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Friday, April 26, 2013

#AtoZ: W for Word Verification

Please don't ask me to copy letters I can't read or blurry numbers. Also, I don't want to solve math problems. It's about time Math solved it's own problems and admitted that X left and is never coming back. I'm referring to the infamous captcha that makes me want to leave your blog and never return.

I once used word verification, but at the request of a regular commenter, I took it down. Since then, I've enjoyed an increase in blog comments. I do NOT get spam from a lack of word verification. If you're worried about spam, enact comment approval.

That's a Q, not an O
I hope my blog is easy to comment on. If it moves slowly, I can provide fewer posts on the main page or further clean up the side pictures. Do the fish at the bottom need to go? Did you even know my blog has fish?

Thanks for catching my words!

                                  


27 comments:

Talya Tate Boerner said...

I agree! My blog comments increased after I removed that annoying word verification. My spam ended when I stopped allowing anonymous posting.

Rhonda said...

I didn't know there were fish. Were they always there, or did you add them for this post? I do agree, I hate captcha and don't follow blogs that use it.

Joyce Lansky said...

The fish have been swimming at the bottom of my blog for years.

Writercat59 said...

You were the one who alerted me about the annoying captcha thingie on my blog, Joyce. Thanks. It is irritating to have to do them and does deter people from posting comments.

Wowee, there are fish down there. Who knew? What fun!

Cattitude and Gratitude

stevebethere said...

You said exactly what I think about Captcha, although I do understand why some prefer it but personally I hate it if i can't see/solve it within 2 refrshes I'm off quicker than you can say whoops!there goes my bloomers

I only noticed the fish a few days ago by accident I think their a nice little touch, I just hope you feed them regularly :mrgreen:

Ruth said...

I think the captcha gets worse all the time. Most of my spam gets caught by the filters. A few slips by, but I am OK with that. Nice fish.

My Eclectic Loft said...

I agree! Hate the blurred, squished words. Is it rude to tell another blog about it on their comments and they may get more?

Elizabeth Eyles said...

I find it really frustrating as well, and have more than once given up on a comment because it wasn't worth the phaffing around. I envy you your fish and never pop in without going to tap on the glass, love the way they rush over to say hello.

Choki Gyeltshen said...

I don't like word verification too.

Theresa said...

It really ticks me off when I spent forever typing out a post, only to have it go *Poof* because of that word verification junk.

Have you ever listened to the audio verification. I swear it's Satanic messaging at it's finest. If you thought your eye site was bad with the word verification, your ears are going to fare much worse with the audio!

Lorinda J Taylor said...

I never did have capcha verification on my blogs. I hate 'em, although I've gotten better with practice. I have lots of trouble commenting on WordPress so I'm always happy to find a person using blogspot, like you, Joyce. I once signed up for a WordPress blog, but I don't have it anymore. Yet WordPress always wants me to log in - and I can't! So I end up posting the comment through Facebook or something. And to avoid losing the comment, I have begun to make a habit of copying it before I try to publish it.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

CAPTCHA and I are sworn enemies! The fish are cool.

Kristen Dyrr said...

Thanks for the easy commenting! I can't stand having to retype a really long comment because of it. Ugh!

#atozchallenge, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

mail4rosey said...

I love the fish, but I have never seen them until today! I look at the first post, or if I've missed a day and have time, the next ones in line too.

I had capture up so briefly I almost forgot about it. Colette from Jamerican Spice sent me a kind 'get that off there' msg. during the first week and I trust her opinion, so I did. :) I've never regretted it once.

Crystal Barnes said...

Ha ha, Love this post! I hate the Capacha also, half the time I get frustrated so I don't end up leaving a comment.

Binky said...

I have a difficult time reading some of those captcha words. There are also a number of no-captcha plugins that work well to control spam.

An I never knew you had fish!

Sue Elvis said...

I don't have word verification either. A lot of the blogs I visit do. Sometimes I feel like I must be turning into a robot: 'Please prove you're not a robot'. It can take me a lot of tries before I finally get the right letters and numbers! I love non-word verifictation blogs.

Thank you for visiting my blog. It is lovely to meet you!

Kathy said...

I don't have word verification because I think it is a pain. I visit lots of sites that do and the captchas are often difficult to decipher and crack. A lot of people give up but I usually keep trying. It would not keep me from going to a blog I liked but I might not comment.

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

beachlover said...

Hahaha! I had never seen your fish, but now that you pointed them out, I saw them and they're really cute! How do you get objects in motion on your blog? I'm pretty archaic and still learning the ropes. Yeah, when I read a blog and go to comment, then see the captcha...I just kind of cringe. But, I go through the motions. It's just kind of a pain; especially when you're trying to read as many blogs as you can. Time is money! :D

dobbin477 said...

I hate word verifications. It's worse when I type in the word and then it says I did it wrong.

Medeia Sharif said...

I don't have word verification. It's a pain and it gets more complicated. Sometimes I can't even read it.

Suzy said...

I usually give up after the 3rd try. Captchas are a pain! Nice one for W.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Those word verification's drive me crazy. Good post.

Dreaming said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I liked your X post, but this post really hit home. I detest word verification. I have never used it. Sadly, though, I have recently been getting spam, so I need to approved comments.

Chuck Allen said...

I am with you all the way on this one. I hate word verification. Although, the solve a math problem might be fun if we used it in real-life conversations.

"Do you want to grab some lunch?"
"What's 4x32?"
"Uh.. 132?"
"Yikes. Sorry. Maybe tomorrow."

I also had no idea you had fish on the page. Cute! :)

Bibsey Mama said...

Totally agree. I think on some blogs people are unable to switch them off though? Is that right?

http://www.bibsey.co.uk

Joyce Lansky said...

People can turn off captcha in their settings.