21.2.12

Word Verification

The word verifications seem to have got a lot harder in the last few days.

I feel like I have to pass some sort of test just to leave a comment on many blogs.  Sometimes it is taking me 2 and 3 gos to get it right.

I am just wondering how many bloggers use word verification just because it is a default setting.  If this is you, would you consider trying a few days without word verification.  After all, we all love getting comments, don't we? 

26 comments:

  1. I'm glad you mention this as I'm having the same issue on people's blogs. I can't read the silly word so many times. Personally I don't have the verfication turned on for this reason. So far, touch wood, I haven't had any robots or aliens invade my blog. :)

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  2. Same here. I find it tedious, and No longer use it on my blog. So far, so good.

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  3. exactly...I am really bugged by the new format. I have not used verification at all and have not had any problems. Something for others to consider.

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  4. I've noticed that it has been more complicated lately too! Maybe I will try turning it off...

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  5. I agree. I am having alot of trouble too and am not using it on my blog now . Sometimes I have just given up on commenting because I get the words wrong several times and I really like to comment on others blogs.

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  6. Agree totally.... I thought I was the only one.... Thought it was just my age catching up with me... Lol.... Even with my specs on which i don't need just to read a blog.... I still get the words wrong..... Was actually just thinking about that while I was commenting on the Tessuti Blog... Where I saw your post on the exact same thing,,, :)
    Absolutely love your blue jersey dress!!! All of the extra work definitely paid off!! Stunning!
    Lou

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  7. Done. Although I have found with that crazy new formula that one word was so unreadable I didn't type it - and hey! It accepted it! Bizarre.

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  8. I haven't had mine on for ages and haven't had any real problems. I hve it set so if someone posts on a really old post I have to OK it first. If I have got 'spam' type comments, it seems to be in older posts.
    I have actually given up on leaving a comment on some blogs after trying to get the words right and failing many times in a row!

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  9. I share your frustration. I am not a robot, and I have difficulty ready the blurry images they are providing.

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  10. Yes, I'd actually been thinking this morning that the last few double-word ones I'd done had been really hard. I recklessly typed in one earlier and thought for sure i wouldn't get it right and it took it, so I wonder if Mary is right! I do like the Captcha one (or however it's spelled) because it's helping to digitise old texts correctly. I heard the inventor talking on the radio before Christmas about these tools to keep spammers at bay and he discussed the problem of the robots getting more and more clever and that the tests were starting to get too hard. I usually just hit the refresh button until I get something legible if I'm really determined.

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  11. p.s. I'm not actually sure what Disqus does for verification! I should go and check I guess.

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  12. I totally agree - what the!! I'm all of a sudden trying to read these damn words and all I want to do is leave a comment. Oops, better check out my blog to see if it is happening there too - if so, will promptly change, or can I????

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  13. God yes I agree, this just changed in the last week or so right? I think I will turn mine off for a bit because like you my hit rate is only about 50%. If they were real words I might do better but then so would a spambot I suppose!

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  14. I took mine off a while ago and don't get spammed. I also have trouble with them.

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  15. I was wondering what was up with that! My vision is pretty bad anyway... I have it turned on and still get spammed regularly. Guess I should just turn it off!

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  16. Done. I've noticed how hard they've become lately as well but didn't know people were having so much trouble posting.

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  17. I agree completely!! Sometimes I have real trouble figuring out those blurry black and white letters!!
    I removed the word verification from my blog about two months ago because I decided it was silly to put extra obstacles in people's paths if they just wanted to leave a comment, which I love receiving like we all do...

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  18. You made me thinking. I'll change my settings.

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  19. I removed it from my blog earlier this week for exactly the same reason. No negative consequences yet! Interesting so many people here have said the same. What is the point of making it too hard for humans to leave comments?

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  20. I agree, and the funny thing is sometimes I'm sure I've got those two words wrong and it still accepts my comments - huh??? Does this mean that a robot wouldn't just 'have a go'??

    I'm pretty sure my word verification thingy has never been on - I don't get hundreds of comments so it's easy to moderate. And in over close to 18 months I think I've only had 1 junk comment and 1 person selling something - delete, delete.

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  21. I agree completely, I have now turned mine off as I find it really frustrating when trying to leave comments.

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  22. You're not kidding, the last week has been horrible with the word verification! It took some searching but I managed to turn mine off too.

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  23. I have had real problems with this recently but assumed it was just me. Many occasions where I would have commented but kept being told my (seemingly) correct verification was wrong. Gave up.

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  24. I'm looking forward to the day when Blogger upgrades its commenting system a bit. Word-verification is a pretty old way of combating spam. I've noticed that they've upped the weirdness of the words lately.

    @Jacqui - Disqus doesn't use word verification. You can, however, turn on Akismet, which I highly recommend. It is the spam filter that Wordpress uses, and virtually takes away the need to moderate your comments.

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  25. I turned off the word verification when it was apparent no one could leave comments anymore because they couldn't decipher the !?*%%<}+!
    I am getting more spam but it seems to be on my older posts which I have to approve anyway.

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  26. I agree, however I get too much spam! Yes, I do have to approve them, but it is hard to filer the right comments from the spam. So I will have to keep using it, until there they come up with something else!

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