Friday, 17 February 2012

Word Verification Woes

I am posting this as I have seen word verification on many blogs and now with the changes it is making life very difficult -

Below is a post written by TexWisgirl and I hope it will encourage bloggers to remove the Word Verification


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


Claudia Moser said...

Well yes, I agree with this, good reasons why I have never used it!

andrea said...

I stopped using it several months ago... didn't even know I had it ON until someone told me. I think some people may not know how to disable it, because that was then my next hurdle. Someone had to show me how to do it. andrea@town&prairie

Giga said...

Masz całkowita rację. Nigdy kodów nie lubiłam i nie mam, ale teraz to jest horror. Wczoraj napisałam o wiele mniej komentarzy, właśnie przez te kody. Oczy już mnie od tego wpatrywania się w nie bolały. Są niewyraźne i trzeba kilka razy je wpisywać.Stracą na komentarzach Ci, którzy je mają :-(. Pozdrawiam. *** You are absolutely right. Never codes did not like and do not have, but now it is a horror. Yesterday I wrote a lot less comments, just by these codes. I have my eyes from staring at not hurt. Are unclear and need to be entered several times. They will lose the comments you who do have :-(.

Anonymous said...

hear hear. I hate word verification on blogger anyway, cos it doesn't like comments from other platforms (like the one I'm on), and the new format is even more of a pain than the old one. Thanks for getting the word out there.

jabblog said...

I've noticed the captcha verification and it's awful. I think I have finally managed to disable verification/moderation though only by going back to the old Blogger interface.

Jill said...


TexWisGirl said...


stardust said...

I totally agree with you and Tex Wis Girl! My eyes are under the strain for recognizing the letters. Prior to this, I had to repeat typing the letters a few times. I didn’t want my blog friends to have the same troubles, so I changed the setting already as you proposed. Thanks for this post. I'll send a link to this to my friends.



This is right on the money. That word verification thing is driving me CRAZY. Who can read that jibberish. Why did they HAVE to CHANGE it. It was ok the way it was. SERIOUSLY!I'm glad someone addressed this issue. Thanks. Take care.

Jill said...

Beautiful flower!

AMEN on the word verification garbage!

Chatty Crone said...

It is driving me crazy too - one word is okay but two and you can barely read it. sandie

orchid said...

Dearest Fiona,
OMG, I've never noticed my comment tag requires so called CHANGE!!!
I cannot find the place or box where I can put check for no word verification in my "postd and comments" form in the setting...... I was thinking that others word verification got worse. I will post about getting help later, thank yoi very much!!!
Love you always, xoxo Miyako*

Sizzle and Zoom said...

This was very helpful and informative. Thank-you.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Thanks Fiona and TexWisGirl I hate the new word verification. My tired old eyes have a hard time figuring out the letters. I have never used word verification on my blog and haven't had any problem

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