All right, I admit it- I’m on a tirade and on my high horse about a big pet peeve of mine- Word Verification and/or Captcha! aaaggghhhh…..
I ran into this situation three times this morning~ It is so darn frustrating to try and leave a comment on someone’s blog when he/she has it enabled. I tried to comment on several blogs, but I just couldn’t read those letters. And now that Blogger has gone to an almost indecipherable two-parter, it is even worse. It is not fun to have to squint and try to make out what those illegible numbers and letters say. Sometimes it takes multiple tries and you know for certain that you’ve typed those flippin’ letters and numbers correctly! And that’s even if you can distinguish between a letter and a number!
I used to muddle through it when it was only one word to decipher, but now, I am just plain refusing to do it. I’d really like to leave to be leaving some comment love, but having to jump through the hoop through an extra step of word verification is stopping me. It takes too much time and effort to do so. So if any of you have word verification enabled and you haven’t heard from me for a while, this is the reason. Please disable this feature. You’ll probably receive a lot more comments if you do.
Blogger and other blog platforms do a very good job of filtering spam! I have only had one or two pieces of spam get through in three years. To me, this is an excellent record. Everything else went into my spam folder.
You may not even realize that you have this feature enabled on your blog. Here’s what you do on the Blogger platform:
Go to your blog dashboard and click on Settings. Then click on Comments. Scroll down to “Show Word Verification for Comments?”
Then, scroll down to”Show word verification for comments.” Click on “NO” to disable this feature. Click on “Save settings.”
I hope that people will read this and consider checking their blogs to see if they have Word Verification enabled. It would make it so much easier for others to comment on their blogs. And we all love our Comment Love!
Oh, and while you’re at it, please check your settings to make sure that you are not a “No Reply Comment Blogger.” I just received a comment on this very issue and I couldn’t respond directly to the sender because she didn’t have her e-mail address enabled. Again….. so frustrating. If you need to know how to fix this- let me know and I’ll do a quick tutorial. :-)
Update on March 2- Click HERE for the tutorial to determine if you are a “No-Reply Comment Blogger” and learn how to change that setting.
The button below has been on my sidebar for a while. Feel free to copy it and post on your own blog!
FYI- The method I’m showing above will only work if you are still using the old Blogger interface. At this time, Word Verification is set by default on the new interface. Blogger is aware of this, so I’m told. Perhaps they are making strides to enable an “off switch.” So if you want to disable WV, you must stay within the old interface.
I just saw that Honey at 2805 has a post about this as well today. Her blog title is “Just Say No!”