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This forum used to be concerned only with Hotmail. But, Spaces, as well as other Windows Live features were added to the forum which was renamed last week.
As Windows Live is very concerned about spam issues in Hotmail, I thought spam issues in Spaces should be brought to light, also.
I decided to take this opportunity to try (again) to get relief from the Spam situation in Windows Live Spaces. I posted the following discussion:
I explained the problem with the Spam situation in Spaces, as I have been doing for over a year is various ways as opportunities arise, hoping that Windows Live Administration would address the problem.
There are quite a number of other Windows Live users who are, and have been, looking to me to represent them in this situation.
Here is a copy of my first post in the discussion:
Dear Windows Live Administration:
I have been reporting Windows Live Spaces comment spam for over a year. The offending accounts do nothing except post miles of urls in blog comments. For those lucky enough to have this problem, here is a visual aid:
I get miles of spam comments like that two or three times a week. I have to delete all of the spam comments in order to see friends’ comments made before the spam was posted.
Months after the accounts are reported: (https://support.live.com/eform.aspx?productKey=wlprofileabuse&ct=eformts) the accounts are still open and actively spamming. Why are these accounts allowed to remain open?
It is too easy to get a "No Name" account. A spammer can get a "No Name" account and start spamming in one second.
Please, Windows Live Admin, put in place a way for us to report spammers and for you to close the accounts.
Here is my most recent post in the discussion. You can see the nature of the spam problem, and the lack of response to it, here (for clarity, my words will be in italics):
Dear Windows Live Administration:
I just got a response from one of my recent spammer reports. First off, here is my abuse report:
Please enter the URL (Web address) of the Profile you are reporting. (Example: http://profilename.profile.live.com)
Type of Abuse
Location of Abuse (include exact link or cut and paste the content into the details section below)
Please provide as much detail as possible regarding the abuse or offensive behavior you are reporting to help us investigate the issue quickly
This is a spammer. Please close this account immediately. X
The response below asks for more details. But, there are no more details to give. All of the information to show the abuse that this account holder is doing is clearly shown in their profile. Each space shown in the profile received miles of spam.
I lobbied last year for "Spam" to be added to the drop down menu, and it finally was. It did not change the situation.
I’ve been told several times in this forum to be patient and await a solution. The problem is that I feel that you are not aware of the problem. I am sticking my neck out and representing everybody who this spam effects.
I am not a crackpot. I am a current Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. But, I am concerned about issues in spaces and I want to help bring about a solution.
Spaces has been my online home for five years. I am saddened that my beloved Spaces neighborhood has been allowed to become a garbage dump.
Thank you for writing to Windows Live Profile Customer Support.
We appreciate your effort in reporting unacceptable activity in Windows Live Profile. However, in order to proceed with the investigation, please provide the following information:
– A clear description of the violation
– Profile name
– Profile URL (http://profilename.profile.live.com)
– Body of Comment / Date posted / Violation URL (if violation can be found on Profile What’s New)
– Body of Note / Date posted / Violation URL (if violation can be found on found on Profile Notes)
If your concern does not involve a Windows Live Profile, please specify the exact MSN or Windows Live Service (Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail, etc.) that your inquiry is related to, so we can direct you to the appropriate support channel.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Windows Live Support Team
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