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18 May 2015

RESURRECTING AN OLD GROAN


Question: why prove we're not robots when a comment goes on a blog anyway?

Yes, those pain-in-the-neck CAPTCHAs are back, some more half-hearted than others. Now we either have to copy the text or tick a box (I gather robots can’t click buttons to insert a tick) or both, none of which I wish to do.... nor do I have to in most cases. My choice, then, so why bother?

The latest has to be seen to be believed... about nine fairly large pictures of cakes appeared. I guess I was supposed to select one but I ignored it and sent my comment without doing anything. I’m still trying to work out the point of it. It’s amazing we’re not asked for fingerprints or some form of ID.  Why can’t we just put a notice on our blogs saying ROBOTS NOT ALLOWED!!

Hmm I might just do that!

There are some blogs that don’t require this silly check on people because bloggers have taken the time to change their settings to avoid causing irritation to their visitors. Now I am wondering if bloggers don’t know that their blogs have been subjected to the new style CAPTCHA ... or that their settings can be changed. For their benefit here’s the instruction that can be found in Settings – Posts and Comments:

Settings  ›  Posts and comments



Clicking NEVER in the COMMENT MODERATION section works wonders. 

In case you didn't know, selecting REGISTERED USER prevents anonymous visitors from commenting. 

I’d love to have your thoughts on this subject. 


8 comments:

Mersad said...

I don't like Capatcha and have removed it for a long time on my blog now. I do monitor the comments, but if they are not set to Annonymous, then there is not much spam anyway.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Ron said...

Yes Valerie, and this is why I can't stand CAPTCHA! When I was still using Blogger's commenting format, I never used it. I used comment moderation because it allowed me to filter through any spam in case I got it. Although I have to say, Blogger is very good at filtering spam on its own.

I agree, no CAPTCHA. It's a pain.

Have a great week, dear lady!

X to you and Joe

DeniseinVA said...

Hopefully I don't have the CAPTCHA on my blog but I will check the settings in case they have been changed. As it seems right now, I don't but am keeping fingers crossed others don't have to deal with it from their end. I do word verification because well, just in case I get something strange in, which has happened, even with the appropriate settings.

Valerie said...

Ron, have you seen the one with the biscuits...lol? What gets me though is the fact that you are invited to complete the CAPTCHA when it isn't even required. I just bypass it, so am wondering what IS the point.

A Cuban In London said...

Here's a tip for everyone. You don't have to do word verification if you are using a genuine account. When you are prompted to write the word in the box, ignore it and click on "publish your comment". It will go through. I found out by accident but now I do it without even thinking.

Greetings from London.

troutbirder said...

I think somehow I got rid of this onerus requirement some time ago I do love blogger but all these changes can be very annoying....

Dan the Mountain Man said...

I stopped using the word verification a long time ago. I

I have my blog setup for Registered Users. The click here if you are not a robot still shows. Not sure how to get rid of it. You are a regular comment poster so I guess I got it setup right.

Banker Chick said...

I don't get spam any more. I could never understand why someone would have comment moderation and captcha. Everytime I see this kind of post I always double check again to make sure the settings are correct.