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So much for controlling Marketplace spam

Not to beat a dead horse...well, actually that's exactly what we are doing, but looks like either Microsoft is becoming lax in enforcing mass-publishing of apps or we misunderstood what they meant.

Back in June, in reaction to negative complaints of a few devs "spamming" the marketplace, Microsoft posted new guidelines to cut down on these types of scenarios. Here we're referring to spamming as mass-publishing the same app but with a different location or institution, instead of having a single app with the ability to choose from within. This clutters the Marketplace, inflates numbers and just plain looks bad. And we're not even counting here the "fake" apps that don't do anything.

Part of those changes was a cap:

1. "To avoid the scenario where bulk publishing crowds out other apps in Marketplace in the future, effective immediately, we are limiting the number of apps any one developer can have certified in a single day to 20. Developers creating a large number of apps can still submit all of them for certification, but they will be certified at a maximum rate of 20 per day rather than all at once."

Evidently this does not mean publishing those apps though. We just noticed no less than 37 'MyTranso' apps being published and pushed at once to the Marketplace. That's more than 20, even if we're off by one or two. Sure, it's the weekend but we thought the change Microsoft implemented would cut down on such nonsense. Guess we were wrong, but perhaps we're just being too picky? Let us know in comments.

via: WP7AppList



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Los says:

Personally, I think MS is being too nice. The cap of 20 is too high. What dev working on quality apps actually needs to publish 20 apps a day? Any dev with any " REAL QUALITY " work isn't even publishing 5 a day. Most of these spam apps coming from that site where you can create an app just by clicking on stuff without any actual real coding being done. It's basically just an RSS feed. They need to cut it out. It's not fair to the devs who take their time to make quality apps and do actual coding

piaqt says:

I think this dev is Smarter Argent's new nom de Marketplace.

One app a day would be totally fair, but also lets not be too harsh on Microsoft, it is also the bone head developers that are equally responsible. Lets not treat this as entirely Microsoft's fault. It's dipshits like this that have no regard for anyone else, so they flood it for their own potential gain.

Paul Acevedo says:

Yeah, but Microsoft can and should control the bad developers. It wouldn't be hard at all for them.

The best way to handle these spam apps seems to be the way mentioned in the previous article (I think the real estate apps were the culprit that time). But these apps are just repeating the same information, so they should be rejected and made to be resubmitted as one app that downloads the information you need for each city. If you read the description in the marketplace, it states that the app downloads the bus schedule to your phone anyway, so why an individual $3.99 app for every city? I know it seems like a money grab, but it just unnecessarily clogs up the marketplace.

Solidstate89 says:

I agree with some of the other comments. I should be reduced to 5 apps a day, at MOST.These spam apps are fraking ridiculous. How hard is it to weed this **** out? Especially those incredibly useless ones like the "I'm Rich" app that costs 500 dollars AND DOES NOTHING!

EAA575 says:

This is why we need in-app purchasing.

warpdesign says:

These apps should get rejected...

J88NY R says:

I would rather MS just added a flag app to the marketplace, so users can flag something to MS if they think somethings up.

Sogeman says:

As long as they dont have in app purchasing, MS has no right to delete all those apps or do anything against them. Maybe it gets them to work faster if the marketplace is flooded with **** Now the apps from 'best wp7 apps' are just the same app with a different name and also a 450€ i'm rich app. Those need to go.Here they are:

Dave Evans says:

Somehow I'm seriously mistaken.....see I thought the reason we had a Marketplace that was locked down, and devices that were locked to only that Marketplace was to protect us from spam and malicious software. If it is so easy to spam in this way then obviously these apps are not going through any kind of "qualifying" process. They are simply being posted directly to the Marketplace.Dave

Sogeman says:

I think the only thing they test is if the apps work, nothing besides that.

selfcreation says:

well well well , spam galore againits obvious spam is still going MS allows a ridicules amount of apps to be released by a DEV when they should allow like 1-2 a MONTH!! tops! and also they make a DEV contest ,, the more apps you release the better your chance to win...Beet that dead horse ,, and keep beating...

sharky76 says:

Its obvious MS will clear all spam apps when marketplace will reach about 100k apps, exactly as Apple did,Until then, the more the better, no app limit will be enforced

The other thing Microsoft could do would be to use the concept of "folders" on Marketplace. The idea is that all similar apps of the exact same type by the same author and the same genre could be dumped into a folder. That way everyone wins: Microsoft gets to keep the inflated number of apps that appear on Marketplace and users only have to see one icon that represents all of these annoying applications. Let's face it, I really don't care if developers choose to "spam" the Marketplace with apps of a similar nature. All I care about is not having to waste screen real estate and time scrolling through all of that **** The same goes for whether I'm looking at Marketplace on my PC or via a Windows Phone. Does anyone else feel the same?

Wow, I didn't realize this site would bleep out c*r*a*p above.

andycted says:

I had the luck to speak with many WP representatives and people after making enough noise to be noticed, about this issue and others, but more about this issue in particular. I can assure you that, while the chat was very cool, it totally and absolutely feels like the 20-app move was pure PR and they know perfectly where they're heading. Throwing good, faithful, enthustiast developers down the drain. Everything is expendable to make the platform grow, especially early adopters, even if they are devs. The fact that - no matter how much we're shouting - Todd Brix shut the door in the blog about this issue a microsecond after the fake 20-app rule was enforced, is bad enough. The fact that he said "we will continue to listen to you and talk to you regarding this issue, bla bla bla" but then NO ANSWER AT ALL was given to any question, as the issue resurfaces again and again is - very bad -.In my chat, I was able to suggest workarounds for the spam issue. What is worrying and probably worst than anything, is that THEY GIVE ZERO IMPORTANCE TO THE SPAM ISSUE. The only thing that mildly worries them is the 'NEW' section visibility, which, hey, it's down the drain anyway. All the other aspect of this plague are entirely missed or ignored by them