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1lilithcat
Sep 29, 2019, 10:32am

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.)

4MarthaJeanne
Sep 30, 2019, 5:58am

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

5Taphophile13
Edited: Oct 1, 2019, 12:52pm

new group: 7 ways to deal with bad smell of apartment toilets
https://www.librarything.com/groups/ruthamcauquanghong

profile and group now gone

6Lyndatrue
Oct 1, 2019, 4:29pm

Hoping this is just an enthusiastic author.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/311736#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/John_Lars_Zwerenz

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

72wonderY
Oct 3, 2019, 12:00pm

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.

8gilroy
Oct 4, 2019, 3:48pm

9Lyndatrue
Edited: Oct 5, 2019, 12:56am

10haydninvienna
Oct 9, 2019, 6:31am

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

11MarthaJeanne
Edited: Oct 10, 2019, 6:24am

http://www.librarything.com/topic/311920

Spamming on a new spam topic!

Both messages and both members need flagging.

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

13norabelle414
Oct 10, 2019, 9:57am

>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?)

14karenb
Oct 10, 2019, 4:31pm

<13
Email to info@LT also works.

15norabelle414
Oct 11, 2019, 9:07am

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

16MarthaJeanne
Oct 11, 2019, 9:09am

>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.

17norabelle414
Oct 11, 2019, 9:15am

>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.

18MarthaJeanne
Oct 11, 2019, 10:25am

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.

19lilithcat
Oct 12, 2019, 7:28pm

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

21karenb
Oct 14, 2019, 4:40am

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)

22tardis
Oct 14, 2019, 8:04am

http://www.librarything.com/topic/312060
http://www.librarything.com/profile/BernadRcPrintzo

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

252wonderY
Oct 16, 2019, 5:17pm

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

https://www.librarything.com/profile/jared111

https://www.librarything.com/work/22088739/reviews/173618280

262wonderY
Oct 16, 2019, 5:27pm

This profile

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

for posting spam instead of a published review:

http://www.librarything.com/work/708696

27MarthaJeanne
Oct 16, 2019, 5:31pm

282wonderY
Oct 17, 2019, 7:42am

35lilithcat
Oct 24, 2019, 9:59am

Author spam: http://www.librarything.com/topic/312313

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

Looks like this is not his first foray into spam. There's a profile comment from last month.

37lilithcat
Oct 24, 2019, 10:26am

>36 norabelle414:

Yes, but it's not a TOS violation for an author to review his own book. Tacky, but not flaggable.

39lilithcat
Oct 25, 2019, 8:46am

412wonderY
Nov 5, 2019, 8:38am

My computer is being infernally slow this morning.

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

43lilithcat
Nov 5, 2019, 6:49pm

What appears to be a very feeble attempt by an author to advertise his books:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/312708
https://www.librarything.com/topic/312709

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

I've left a message on his profile.

45gilroy
Nov 7, 2019, 7:57am

The Spam Works voting seems to be a lot of zero copy separations and then marked as spam, which is incorrect. I managed to recombine them, but they still need at least two votes to kill the spam suggestion.

Plus, maybe we should let staff know that there's a user who misunderstands the zero copy situation?

48Lyndatrue
Edited: Nov 9, 2019, 1:44am

You never know.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/312792#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/uhthygdiLee

Flag the topic and the account. Please.

ETA: Naturally, two seconds after I give up, and hit enter, both are gone. No worries.

49norabelle414
Edited: Nov 13, 2019, 9:43am

Enthusiastic publisher: https://www.librarything.com/profile/CentraPublishing
I did leave a profile message but I tend to be harsher on publishers (they should know better) than authors so I won't tell you if I think you should flag or not :-)

Definitely flag:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/312606#6966884
https://www.librarything.com/topic/311737#6966888
https://www.librarything.com/topic/312592#6966887
https://www.librarything.com/topic/312065#6966883

50MarthaJeanne
Nov 13, 2019, 10:00am

The messages are gone.

Putting the same message up multiple times without any connection to the topic is just plain nasty spam.

512wonderY
Nov 13, 2019, 11:04am

>50 MarthaJeanne: That's a good note to the profile. I might do the same thing. Did anyone flag the profile? I think the behavior is very spam.

52MarthaJeanne
Nov 13, 2019, 11:46am

Well, good grief. Two of those messages were on people's reading blogs.

53Lyndatrue
Edited: Nov 13, 2019, 4:10pm

>49 norabelle414: (and others) Some people don't qualify for kindness. Account is now tombified (yes, that is too a word, because I just made it). I loathe spammers.

54norabelle414
Nov 13, 2019, 11:12pm

>53 Lyndatrue: I believe everyone qualifies for kindness, but I guess that's just me.

572wonderY
Nov 14, 2019, 11:25am

58MarthaJeanne
Nov 14, 2019, 11:34am

60MarthaJeanne
Nov 14, 2019, 5:21pm

>59 MarthaJeanne: All topics gone.

61MarthaJeanne
Edited: Nov 16, 2019, 3:21pm

http://www.librarything.com/topic/313073

Author http://www.librarything.com/profile/mmyers101att.net has been warned before (Jan 2016) about promotion.

Note the book is in the subject, so any answers there leave the title visible in book talk.

ETA Gone now.

62gilroy
Nov 16, 2019, 5:46pm

If previously warned, I don't care how long ago, that's a flagging offense to me... But I'm mean and heartless...

63MarthaJeanne
Nov 16, 2019, 5:47pm

I didn't flag her, but if anyone had answered the spam message I would have.

64passion4reading
Nov 20, 2019, 3:30am

Several links to Mumbai escort services in haiku:

http://www.librarything.com/work/393681#haiku

65MarthaJeanne
Nov 20, 2019, 3:44am

I have deleted the spam placed there by http://www.librarything.com/profile/mumbai_girls.

Just checked. That account is now suspended.

662wonderY
Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 12:40pm

new member

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

created a new group and posted in all the groups he joined.

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

I left a profile message.

70MarthaJeanne
Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 1:02pm

>69 lilithcat: That one is now gone.

The only topic still active is https://www.librarything.com/topic/313177 - also gone now.

71Taphophile13
Nov 20, 2019, 2:16pm

722wonderY
Nov 20, 2019, 2:21pm

73MarthaJeanne
Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 2:24pm

>71 Taphophile13: Gone.

>72 2wonderY: I just put a new topic up there asking why anyone would pay $25 for this self-published book, sight unseen when there are so many great classic children's Christmas books going for much less.

742wonderY
Nov 20, 2019, 3:22pm

>73 MarthaJeanne: **chuckle** A good use of the page.

76karenb
Nov 20, 2019, 11:42pm

I'm not sure what's going with this work. Looks like someone has combined a bunch of different works together, possibly including spam? The reviews talk about different works -- including spam works.

(I found it in the library of the user in >75 karenb: -- even though I separated their title out of the larger work.)

https://www.librarything.com/work/23641284/175575788

77lilithcat
Nov 21, 2019, 9:02am

>76 karenb:

I'm in the process of separating out the different works. Help always welcome!

78MarthaJeanne
Edited: Nov 21, 2019, 10:38am

The editions page is nearly empty, but the work still shows 851 copies.

https://www.librarything.com/work/23641284

79lilithcat
Edited: Nov 21, 2019, 10:53am

And still slews of covers. Some are flagged, wrongly, as "spam" and/or "not a cover". I've gone through and flagged them as "inapplicable to this work".

80gilroy
Nov 21, 2019, 3:33pm

Was this related or somehow linked to one of our black hole works where all sorts of wrong things got combined incorrectly?

81MarthaJeanne
Nov 21, 2019, 3:34pm

I think it has to be a black hole work.

822wonderY
Nov 21, 2019, 4:16pm

http://www.librarything.com/profile/Karen1357

and the work is spam as well
http://www.librarything.com/work/23931891

It's the real name of the business at the end of the link in the profile description.

83Taphophile13
Nov 21, 2019, 11:15pm

New group looking for beta readers for novel:
https://www.librarything.com/groups/buscobetareaders

My Spanish is decades old so I don't trust myself to craft an adequate message to the author. Perhaps someone else can advise the author:
https://www.librarything.com/profile/MargoAndBattle

84karenb
Nov 24, 2019, 2:32am

One user started a spam topic and added a work that apparently names the company that sells the stuff in the spam topic.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/313290
https://www.librarything.com/work/23938695/175759326

85Lyndatrue
Nov 24, 2019, 2:35am

>84 karenb: All that's left now is the work, which needs a couple more flags to vanish into the obscurity it deserves. The user is suspended, and the topics are entirely gone.

I'm off to sleep, perchance to dream...

86haydninvienna
Nov 24, 2019, 2:49am

>83 Taphophile13: >84 karenb: added a flag. Looks like 1 more is needed.

87MarthaJeanne
Nov 24, 2019, 3:38am

88Lyndatrue
Nov 24, 2019, 12:42pm

Over on the spam folder, I noticed a "post" which has been given the "lifesaver" option (and I'm not taking it, because I agree with the estimation of its spam-like qualities).

Google translate says:

"Greetings to all, I welcome this group of readers from which I hope we get the most benefit for recreational reading. I hope we share many enriching experiences for everyone and share our resources or experiences."

Note that it is in a group created by the poster:

https://www.librarything.com/profile/gmercado6

My favorite part of this is the single tag though. She's new, and those are actual books in her account. I dunno. I'd try using Google to translate the standard "You've transgressed, but it's your first time, and here's where the rules are," but there's no sign that those rules will be helpful.

Far as I know, they're mostly just in English. She's from San Juan (or so the profile says).

I dunno. I'm feeling generous, and will defer to someone else making the hard decisions.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/313303
https://www.librarything.com/groups/clubdelectoresdeuagm

To be clear, I'm not rescuing the post from the spam folder, and I did flag the group (but unflagged it, awaiting group consensus). It's really borderline, all of it, and I prefer someone else making the decisions of what to do...

89Taphophile13
Nov 24, 2019, 1:08pm

902wonderY
Nov 24, 2019, 1:12pm

>88 Lyndatrue: A longtime LT member from San Juan has joined the group.

91Lyndatrue
Nov 24, 2019, 1:56pm

>89 Taphophile13: As I'd said, I completely defer to people with kinder, gentler dispositions. Yes, I know that UAGM is a real University (hence my first moment of "Wait just a minute...or so"). I posted that more than an hour ago, and I'm usually kinder as the day wears on. I've learned to merely report, and not to take action, when things seem borderline.

No worries, y'all. I'm a slow learner, but I prefer to err on the side of caution (especially of late). So it goes.

92Taphophile13
Nov 24, 2019, 2:03pm

>91 Lyndatrue: Nothing wrong with caution. Better to ask first.

99MarthaJeanne
Edited: Nov 30, 2019, 8:30am

>98 2wonderY: Well, it is good that they are learning that entering a few books doesn't beat LT's spam systems. Maybe they will even pass that on.

100Lyndatrue
Dec 2, 2019, 8:52pm

Enthusiastic Author syndrome strikes again:

https://www.librarything.com/profile/AdrianVAuthor
(Already has a comment)

https://www.librarything.com/topic/313568#
(Needs two more flags, please.)

101Lyndatrue
Edited: Dec 2, 2019, 9:11pm

Here's another (but one that deserves no pity). I've seen her before, and note the leftover bits from lesmel on the profile (which I'm flagging).

https://www.librarything.com/profile/leann1234
https://www.librarything.com/topic/313570

(It masquerades as a plea for help, in the world's worst run-on sentence.)

ETA: Everything is now done, and thanks to others for their help.

102lilithcat
Dec 2, 2019, 9:10pm

>101 Lyndatrue:

Both topic and poster are now gone.

104haydninvienna
Dec 3, 2019, 3:51am

This is cheeky: https://www.librarything.com/topic/313581#
Flagged the profile and all 3 messages.

105andyl
Dec 3, 2019, 4:06am

>104 haydninvienna:

4 messages now!

106MarthaJeanne
Dec 3, 2019, 4:16am

107haydninvienna
Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 4:17am

This message has been deleted by its author.

108haydninvienna
Dec 3, 2019, 11:02am

Overenthusiastic author spam?:https://www.librarything.com/topic/313589#6983966

109lilithcat
Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 11:05am

https://www.librarything.com/topic/313589#6983966

Well, whatever it was, it's gone now.

1102wonderY
Dec 3, 2019, 11:06am

And MarthaJeanne left a message for the new member.

111MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 11:15am

It may not even have been author spam, but it could well have been. It was certainly a misuse of talk, and new member, book nobody has entered, self published recently is awfully suspicious. I didn't mention spam, just said that the way to review a book is by entering it first and entering the review there.

112haydninvienna
Dec 3, 2019, 11:33am

>111 MarthaJeanne: Yes. I did note that no-one had entered any copies of the book, not even the poster.

113MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 2:22pm

There is now a 0 copy work, as I was trying to find out more about it and mistakenly entered it for a few moments.

I got a Thank you from http://www.librarything.com/profile/RevReal, and the book is now entered with the review there. Just goes to show that some of these people really are teachable.

115Taphophile13
Edited: Dec 4, 2019, 1:15am

116norabelle414
Dec 4, 2019, 9:54am

118Lyndatrue
Dec 4, 2019, 3:26pm

>117 MarthaJeanne: Just in case someone else is puzzled, there's extra stuff beyond the profile on the provided link. The profile is:

https://www.librarything.com/profile/navistar96

121Lyndatrue
Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 1:31am

>120 amanda4242: There's two more posts that need one more flag, within that group. I really think that "Enthusiastic Author" isn't quite right here. She knows all the tricks, and she's pulled out all the stops. If the account isn't locked by tomorrow morning, I may flag it myself.

For reference, the two topics in the group (which is join to post/flag) are:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/313716
https://www.librarything.com/topic/313715

122MarthaJeanne
Dec 7, 2019, 2:40am

>121 Lyndatrue: Those are gone now.

123Taphophile13
Dec 7, 2019, 9:10pm

1262wonderY
Dec 9, 2019, 12:41pm

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

translation sez selling sanitaryware products at the best prices.

127MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 9, 2019, 12:44pm

>126 2wonderY: Gone.

I'm having problems getting this to stop showing an unread message.

ETA That worked.

128Lyndatrue
Dec 10, 2019, 10:37pm

Okay, this is NOT spam, but some of the kindest people I know frequent the thread, and I hope someone steps up to this.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/313806#
https://www.librarything.com/profile/ajalvarezr

His primary language is Espanol, but he appears to speak and read English as well. After putting his profile statement through Google Translate, I was touched, and am hoping that someone will provide an explanation of why his library should be public, rather than private, and perhaps provide a Welcome to LT while you're at it.

I'm not up to it, but I'm hoping someone else is.

129lilithcat
Dec 10, 2019, 10:47pm

I'm afraid my Spanish is pretty much non-existent, so I hope someone who can will follow up.

130Lyndatrue
Dec 11, 2019, 12:55am

>129 lilithcat: I don't think that it needs to be in Spanish at all. I'm just looking for someone who has more kindness than I...

137MarthaJeanne
Dec 18, 2019, 10:14am

140MarthaJeanne
Dec 19, 2019, 3:06am

>139 passion4reading: I have flagged it. See the CK history (all) to see that it was spam.

141passion4reading
Dec 19, 2019, 4:06am

>140 MarthaJeanne: Thank you. I didn't know how to flag a work spam before, only members :)

Merry Christmas!

142MarthaJeanne
Dec 19, 2019, 5:36am

>141 passion4reading: It's on the edition page.

1432wonderY
Dec 19, 2019, 7:16am

Has anyone gone into CK history to see where else that member planted spam?

144gilroy
Edited: Dec 20, 2019, 9:55am

>138 MarthaJeanne: Group was recreated and author is posting spam posts again.
I'm flagging the profile this time.

145MarthaJeanne
Dec 20, 2019, 10:52am

>144 gilroy: He's suspended now.

146Taphophile13
Dec 21, 2019, 12:59am

author offering chance to win his book:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/314183#
https://www.librarything.com/groups/guyboulianne

does anyone have sufficient French skills to advise the author:
https://www.librarything.com/profile/guyboulianne

147Lyndatrue
Edited: Dec 21, 2019, 1:15am

>146 Taphophile13: I just used Google Translate to convert the usual message (with an extra note at the bottom saying that I don't speak French, and that I used google translate to do it).

ETA: The topic's gone. The group needs more flags.

148Taphophile13
Dec 21, 2019, 1:15am

>147 Lyndatrue: Thanks. That should work and the book give-away post is already gone.

149Lyndatrue
Dec 21, 2019, 1:03pm

>148 Taphophile13: Interesting to note that he apparently speaks English, and sent an apology, and a suggestion that the group should also be deleted. I also have a "friend" request from him, and I'm trying to think of a kind way to say no.

Ah, well. It was nice to see an apology, just the same.

1502wonderY
Edited: Dec 21, 2019, 1:19pm

>149 Lyndatrue: Just say that "friend" has a much different usage here than other sites.

151Taphophile13
Dec 21, 2019, 1:32pm

>149 Lyndatrue: An apology is nicer than arguing with you that they should be allowed to advertise their work. I think only he or staff can delete the group.

Some members respond that they only friend people they know in real life. Or you can just ignore him.

152karenb
Edited: Dec 22, 2019, 3:22am

153MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 22, 2019, 3:37am

>152 karenb: Not to mention that the cover displayed is for a different title.

Getting back the man For what it's worth, Amazon hasn't heard of that one either.

154karenb
Dec 22, 2019, 4:31am

>153 MarthaJeanne:

Getting back the man -- The cover matches the title, and it's in the library of a member with a couple thousand books. So okay enough, is my guess?

155MarthaJeanne
Dec 22, 2019, 4:58am

This is very weird, because it doesn't fit well in that library. But, yes, I think it's OK.

Note that it has the spam tags attached to it, but they are not from the member's library.

156karenb
Dec 22, 2019, 5:15pm

>155 MarthaJeanne:
Yes, the persistence of tags across combining & separating can produce odd results.

158lilithcat
Edited: Dec 23, 2019, 3:21pm

Author/publisher spam: http://www.librarything.com/topic/314274

Profile: http://www.librarything.com/profile/Larraine.Brandon

(Comment left.)

Well, that was fast.

1592wonderY
Dec 25, 2019, 9:11am

Spam group
http://www.librarything.com/groups/awesomeonlinestore

new member says he's an SEO manager, some valid titles, a few that might be spam; I'm not sure.
http://www.librarything.com/profile/HenceTherik

160MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 25, 2019, 10:12am

>159 2wonderY: Books were all entered from Amazon, so even the spammy looking singletons aren't officially spam.

(But starting that group makes him a spammer.)

161Taphophile13
Edited: Dec 25, 2019, 11:11am

162MarthaJeanne
Dec 27, 2019, 2:06pm

http://www.librarything.com/topic/309399#7004462

Author spam from someone who ought to know better, since he's been a member for over a year.
http://www.librarything.com/profile/DrDhillon

163gilroy
Dec 27, 2019, 4:29pm

>162 MarthaJeanne: I feel like he got suspended for advertising once before for some reason.

164Lyndatrue
Edited: Dec 27, 2019, 4:38pm

>162 MarthaJeanne: I left a message on the profile. I never understand someone who uploads book titles that they are clearly the author of, and then rates them. Nice to see that the author thinks they all deserve five stars. I note that some of the books are owned by more than one member...

There's more that I might say, but I'm beginning to lose hope. Ah, well.

It's almost the new year. Joyous holidays to you all. :-}

ETA:
>163 gilroy: I believe the same. In fact, it seems that there was a previous comment on his profile about it...

165MarthaJeanne
Edited: Dec 27, 2019, 4:40pm

>163 gilroy: You're right. http://www.librarything.com/topic/291724#6559869 and several other messages after that.

Obviously not teachable.

166Taphophile13
Dec 27, 2019, 5:05pm

>165 MarthaJeanne: The Sandy Harper profile in that post was suspended and is now back as Sandy Harp:
https://www.librarything.com/profile/SandyHarp

167Lyndatrue
Dec 27, 2019, 5:13pm

I just flagged both accounts, and suggest that they are both deserving of it. I'd be unsurprised to find that it was the same person behind both, in the end...

168MarthaJeanne
Dec 28, 2019, 2:08am

Both are now suspended.

1722wonderY
Dec 31, 2019, 4:08pm

Really obnoxious author spam posting

http://www.librarything.com/topic/314755

Someone else better leave a message. I won't be nice.

http://www.librarything.com/profile/Braschi13

174lilithcat
Dec 31, 2019, 4:11pm

>172 2wonderY:

I've left a message, but if he's anything like the subject of his book, he'll ignore it.

175MarthaJeanne
Dec 31, 2019, 4:11pm

The topic was spam. The work isn't.

176lilithcat
Dec 31, 2019, 4:12pm

>173 haydninvienna:

Whatever you may think of the book, it's not spam. It's an actual book.

177haydninvienna
Dec 31, 2019, 4:13pm

>172 2wonderY: >174 lilithcat: The profile suggests that other kinds of spam will follow.

I’ve flagged the book as spam.

178lilithcat
Dec 31, 2019, 4:23pm

>177 haydninvienna:

Please read the "Spam Works Guidelines": https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/HelpThing:Spam_works

And note: Abuse of the guidelines is against the Terms of Service.

179Lyndatrue
Edited: Dec 31, 2019, 5:34pm

>178 lilithcat: I accidentally flagged the book as spam while I was looking at it. I wasn't too worried, at first, because I figured I'd just delete the flag. Nope, not possible. Please go vote against my flag, unless you can explain how I can remove it.

I plead a sudden spasm of stupidity in the original flagging.

https://www.librarything.com/work/24059331

Help?

ETA: It's gone now, for whatever reason, and I'm going to be more careful now.

180lilithcat
Dec 31, 2019, 5:44pm

>179 Lyndatrue:

It's gone now, for whatever reason

Probably enough people voted "no".

182haydninvienna
Jan 1, 11:32am

>178 lilithcat: In my case probably distaste for the guy’s cheek. Promise not to misbehave again.

184rodneyvc
Jan 4, 3:57pm

There seems to be some vandalism going on around author https://www.librarything.com/author/tomlinsonpatricks - I've let Kristi know.

186MarthaJeanne
Edited: Jan 4, 5:38pm

>184 rodneyvc: and https://www.librarything.com/profile/ExBoxMarriedJon

I just deleted the CK which was corrupted.

187MarthaJeanne
Jan 4, 5:42pm

Both those members have been suspended.

188Lyndatrue
Edited: Jan 4, 7:48pm

There's another one. The person who uploaded an image and made it primary was probably one of the same people. The image was obscene, and part of the current vandalism directed against the author. I'm going to make the original picture the primary one. The account "FatrickFarts" is the one that uploaded it today (that account is suspended now, too).

189Lyndatrue
Jan 4, 7:47pm

Both of the offensive pictures are now gone, and I'm going to go and scrub my brain.

It feels like Reddit, a place I do not visit. I prefer it on Library Thing, and I'm grateful that this is an unusual event.

190amanda4242
Jan 4, 8:02pm

https://www.librarything.com/profile/adrienneluvsjon added an abusive review from Goodreads to the published reviews section of https://www.librarything.com/work/24074875/summary.

191Lyndatrue
Edited: Jan 4, 8:11pm

This just seems endless. I note that the account which seems to be the author's personal account, is almost certainly not. It was created today, and has a single unkind comment on the image. I forgot to add the actual account.

https://www.librarything.com/profile/patrick_s-tomlinson

I just don't understand people. :-{

193karenb
Edited: Jan 4, 8:33pm

And I'm pretty sure that https://www.librarything.com/profile/cat_rambo (the first CK vandal) isn't actually Cat Rambo.

ETA: And cleared one more bit of spam out of one of Tomlinson's works. (I also deleted the canonical titles, but those weren't spam, just "neatening" of series titles).

195Taphophile13
Jan 4, 8:42pm

I just sent a message to Tim to check the flagged gallery history for the author page.

196karenb
Jan 5, 1:09am

197Lyndatrue
Jan 5, 1:15am

It's rather a sad business. Now even the actual author photograph is gone (but better that the the pornography). I should point out that I've verified that the last title (In The Black) is not a real work by this author.

198amanda4242
Jan 5, 1:29am

>197 Lyndatrue: Is it fake? Amazon has it as coming out in October.

199karenb
Jan 5, 1:40am

Oh, and apparently this is spillover from people who were on Reddit and doing massive stuff (i.e., hundreds of fake accounts -- including imitating actual authors -- and reviews) on GR. So, expect more of the same?

Added a bit more actual info to the author page.

200Lyndatrue
Edited: Jan 5, 2:10am

>198 amanda4242: I searched on Amazon for about fifteen minutes, and didn't find it. I am glad you found it. I was suspicious of it initially because the single copy here on LT is owned by one of the miscreants. I think that Tim or other staff needs to lock the ability to make free accounts... Yeah, yeah, I know the arguments against it, and I probably agree with them.

201gilroy
Jan 5, 7:50am

Does this come from a bunch of bored people or did the author(s) do something wrong?

I refuse to acknowledge Reddit as anything more than a another version of a twitter hate machine.

202amanda4242
Jan 5, 12:56pm

>199 karenb: I don't think it will get as bad over here. LT is much quicker to suspend accounts than GR so I'm hoping the trolls will give up here when they see they can't get the same traction.

>200 Lyndatrue: Huh, I found it immediately just by searching the author's name.

>201 gilroy: I was scrolling through his twitter feed last night and it looks like he pissed off a toxic group on Reddit who then decided to attack him on GR.

204Lyndatrue
Jan 5, 2:52pm

>203 lilithcat: Interesting link. I'd already seen that the book did indeed exist, even if it was at the pre-order stage. I'd been suspicious mostly due to the single holder (one of the group from yesterday persisting in the vandalism). The author's bio on Amazon makes him seem ordinary, but a bit foolhardy (i.e. posting about reviews on Amazon being from the Reddit group and all).

The link, however, provided the author's website, and I note that someone has fleshed out the author page from that link. It's just really a shame that people seem to have (mostly) lost their ability to behave past the spoiled toddler stage. Ah, well.

I'm never leaving here. It's pleasant to see so very many people behave with kindness and courtesy.

207lilithcat
Jan 7, 9:47am

Past time for a new thread.
This topic was continued by Spam reporting thread #70.