Thursday, February 16, 2012

Word Verification Woes

Okay, Blogger users, Blogger has switched their word verification format. Instead of legible, repeatable letters, we are now faced with deciphering the 'Captcha' format of letters placed in sometimes indiscernible bubbles and shapes. IT IS MAKING US CRAZY!!!

And just what would be YOUR guess?!

I'm sorry, but I'm just going to be honest, here. If you use word verification on your blog, I will probably stop leaving comments. Not only is word verification very time-consuming, now it is downright frustrating! My eyes don't decode spy messages! And if I now have to try two or three times to repeat the gobbledygook that is being passed off as word verification, I'm just not going to bother!

Sorry if this offends any of you, but I've not used word verification for over a year and have had almost NO problems! If Blogger does one thing well, it is spam filtering. I don't allow Anonymous comments on my blog - you have to use an I.D. of some kind - and that has been more than sufficient.

If you are worried about spammers or inappropriate comments left on your site, then PLEASE switch to comment moderation! I'll be happy to continue to leave comments and let you moderate whether to publish them or not, but at least then you're doing the policing of your site and I'm not driven to madness by spy code garbage!

Just being 100% point blank, here. I follow between 300 and 400 blogs. I leave a TON of comments all over Blogland every day. I CANNOT CONTINUE TO DO SO IF I RUN INTO WORD VERIFICATION AT SO MANY SITES! I don't mean to be rude, but my time is better spent in other pursuits than decoding and typing nonsense. Let's face it, we all have limited time to give to blogging (and I already give too much!)

I don't want to stop leaving comments. We all love getting them on our posts! PLEASE remove word verification altogether or switch to comment moderation, if you feel you must have some stop-gap control. BUT I MAY NOT LET YOU KNOW I'VE STOPPED BY IF YOU HAVE WORD VERIFICATION ENABLED! If you're not certain whether you've got word verification on your blog, check your settings!!!

I have not switched to the new Blogger Interface (tested it, didn't like it, and switched back, at least for now). I hope it allows for easy switches to comment settings. In the old Blogger Interface, settings can be modified through Settings - Comments.

* I use 'Registered Users' so that Anonymous comments cannot be posted.
* I suggest using a pop-up box or full-page format rather than 'embed below post' as that setting so often causes folks problems in trying to leave comments.
* I click NEVER for comment moderation, but you can select it if you wish.
* Click NO for show word verification on posts!
* I have my comments delivered to my email address so I can respond to commenters directly via email if they have email published (which I also highly recommend!) To link your email to your profile, go through Dashboard-Edit User Profile and click 'show email'. This will allow folks to respond to your comments and questions via email!

If any of you faithful Bloggers want to spread this message, feel free to copy and re-post any or all of my ranting or link back to this post. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND FOR MAKING WORD VERIFICATION NON-EXISTENT!!! Keep spreading the blogger love without spy code frustration!

Printed with permission from Tex Wis Girl, Run.A.Round.Ranch

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TexWisGirl said...


"Cottage By The Sea" said...

100% agreed! I've kept a lot of coments to myself when verification is required. Love the rant - you go girl!

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh Lynn, I have been going crazy today too! This new word verification is just insane. Before, with one word, it was bad enough, but now TWO words in a font that no one can read!!

"Please prove that you are not a robot". Are you kidding me???? I think that people should stop making their guests do their dirty work.

Sorry to vent in your comments.

Stop by my blog when you have a chance. I've got a giveaway going on.

Raindrops and Daisies said...


I am so glad that you brought this up because I tried to comment on a blog yesterday and got the words wrong 5 times!!!!

Can you check if mine is free of word verification and let me know - I think it is
hope it is.......

Thanks again Lynne and Teswis Girl


Retired Knitter said...

Well I dropped word verification just yesterday because another frequent visitor to my blog reported problems as well and also said they would stop visiting blogs with this feature.

Of course the moment I dropped that function, I got some spam, but I am now using moderation and I think that will work just fine.

I wish we lived in a world that didn't require policing of every little thing.

I personally have not had problems visiting blogs with word verification but if my readers are having a problem then it had to go!

Jill said...


Pamela Gordon said...

Oh yes, I've noticed the new word verification too and it's very hard to decifer! Great post! I hope you have a super weekend Lynne! Hugs, Pamela

At Home in English Valley said...

Hi Lynne , I've got to check all my settings! I get so used to doing things one way, I have a hard time when things change. Thanks for bringing this to our attention! Love, penny

Pondside said...

I've had to go and fix my comments setting before - blogger has readjusted it on me in the past. I am with you all the way on this. Two words (and I watched the TED talk on why this is done, and yes, it's a near idea but I have only so much time and finger power!) are just two words too many! Well said!