, 2018, 1:43pm Top

Self-doxxing?

41gilroy
Sep 4, 2018, 1:44pm Top

Makes me tempted to start a debt collection writing campaign to her, just because it's there...
If I were that evil.

42norabelle414
Sep 4, 2018, 2:28pm Top

Has anyone else left her a profile message? I will if no one else has.

432wonderY
Sep 4, 2018, 2:30pm Top

Let us know what happens.

44Taphophile13
Edited: Sep 4, 2018, 7:10pm Top

Loranne just announced the new ER batch and an eager author decided to offer his own book:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/295833#6571413

She has already left a note for him.

ETA: more posts
http://www.librarything.com/topic/295818#6571415
http://www.librarything.com/topic/295635#6571418

46Taphophile13
Edited: Sep 4, 2018, 8:26pm Top

>45 norabelle414: and another:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/295797#6570601
It's a join to post group, so join, flag, leave.

47Lyndatrue
Edited: Sep 4, 2018, 9:00pm Top

>45 norabelle414: and >46 Taphophile13: Both gone now (nice when it's the only post, because four flags, and it's gone).

I should have checked to see whether they'd been made after lorannen's warning, or before. Hope it was before; I'd hate to think of this continuing.

>48 Just saw your comment; thank you. :-}

48Taphophile13
Sep 4, 2018, 8:58pm Top

>47 Lyndatrue: As far as I can tell, those posts were before Lorannen's message. I think he started last night and they weren't noticed until he posted in the ER announcement.

502wonderY
Sep 5, 2018, 2:39pm Top

52norabelle414
Edited: Sep 6, 2018, 1:57pm Top

>42 norabelle414:
I sent RMM a message back when I said I would, but I have not heard anything. She has since added to her profile, I guess because it wasn't long enough. She added a whole section of links, none of which are obviously spam but which start out as links to her facebook page, etc. and devolve into, for example, thecheesecakefactory.com

532wonderY
Sep 6, 2018, 3:03pm Top

http://www.librarything.com/profile/evehyb
see http://www.librarything.com/pic/6544085

>52 norabelle414: I think those commercial links are for her to do her shopping.

54lilithcat
Sep 8, 2018, 8:57am Top

552wonderY
Sep 10, 2018, 8:19am Top

Good morning. Today's batch

https://www.librarything.com/profile/minkhairweave
see https://www.librarything.com/pic/6549058

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

https://www.librarything.com/profile/taylorwatts1

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

https://www.librarything.com/profile/johnlturnerjj
see https://www.librarything.com/gallery/member/johnlturnerjj

https://www.librarything.com/profile/BeverestRE
About me translates to:
Bevest Real Estate has started its projects in New Cairo and the Fifth Group with a huge success that represents the experience of the pioneers of real estate investment and its unique methodology has made it a priority in the fifth assembly in providing the best features sought by the customer through what is called the total value

56Taphophile13
Sep 10, 2018, 9:24am Top

572wonderY
Sep 10, 2018, 4:12pm Top

One spam review added to that perennial favorite Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - film

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

plain text:
I have always followed the progress of the Harry Potter movie because this is one of my favorite films. by Agen Togel
added by Wiratoto | editAgen Togel (Aug 26, 2018)

58gilroy
Sep 10, 2018, 7:29pm Top

>57 2wonderY: I'm guessing that went into publisher reviews and that it had a link embedded?

592wonderY
Sep 10, 2018, 10:08pm Top

>58 gilroy:. Yep. Sorry; i’ll Try harder.

60gilroy
Sep 11, 2018, 5:26am Top

>59 2wonderY: Oh! That's not it. I didn't see the link in your paste and it was already gone when I got to try to flag so I wanted to make sure...

62lorannen
Sep 11, 2018, 3:18pm Top

Re: >17 lorannen: I believe I've finally got those all knocked down, and I haven't seen any new activity in the past few days. Let me know if they crop up again—I'm keeping an eye on those author pages myself, as well.

632wonderY
Sep 11, 2018, 5:38pm Top

>62 lorannen: Thanks for letting us know. And you can count on us watching too.

64lorannen
Sep 11, 2018, 6:22pm Top

>63 2wonderY: If it happens again at this point, it'll be time to apply something like this to the author pages: https://www.librarything.com/author/stanekrobert, I think

65Lyndatrue
Sep 11, 2018, 6:43pm Top

>64 lorannen: Whoa! I really really LOVE that banner. One hopes that those who think about violating the TOS will take that as an example of why NOT to do it. It's beautiful.

XXOO

66bnielsen
Sep 12, 2018, 7:36am Top

>65 Lyndatrue: I'll second that!

672wonderY
Edited: Sep 12, 2018, 8:12am Top

>64 lorannen: Ooooh! Very nice! Thank you for that.

Does it appear that the Robert Stanek page needs split, or is this a single author.

BTW, >62 lorannen: He appears to have gone to the strategy of using private memberships to keep his 5 star ratings on all books. Can you put the kabosh on those accounts as well?

69gilroy
Sep 12, 2018, 8:37am Top

>64 lorannen: Ah, that old thing...

712wonderY
Sep 12, 2018, 4:09pm Top

>64 lorannen: Thanks for downing those private member sock puppets. The doctor is back today

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

722wonderY
Sep 13, 2018, 8:40am Top

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

Added a spam venue, which I'm deleting. Do I need to flag the venue picture for voting or will it just go away too?

74lorannen
Edited: Sep 13, 2018, 12:25pm Top

>71 2wonderY: Got 'em last night!

76Lyndatrue
Sep 14, 2018, 5:43pm Top

Posted originally in another topic, and reposting here because this is where it belongs. I hate spammers so much.

In an unpleasant, and yet related matter, there's that horrid group back that attempted to use multiple accounts and group creation some time ago.

Here's the group (which already has three flags, but needs many more).

http://www.librarything.com/groups/hopeteam61

I should probably drag poor Lorannen in on this. As I recall, it took staff intervention last time out.

Only this "topic" from that group managed to find its way into Spam.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/296235#

77gilroy
Sep 15, 2018, 6:46am Top

>76 Lyndatrue: Is this that batch of underage (at least personality wise) nitwits from before?

78norabelle414
Edited: Sep 15, 2018, 8:21am Top

>76 Lyndatrue:, >77 gilroy: They do seem to have some kind of guidance from the account hopeteam61, but not enough supervision.

Personally I am in favor of allowing kids to be rowdy, as long as they're doing it in their own group and not trying to take over others. I can't see any of the deleted messages, but I can see several flagged messages that are not inappropriate. Either way, it definitely does not count as spam.

The previous group that was removed by Loranne was using attacking language and racial slurs. That's why they were shut down.

ETA: a little digging says they're a 6th grade class, so they are probably mostly underage.

79Lyndatrue
Edited: Sep 15, 2018, 11:51am Top

>78 norabelle414: Thanks for doing further digging. I just remembered all the problems with the previous group (and I swear that this seems very similar, although not nearly as bad). My experience with sixth grade kids (or even children in general) is from a long, long time ago, except for those that are walking home from school when I'm outside gardening.

ETA: I took my flag off the group, at least for now.

80gilroy
Sep 15, 2018, 11:22am Top

>78 norabelle414: Based on this new information, I've taken my flag off the group.

81karenb
Sep 15, 2018, 4:31pm Top

85lorannen
Sep 18, 2018, 3:04pm Top

>76 Lyndatrue: As has been assessed further downthread, I don't think they're related to that previous mess. They do seem to be tied to a school, but so far, posting nonsense (and have all been instructed by the group admin to add at least one specific book). I've reached out to the admin with our TOS (and pointed out age restrictions). We'll see if that gets us anywhere.

862wonderY
Sep 18, 2018, 3:15pm Top

>85 lorannen: I pulled one of their threads out of the Spam? folder today.

87Lyndatrue
Sep 18, 2018, 3:17pm Top

>85 lorannen: Thanks for the response. :-} Yeah, as you may have noticed, I unflagged the group after it was pointed out to me, in the kindest way, that I was confused, and wrong. I'm happy that it was just kids. The other group was such a nightmare that I suppose the scar tissue was still there.

LT is a good place, and I want it to last forever (or at least longer than me, which is precisely the same thing).

Thanks again!

90norabelle414
Sep 20, 2018, 1:12pm Top

http://www.librarything.com/profile/jose25497
http://www.librarything.com/groups/alimentacionysalud "site to give the best food tips" (according to Google translate)

962wonderY
Sep 25, 2018, 8:56am Top

Huh. Nothing this morning. :*)

97norabelle414
Sep 25, 2018, 9:03am Top

Maybe we've finally done it - killed all the spam. Everybody pack up and go home!

98lilithcat
Sep 25, 2018, 9:17am Top

>96 2wonderY:

I killed off a bunch of spam profiles found from recent profile images. I don't bother to post the links here, because, by the time I do, the profiles are already gone.

1002wonderY
Sep 25, 2018, 10:05am Top

Y'all have greater powers than I do. My vote doesn't do the deed by itself.

I think Tim did say there was a weighted value for the best flaggers when he rolled out the new system.

101karenb
Sep 25, 2018, 6:26pm Top

103haydninvienna
Sep 29, 2018, 7:52am Top

First post here.
I've started seeing posts in Talk about "escort services" in the United Arab Emirates. I've looked at a couple of the profiles and they look like sock-puppets--very recently joined, no books, no other activity. I flagged the profiles as spam and it seems that this was correct--yes? Not just a case of overzealous promotion of a book, but clearly "commercial" spam. To the extent that it's commercial--I doubt if prostitution is legal in the UAE.

They're wasting their time pushing escort services at me anyway. I live in Qatar, and given the current state of affairs in the Gulf, the likelihood of me going anywhere in the UAE for long enough to take advantage of an "escort" is pretty close to zero. Not that I'd do it anyway. I'm a married man, getting on in years, and I'd like to enjoy good health for the time I have left.

104lilithcat
Sep 29, 2018, 9:05am Top

>103 haydninvienna:

I flagged the profiles as spam and it seems that this was correct--yes?

Exactly right!

105norabelle414
Sep 29, 2018, 2:48pm Top

>103 haydninvienna: Flagging the profiles as spam is the right thing to do. However, it takes more than one person flagging to make the users get suspended. If you post links to the profiles here then all the people reading this thread will flag them too, and the users will get suspended.

For the record, it doesn't matter if the products or services they are promoting are legal or not. No selling is allowed here, whether it's a prostitute or a sandwich.

106haydninvienna
Sep 29, 2018, 10:59pm Top

>104 lilithcat: and >105 norabelle414: Thanks, and I’ll remember to post them here if I see any more. But they seem to have gone now anyway. Possibly other people flagged them at the same time as I did.

107FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 30, 2018, 6:07pm Top

We have spam at the wiki again: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/Binance_support_1888-617-4777 and 12 (now 15) more
Flag user: Dcgtdg

108lorannen
Oct 1, 2018, 1:51am Top

>107 FAMeulstee: Got 'em! Thank you!

109konallis
Oct 1, 2018, 6:11am Top

Book promotion
Post: https://www.librarything.com/topic/296906
Member profile: https://www.librarything.com/profile/annashorthead (don't flag)
I've left a message on her comment wall.

112FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 1, 2018, 5:07pm Top

We have spam at the wiki again: (eta: long URL removed, as the page is removed), and 8 more
Flag user: Laxy

113FAMeulstee
Oct 1, 2018, 1:59pm Top

114lorannen
Oct 1, 2018, 2:26pm Top

115FAMeulstee
Oct 1, 2018, 2:35pm Top

>114 lorannen: Luckely we noticed them early :-)

116gilroy
Oct 1, 2018, 2:53pm Top

How are they getting around the CAPTCHA to post the spam?

117lorannen
Oct 1, 2018, 3:36pm Top

>116 gilroy: That, I'm not sure about. It's entirely possible the bots have gotten smarter and, since we use Google's CAPTCHA system is what we use, there are improvements that need to be made there.

1182wonderY
Oct 1, 2018, 4:06pm Top

So is there a way to remove the residual spam?

>112 FAMeulstee: You should get rid of that spam string, eh?

119FAMeulstee
Oct 1, 2018, 5:08pm Top

>118 2wonderY: I removed the long URL, it that what you ment?

120FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 1, 2018, 6:18pm Top

And the next one: (eta: long URL removed, as the page is removed) and 6 more.
User: Raquelaw

121lorannen
Oct 1, 2018, 6:16pm Top

>118 2wonderY: What residual spam?

>120 FAMeulstee: Zapped!

122Lyndatrue
Oct 1, 2018, 8:28pm Top

I think this was well-meant, and I've flagged the topic, but I have absolutely no idea on how to construct a message to the poster.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/296971#

http://www.librarything.com/profile/ejakub (Profile, please don't flag)

Anyone up for explaining?

1232wonderY
Edited: Oct 1, 2018, 8:31pm Top

>121 lorannen:. The page header on one and the material left in your log of edits/deletions still contain phone numbers and key words.

1272wonderY
Oct 3, 2018, 11:27am Top

and the brow people are right back

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

1292wonderY
Oct 3, 2018, 12:01pm Top

134karenb
Oct 5, 2018, 3:32am Top

136lilithcat
Edited: Oct 6, 2018, 9:06pm Top

Web site advertising: http://www.librarything.com/topic/297159 (book-related, but nonetheless spam)

and here, too: http://www.librarything.com/topic/297160

137Taphophile13
Edited: Oct 7, 2018, 6:15pm Top

138Taphophile13
Oct 7, 2018, 9:51pm Top

140karenb
Oct 8, 2018, 3:55am Top

work
https://www.librarything.com/work/22374703/161108678

user
https://www.librarything.com/profile/Maltextract

Note that the company name (from the user), the work title, and the author all match.

141karenb
Oct 10, 2018, 5:01am Top

143lilithcat
Edited: Oct 11, 2018, 9:19am Top

>142 norabelle414:

She's also started a group to push her book: http://www.librarything.com/groups/belindaprincesswarri

and another thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/297380#
and here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/297379
and here! http://www.librarything.com/topic/297377
also here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/297376

ETA: I was really tempted to leave a response telling her that eight-year-olds aren't allowed to have accounts on LT, but refrained.

1462wonderY
Oct 12, 2018, 8:08pm Top

147Taphophile13
Edited: Oct 13, 2018, 1:17pm Top

New group:
https://www.librarything.com/groups/ayurvedictreatmentin
https://www.librarything.com/profile/ayurvedagermany

"They don't know that better in our body and some symptoms are happened. The Ayurveda medications are the conventional medicines and it has a large number of years old and it has no opposite reactions and keeps up the wellbeing"

148Marissa_Doyle
Oct 14, 2018, 9:00am Top

More spam from this author: http://www.librarything.com/topic/297492

150gilroy
Oct 14, 2018, 12:34pm Top

>148 Marissa_Doyle: Um, I got in after all the spam was killed. What author? Have they been warned before?

151norabelle414
Edited: Oct 14, 2018, 1:05pm Top

>150 gilroy: It was the one in >142 norabelle414:. I warned them.

152gilroy
Oct 14, 2018, 2:24pm Top

>151 norabelle414: Ah, okay. Checking their profile, I see they've been suspended now too.

156lilithcat
Oct 18, 2018, 8:26am Top

Definitely spam in my book! (pun intended)

157gilroy
Oct 18, 2018, 8:27am Top

Spam but a teachable moment, since it's a publisher?

158norabelle414
Oct 18, 2018, 8:48am Top

>157 gilroy: Yep, I left them a note

160konallis
Oct 19, 2018, 7:47am Top

Author spam:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/297710
https://www.librarything.com/topic/297708
https://www.librarything.com/topic/297706

Profile (don't flag): https://www.librarything.com/profile/Prasanta1993

I've left a note on the profile. The Talk posts have already been flagged, but unfortunately someone replied to them so they're still there.

161lilithcat
Oct 19, 2018, 8:45am Top

>160 konallis:

Was that a private comment? Because I don't see it.

someone replied to them

TWO people replied! I've left comments for those folks letting them know the problem.

162konallis
Oct 19, 2018, 10:32am Top

>161 lilithcat: Yes, a private comment (which seemed more discreet at the time, though I guess it's useful for other people to be able to see that a comment's been left).

163Lyndatrue
Oct 19, 2018, 12:50pm Top

>162 konallis: I just left a public comment on the profile. Public comments are best, in this case, since they provide a note that the person should now know better, and not continue in posting. I have a certain pity for these folks, since the world is hard enough on established authors.

Ah, well. So it goes.

164Taphophile13
Oct 21, 2018, 3:28pm Top

165gilroy
Oct 21, 2018, 8:18pm Top

>164 Taphophile13: And someone replied to the thread so it isn't going away.

166Taphophile13
Oct 21, 2018, 8:23pm Top

>165 gilroy: Maybe I should include "don't reply to the thread" as part of the notice here?

167lilithcat
Oct 21, 2018, 8:40pm Top

>166 Taphophile13:

It couldn't hurt, but I'm not sure it would help. The last couple of folks I've seen responding in the threads are not people I've seen participate in this group.

170FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 22, 2018, 12:35pm Top

>168 amanda4242: I have put the original page back (undone the changes) on https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/Help:Searching

ETA the user who did it is already suspended.

171Taphophile13
Oct 22, 2018, 1:48pm Top

author looking for reviews
Flag—don't reply
https://www.librarything.com/topic/297828

message already on profile—don't flag
https://www.librarything.com/profile/Rldamian

177Lyndatrue
Edited: Oct 29, 2018, 12:40pm Top

>175 karenb: It may be that staff (lorannen) needs to be notified on this one. It's identified as an organization (why and how I cannot imagine, but still, it is), and that's probably keeping the account around. The work is marked as spam, now, it's just the account that needs suspension.

ETA: Never mind. My flag was enough to do it in, finally. Hooray, one down, one million to go.

1802wonderY
Oct 31, 2018, 12:59pm Top

selling examination prep books:
http://www.librarything.com/profile/benimhocam

183lilithcat
Nov 1, 2018, 8:34am Top

>182 2wonderY:

http://www.librarything.com/profile/pintolucas1
love the about me blurb


You know none of us can see that, right?

1842wonderY
Nov 1, 2018, 8:53am Top

Yeah, I know... It was just a terribly google translated sales blurb. I thought about copying it, but neglected it this time.

185lilithcat
Nov 1, 2018, 9:04am Top

>184 2wonderY:

I am often tempted to start a thread for amusing google translations I find in spam profiles.

186Lyndatrue
Edited: Nov 4, 2018, 3:18pm Top

Someone should probably leave a note on the profile of this poster, who just joined yesterday, and would like to start a Book Club.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/298384#
http://www.librarything.com/profile/LegacyIsAMust

As I've repeatedly proven, I don't necessarily have the people skills for this. I was tempted to flag the comment (proving the point above), but am asking instead for a kinder, gentler response. Don't flag the profile, please.

ETA: I note that there's a group (created by LegacyIsAMust), so perhaps he's catching on.

195lilithcat
Nov 9, 2018, 8:45am Top

>194 karenb:

Amazing. People have actually accepted a spammer's "friend invitation"!

1972wonderY
Nov 9, 2018, 8:38pm Top

https://www.librarything.com/topic/10011#6625423

If someone else would post a note to the new member, I’d appreciate it. It’s awkward to do on my phone.

198Lyndatrue
Nov 9, 2018, 9:19pm Top

Profile of Enthusiastic Author (with zero books).

https://www.librarything.com/profile/D.F.Todd

I left the standard comment.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/10011#6625423

Needs a couple more flags.

201Lyndatrue
Nov 12, 2018, 12:13pm Top

Okay, either I'm losing my mind, or the spam filtering is broken in some odd way.

When I look at the Spam folder, there are no new updates since last Tuesday. I've logged off, and back on. I've used different browsers. I've used my other account. It's not my imagination. It hasn't updated. I haven't seen an uptick in spam (or much of any, to be truthful, probably owing to my not paying attention to most groups).

I took a screen shot, even, which I'm about to upload to my gallery.

I'm just so confused.

204karenb
Nov 13, 2018, 11:45am Top

>201 Lyndatrue:

You're not the only one. I kind of assumed that something succeeded behind the scenes to prevent this kind of spam altogether? Though I hesitate to call it a bug.

205norabelle414
Nov 13, 2018, 11:58am Top

My guess: last week was Diwali, an Indian holiday

206Lyndatrue
Nov 13, 2018, 12:23pm Top

>204 karenb: Thank you for this. I was a bit disappointed to not see response from anyone, and beginning to think that there was a party going on somewhere else, and that I wasn't invited.

Okay, okay, I didn't really believe that, but I do want to point out that things were still getting in there that shouldn't be, since I retrieved one (by turning it green, of course). That's when I thought that things looked weird, and started to check on it. Compulsively.

I may make a bug report later. We'll see.

2072wonderY
Nov 13, 2018, 12:26pm Top

Spam seems to come in waves nowadays. Perhaps the protections here are so robust (partly because of member participation) that it has become less of a target while they go after other places.

209lorannen
Edited: Nov 13, 2018, 12:43pm Top

>201 Lyndatrue: You mean the "Spam?" designation on Talk, right? It wasn't showing any new threads for a while? Spam does tend to come in waves, in my experience. I think there are probably a couple things going on here, but the big one that jumps out at me for the last couple weeks is that we've been getting hit hard by some Russian bots over the last couple weeks (detailed here). They're not posting to Talk, just trying (and failing, every time) to log in using credentials that were swiped from elsewhere. Our devs have been busily thwarting them lately, which is likely a significant part of why we're seeing less spam lately. Now, technically speaking, I don't know what exactly that means! But I would be very surprised if this hasn't resulted in further locking things down, resulting in less spam.

210Lyndatrue
Nov 13, 2018, 12:43pm Top

>209 lorannen: Thanks for the response. I will gently disagree with your surmise, although I grant you that there's been a cessation of sorts by beating back Russian bots. It's just that they aren't your only source. Mumbai call girls are back to getting trapped, as of late last night, so I'm not sure what was up. I'm just happy to see things settling down, whatever the reason.

No worries, and thanks for killing the profile mentioned elsewhere.

XXOO

211lorannen
Nov 13, 2018, 12:44pm Top

>210 Lyndatrue: Yeah, I see what you mean, looking closer at the dates. I'll raise it at meeting today, just in case there is a simple explanation, like devs manually killing those threads themselves (seems unlikely, but you never know!).

212Lyndatrue
Nov 13, 2018, 12:47pm Top

>211 lorannen: Be sure you mention >205 norabelle414: as a possibility. I'm certainly willing to give that strong credence, and no, I'm not kidding. Dewali, combined with smacking Russian bots, is a serious possibility.

It's good to be old. Everyone takes you seriously, just in case you're right. ;-}

213norabelle414
Nov 13, 2018, 1:27pm Top

>212 Lyndatrue: I was being a little sly in my comment. The dates of no spam match up almost exactly with the dates of Diwali so I'm pretty sure that's what was going on.

214Lyndatrue
Edited: Nov 14, 2018, 2:13am Top

219lesmel
Nov 19, 2018, 1:40pm Top

220Lyndatrue
Nov 19, 2018, 5:49pm Top

>219 lesmel: I've left a note, but when someone's been here since 2009, and has so few books, I don't necessarily hold a lot of hope. I'll check back in a day or so to see whether the comment's still there.

223lilithcat
Nov 20, 2018, 8:45am Top

Time for a new thread.

224annashorthead
Nov 23, 2018, 5:41am Top

Hey I got your message thanks for informing not gonna happen again🙋

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