If you read nothing else, here's the TLDR: Rule 2 prohibits anything related to apparel. If there's a submission about shirts, hoodies, hats, shoes, etc, then please report it.
Previously posted about this a year ago if anyone recalls
That out of the way I'm going to try to explain this in some detail. Bear in mind this is a reddit-wide problem and not exclusive to /r/Lovecraft. Reading and understanding this will be a big help to users and mods across the site.
A common anti-spam/trolling measure that the majority of subreddits use has to do with setting a minimum requirement on account age and karma. That's not to say new accounts get lost to the void, it just means they're often screened first. I'm sure a number of folks here have been on the receiving end of that, frequently much to their dismay, but there's a good reason for it.
You may be familiar with the notion of accounts being groomed and traded to use for spamming to bypass these requirements, to make the accounts seem more normal. I'm going to be discussing the bottom rung of that problem and the one you're most likely to see in a large number of subs.
So first of all, let's cover how these spammers are getting through age and karma requirements because it's kind of shitty.
To sum that up, they're copy/pasting popular submissions from a subreddit with one account, and copy/pasting the highest voted comment with a second account. Swap and repeat. This nets them both link and comment karma, then they age the account for 1-3 months.
If you see this happen enough and follow it around it's apparent that people are very bad at spotting this behaviour. You'll often see these spam bots get gilded even for blatantly stolen posts.
Once they've got their accounts aged and farmed they go to work with the apparel spam.
This was an example of one earlier today that got through for a brief period without being removed or reported.
That's the point where you should be reporting the post without having to think too much, it's a shirt so it's against the rules. If it gets reported then a mod will put eyes on it shortly and deal with it (here at least, not all mods are active or vigilant).
These spammers all tend to follow some consistent naming patterns.
WordWordNumber (PrettyGear0), Word_Word (Lopsided_Walk), random letters and numbers (l2a9feekv0), Word-Word (Prudent-Home).
That's not all of them but you can almost always spot a pattern if you click on the username and see what posts they've commented on (there won't be many). Like I mentioned before, they work in pairs almost all the time.
Again, being able to spot this will be a big help across reddit because this is a persistent and difficult problem to deal with.
If you have questions please ask, I understand if this is difficult to follow from a non-moderator perspective.submitted by /u/LG03