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Spam reporting thread #60

This is a continuation of the topic Spam reporting thread #59.

This topic was continued by Spam reporting thread #61.

Spam Fighters!

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Nov 6, 2017, 6:29pm Top


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.)

Nov 7, 2017, 1:46am Top

First airline reservation spam post I've actually seen;



Nov 7, 2017, 12:25pm Top

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.

Nov 7, 2017, 1:07pm Top

>7 jnwelch: Wow. Somehow they broke into the CSS for the page? These guys are getting hard core!

Nov 9, 2017, 10:11pm Top

>16 Taphophile13: Flagged them all, went back to check a minute later, and all were kaput.

Nov 13, 2017, 3:49am Top


Both similar messages, both from the same user https://www.librarything.com/profile/rjames65

Reported the member for spam activity, but can't seem to flag the spam Talk posts for some reason...

Nov 13, 2017, 4:26am Top

More (almost identical spam) from https://www.librarything.com/profile/josephrio63

Edited: Nov 13, 2017, 1:58pm Top

There seem to be so many spammers today that some of the smaller ones got missed. http://www.librarything.com/profile/shanky245

Gone now.

Nov 14, 2017, 12:36am Top

This one's so earnest, it seems almost cruel to flag it. Still, please flag the topic.

Don't flag the profile (upon which I have left the obligatory information).



Nov 14, 2017, 12:56am Top

I feel all alone out here...



(pretty blatant, but at least it's not Pogo, right?)

Edited: Nov 14, 2017, 1:11am Top

>32 Lyndatrue: topic's gone, profile's still there, and the topic for poor Meliths (>30 Lyndatrue:) needs one more flag.

ETA: Okay, all's well again... for now, anyway.

(Man, that was weird. There were two "33" posts for a moment. I haven't seen that in a long time.)

Nov 14, 2017, 1:06am Top

>33 Lyndatrue: Meliths topic now gone. And superstar3004 is gone.

Nov 14, 2017, 7:31am Top

Nov 14, 2017, 9:34am Top

>31 Lyndatrue:

Hey! What's wrong with Pogo?

Nov 14, 2017, 11:03am Top

>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).

Edited: Nov 14, 2017, 9:32pm Top

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!"

Nov 15, 2017, 11:38pm Top

>49 Taphophile13:

Make your Cherry Lemonade drink and enjoy your Halloween evening with this drink

A bit late with their message, I think!

Nov 15, 2017, 11:59pm Top

>50 lilithcat: Not all countries celebrate on the same day I guess.

Nov 16, 2017, 12:24am Top

>51 Taphophile13:

But Hallowe'en is All Hallows Eve, which is always and everywhere October 31, no?

Nov 16, 2017, 12:27am Top

>52 lilithcat: Only if you're going to be pedantic about it.

Edited: Nov 16, 2017, 7:25am Top

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?

Nov 16, 2017, 7:40am Top

Don't worry about the link. It leads to the LT tag page, not to that site.

Nov 16, 2017, 12:28pm Top

>58 lilithcat: Staff will have to act to get rid of the topic.

Nov 16, 2017, 4:26pm Top

Edited: Nov 16, 2017, 4:41pm Top

still adding spam works


I've contacted Lorannen about this profile

here's another

Nov 16, 2017, 5:19pm Top

Take away the wiki and they go back to works. Sigh.

Nov 17, 2017, 3:32pm Top

Edited: Nov 17, 2017, 3:42pm Top

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!

Nov 17, 2017, 3:55pm Top

>75 norabelle414: Man, Jack Daniels from back in 1977... That's some strong stuff! :)

Nov 20, 2017, 10:24am Top


All 15 spam works are squashed, and now it would be nice to see the account obliterated.

Nov 20, 2017, 10:29am Top

Edited: Nov 20, 2017, 11:40am Top

Nov 20, 2017, 11:59am Top

Nov 21, 2017, 2:09pm Top

Nov 23, 2017, 12:31am Top

Interesting (sort of). Youtube spam.


Well, *that* was quick. Gone already.

Nov 25, 2017, 9:05am Top

>95 MarthaJeanne:

Wow. And I found a few more (now gone). Is there a group that guy didn't spam?

Nov 25, 2017, 9:31am Top

If you look on his profile, I think he probably stopped after my second comment, but he answer it on his profile, not mine.

Edited: Nov 26, 2017, 1:15pm Top

Publisher offering coupons:

(To be fair, I don't know that this member is affiliated with the publisher)

Nov 26, 2017, 1:26pm Top

>99 Marissa_Doyle:

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.

Nov 27, 2017, 7:15am Top


snuck one in just before a confirmed spammer with a similar name.

Edited: Nov 28, 2017, 2:14pm Top

never mind...

Nov 28, 2017, 6:28pm Top

Can staff delete these spam wiki pages?

So many of them. Users are gone, but their vandalism lives on.

Nov 28, 2017, 6:34pm Top

>107 rsterling: Staff doesn't usually look here, unless alerted to do so. There was a bug report over this, and discussion. I'll still poke Lorannen, and let her know to look here.

Nov 29, 2017, 6:14am Top

>107 rsterling: I'm guessing these should disappear once the reloaded wiki is released.

Nov 30, 2017, 7:24am Top

Dec 1, 2017, 12:37pm Top

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:


Dec 1, 2017, 1:16pm Top

Author uses up month's supply of exclamation points on December 1!! His wife made him do it!


http://www.librarything.com/profile/anthonyseger (don't flag)

Dec 1, 2017, 1:25pm Top

A month's supply of exclamation points is a half of one. If he used that many, he might have used a lifetime supply...

Dec 2, 2017, 1:36pm Top

Edited: Dec 2, 2017, 11:56pm Top

new author: http://www.librarything.com/topic/276734

don't flag the profile: http://www.librarything.com/profile/Yogesh23
I left a message.

ETA: he deleted his book and probably left

Dec 4, 2017, 11:20pm Top

Please flag this group: https://www.librarything.com/groups/namethisbook

I left a message for member.

Dec 8, 2017, 12:55pm Top

Author spam: http://www.librarything.com/topic/277388

http://www.librarything.com/profile/timothyv103 (for information only, do not flag) I've left a comment for him.

Dec 8, 2017, 7:15pm Top

>137 Taphophile13:

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.

Dec 8, 2017, 7:17pm Top

>138 lilithcat: Yes, that amused me too.

Dec 11, 2017, 11:25pm Top

app to protect mobile phone from battery damage

Dec 13, 2017, 5:04pm Top

>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)..

Dec 13, 2017, 5:05pm Top

>152 Lyndatrue: Thanks, I wasn't sure where I should report it.

Dec 13, 2017, 5:10pm Top

>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.

Dec 14, 2017, 7:30am Top


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.)

Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 5:36pm Top

And again at the new wiki:

by the users: https://www.librarything.com/profile/Himat

Dec 14, 2017, 5:37pm Top

>156 aeclark: and >158 2wonderY: Thanks for the reports. I'm on 'em.

Edited: Dec 15, 2017, 12:15pm Top

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, six seven books which I did not designate and have no interest in having in my collections.

Dec 15, 2017, 12:17pm Top

>162 proximity1: That's not really spam, I'd suggest you'd be better off posting in http://www.librarything.com/groups/bugcollectors

Dec 16, 2017, 12:54am Top

Dec 17, 2017, 3:39am Top

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.

Dec 17, 2017, 4:33am Top

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:

Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 4:35am Top

>165 MarthaJeanne: The group should go and someone should post a notice on his profile.

Dec 17, 2017, 4:39am Top

>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.

Dec 17, 2017, 4:51am Top

>168 lorannen: Okay, then it is allright :-)
The others were completely gone, so I wondered what the difference was.

Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 4:53am Top

>170 FAMeulstee: Checked it, but I still get pages with content in those two :-(

Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 6:19am Top

>168 lorannen: You are not by any chance clicking the links in post >166 FAMeulstee:? The links are broken, that's why you get the "page doesn't exist" message. The spam is indeed still there, as FAMeulstee says. Copy the entire links and paste in your browser and you'll see.

Dec 17, 2017, 6:08am Top

>167 anglemark: Can you do it in Russian?

Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 6:20am Top

>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?

Dec 17, 2017, 11:23am Top

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

Dec 17, 2017, 1:20pm Top

>171 anglemark: I was, indeed. Good catch, and thank you!

>174 gilroy: and >175 FAMeulstee: Got those knocked down, too. Don't worry, I'm waving anxiously at the devs about how this is still a problem.

Dec 17, 2017, 1:29pm Top

>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?

Dec 17, 2017, 1:32pm Top

Oh and the original page (he/she moved it) of the user from >175 FAMeulstee: is still there at:


Dec 20, 2017, 7:34am Top

new member https://www.librarything.com/profile/htmlcolor

posted very odd bits last evening, both flagged. Both with links that my computer blocked.


Profile needs flagged, I think.

Dec 21, 2017, 10:46am Top

Dec 21, 2017, 10:48am Top

and also spamming in Book Talk: https://www.librarything.nl/profile/pizecefah

Dec 21, 2017, 11:28am Top

Dec 21, 2017, 12:08pm Top

next one spamming in Book Talk: https://www.librarything.nl/profile/suhuruxini

Edited: Dec 21, 2017, 12:29pm Top

Ignore me. I broke my rule about posting before adequate caffeination.

Dec 21, 2017, 12:41pm Top

Dang, I missed a pre-coffee post... :D

Dec 21, 2017, 6:09pm Top

Spams ahoy!

Boatloads of NYC events (at least...) have been spaminated again.

Dec 21, 2017, 6:13pm Top

>205 davidgn: That one multi-alarmed my antivirus software. Is there is a way to flag spam venues?

Dec 21, 2017, 6:44pm Top

>206 Taphophile13:

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".

Dec 21, 2017, 6:50pm Top

>207 lilithcat: Thanks for the information.

Dec 21, 2017, 7:30pm Top

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?

Edited: Dec 21, 2017, 7:39pm Top

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 and I lose the ability to edit events.

ETA: nevermind, I figured out how to get the edit button back

Edited: Dec 23, 2017, 10:30am Top

on the wiki, the user is already suspended:

ETA: This user also changed the mainpage, I did undo his changes there:

Dec 23, 2017, 1:05pm Top

>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.

Thank you.

Edited: Dec 23, 2017, 1:20pm Top

>229 Lyndatrue: The posts are in Book Talk.

Dec 23, 2017, 1:37pm Top

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.

Dec 23, 2017, 1:40pm Top

>231 lorannen: Okay, I keep checking the recent changes on the wiki ;-)

Dec 23, 2017, 8:14pm Top

Dec 24, 2017, 5:17am Top

>234 passion4reading: You really don't need to copy spam into here if it is already in the spam folder.

Dec 24, 2017, 5:51am Top

>234 passion4reading: The threads were there when I flagged them.

Edited: Dec 24, 2017, 7:05am Top

>235 MarthaJeanne:, >236 FAMeulstee: Apologies for treading on anyone's toes, but the topics and profile I posted this morning are new (in Book Talk) and haven't appeared in the current Spam reporting thread before, as can be seen by the topic numbering.

Dec 24, 2017, 10:08am Top

Ah, the holiday spammers are bored...

Dec 24, 2017, 10:08am Top

>233 Taphophile13: showed up in the spam folder after I posted it here as well. Perhaps a new behavior?

Dec 25, 2017, 10:09am Top

This thread is getting too unwieldy.

I'm going to continue it.

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