Jamie Thomson

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What are Microsoft doing about comment spam on Live Spaces?

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Earlier today I wrote a, possibly ill-advised, reactionary blog entry after receiving 51 spam comments in the space of an hour on my Live Space. I’ve calmed down a bit now and to their credit Microsoft, in the shape of Windows Live community manager Marcus Schmidt, posted the following response in the comments:

I’ve talked to the Spaces team and this is what we’re doing with the Wave 3 release that is rolling out today to help mitigate the spam problem:

1.  We’ve taken some measures on the backend that will reduce the amount of comment spam

2.  We’re actively looking for and disabling spammer accounts

3.  We’ve built a better recent comments page that will allow you to see up to 50 recent comments on one page and delete any spam comments from that page.

4.  We’re continuing to invest in anti-spam and abuse measures that will roll out in future releases.

Plus we’re doing some more secretive stuff that I can’t really declare publicly because it would tip off the spammers. 

Well its good to know that there are changes in wave 3 meant to combat this (I had previously been told nothing was going to happen in this regard in wave 3) and moreover it sounds as though proper prevention methods are on the way. Good news – now let’s hope that those methods are delivered sooner rather than later.

Thanks Marcus!



Written by Jamiet

December 2, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

4 Responses

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  1. You’re welcome.  :-)
    Here’s hoping today marks the first day that spam volumes start their downward slide to zero.


    December 2, 2008 at 9:24 pm

  2. Nice to seem Microsoft teams actually commenting on posts and taking measures to reduce spam


    December 2, 2008 at 10:11 pm

  3. Good to know. My space has also been innundated by spam from some LCD monitor reseller or something. Glad to see that people who can actually fix this read these posts.Thanks!


    December 3, 2008 at 2:40 am

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