Back in the day when Yahoo was still a teenager, that is about 5 years ago in Internet time, Yahoo! used to provide simple ways to report abuse from their user base. Getting spammed like crazy from “firstname.lastname@example.org”? Go to the Yahoo Abuse site and you were quickly directed to a form to report the incident along with any evidence. Within a few weeks the user would be gone.
That was then. We are in a different era now. Yahoo is now a crusty old man, and a feeble pissed-off one at that. The younger, stronger Google has come in an taken over their executive seat on the board and put them on the path to retirement where they are destined to circle the buyout waters on the cruise ship of indifference.
Today when you get spammed, receive death threats, get 300 notices every hour posted to your blog or online forum to buy enough V1Agra, C1Al1s, or other meds at the senior citizen’s online discount center (probably hosted at Yahoo) you can start the same “report abuse” process. However, today the old senile Yahoo simply runs you through a few questions to pretend they give a damn and give you canned web knowledgebase response that says “Click the report spam button on your browser”. Very useful crusty ol’ Yahoo, very useful indeed.
So now there are thousands of spammers that no only sign up for new Yahoo! accounts every day, but THEY NEVER GET BANNED. It is nearly impossible to report any form of abuse and Yahoo obviously doesn’t care.
The only trick I found to even send a message to Yahoo is to report use from a Deceased User, answer the right follow-on questions in the right-way, and fill out a 13-part form to prove to Yahoo! that you are not trying to spam them or create false posts obviously worried that their own “IAMGoingToSpamTheShitOutOfYou@yahoo.com” user might use these forms to spam them to death.
Have you found an easier way to report abuse or spam by a Yahoo user? Let us know? In the meantime please feel free to email email@example.com and send back some spam an abusive emails his way for sharing his spamming efforts with us.