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Spam reporting thread #69

This is a continuation of the topic Spam reporting thread #68.

Spam Fighters!

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Sep 29, 10:32am 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: 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.)

Sep 30, 5:58am Top

>3 karenb: Of course it's been there for over six years.

Edited: Oct 1, 12:52pm Top

new group: 7 ways to deal with bad smell of apartment toilets

profile and group now gone

Oct 1, 4:29pm Top

Hoping this is just an enthusiastic author.


I've flagged the post; I'm off to leave the Welcome to LT post on his profile.

Oct 3, 12:00pm Top

Note to self

carolsteffes new member today joined several groups. I flagged the profile for a spam link in the description of one of the profile images.

Oct 4, 3:48pm Top

Oct 9, 6:31am Top

Business "know-how": https://www.librarything.com/topic/121971#6938476
Flagged the profile as well.

Edited: Oct 10, 6:24am Top


Spamming on a new spam topic!

Both messages and both members need flagging.

https://www.librarything.com/profile/RudeWarner could still use flags.

Oct 10, 9:57am Top

>11 MarthaJeanne: RudeWarner is a lifetime account, so it'll take staff intervention. I left a note for Kristi (I think she's the right person to contact now that Loranne is gone?)

Oct 10, 4:31pm Top

Email to info@LT also works.

Oct 11, 9:07am Top

>13 norabelle414: Kristi was the right person to message. The account is suspended now.

Oct 11, 9:09am Top

>15 norabelle414: Great! If lifetime accounts are hard to flag for spamming, maybe that shouldn't count for people who got free lifetime when the signed up by app today. Or make it life + fifty books.

Oct 11, 9:15am Top

>16 MarthaJeanne: Or even just make it take many more flags than a free account? Thankfully it seems like the spammers haven't figured out how to get free lifetime accounts, since we don't run across it very often.

Oct 11, 10:25am Top

It's just SOOOO satisfying to see them disappear, but when they don't it's frustrating. Seeing the bad guys disappear is all the pay we get for this work.

Oct 12, 7:28pm Top

Author spam: http://www.librarything.com/topic/312001

He also started a group to promote his audio books: http://www.librarything.com/groups/freeaudiobooks

I've left a comment on his profile: http://www.librarything.com/profile/GuyLozier

Oct 14, 4:40am Top

user: https://www.librarything.com/profile/healthentic
work: https://www.librarything.com/work/15912241/117602666
(Could find no record of such a work -- online, at Amazon, or Worldcat)

Oct 14, 8:04am Top


Has catalogued a couple of books (one of which may be real) but still spammer.

Oct 16, 5:17pm Top

Take a look at this yahoo, the book he added, incorrectly combined with a real book and the review



Oct 16, 5:27pm Top

This profile


for posting spam instead of a published review:


Oct 16, 5:31pm Top

Oct 17, 7:42am Top

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