There are still many “No Name” accounts in existence, but it appears that they are no longer available for new accounts. Here’s the background:
At least as recently as a few months ago when I previously had logged out and tested it, a “No Name” account was immediately given when somebody without a Windows Live account attempted to make a comment in a space.
After the “No Name” account was given, the new user was invited to go to their new profile and personalize it with a name and other profile information. Many spammers did not personalize their accounts, hence the proliferation of “No Name” spammer accounts in Windows Live.
There has been a change between then and now. Because of a comment of my thread in the Windows Live Solution Center: Windows Live Spaces comment spam is out of control I logged out of my account last night to see if the system has changed, and apparently it has.
Now, when someone without an account goes to the comment area, they now see this:
In order to get an account, a user must agree to the Microsoft service agreement as shown at the bottom of the form above. Below is a portion of the agreement:
There is no reason this account, and other spammer accounts, should be allowed to remain open. Now that Windows Live has added this agreement as a requirement to an account, maybe spammers will start getting their account closed.
There will come a time when our Abuse Reports are responded to and the spammer profiles will be glanced at and immediately closed. It can’t stay like this forever.
We are going to get relief from the spam situation eventually. Stay tuned.
I’ve decided to post my MVP Badge here with a link to my MVP profile lest I be thought a crackpot. I love my Windows Live community and I am merely trying to publicize a problem that is hindering the enjoyment of the community for many of my friends here.