Windows Live Spaces are driving me nuts. I’m going to be looking for a new home for my blog very soon. I’m that fed up.
I get way too much spam in my comments. Do a Google (Bing) search and you’ll find that this has been a very long standing complaint, and there’s really no excuse for this. The spam I’m getting is very obviously spam, and is guaranteed to be caught by event he lamest of spam filters, but Spaces doesn’t employ any spam filters! Oh, but it gets worse. For much of the lifetime of Spaces there was no way to report spam. The tried to address this, but the result is a pain to the user, and there seems to be no results obtained from reporting the spam. There should be a big SPAM button on every comment when you’re in admin mode. Pressing that button should do numerous things:
- It should automatically notify the site administrators as to the wrongful behavior of the user, so an investigation can begin and the user can be banned.
- It should delete the comment.
- Optionally, it should block the user from ever posting to the blog again (outright banning from all blogs should be done only after investigation by administrators). In this case it should also delete all other comments on the blog left by this user.
Instead, we’re left with having to manually locate a form to fill out with information about the spammer that seems to be ignored, and then manually have to delete every spam comment. Manually deleting those comments is a royal pain. You can’t multi-select, it has to be done one message at a time, and each deletion requires confirmation. In less than a week I’ve received more than 60 spam messages, and deleting all of those is going to waste a lot of my valuable time. What’s worse, it’s all spam that I never should have gotten in the first place, if they’d simply run a spam filter!
Yeah, I’m going to be moving somewhere else. Just got to figure out where.
Sorry for the rant, but I’m in a mood right now!