Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bloggers Against Captcha

I am on a mission to get Blogger bloggers to turn off their word verification aka Captcha. It drives me and many others CRAZY! I get that people don't want spam, but why do others have to jump through hoops for the person who runs the blog? I am getting to the point where I am NOT leaving comments for people with it on. Some people don't realize they have it on. It is on by default when you start a blog, so please check!! Here's how!
This one doesn't seem so bad, but I got it wrong!
Who can even read the numbers on this one?
This Sweet Captcha is kind of fun and I don't mind checking a box to confirm I am not a spammer, but these are on other blog platforms.
Seriously people. If you blog with Blogger (blogspot) and you like getting comments TURN OFF word verification! If you are concerned about spam then don't allow anonymous comments (allow only registered users) AND turn on comment moderation. You can learn how to turn verification off and customize your comment settings here. With comment moderation it's just a check & click for you to mark a comment spam. A lot easier than asking others to enter some crazy blurry characters over and over! Plus Bloggers spam detection improves when you moderate and mark those few spam that are awaiting moderation. On behalf of bloggers everywhere, I beg you to turn off word verification. Thanks!! You can find more comment tips here. Update: A lot of people are commenting on the amount of spam they get. 1. Don't allow anonymous comments! 2. If your spam filter catches it...just ignore it. I do not pay attention to my spam filter at all. I just go empty it every so often!
Feel free to grab this button!!
Captcha Sucks

Button pic 9Too Much Time On My HandsThe Chicken Chick

Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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160 comments :

  1. I so agree with you Diana, I am also that far - I see Captcha, I leave without you knowing I was there!

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    1. I have been leaving comments lately saying things like~
      I had trouble leaving this because you had word verification on!
      OR if they had more than 1 link on my party I say~
      I am just leaving 1 comment for all your link ups because you have word verification on!

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  2. I learned just recently I had it on from another blogger. I didn't realize I even had it on! Those things drive me crazy and have made me not post a few places because I can't read the silly picture no matter how many times I refresh it.

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    1. And you have VERY young eyes Lorraine!!! I do think some people don't realize they have it on. By default it is on when you start a blog!

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  3. Thanks for this post! That Word Verification is so annoying! An easy way to check if you have it is by sending yourself a comment.

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  4. After reading a previous post you wrote on this I fixed mine. I went from the word verification to moderated comments. Thanks for the tips!

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  5. I have my settings to allow comments from people with "registered ID". I've had no problems with spam since. I get lots of comments, and so I don't think I'm leaving folks out by choosing that setting.

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  6. Love this, these things are so frustrating. Thank you for posting.
    And thank you for coming to my link party.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  7. Glad you bring up this issue.

    http://nondieter.blogspot.com

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    1. I mentioned it within a bigger post a few months ago, but I had to revisit!

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  8. Even if they're easy to read, anyone on a mobile device gets thwarted by AUTOCORRECT, and often once the keypad pops up, I can no longer SEE the Captcha code! I can't tell you how many times I really wanted to comment, but was thwarted by Captcha hating phones.

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    1. I didn't even think of trying to read on a phone. UGH!

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  9. About time ;-) - hope you will share this at all the parties and social medias! I am one of those that just do not "get" the captcha codes, sometimes I re-set the code 2 - 3 times and then just give up!

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    1. I am to the point if I see Captcha I just close the tab!! Spread the word!!

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  10. Here, here! I have often abandoned making comments when I see a captcha. Sometimes I try filling it out, but trust me, it is easy to fail. I often have no clue what it is saying.

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  11. So TRUE! these new ones have gotten even harder to read and such a pain!!

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    1. And I just thought my eyesight was worse! LOL!

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  12. I'm one of the bloggers guilty of having the Captcha and not knowing it--you're the one who brought it to my attention and I was so glad you did! It is really obnoxious to do and since removing it, I have received many more comments. Great post, completely agree!

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  13. oh my gosh yesterday I was yelling I hate Captcha at the computer! definitely sharing this

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  14. Also my comments aren't moderated and I hardly get an spam plus there is already a spam filter built in

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  15. LOL! Thank you for this! I am so glad that I am not the only one that cannot read those blurry address signs? Seriously, I thought I was going blind and makes commenting way too difficult sometimes.

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  16. Amen. It is so frustrating that I often leave before having to figure out the code.

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    1. We should all boycott leaving comments on blogs with it and maybe it will get people's attention!!

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  17. Oh. I am so with you on this. I do a comment and then boom. have to do that stupid stuff. I have mine off and get a bit of spam but can delete it super quickly.

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    1. Yeah! You get it! People can also set it where only registered users can leave comments which helps with cutting down on (the little bit of) spam that comes through!

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  18. Way to go girly!! I won't leave comments much anymore cause it's irritating, especially when I can't figure out what the heck the letters and numbers are. Irritating!!!

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    1. I have only left 2 comments with captcha today...MANY MANY I just closed the tab!!

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  19. I had to laugh when I saw this! I used to have it on because I didn't want all the spam, but I am glad I turned it off. Now when I come across it I feel like a genius if I can get it right!

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    1. Pretty sad that Captcha is measuring our IQ! LOL!

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  20. agreed. it keeps me from leaving comments.

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  21. I HATE THEM !
    Have a nice and no word verification day !
    Hug
    Anna

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    1. Notice how everyone is against them?! Love it!

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  22. Great idea for making a button about this issue. I'm defintely gonna use it! As people before me already said, some folks don't even know they have it. Putting this button on our blogs/sites really may help!

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    1. Yeah! I do think that most people don't realize!! I have clicked away from several blogs today. Oh well!

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  23. I agree with you, it deters commenting! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Bethany @ Whistle and Ivy

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    1. Totally deters!! People would get more if they turned it off!

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  24. New follower just wants to say thank you THANK YOU for this and all the great blogs you've posted. (Found you through the link party at Someday Crafts)

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting! I am off to visit yours.

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  25. Blogger's word verification drives me insane! Years ago it wasn't too bad but now that some of the text is so warped, blurred or half of it off the screen, it definitely does deter comments.

    A lot of the time if I'm visiting new blogs and have already signed in and entered my (usually long) replies, then see that word verification it definitely does put me off. There's been times I even put my iPad/laptop down and leave the computer to go back to it later.

    I do think that a lot of bloggers aren't technically minded so they don't even realise it's on or how to turn it off. Great post and reminder to Blogger users.

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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    1. I *HATE* it when that happens. Thanks for visiting!

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  26. Diana, Thank you for this. I will support it all the way. Sometimes if I can't get the letters right after a try or two, I just forget it. Too much trouble.
    I'll check a box or add 2 simple numbers together.

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  27. I agree with you since these are hard to see and very annoying!!

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  28. Preach it, sister. After trying three times to post a comment today, I finally tried the audio version to see if it was any better. That voice freaked me out and my dog ran from the room. Yikes.

    Your newest follower,
    Lydia
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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    1. I have never tried the audio. Thanks for the heads up on that. Since posting this yesterday I have decide to not leave any comments to people with Captcha on!

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  29. This is a really great tip and I linked back to it in a post to show people how to turn their word verification off :)

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    1. AWESOME!! Let's save the blogging world together!

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  30. I've been hesitant to ask people to turn
    it off.. it does keep me from commenting
    and I don't like to do that.
    Hopefully many will see your post.
    Sandy

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    1. Maybe you can say, hey...I saw this great tutorial you should read...and then link to it!! I will comment to people that it's on...if I even bother to leave them a comment!

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  31. Thanks for the great tip! This drives me crazy!

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    1. Notice no one has defended it? We all want it GONE!

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  32. Say it sista! Found you at what'scookin love?

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    1. Turned that darn thing off PEOPLE! I'm going to graffiti it everywhere!

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  33. Captcha gives me fits! And some of my favorite bloggers use it. I'm torn!
    Thanks for this post--I hope many people take heed.

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    1. Send them over to read my blog and maybe they will get the hint! LOL! Or tell me who and I'll leave them a comment asking them to turn it off!

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  34. thank you and lots of apologies.. I didn't realize I had it on and it drives me nuts too

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  35. I turned mine off Diana! Thanks for the heads up :-)

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  36. Thank you! I I had no idea I was using it.

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  37. Thank you so much! I am to the point now where, if it is there when I try to leave a comment, I just skip leaving the comment. It makes me sad because I can't connect with other bloggers but it is just so frustrating!

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  38. Sorry, but I am not against it this time. My blog had been flooded with thousands of spam from china it was affecting my server load. But I admit, Google has the worst captcha design. They should change it and make it easier for us to read!

    Following your lovely blog's twitter, FB and Pinterest. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

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    1. I see no problem with you using Captcha, Quiet Mom because you are not on Blogger. Your Captcha just has us enter a number, and unless we suck at basic math, it's not an issue!

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  39. How do I say this nicely? Just one more thing we have to do to 'prove' ourselves. Remember the last time you picked up a prescription at Walgreen's? Isn't your phone number enough so they can locate it? Nope..while the gal is standing holding the little bag with your drug you have to give your date of birth, address and maybe the middle name of your son's first girlfriend's cousin's next door neighbor....... Please make life a little simpler for us somewhere!

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    1. Yes. A simple click of NO & save on settings for bloggers makes life much simpler for us all!

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  40. Uh oh........I apologize if the comment above was misleading. My rant was in support of Diana. Even tho I do understand why many bloggers use Captcha, it became such a chore to get it right (for all the reasons Diana mentioned) that I stopped commenting on blogs that do use it. There has to be a better way than to strain our eyes and try our patience. Again, please accept my apology. It was meant to be a supportive comment :-)

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    1. No problem Chris!! Nearly everyone hates it!! Haha...there is a Walgreens commercial on in the background right now!!

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  41. I also dislike Captcha, but when I have it on it really does reduce the spam comments I get. I wish I could use the fun game kind, or just the click-the-box kind. I really hate trying to figure out the blurry little words!

    - Jocelyn @ jocelynandjason.blogspot.com

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    1. Spam really decreases if you only allow registered users to comment.

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  42. Agreed! Thanks for posting! If you want more visitors/comments make it easy please!!! I find WordPress does great at filtering. I am new to blogging but read up a lot prior to starting my site.

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    1. Great job of educating yourself before starting!

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  43. I wish everyone would turn off their captcha....it's the worst!!!Thank you for stopping by to comment on my Rusty Heart...Have a great night.

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  44. I 100% agree! It's so hard to even read it and it's a huge pain. I give up a lot of times when I attempt to leave comments and it says I did not put the right combo of letters and numbers. Megan

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  45. I couldn't agree more!! I generally will give it one try, but if it doesn't work I just don't have time to try to figure out what they want me to put in there. I do agree that the cute-sy one where you drag the X to the Y is fine, and the check box doesn't bother me either. It makes me sad when I type up a whole comment and it gets erased because of that terrible captcha. :/

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    1. Yes. That is SUPER frustrating when that happens!

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  46. Hi Diana!
    Today I'm stopping by from the Freedom Friday link up. Thanks so much for posting this - captchas make me crazy! I hate taking the time to write a thoughtful comment to someone, and then finding that I can't post it because of the ridiculous captcha!
    Thanks for sharing!
    ang
    http://jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

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  47. I took your advice and turned it off on my blog http://announcingit.com/invitations-blog and I had 532 comments to sort through. While most were spam, it took a ton of time to go through. I'm going to have to explore what else I can do.

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    1. Jan, I looked at your blog and your captcha isn't nearly as obnoxious as the ones on blogger. I have no problem typing out the few characters that yours has!

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  48. Hi Diana, I agree it makes it hard to take the time to comment & spend all that time making captcha work just to get it to post! Thanks for linking up & I took care of deleting # 21. I was going to email you, but didn't get the chance. Let you a note on the site too. Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Thanks so much Theresa!! I set my party so that people can delete their own links.

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  49. Such great advice!!!!! Captchas are annoying! And I feel bad about No-reply bloggers too! I want to reply to all my comments and sometimes I can't!

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    1. Yes, those bloggers are missing out...but at their own expense!!

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  50. Hey there - new follower from the linkup. Love your blog & can't wait to read more. Hope you have a great weekend :)
    Rachel
    http://sugar-stripes.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Nice to meet you. I am off to see your blog!

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  51. I hate that, sometimes it takes me 4 tries! I give up!
    Steph
    swtboutique.com

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    1. I used to try twice before giving up. Now I don't try!

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  52. Totally agree!!!

    New fan via Delightful Order!

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  53. I agree that it is annoying and I do NOT have mine on but I get about 5 spam emails a day because of it! I was thinking about turning it back on! I realize that it's easy to mark a comment as spam but that gets old when you have to do it numerous times a day!

    Tania

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    1. Tania, Change your comment settings to only allow registered users to comment. This change will not allow anonymous comments, which accounts for most spam. My spam filter catches probably 98% of the spam I get.

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  54. Thanks to Connie for sending me here. You sure did hit a nerve. I am struggling with the amount of spam and I am trying very hard not to go to the dreaded word verification. This was helpful. I do like the "drag" option. Is Blogger listening???

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    1. Thanks Connie & Olga! I hope Blogger will pay attention and change things. I think that disallowing anonymous comments will really help out. I only changed that option on mine recently, but my spam filter STILL caught about 98% of my spam.

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  55. I agree I hate it and turned mine off a while ago after realising how annoying it was (not that I get many comments anyway)
    Thank you for drawing attention to this issue
    Leigh
    http://www.thesewingdivaandherreluctantmodels.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/snow-day.html?m=1

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  56. thanks for bringing this up! i appreciate that wordpress defaults to moderation on and captcha off! I hate trying to deal with those captcha codes!!!

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    1. Today I didn't leave comments for 7 bloggers with it on. Oh well!

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  57. Amen!! I hate hate HATE those stupid unreadable numbers!!!

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  58. I also hate that!!! I often don't comment because if it's unreadable! Thank you for sharing ;)
    I stopped by from a Linky ( I can't remember which one...) Have a nice week!
    Bisous from France

    http://ellecrafts.blogspot.com

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  59. Amen!! I hate them too!! Thanks for spreading the word.

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  60. Hi Diana, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from the Clever Chick’s Blog Hop.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! I HATE captcha. I am going to put this button on my blog to help spread the word. Thanks for doing this.

    If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

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  61. Nice to see a tutorial for people to fix this on their blogs Diana! I often struggle to figure out what the letters and numbers are I have to type!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  62. This tutorial is an absolutely excellent idea because I think lots of people who hate CAPTCHA too don't realise it is on their blog!

    CAPTCHA really make you feel a bit mentally deficient to say the least and, that makes me HATE them! I started using CAPTCHA bypass software called RUMOLA to read and fill them in for me because I found them soooo frustrating (especially on mobile devices!).

    Unless a blog is hugely, ridiculously popular then a spam filter and comment verification are just fine for some added security. I agree the reader should not be the one jumping through hoops!

    ps. If you loathe CAPTCHA too try skipinput.com. I have tried a few bypass programs and this one is the quickest and most accurate!

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  63. I kept getting spam so I turned mine on and I STILL GOT SPAM so it didnt work anyways. Im gonna just do like you mentioned and not allow anonymous. Everyone has a name.

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    1. I hope not allowing anonymous works for you! I only count it as spam if my filter doesn't catch it.

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  64. AMEN! lol I can't stand captcha! I started getting some really bad spam, but really didn't want to turn it on, so I just elected to moderate my comments before they were published. I refuse to turn captcha back on. haha

    Congrats! You were the most clicked on at my last Super Link Party! :-)
    I'll be featuring you on Wednesday's party!

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    1. Oooh! How exciting!! We've got to get that evil captcha off! I've been leaving comments for people (mostly new bloggers or people who linked up to my party) letting them know they have it on and inviting them to read my post and then turn it off!! Maybe Blogger will take notice and change the word verification to something easy like an addition problem.

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  65. OMG, I am soooo with you on this!!! It drives me crazy when I can't even read the letters, and i'm not a computer! :)

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  66. I agree!!! Thanks for sharing at the Crafty Cowgirl Funday Sunday - can't wait to see what you share next week!

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  67. Ditto, ditto, and ditto! Hate when you can't read the numbers/letters and are given several sets to figure out. Sometimes I just give up!

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    1. I don't even leave comments for people with it on that much anymore!!

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  68. Yes, I agree. My phone/iPad tries to autocorrect and then it puts the wrong word in! Very frustrating :) thanks for the post!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  69. I don't see the code, and if I want to comment I have to open a new browser, go back and find the blog page where I was and then go through hoops. As a consequence, I usually leave without commenting. I understand the issue and do comment moderation, where I was getting 300 to 700 spams every day! Now my spam filter seems to be working and I don't get spam like that anymore.

    Noreen
    http://craftyjournal.com

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    1. Noreen, Yours is a Wordpress blog and the word verification is much better. That is a pain that you have to go through to leave it for bloggers with captcha on. I say don't bother!

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  70. I wrote a post on this very topic when I first started blogging- I too hate captcha codes- the worst are the ones that pop up after you click submit- I have lost so many comments I am sure from leaving a comment and leaving the page before I see that there is a place to add a captcha code! I just think most bloggers dont realize this is the default setting when they start a blog- thanks for helping to educate those who have it!

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    1. I hate it when that happens!! I just don't bother to leave comments much anymore OR I will let them know their captcha is on and invite them to read my post. There are lots of new bloggers out there that need educating!! Thanks for commenting!

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  71. All I can say is thank you. This drives me crazy. Once I had to try 4 times to get it right and I AM NOT stupid!

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  72. Hello Diana! I am new to your place and just for teaching me to turn off the word verification, I am becoming your follower from now on:) It was a revelation to me. I was always annoyed when I used to do word verification at other blogs. Up until now, I took the pain of struggling with verifying the very foggy unclear words and manage in leaving comments Phew...!!! That is hard work! Anyways, Thanks so much! I think I am late for your linky party. I will try next week! In the mean time, please also visit me at my blog http://kiddiesfan.blogspot.ca/ Looking forward to stay connected! :)

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  73. AMEN, SISTER!!! I'm featuring you on my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week, Diana. This is a message that is too good not to share!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  74. I am dyslexic. The CAPTCHA is often too difficult for me to decipher. It is very frustrating to want to leave a nice comment for someone only to find out that out often writing it of course, that I have to get through the CAPTCHA first. Now I check before I write and just leave without saying a word. The bad thing is that I can't even tell them that there is a problem if I can't leave a comment.

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    1. Very sad! I bet most people don't realize they have it on. I do let people know when I am able, but most of the time I don't bother if I see Captcha!!

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  75. Agree, it does sometimes take a couple of goes to type the correct letters/numbers. My settings are as yours, but lately I've had a few spam comments that the spam filters aren't catching... even had the exact same comment 3 times in a row and not caught.

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  76. As a Blogger user, the amount of spam I was getting was RIDICULOUS, but then I had some of my regular commenters who were not able to leave comments when I changed my settings. Since I installed Disqus, my spam is gone and things are easy breezy.

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I moderate all my comments. I like to reply to comments and will do so via email, directly below the comment, or even on the commenter's blog itself. If you are a no-reply blogger you might not hear from me. If you have word verification on, it's likely that I will NOT leave a comment for you. Please turn it off!

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