Spam reporting thread #60
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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.
-- 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.)
First airline reservation spam post I've actually seen;
Here's a weird one, if I can get the link right: http://www.librarything.com/topic/271914#6237436 The continuation link (!) at the bottom was spammed. Nobody was able to fix it, so I posted the next thread as a New Topic. I've never seen this one done before.
>7 jnwelch: Wow. Somehow they broke into the CSS for the page? These guys are getting hard core!
>16 Taphophile13: Flagged them all, went back to check a minute later, and all were kaput.
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More (almost identical spam) from https://www.librarything.com/profile/josephrio63
There seem to be so many spammers today that some of the smaller ones got missed. http://www.librarything.com/profile/shanky245
and these guys are back again; Cheesy Animation Studio
>39 lilithcat: All fixed (and you are officially the holder of books I'd consider stealing, except they'd make me miss Walt Kelly, and feel even sadder about the current state of the world).
link to some sort of game
especially tacky right after a member was talking about a shooting that happened today: "This is so fun! What a great idea. Also I love how authentic you seem to be. Your style and passion for blogging is contagious. Thank you for sharing your life!"
Cheesy Animation again
They've added a book, but their sales tags are on profile pics
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Make your Cherry Lemonade drink and enjoy your Halloween evening with this drink
A bit late with their message, I think!
>50 lilithcat: Not all countries celebrate on the same day I guess.
But Hallowe'en is All Hallows Eve, which is always and everywhere October 31, no?
I searched Cheesy Animation and found an old profile with spam works and reviews
also, is there a way to remove this author page which has a live spam link tag?
Don't worry about the link. It leads to the LT tag page, not to that site.
Russian escorts in Delhi
link to resorts, online gaming
has catalogued one book but links to large recruitment site.
at least 9 (& counting) MS Outlook support "books"
https://www.librarything.com/profile/kittelsonrewt is still alive and still active; please flag the profile
he's up to 16 spam works now
and here's 17:
(why won't he die?)
for the record, now at 20
product review site
isometric exercise machine
These accounts are all creating spam lists. There's no way to mark a list as spam but the lists disappear when the creator is removed as spam.
ETA: all gone!
>75 norabelle414: Man, Jack Daniels from back in 1977... That's some strong stuff! :)
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All 15 spam works are squashed, and now it would be nice to see the account obliterated.
https://www.librarything.com/topic/275990 - gone
(Please do not flag https://www.librarything.com/profile/Bhekintshingila)
https://www.librarything.com/topic/276003 - gone
Wow. And I found a few more (now gone). Is there a group that guy didn't spam?
If you look on his profile, I think he probably stopped after my second comment, but he answer it on his profile, not mine.
Honestly, I don't think that's spam, at least not intentionally so. I think it's a member trying to be helpful to people with similar interests.
SEO & web design
astrology & black magic
packers & movers
health & fitness tips
world adventure travel
abortion & unplanned pregnancy clinic
Can staff delete these spam wiki pages?
So many of them. Users are gone, but their vandalism lives on.
work from home
cheque writer software
architects and home builders
real estate & investing
download Windows activator
unlock your hip flexors (with word salad)
building better government
>107 rsterling: I'm guessing these should disappear once the reloaded wiki is released.
love marriage specialist
nebber mind already suspended.
I almost hate to post this, but the (very long time) member ought to know better. On the other hand, maybe not.
I will post a reminder on his comment page.
It only needs one more flag, and it's gone.
Please do not flag the profile:
A month's supply of exclamation points is a half of one. If he used that many, he might have used a lifetime supply...
Please flag this group: https://www.librarything.com/groups/namethisbook
I left a message for member.
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marketing solution campaigns
health and wellness programs
brand creation agency
call girls / escorts / companions
I love the way one of those calls out the "numerous dishonest people running Delhi escort agencies". Takes one to know one, as we used to say to each other on the playground.
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>151 FAMeulstee: I've sent this on to those who can help with this.
I've also left a suggestion (for staff) that there needs to be a specific reporting place for Wiki vandalism, since it probably requires privileges, and certainly needs specialized knowledge (which I do not have)..
>151 FAMeulstee: and >152 Lyndatrue: Thanks for pinging me directly. Typically, I keep an eye on this thread during the workday, but it's my busiest time of year. I've deleted the spam page, blocked the user in question, and alerted our sysadmin to the fact that spam is still getting through on the new wiki.
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>154 lorannen: That user appears to have created a few other pages as well:
I suspect this is a case of incorrect combining that got tagged as spam, but it isn't spam that I can find. (Though it has two yes votes. Go figure.)
And again at the new wiki:
by the users: https://www.librarything.com/profile/Himat
Would a post regarding books incorrectly added as a result of the "universal import" feature be proper here?
The feature often creates records/adds one or, in this case,
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I flagged http://www.librarything.com/groups/wisethoughts because it looks like the purpose is to direct people to a website for the author's books.
Again some pages in the new wiki added on December 16:
by these users:
>159 FAMeulstee: the last two pages I reported in that post are not removed:
If the links don't work, all pages can still be found at recent changes:
>165 MarthaJeanne: The group should go and someone should post a notice on his profile.
>166 FAMeulstee: Got the new ones knocked down and users blocked.
I'm not sure what you mean regarding those other two not being removed. The pages say "there is no text in this page." That means the page has been deleted, and content removed. The links don't stop working—they'll just take you to a blank page. That's part of how the wiki works. I could invent a URL for a random page that doesn't exist, and it would give me that message.
>168 lorannen: Okay, then it is allright :-)
The others were completely gone, so I wondered what the difference was.
>170 FAMeulstee: Checked it, but I still get pages with content in those two :-(
>172 MarthaJeanne:: Perhaps with the help of a dictionary. My Russian is extremely rusty.
ETA: The group is gone now. Do you remember his username?
This user still has spam on the wiki, per the https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php?title=Special:RecentChanges&limit=500 link
And again two wiki pages by user: https://www.librarything.com/profile/Rajabg
can also be found on: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php?title=User:Rajabg&redirect=no
>176 lorannen: It is minor in comparison before the wiki was moved.
Removing them as soon as possible might discourage them, do these people get payed for putting spam on this site?
Oh and the original page (he/she moved it) of the user from >175 FAMeulstee: is still there at:
and a spam work
Two more on the wiki by the user: https://www.librarything.com/profile/Kachaji
spamming in Book Talk: https://www.librarything.nl/profile/123LOLI
and also spamming in Book Talk: https://www.librarything.nl/profile/pizecefah
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next one spamming in Book Talk: https://www.librarything.nl/profile/suhuruxini
Ignore me. I broke my rule about posting before adequate caffeination.
Boatloads of NYC events (at least...) have been spaminated again.
>205 davidgn: That one multi-alarmed my antivirus software. Is there is a way to flag spam venues?
No need to flag them. You can delete them. You'll get a box that pops up asking you the reason; just say "spam venue".
The spam events all say "added from Eventkeeper" at the bottom. Does that mean the spam is coming from somewhere else and being imported to LT?
There are lots of spam events on this venue page: https://www.librarything.com/venue/5074
but once I click to see more past events a couple times the format changes
ETA: nevermind, I figured out how to get the edit button back
more on the wiki by this user: https://www.librarything.com/profile/RAM0008
"I am hot female of gurgaon escorts agency"
again on the new wiki by this user: https://www.librarything.com/profile/rekha1devi
ETA maybe time for a seperate wiki spam thread?
Someone's been busy this morning!
on the wiki, the user is already suspended:
ETA: This user also changed the mainpage, I did undo his changes there:
Disguised spam on the wiki by user: https://www.librarything.com/profile/Paul.sinner1566
>228 passion4reading: Are you finding these items in the Spam folder? After following along with your last post, and then visiting the spam folder, I realized that you were posting things here that were only there. It's fine to point out that things need addressing there, but please don't post them all here.
Got all the wiki spam knocked down for now. Last week, I talked with the devs about how we can nail down this issue better. It looks like they didn't have time to implement the solutions we discussed before the holiday, unfortunately. Thanks for the diligent reporting and your patience in the meantime! Keep posting them here, and I'll keep knocking them down ASAP.
>231 lorannen: Okay, I keep checking the recent changes on the wiki ;-)
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>234 passion4reading: You really don't need to copy spam into here if it is already in the spam folder.
Yet more Xbox support helpline (in Book Talk, not yet posted in current thread)
>233 Taphophile13: showed up in the spam folder after I posted it here as well. Perhaps a new behavior?
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