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Spam reporting thread #68

This is a continuation of the topic Spam reporting thread #67.

Spam Fighters!

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1lilithcat
Edited: Jun 23, 2:47pm 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.)

2gilroy
Edited: Jun 25, 5:14am Top

https://www.librarything.com/topic/308368

Long time member pushing a newly published book. I left a message on their profile.
https://www.librarything.com/profile/lucindawalsh (do not flag)

3lilithcat
Jun 27, 9:15am Top

5gilroy
Jun 28, 5:15am Top

>3 lilithcat: Oh dear. The author got flagged out of existence...

62wonderY
Edited: Jun 28, 7:30am Top

Added a legitimate book, but Spam account- note profile name

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

needs more flags.

13lilithcat
Jul 1, 4:33pm Top

>12 norabelle414:

Ack! She's actually encouraging other authors to spam the forums.

14gilroy
Jul 1, 5:32pm Top

>13 lilithcat: Oh dear. Someone who's GR spoiled. Where's she doing this?

15lilithcat
Jul 1, 5:54pm Top

>14 gilroy:

She started a thread in Book Talk with a link to her own book on Amazon and suggesting others do the same. Thanks to >12 norabelle414:, it's gone now.

16gilroy
Jul 1, 6:48pm Top

>15 lilithcat: Ah. Thank goodness I missed that. :)

17Lyndatrue
Edited: Jul 3, 1:58am Top

I'm amazed that there were no flags yet on this. Total spam. Please flag topic and profile.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/308700#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/ienuccgi

Never mind. All gone. Guess it only took one...

18haydninvienna
Jul 5, 3:40pm Top

This guy seems to be plugging an app to track reading speed—identical or near identical posts https://www.librarything.com/topic/286120#6864466, https://www.librarything.com/topic/280099#6864468 and https://www.librarything.com/topic/308759#6864470.

https://www.librarything.com/profile/SharpReader. Just joined, no books listed.

19Lyndatrue
Jul 5, 4:40pm Top

>18 haydninvienna: No worries. Gone now.

21gilroy
Jul 7, 6:51am Top

>20 haydninvienna: I left a comment on their profile.

22lilithcat
Jul 7, 8:35am Top

>20 haydninvienna:, >21 gilroy:

Topic still needs flags.

23Taphophile13
Jul 7, 9:10am Top

>22 lilithcat: Gone now.

252wonderY
Jul 8, 8:05am Top

>24 davidgn: I can't see the account that added that material. Were you able to track it?

282wonderY
Jul 8, 9:05am Top

>27 lilithcat: I left him another note.

30Taphophile13
Jul 8, 11:50am Top

>24 davidgn: Can we delete the event? Or should staff have a look at it first?

312wonderY
Jul 8, 12:21pm Top

>30 Taphophile13: It's gone. The link will continue to show it open, but it's no longer on the venue page.

32haydninvienna
Jul 9, 7:50am Top

Didn't this Bookly nonsense get killed off a couple of weeks ago?
https://www.librarything.com/topic/308881#6867627
https://www.librarything.com/profile/GabrielleG

33lilithcat
Edited: Jul 9, 8:44am Top

>32 haydninvienna:

I don't recall seeing that before, but I might have missed it.

This particular post doesn't look terribly spammy, nor does the account.

34haydninvienna
Jul 9, 8:46am Top

See >18 haydninvienna: and >19 Lyndatrue: . Those are gone now, but "GabrielleG" has evidently inherited the task from "Sharpreader".

35lilithcat
Jul 9, 8:51am Top

>34 haydninvienna:

Thanks!

At least she seems to have confined her self to one post (so far, anyway).

36Cecrow
Jul 9, 9:51am Top

>35 lilithcat:, also this one, but not troubling either:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/308843

382wonderY
Jul 12, 7:50am Top

>37 konallis:. Did we catch the poster? Please give us the profile as well.

40gilroy
Jul 12, 3:08pm Top

https://www.librarything.com/profile/Rochel1986
https://www.librarything.com/topic/308980

Author who's been warned before. Let the flagging commence.

41lilithcat
Jul 12, 4:21pm Top

>40 gilroy:

Not sure I want to give her the benefit of the doubt on this one:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/308981

42lilithcat
Edited: Jul 12, 8:09pm Top

Author advertising: http://www.librarything.com/topic/308990

Oddly, the group: http://www.librarything.com/groups/cheatingtheferryman has never been flagged, although it was set up by another author to push his book. And there doesn't seem to be an option to flag it, perhaps because it's dormant.

43karenb
Jul 13, 1:10am Top

>42 lilithcat: Still no option to flag it, though it is no longer dormant.

44gilroy
Jul 13, 6:56am Top

>41 lilithcat: I only give them one chance, one warning, so I've already flagged the profile.

45norabelle414
Jul 13, 2:09pm Top

>43 karenb: Maybe it has too many members to flag? Or it was set up before group flagging was developed?

59karenb
Jul 19, 9:45pm Top

https://www.librarything.com/profile/jazzsliverplatinum
https://www.librarything.com/work/14401121/103220831

(I don't know exactly what they're selling, but the review says it's legal)

65lilithcat
Jul 22, 8:38am Top

>64 haydninvienna:

I've left a message on the profile

67MarthaJeanne
Jul 24, 8:39am Top

>66 2wonderY: But he should know this:

http://www.librarything.com/profile/chip999

He has opened a new account for the purpose of spamming.

68lilithcat
Edited: Jul 24, 9:02am Top

>66 2wonderY:, >67 MarthaJeanne:

Both are gone now. Yet he remains a LibraryThing Author with a link on his author page to a now non-existent profile.

70lilithcat
Jul 24, 11:42am Top

>69 gilroy:

That's certainly an odd thread in which to advertise that book!

71Lyndatrue
Jul 24, 2:41pm Top

It's generic, but I'm pretty sure that specific books will be next. Please flag.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/309418#

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

The account was created a while ago, and somehow that profile photo doesn't look much like a Biff, but we all know I'm pretty heartless. There's seven books in his library, all written by him, and (with one exception) he is the only member to have them here on LT.

There's already a comment on the profile, which makes me wonder it he'd already posted elsewhere, and it's now gone.

72lilithcat
Jul 24, 2:47pm Top

Oh, the post is definitely spam.

somehow that profile photo doesn't look much like a Biff

I don't know. What does a Biff look like?

There's already a comment on the profile, which makes me wonder it he'd already posted elsewhere, and it's now gone.


2WonderY may have seen the profile photo in the Recently Added Profile photos. The timing and content of her comment would suggest that.

732wonderY
Jul 24, 2:54pm Top

It's also possible that he was trying to introduce himself in the appropriate group as I suggested, but the post defaulted to Book Talk, as it does frequently, if you don't know to double check.

74Lyndatrue
Edited: Jul 24, 3:04pm Top

>72 lilithcat: I've never known an actual person named Biff, although I'm sure there are quite a few for whom it was a nickname. Football player from the Comics is where I first saw it (and to show you how old I am, I remember it as new, and recent).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biff_(cartoon)

(LT strips off the rest of the URL with the parens, so you'll have to cut and paste it to actually see the link.)

https://www.biffonline.co.uk/

and also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_McNamara

Tank had reference to the occasional Biff. I was rather astonished to meet a Biff, some years ago, having always known it in the papers. Okay, enough of Memory Lane.

75lilithcat
Jul 24, 3:03pm Top

>73 2wonderY:

post defaulted to Book Talk, as it does frequently, if you don't know to double check

It does, indeed, which I have no doubt is the reason all those "Help me find this book!" posts end up in Book Talk.

76norabelle414
Jul 24, 3:43pm Top

>73 2wonderY: It wasn't Book Talk, it was Welcome to LibraryThing. I would have left the post, with a reply making sure they know not to promote their books anywhere but the designated places, but the topic was removed before I could hit "save message".

77lilithcat
Jul 24, 3:53pm Top

>76 norabelle414:

It's better not to respond to spam in the forums, but, in this sort of case, leave a comment on the poster's profile instead.

If you respond, then the thread remains visible, even though the post itself is hidden after four flags.

78norabelle414
Jul 24, 3:59pm Top

>77 lilithcat: Yes, in this case because it was an enthusiastic author, and it was Welcome to LibraryThing, I think it would not have hurt anything for it to stay up. They introduced themselves, which is appropriate for the group, they just talked about the kinds of books they write in the introduction.

79lilithcat
Jul 24, 4:10pm Top

>78 norabelle414:

See above: Type 2: Teachable moments: DO NOT flag the member's profile, but DO flag the violating activity (e.g. self-promotional Talk post . . .

This was a promotional post; he included a link to a site for purchasing his books.

80norabelle414
Jul 24, 4:15pm Top

>79 lilithcat: Ah, I must have seen a different post. The one I saw from that author did not include a link. My mistake.

81gilroy
Jul 24, 6:02pm Top

>74 Lyndatrue: I'm always reminded of Biff Tannen from the Back to the Future movies...

83ChrisMitchell
Jul 25, 9:09am Top

Not sure how to flag this, but I received the following email as a comment was apparently posted to my wall by Sara33 - I have no idea how to see my wall, remove comments, or report spam, though. I think everyone will agree that the purpose of this post wasn't to promote discussion about books :-)

Sara33 just sent you a message on LibraryThing.

Your conversation with Sara33 is at http://www.librarything.com/conversation/Sara33

All your conversations are at http://www.librarything.com/comments/ChrisMitchell

Sara33 wrote:

Hey, my name Sara, nice to meet you!). I look for some fun!) If you want to see my nude cosplay and chat with me, copy the link) >> f*******/Sara >>

After registration find me by nick) - "DirtySara33"

It's free, waiting for you honey).

(This email was sent because you elected to have comments sent to your email. To turn off this feature, choose "edit profile/account settings" and uncheck "email comment.")

84norabelle414
Jul 25, 9:17am Top

>83 ChrisMitchell: Lots of members got that spam, unfortunately. Discussions are going on here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/309424 and https://www.librarything.com/topic/309439
There's nothing else you need to do, the message should be deleted from your profile by now.

85ChrisMitchell
Jul 25, 1:06pm Top

Ah, great - thanks very much!

86lilithcat
Jul 25, 1:07pm Top

>83 ChrisMitchell:

Please delete the links from your post.

87lilithcat
Jul 27, 9:14am Top

So in one of the threads about Sarah there's "escort" spam: http://www.librarything.com/topic/309462#6882124

88gilroy
Jul 27, 10:48am Top

>87 lilithcat: Oh the irony...

91timspalding
Jul 29, 5:40pm Top

I have temporarily disabled adding tags to groups, unless you are a paid member, in response to a report of spam on http://www.librarything.com/groups/75booksin2019 . Working to remove the tag.

93Lyndatrue
Jul 31, 7:38pm Top

Enthusiastic Author (it took me a moment to realize it).

I've posted a message on the profile as well.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/309730#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/andras.nagy1

97karenb
Edited: Aug 3, 3:59am Top

I'm seeing spam works with links in the book descriptions. Is that common? Should I leave the description be, even after the work is marked as spam?

https://www.librarything.com/work/22512742

ETA: https://www.librarything.com/work/14823903

98karenb
Aug 3, 4:03am Top

99gilroy
Aug 3, 8:34am Top

>97 karenb: delete it, otherwise the advertising, though covered, still remains.
I cleared it on those two links.

100karenb
Edited: Aug 3, 12:34pm Top

>99 gilroy:
Got it. Thanks!

(Just found a spammy description on a legit book, too. Love the CK search results.)

102SandraArdnas
Aug 3, 1:37pm Top

Hey guys, was voting on spam works and noticed one of the flagged ones is a published book with ISBN and all, by an LT author who catalogued it. It even had a cover uploaded, just needed to be recalculated to show

https://www.librarything.com/work/23496851

103Lyndatrue
Edited: Aug 3, 2:30pm Top

Just in case

https://www.librarything.com/topic/309836#
https://www.librarything.com/topic/309838#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/JoeCarlos524

I don't think I've seen spam in broad daylight in quite some time.

Already gone (thank goodness).

104karenb
Aug 3, 3:46pm Top

>102 SandraArdnas: Rats, I think I maybe deleted a spammy description and then went on auto. Fortunately, the book seems to be fine now.

105SandraArdnas
Aug 3, 4:43pm Top

>104 karenb: No problem. That's why I posted here, expecting most people who vote would see it.

106karenb
Aug 3, 5:50pm Top

work is owned by two users, who have legit books and then reviewed this one. Reviews are full of links.

https://www.librarything.com/work/9726636/summary (is NOT spam, apparently -- available via Amzn -- please vote no)

https://www.librarything.com/profile/MPSatLT159
https://www.librarything.com/profile/hankreardon

107lorannen
Aug 5, 6:19pm Top

>106 karenb: The former account is definitely spam, but I think the latter (this review aside) looks legit?

108karenb
Aug 6, 10:56pm Top

>107 lorannen: That's what I'm wondering. Spammer who added lots of books to seem legit? If so, it worked. No activity since they set up the account, I bet.

110Lyndatrue
Aug 7, 2:25am Top

111SandraArdnas
Aug 7, 1:49pm Top

https://www.librarything.com/work/9120010 was probably no spam. It's a zero edition now, so it's possibly irrelevant, but if not Weekend Breaks From Hyderabad appears as a travel guide on Amazon.

Similarly, a zero edition at https://www.librarything.com/work/11459910 can be found as a Dutch edition book with the author as indicated.

112gilroy
Aug 7, 4:04pm Top

>111 SandraArdnas: That would suggest that the person posting them probably had a spammy review, and was doing spammy things on their profile, making their works suspect or part of the spam process to kill.

113SandraArdnas
Aug 7, 4:39pm Top

>112 gilroy: OK. But what's the common practice with the leftover zero editions of legit books? Does flagging them spam affect possible future adds of those works? In particular, the one that has author entered too. If someone were to add it, would it auto-combine with the flagged one or do flagged zero copies go to some LT recycle bin? I'm asking because even works marked as spam still show up in search, so I'm uncertain how they behave

114gilroy
Aug 7, 7:02pm Top

>113 SandraArdnas: If the legit book is here as another work beside the spam one, the new work should combine with that work.

115Lyndatrue
Edited: Aug 8, 2:28pm Top

Okay, bear with me. After examining the profile, and thinking it over, I'm going to flag it, as well as the "helpful" post here:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/309291#6892147

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

Seriously, someone who is proud of owning no books but his own??? I dunno.

Never mind. User profile is already history. Dang.

118norabelle414
Aug 13, 2:06pm Top

User Smithrin is using reviews of other books to promote their own book on Amazon.
https://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=Smithrin

Please flag the reviews as spam. I've left a message on the user's profile.

1192wonderY
Aug 14, 7:48am Top

http://www.librarything.com/work/23453581

member is probably gone already.

120norabelle414
Aug 15, 11:01am Top

I noticed a spammy member description on Becoming. CK history reveals it was entered by http://www.librarything.com/profile/Halim29. Please flag.

I'm going through their CK history and deleting all the member descriptions they entered. If you'd like to help there's a list here: http://www.librarything.com/commonknowledge/search.php?q=Halim29&f=username&...

121MarthaJeanne
Edited: Aug 15, 11:33am Top

>120 norabelle414: Yuck! But I think we've got them all now.

These were links to a free download site. Some of the books are certainly not being distributed with the permission of the copyright holder.

Not with people like me just having bought them!

1222wonderY
Aug 15, 11:40am Top

>120 norabelle414: He seems all about the free download, using multiple tags referencing it on 61 works - everything he added on June 25th.

123norabelle414
Aug 15, 11:40am Top

>121 MarthaJeanne: If the links were even to a download site! I certainly wasn't about to click on them.
The member has a lifetime account so I think we'll need Loranne's help to zap them. I'll send her a message.

124norabelle414
Aug 15, 11:41am Top

>122 2wonderY: Yes, they even added "download free ebook" to the title of the books they entered. Yuck.

125lilithcat
Edited: Aug 15, 11:54am Top

He also added "Download PDF/Ebook" to a slew of titles.

Some have canonical titles and just need recalculation. Others need canonical titles entered and then recalculation.

126MarthaJeanne
Aug 15, 12:30pm Top

>125 lilithcat: The Work titles look OK now, and we can't change his titles.

127MarthaJeanne
Edited: Aug 19, 7:28am Top

Author spam.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/310312

(Two other copies of this in Book Talk have already disappeared.)

128lilithcat
Aug 19, 8:31am Top

>127 MarthaJeanne:

Just gave it the fourth flag.

There is also one in the Early Reviewers group; unfortunately, it was replied to so the thread won't disappear.

129gilroy
Aug 19, 10:52am Top

>127 MarthaJeanne: See, I'd be cruel and be up to flagging the profile.
The author was warned at 7:17 am and he continued to post spam at 7:40 am...

130lilithcat
Aug 19, 11:32am Top

What makes you think he saw the warning?

131gilroy
Aug 19, 11:39am Top

Nothing, but like I said. I'd be cruel

134haydninvienna
Edited: Aug 26, 3:48am Top

This message has been deleted by its author.

135MarthaJeanne
Edited: Aug 26, 3:49am Top

>134 haydninvienna: I'm not convinced that it is the author, but it is certainly meant to push the new member's blog.

136haydninvienna
Aug 26, 3:55am Top

>135 MarthaJeanne: I deleted the message (which wondered if "justeddy" was plugging his own book) because I poked around a little and decided that "justeddy" probably wasn't "T L Mistlberger". However, you are quite right that he is trying to push traffic to the site linked at the end of the post (which BTW throws a security alert in Firefox). On thinking about it and deciding that the whole deal looks like a bunch of crap, I've flagged both the post and the profile.

For the record:

https://www.librarything.com/profile/justeddy
https://www.librarything.com/topic/310528

137MarthaJeanne
Aug 26, 4:18am Top

>136 haydninvienna: I flagged the post, but neither the profile or the review.

139lilithcat
Aug 26, 8:37am Top

140norabelle414
Aug 26, 10:46pm Top

https://www.librarything.com/profile/siu1988ldh
https://www.librarything.com/profile/arawdog1

sending everyone friend requests. They are lifetime accounts so they'll probably take staff intervention to squash.

141Marissa_Doyle
Aug 26, 10:50pm Top

I also got a friend request from this one: http://www.librarything.com/profile/thenoblesgang
It's not a lifetime account, though, so should be easier to remove.

1422wonderY
Edited: Aug 26, 10:53pm Top

>140 norabelle414:. I got friend requests from dyedye and cachingpixie

Seems a trend.

143Taphophile13
Aug 26, 10:53pm Top

>140 norabelle414:, >141 Marissa_Doyle:
suspect it's some kind of spambot, similar to Sara33?
http://www.librarything.com/topic/310583

has anyone notified staff?

144haydninvienna
Aug 26, 11:49pm Top

I got a couple as well, which I deleted.

146conceptDawg
Aug 27, 1:42am Top

Yep. I'm on it.
Killed nearly 700 accounts so far. Thanks for the info.

147MarthaJeanne
Aug 27, 2:59am Top

Oh, now I get one. I was wondering why I hadn't earlier. But already killed before I saw it.

148Stbalbach
Aug 27, 9:19am Top

Received a friend request from this user

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

Homepage URL. It may be a hacked account due to age sign up 2006.

151lilithcat
Aug 27, 7:27pm Top

>150 MarthaJeanne:

I don't consider that spam. It's a new member who probably doesn't know about venues, so I've pointed her to the LT Local listing for the store.

152MarthaJeanne
Edited: Aug 27, 7:40pm Top

It would definitely count as spam if an author posted the book descriptions. I don't see the bookstore as being any less commercial.

153SandraArdnas
Aug 27, 8:38pm Top

>152 MarthaJeanne: I don't think it's a matter of being more or less commercial. The emphasis is on 'there's a place where it's perfectly OK to post it, but the member seems new and unaware'. A response to that effect and/or personal note seems a better way to go about it than flagging. It is certainly more welcoming if you're not of the opinion someone is deliberately spamming.

Authors are in my experience also pointed to few places where they may plug in their books

154haydninvienna
Aug 28, 12:27am Top

Malaysian or Indonesian betting spam:
https://www.librarything.com/profile/AgentMaxbet
https://www.librarything.com/topic/310621#

Flagged the message and the profile. There are 2 messages on the topic, of which the author has deleted the second. Is this a new trick? I flagged both messages anyway.

157Lyndatrue
Aug 29, 6:35pm Top

>156 MarthaJeanne: I left an additional message. I'd bet money that this is not his first effort, either.

158Taphophile13
Aug 31, 11:00am Top

group about treating hemorrhoids and constipation
https://www.librarything.com/groups/antrvng

161MarthaJeanne
Sep 3, 2:09am Top

164Lyndatrue
Edited: Sep 4, 3:11pm Top

Not exactly an enthusiastic author, but I think the topic's a bit over the line. I'm still trying to decide how to word a suggestion to her that explains why I'm flagging this.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/310860#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/Molly3028

Please note that I'm not suggesting anyone else flag this. If I'd thought about it, I'd have posted over on "Is this Spam?" instead.

165norabelle414
Sep 4, 3:16pm Top

>164 Lyndatrue: If you don't think it should be flagged, you can delete your post or replace the text with "nevermind", etc. It happens all the time.

166Lyndatrue
Edited: Sep 4, 5:40pm Top

>165 norabelle414: I meant to flag it; I just wasn't wanting to suggest it to others. It is gone now, but I see it wasn't the only one.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/310861

...and another...

https://www.librarything.com/topic/310858

167Molly3028
Edited: Sep 4, 9:42pm Top

>164 Lyndatrue:

Why was one of my topics zapped? Why would a post about Wowbrary be zapped? It is an email service for library devotees! Informing library patrons about available books should not be an issue at LibraryThing!!!!!

168lilithcat
Edited: Sep 4, 9:47pm Top

>167 Molly3028:

I didn't see your posts, so I don't know how they were worded, but it's a bit of a red flag when someone makes multiple posts pushing a product or service.

169Molly3028
Edited: Sep 4, 10:03pm Top

>168 lilithcat:

Different people are members of different groups.
Making LibraryThing more user-friendly for library devotees should NOT be considered a posting issue.

170Lyndatrue
Sep 5, 12:18am Top

>167 Molly3028: I'd been trying all day to come up with a good post to leave on your profile page, but in the end, other things distracted me, and I didn't get to it.

Your post was borderline, and I did hesitate to flag it, but when I found another, then it tipped the decision, and I flagged both. You posted it in multiple places (I found and listed three). I realize that you feel wronged, but the places you posted in were random, and not well suited for the announcement. I gently point out that none of the places you posted were oriented towards Libraries, or similar.

I'm sure that your enthusiasm for the subject/book may have pushed you in the direction of posting in multiple places. My guess is that if you hadn't posted in Book Talk with your announcement, no one in Spam Fighters would have noticed.

171Molly3028
Edited: Sep 5, 7:23am Top

>170 Lyndatrue:

Since library-related sites on the Internet are few in number, zapping
info about one of them makes no sense on a site that claims to be
"Library Thing." "Book Thing" would be a more appropriate name.
Wowbrary.com is working to expand the usefulness of public
libraries for its patrons.

Your dictates/rules are senseless and not library or library-patron friendly.

172Molly3028
Sep 5, 7:32am Top

Happy to be a non-paying member of this site!

173gilroy
Sep 5, 8:48am Top

>171 Molly3028: then maybe the site you're pushing like an advertiser should talk to the admin of this site to work out an agreement?

This has to do with keeping ALL advertising to a minimum. Otherwise we get overwhelmed and become as bad as Good Reads, or potentially worse.

Honestly, we are a book cataloging site. NOT a library site, NOT a loaning site, NOT a place to advertise.

174SandraArdnas
Edited: Sep 5, 11:50am Top

>172 Molly3028: You sure sounded like a paid member of the other site. Your post was uninformative, but full of 'oh, wow, this is one great thing, you must visit and you'll see'. It was clearly spam to my eyes

175Lyndatrue
Edited: Sep 7, 1:39am Top

At first I thought this was just in Book Talk, but she's posted in multiple places.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/310950#
https://www.librarything.com/topic/310951#
https://www.librarything.com/topic/310952#
https://www.librarything.com/topic/310953#
https://www.librarything.com/topic/310954#

That last is in a group she made just for posting about the book.

https://www.librarything.com/groups/freetobemechildrenbo

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

I'm about to flag the profile. This doesn't mean you have to, but I suspect it's not going to end well. I've also flagged the group she made. This is a person who has thought things through. I gently point out that it's late, and headed into the weekend.

176MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 7, 1:59am Top

177Taphophile13
Edited: Sep 7, 11:18am Top

tarot readings, black magic, divorce problems etc.
https://www.librarything.com/topic/310968#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/Divorceproblem

in RSI thread!

178haydninvienna
Sep 7, 11:21am Top

>177 Taphophile13: Flagged both the post and the profile.

179MarthaJeanne
Sep 7, 4:23pm Top

Author spam

http://www.librarything.com/topic/310976

Author
http://www.librarything.com/profile/matheusflx
Even authors who can't spell shouldn't be flagged.

180Lyndatrue
Edited: Sep 8, 12:39am Top

It seems like there's always one or two each and every evening.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/310997#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/lnnd

ETA: Gone, at least for now...

181MarthaJeanne
Edited: Sep 9, 1:29am Top

1922wonderY
Edited: Sep 18, 7:42am Top

1932wonderY
Sep 18, 7:58am Top

This law group is being particularly persistent. Fourth time needing to zap them

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

194tardis
Sep 18, 5:44pm Top

>192 2wonderY: I feel special!

195Lyndatrue
Edited: Sep 21, 12:44am Top

It's early, but they're starting up.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/311375#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/iylc

ETA: At least the response was quick. Already taken care of.

196Lyndatrue
Edited: Today, 3:00am Top

It seems a bit early, yet again.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/311497#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/ullc

ETA: Already gone, yet again.

This profile has been flagged a couple of times, and more importantly, the spam posted by the account is long gone, with four flags. It ought to be gone, now, too, and yet it's still there (and still, I'd like to point out, capable of posting more spam).

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

197Lyndatrue
Today, 3:05am Top

Perhaps everyone else is off playing the Pirate thing...

https://www.librarything.com/topic/311499
https://www.librarything.com/profile/glanbvgfLee

I dunno. I'm off to bed, it's late.

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