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[How to] Unsubscribe from a MSDN Blog? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi Folks,

    a few months ago, I subscribed to The old new Thing from Raymond Chen. Now I would like to cancel my subscription, because 2 emails per day are way too many.

    But how can I unsubscribe? The subscription runs under my private web.de address, but there is no corresponding entry in the settings site of my MSDN account. Also, there is no "unsubscribe"-link in the daily emails or in the subscription confirmation email. Heck, I even cannot find the page where I started my subscription.

    Can anyone help me please?


    Greetings,

    Michael


    • Edited by Allgaeuer Wednesday, November 6, 2013 8:33 AM
    Wednesday, November 6, 2013 7:25 AM

Answers

  • On the blogs home page - http://blogs.msdn.com/ is a  'Provide Site Feedback' link - I used that, and got this response:

    Hello Karl,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  Currently we know about this issue and while we don’t have tools to remove you at this time, we ask that you hold off for a blog update that will be pushed out soon.  There will be a feature to allow you to unsubscribe from email notifications.

    Thank you,

    MSDN Site Feedback


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    Wednesday, December 4, 2013 6:23 PM
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  • I unmarked my response as an answer as it's 4 months since the MSDN Site Feedback team claimed they would roll out a blog update, and as far as I can tell, the only update is that the site feedback link no longer works.

    I continue to receive email from blogs which I cannot unsubscribe from.

    I'm about to report them as spam.

    Karl


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    It works. They just don't always respond. I'm also adding this bug to the list I'm working with them on now.

    So they're getting this feedback, and that's the most we do here.

    Thanks!


    Ed Price, Power BI & SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

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    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:25 PM
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  • Michael,

    I have just subscribed to the blog, and will post instructions on how to unsubscribe when I receive them.

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer



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    Friday, November 8, 2013 4:31 PM
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  • So, it looks to me like you click the "Sign in" link on the top of the blog, then select "Settings"

    Under the settings, Select what's appropriate for you, and click Save.

    I unchecked all of the above...

    Karl


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    Friday, November 8, 2013 4:56 PM
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  • Dear Karl,

    thank you for your answer and your investigations. Unfortunately, I can't do it this way. I was stupid enough to register my subscription to my personal “web.de” account. Means, I just inserted my address into the "Subscribe w/ Email Address" field on the right side of the blog navigation. So my subscription is not linked to my MSDN account.
    And now there seems to be no way to unsubscribe. :(

    Monday, November 11, 2013 7:21 AM
  • Dear Karl,

    thank you for your answer and your investigations. Unfortunately, I can't do it this way. I was stupid enough to register my subscription to my personal “web.de” account. Means, I just inserted my address into the "Subscribe w/ Email Address" field on the right side of the blog navigation. So my subscription is not linked to my MSDN account.
    And now there seems to be no way to unsubscribe. :(

     

    It sounds like you subscribed through a different account. Can you still access that account?

    Thanks!


    Ed Price, Power BI & SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

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    Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:17 AM
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  • Dear Karl,

    I guess you have misunderstood me. Sorry, I think I did not explain my problem correctly.
    At the moment when I subscribed, I wasn't logged-in.

    The blog site behaves as follows: When you are logged-in with a valid account, within the Common Tasks box there is a Link called “Email subscribe to this blog”. If you click on it, it changes into an “Email unsubscribe to this blog” Link. From that moment, you receive the notifications to the email address, deposited within your MSDN account. When you click on “Email unsubscribe to this blog” everything is in the initial state.

    But if you are not logged-in, like in my case, there is no “Email subscribe to this blog” Link. Instead, at the same location, there is a Textbox containing the string "Subscribe w/ Email Address". If you click on this box, it gets emptied and you can enter the desired email address for the notifications. When you click the “OK” button right next to the box, the Textbox disappears and a label is displayed which says "You will receive email notifications when this blog is updated.". Now you will receive notification emails. But this subscription is not linked to any account. If you revisited the blog-site, the Textbox is shown again. Of course, because the site does not know about you.
    This is my situation, and in this situation you have no chance to unsubscribe. I tried to reenter my email address in the Textbox, but it just says "You will receive email notifications when this blog is updated." again. You cannot alternate the subscription state.

    I contacted Mr. Chen and told him my problem. He has consented to help me and I hope very much he will be able to fix it.


    • Edited by Allgaeuer Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:01 PM
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:32 PM
  • I have this same issue with a number of blogs on MSDN but have never received a response. I have been forced to just block them as spam.
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:07 PM
  • Michael,

    I am actually in the same situation - I used the "Subscribe w/ Email Address" textbox to subscribe.

    Now when I do login with an MSDN account associated with that email address, and proceed as I outline above, I am unsuccessful in actually stopping the emails.

    Karl


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    My E-mail: -join ("6B61726C6D69747363686B65406D742E6E6574"-split"(?<=\G.{2})",19|%{[char][int]"0x$_"})

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:24 PM
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  • Ed,

    See my comments - the method I proposed does not actually work IF you were not logged into MSDN Blogs when you subscribed via the "Subscribe w/ Email Address" textbox.

    Can you find someone that can help us get unsubscribed?

    Also, for what it's worth, when I DO sign in, and go to settings, it says I have not logged in since May 3rd, 2011. This date does not change.

    Karl


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    My E-mail: -join ("6B61726C6D69747363686B65406D742E6E6574"-split"(?<=\G.{2})",19|%{[char][int]"0x$_"})

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:28 PM
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  • On the blogs home page - http://blogs.msdn.com/ is a  'Provide Site Feedback' link - I used that, and got this response:

    Hello Karl,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  Currently we know about this issue and while we don’t have tools to remove you at this time, we ask that you hold off for a blog update that will be pushed out soon.  There will be a feature to allow you to unsubscribe from email notifications.

    Thank you,

    MSDN Site Feedback


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer.
    My Blog:http://unlockpowershell.wordpress.com
    My Book:Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ('6F6C646B61726C40686F746D61696C2E636F6D'-split'(?<=\G.{2})'|%{if($_){[char][int]"0x$_"}})

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013 6:23 PM
    Moderator
  • I unmarked my response as an answer as it's 4 months since the MSDN Site Feedback team claimed they would roll out a blog update, and as far as I can tell, the only update is that the site feedback link no longer works.

    I continue to receive email from blogs which I cannot unsubscribe from.

    I'm about to report them as spam.

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer.
    My Blog: Unlock PowerShell
    My Book: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ('6F6C646B61726C40686F746D61696C2E636F6D'-split'(?<=\G.{2})'|%{if($_){[char][int]"0x$_"}})

    Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:20 PM
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  • I unmarked my response as an answer as it's 4 months since the MSDN Site Feedback team claimed they would roll out a blog update, and as far as I can tell, the only update is that the site feedback link no longer works.

    I continue to receive email from blogs which I cannot unsubscribe from.

    I'm about to report them as spam.

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer.
    My Blog: Unlock PowerShell
    My Book: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ('6F6C646B61726C40686F746D61696C2E636F6D'-split'(?<=\G.{2})'|%{if($_){[char][int]"0x$_"}})

    It works. They just don't always respond. I'm also adding this bug to the list I'm working with them on now.

    So they're getting this feedback, and that's the most we do here.

    Thanks!


    Ed Price, Power BI & SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

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    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:25 PM
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  • Ed,

    Thanks for letting me know.

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer.
    My Blog: Unlock PowerShell
    My Book: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ('6F6C646B61726C40686F746D61696C2E636F6D'-split'(?<=\G.{2})'|%{if($_){[char][int]"0x$_"}})

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:16 PM
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  • Ed,

    Thanks for letting me know.

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer.
    My Blog: Unlock PowerShell
    My Book: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ('6F6C646B61726C40686F746D61696C2E636F6D'-split'(?<=\G.{2})'|%{if($_){[char][int]"0x$_"}})

    Okay. I submitted it two ways.

    Thanks everyone!


    Ed Price, Power BI & SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

    Answer an interesting question? Create a wiki article about it!

    Friday, April 25, 2014 12:10 AM
    Owner
  • Dear Karl,

    I guess you have misunderstood me. Sorry, I think I did not explain my problem correctly.
    At the moment when I subscribed, I wasn't logged-in.

    The blog site behaves as follows: When you are logged-in with a valid account, within the Common Tasks box there is a Link called “Email subscribe to this blog”. If you click on it, it changes into an “Email unsubscribe to this blog” Link. From that moment, you receive the notifications to the email address, deposited within your MSDN account. When you click on “Email unsubscribe to this blog” everything is in the initial state.

    But if you are not logged-in, like in my case, there is no “Email subscribe to this blog” Link. Instead, at the same location, there is a Textbox containing the string "Subscribe w/ Email Address". If you click on this box, it gets emptied and you can enter the desired email address for the notifications. When you click the “OK” button right next to the box, the Textbox disappears and a label is displayed which says "You will receive email notifications when this blog is updated.". Now you will receive notification emails. But this subscription is not linked to any account. If you revisited the blog-site, the Textbox is shown again. Of course, because the site does not know about you.
    This is my situation, and in this situation you have no chance to unsubscribe. I tried to reenter my email address in the Textbox, but it just says "You will receive email notifications when this blog is updated." again. You cannot alternate the subscription state.

    I contacted Mr. Chen and told him my problem. He has consented to help me and I hope very much he will be able to fix it.



    Hi Allgaeuer and all,
    This is Pan from blog support team, I'm sorry to hear that you're stuck in unsubscribing blog notifications and I'll help you all out of such situation.

    Allgaeuer just told us the mechanism of subscribing as quoted. You can enter any of your email addresses in the "Email subscribe to this blog" textbox, not limited to your Microsoft account/Live ID. Before this works, you need to confirm this subs as below screen shot showing:

    While if you want to cancel this email subscription, just sign in that blog homepage with the email address you entered above for email subscription, then you would see the option to unsubscribe:

    The trick is that this email generally is just an email address, not an Microsoft account/Live ID. So before you see this unsubscribe option, please register this email as a valid Microsoft account/Live ID, then sign in to try.
      


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    • Edited by Pan Zhang Friday, April 25, 2014 8:51 AM Insert lost images
    Friday, April 25, 2014 8:47 AM
  • Hello,

    The email address where I receive the email IS a valid Microsoft account / live ID. There is no "Email unsubscribe from this blog"

    There IS however an "Email subscribe to this blog" - if I click that, the Email unsubscribe from this blog becomes available.

    I still receive the emails though.

    Perhaps someone on the Blog team should do something besides change the text when people click that link :)

    Karl


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    Friday, April 25, 2014 2:00 PM
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  • Hello,

    The email address where I receive the email IS a valid Microsoft account / live ID. There is no "Email unsubscribe from this blog"

    There IS however an "Email subscribe to this blog" - if I click that, the Email unsubscribe from this blog becomes available.

    I still receive the emails though.

    Perhaps someone on the Blog team should do something besides change the text when people click that link :)

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer.
    My Blog: Unlock PowerShell
    My Book: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ('6F6C646B61726C40686F746D61696C2E636F6D'-split'(?<=\G.{2})'|%{if($_){[char][int]"0x$_"}})



    Thanks for your input.

    Would you please clear internet browser cookies and history then cover as I mentioned above to subscriber and unsubscribe to the blog with that valid Microsoft account/Live ID you referred subsequently?  Currently assuming you're not a subscriber to this blog and you need a brand new one, looks like the so called 'revoke/rebuild' attempt.

    Note if you subscribe to it, verify if you've received the confirmation email? 
        If yes, wait for days to see if you're able to get the notifications. Then signed in blog homepage with this Microsoft account/Live ID and check if the 'Email unsubscribe to this blog' textbox is enabled?
            If yes, hit this textbox to cancel the subscription and monitor your inbox for a while to see if it works for you.  


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    • Edited by Pan Zhang Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:01 AM
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:01 AM
  • Ed,

    Thanks for letting me know.

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer.
    My Blog: Unlock PowerShell
    My Book: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ('6F6C646B61726C40686F746D61696C2E636F6D'-split'(?<=\G.{2})'|%{if($_){[char][int]"0x$_"}})

    Okay. I submitted it two ways.

    Thanks everyone!


    Ed Price, Power BI & SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

    Answer an interesting question? Create a wiki article about it!

    This is still an issue.

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer.
    My Blog: Unlock PowerShell
    My Book: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ('6F6C646B61726C406F75746C6F6F6B2E636F6D'-split'(?<=\G.{2})'|%{if($_){[char][int]"0x$_"}})

    Thursday, September 11, 2014 4:58 PM
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