A while back I commented on how bad the comment spam was on Live Spaces, and I haven’t been the only one to be a little annoyed with it. Well, the Live Spaces Team blogged about the recent changes to Live Spaces, and included a little FAQ about Comments. One question in particular is worth noting:
What have you been doing to reduce comment spam?
We recognize that comment, invitation, and private messaging spam has been a real problem recently. In this release we’ve added a number of anti-spam measures behind the scenes. We don’t want to go into detail about how these measures work, as any information we provide may help spammers out. So far we have seen a significant decrease in the amount of spam in the last 2 days since the release, but we recognize that fighting spam and abuse is an ongoing battle, and we will be continuing to invest in methods to prevent and remove spam and abuse from our network.
This sounds great. However, certainly for me, it’s rubbish! Take the following screenshot (full image is 3mb if you click it):
You can see from that image just how bad comment spam on Spaces still is. The real downside is that on this blog and my developer blog if anyone leaves a valid comment, unless I check for comments several times a day, they could get lost in the ether because of these ridiculous comment spam.
So if you have left a comment and I haven’t responded, I apologise, but you can see what I have to deal with!