Tuesday, March 6, 2012

No Word Verification

Hello all, Hope your week is off to a great start. 
Today I have a non-crafty post, yet it has everything to do with crafting and well, the world wide web in general! Lately I've been seeing a lot of bloggers mention word verification and how much they *ahem* dislike it. I definitely sit on the same side of the fence with them. What is word verification? It's exactly what you see below and most commonly found with blogs via Blogger. If you have a blog and don't know what this is, you may have it turned on and not even know it!

 

No problem, I'll tell you exactly what it is. It is an annoying little feature that makes readers/commenters have to verify that they are indeed human before being able to leave you a comment on your blog. I follow hundreds of blogs and I LOVE to leave comments. So when I take the time to comment, I expect to leave my comments without any hassle. Word verification is a big hassle. In fact, sometimes it takes me 2 tries before I'm able to leave some compliments on your blog and by that time, you're lucky I haven't even given up! It frustrates me to no end when I've tried that many times to "prove that I'm not a robot." 

If spam is annoying (it is!), you have options to filter spam on your settings and so what if the odd spam message goes through? It's just an extra commitment you have as a blog owner to go and delete it. Blogger is really good at catching spam. Really, really hate spam?! No worries, just turn off word verification and change your settings so that you need to approve/review all comments before they get posted on your blog. Easy peasy!

I love so many blogs and some of my FAVORITE blogs have this on PLEASE turn it off!
That's just my little vent of the day. Please be a good blogging friend and turn off word verification.

14 comments:

Jojorenee said...

I hate BOTH to tell the truth. But some how I think you can have a safe blog without either. I haven't really heard too much about Blogs being hacked as I have email addresses...

Melissa said...

Mine has been off for probably almost a year! I hated it then and really hate it now, so I understand what you are saying!

girlia said...

AMEN!!!!!!!When you can't say anything else just say AMEN!

Scrappin Sista said...

I agree!! I hate that thing!!Sometimes i just won't leave a comment so i don't have to go thru the hassel! Now tell me if it is on at my blog please!! LOL! I thought i turned it off, but in case i did'nt, please let me know!!
Great Blog service announcement!
Alice B

Beebeebabs said...

I also hate it - I was trying to figure that out tfs - going to turn it off right now!!!

Judy said...

AMEN!!

Creations by Shirl said...

Hallelujah Jovan....
It's so annoying and I hope this message get's out to all who has it... Great job!

Amy said...

I totally agree!!! This is such a pain! :)Amy

lovemypaper said...

I agree to!

Susie Craft Happy! said...

Since I'm new to blogging, I had no idea mine was on until someone emailed me with a comment because they couldn't leave it on my blog because of the word verification. I with you...no word verification for me either. Thanks for the post today!

Beebeebabs said...

Thanks again!!!

Chriss America Real said...

Hi Jovan,

I don't think I have word verifcation on mine, do I? I know I hate it on other blogs!

Hugs,

Chriss

Sew Sweet N Crafty said...

Oh, Jovan, I couldn't AGREE with you more. You put it beautifully. I would love to paste your post on my blog and pass the message along if that is okay with you. I too, get especially frustrated during a blog hop where half if not all the blogs have a word verification and it takes me 10 extra hours to go through everyone on the list. I realized how painful this was a while back and removed my word verifcation so my Crafty blog buddies would not have to endure the pain and suffering. Thanks for posting this. I thought it was just me--your venting is totally justified...lol.
Sew Sweet N Crafty
www.SewSweetNCrafty.blogspot.com

Trina said...

I'm with you! I just popped over to your blog from The Outlawz. We have a blog group there, and they have heard me preach this same sermon a number of times! :D