Larry Osterman's WebLog

Confessions of an Old Fogey
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When we switched to community server, back in April, I decided to stop moderating my posts, since the comment spam had reduced.

Well, over the past couple of weeks, I've seen a number of comment-spam attempts, which means that I'm likely to be a target again.

As a result, I've enabled moderation on all anonymous posts - if you're logged in, you won't be moderated, but if you aren't, your posts will take some time to show up.

Edit: Manip brings up a good point: To log in, go to and click on the "Log In" link on the top left.  You can also click on the "Join" link if you don't have an account yet.


  • How does one login or it is just Microsoft employees and people with blogs that are logged in?
  • Some time ago I created an account and logged in to post a comment on someone else's blog, but I'm not a Microsoft employee and don't have a blog myself. So I was going to check if the rules changed before Manip tried. But...

    > To log in, go to and

    And the link points to
    and the result is an HTTP 404. Page not found, and remember on a web server, paging is death.
  • Oh neat, Microsoft's spam detection is so efficient now, you don't even need this Administrivia any more.

    Your colleague Rob Gruen has a blog. Someone posted a comment that is really a porn spam. I used the Contact link on Mr. Gruen's page in an attempt to notify him. But Microsoft says no, the porn spam comment isn't spam, my attempt to notify Mr. Gruen is spam.

    Rejection records from Microsoft:

    Reporting-MTA: dns;
    Received-From-MTA: dns;PE22TchNetWb1
    Arrival-Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2005 20:56:09 -0400

    Final-Recipient: rfc822;
    Action: failed
    Status: 5.7.1
    Diagnostic-Code: smtp;550 5.7.1 <Your e-mail was rejected by an anti-spam
    content filter on gateway ( for rejection may be:
    obscene language, graphics, or spam-like characteristics. Removing these may
    let the e-mail through the filter.>

    Original message from me (headers inserted automatically by the Contact link on Mr. Gruen's page):

    Subject: (robgruen's WebLog) : Porn spam on your site
    Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2005 20:56:09 -0400

    Good day. In page
    the comment after mine is spam advertising a porn site.

    Yours sincerely,
    Norman Diamond
    This message was generated from a contact form at:

    Your contact information was not shared with the user.
  • OK, cool, So I've registered and now I receive e-mails about Larry's thoughts... Interesting... ;-)
  • Norman, the mailer is saying that the word "porn" caused the mail to be rejected, ie, _your_ message was the one that was spam/obscene. Obviously it wasn't, but you have to play by the filter's rules sometimes.

    It didn't say anything at all about the comment, not sure where you got that?
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