Friday, February 17, 2012

Blogger and Word Verification [rant]

I've been on blogger for several years now...I think my first blog was started in 2006 when I considered selling my house and going full-time RVing. Initially I only allowed registered users to comment (no anonymous posters), I had to approve every comment and I used word verification.

Fast forward to three years ago, I had already decided to allow anyone to comment and with the advent of the new spam filters put into place by Google/Blogger, I also decided to no longer moderate comments (with one exception - comments on posts over 14 days old need my approval). I still used word verification.

Two years ago, or thereabouts, Google/Blogger changed the CAPTCHA they were using for word verification and it became almost impossible to discern the characters. I turned it off on all my blogs, knowing how much it frustrated me.

Now we come to the present and once again, Google/Blogger has upgraded the word verification. Now we have to enter TWO words with a mix of case and symbols. Definitely more frustrating than ever.By the way, it's not just me. I've read several blogs recently on the same topic.
I rarely get spam anymore, usually the reverse. A good comment has been marked as spam and I have to 'un-spam' it. The filters are working well. Please consider turning off word verification for your blog, you might be surprised by how many more comments you receive!

10 comments:

  1. Good rant and these were things I didn't know. Never to old to learn something knew, huh? :)

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  2. Donna:

    I have been following your journies ever since you purchased your first RV, you had a Beemer, but I never posted a comment. But lately I noticed that our paths are crossing again, so I thought I'd make my first comment to your blog

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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  3. Thanks, Wendy. Glad you learned something...pass it on! :-)

    Donna K - YUP!

    BobSkoot, been following you off and on over the years. I think the last time was when I found you again on Gary France's blog list. Thanks for the comment and ride safe!!

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  4. Okay since you stopped by my blog today and I know you had to go through word verification, I have since turned it off. We'll see how it goes! Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Thanks to all who have read and turned off their word verification. Hopefully you'll see more comments.

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  6. I laugh that it's even called "word" verification, because much of the time now it's just alphabet soup.

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  7. I've spent the past five minutes trying to leave a comment on a friend's blog. This is the third time I've not been able to get past blogger's Word Verification system. I don't mind that they need to confirm that I'm not a robot, but the current set up is impenetrable. At least for me. I googled "blogger word verification" and landed here. Thanks for giving me a little box for my own bit of ranting. :)

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  8. I've turned it off three of my blogs! :-)

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  9. Mandy, send your friend a link to this article.

    Cheryl Ann & everyone else that turned off word verification...thank you! ;-)

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