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3:47 pm on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone had success with reporting spam to MSN? I used the link at the bottom of the SERP that says "Help us to Improve".
6:16 pm on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I guess the lack of response means either no or you haven't tried. I'm trying to deal with a a redirect and a spammy doorway site that creeped into the results over the last week.
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I've got a bucket and a leak in the Mississippi for you to fix too. ;)
7:04 pm on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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As we saw in Brett's post about google, they are actually hiring people to check quality. I certainly hope MSN has some staff dedicated to responding to spam reports in a timely manner. If MSN is going to offer fresher data, they will need to monitor spam reports more than ever. If they fail to monitor now, then people will be less likely to make reports in the future, because they will not have faith in the system. As a result, they will have to hire people like google later, if they don't stay on task now.
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This doesn't seem to be interesting to too many people, but as a personal project, I am going to make a few spam reports, not just for my sites, but others too, so as to be impartial. I am going to find some obvious spam and report it. Then I am going to check back here and let you know if the spam was deleted.
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Nice, so if I have any of my sites banned, I will know who to come after :)

IMO, there are about 1,000,001 better ways to spend your time than volunteering for microsoft. I hear they have money enough top pay workers to help with their search...

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>>>I am going to find some obvious spam and report it

busy are we?

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"This doesn't seem to be interesting to too many people, but as a personal project, I am going to make a few spam reports, not just for my sites, but others too, so as to be impartial. I am going to find some obvious spam and report it. Then I am going to check back here and let you know if the spam was deleted."

don't start crying foul when someone reports you for one reason or another. What goes around...

12:51 am on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has problems far deeper. Pointing out problems can help engines improve, and any quality creating webmaster will like that, but in this case, pointing out one locust in a swam the size of Nebraska is likely too specific to be much help.
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I'm trying to deal with a a redirect and a spammy doorway site that creeped into the results over the last week.

Try telling us something we dont know.

PS...I think you need to get out more often

2:31 am on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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dvduvall,

Good luck. Anything you do to help clean up the SERPs would be helpful. Report only egregious violations - since there are enough of those - and you would be doing a very good thing.

And the amount of money Microsoft has does not have any relevance about the economics of creating a profitable search engine - that a high degree of automation is required. To the degree that they use non-automated methods, it will likely be heavily dominated by input by users such as dvduvall who find problems.

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The question that I am trying to ask (through research) is are they looking at spam reports or not? And how dedicated are they to the task?

We know google (historically) listens to their users. What about microsoft?

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I'd imagine your question probably isn't answerable for at least three months.
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>>> The question that I am trying to ask (through research) is are they looking at spam reports or not

Simple enough. Create a "spammy" page of your own and report it.