Bone To Pick With Blogging

What the holy hell is up with word verification!?

I'm trying to comment more, I really am. But I'm old. And I've got ADD. And a 2 year old. If I have difficulty spelling "consequence" or "banana" then there is no way I'm going to be able to spell "Frz8elhjg" for fucks sake. And Lord help the poor dyslexic trying to put in their two cents.

And is there a decoder that I need to buy? Some secret blogging spy gear? Am I supposed to be holding up one of those blue and red pieces of plastic up to the screen so I can read this?

And then just when I think I get an easy one, word verification gets all smartass with the varied capital letters.

I understand that folks like Jesper here want to use your blog comments as place to sell their wares. (Though I don't understand how I'm going achieve broadband internet "through the toilet in your house" but I'll go try in a minute.) Forcing you to add word verification to your comments.


But can we all band together and ban word verification until the blogging sites figure out how to make it a bit easier? Make us spell words that make sense. Things we mommy bloggers hear all day long in random streaming order like; gimmesumthingtodrink or howmuchdidyouspendtoday. I think I could type those with my eyes closed.

And honestly, I don't think any of our comment readers are going to believe that "Joe" can tell us how to make a penis larger. We've already heard that from our husbands and know it's a trick.


So come on man. Turn off your word verification in protest!

16 comments:

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

A-freaking-men. If I had word verification I would take it off in protest but since I don't I'll just take my bra off in protest.

Ah. Much better.

Scott-O-Rama said...

Well said. I can't tell you how many times I've lost a comment I was trying to leave because of Blogger's captcha (the term for the word verification procedure). I must be somewhat dyslexic because I NEVER get those letters right.

Early in my days of blogging I received some great advice: If you want comments, make it easy for your readers to leave them. Specifically, don't use difficult captcha methods, and don't moderate comments.

I don't know what Blogger offers, but WordPress has some fantastic plug-ins (Askimet, Cookies for Comments, etc) that will keep your blog spam-free without resorting to methods like captcha.

Then there's another way to fight spam comments altogether, but I'll talk about it when I relaunch my blog in June.

Gretchen said...

I'm pretty sure mine's off...

PamKittyMorning said...

I've had mine off for a while now with no problems. I hate typepad themost THE MOST because even if I type it EXACTLY as shown sometimes it rejects me and makes me do it again and again and again.

Undomestic Diva said...

And what about the word verifications with two words? Do I put a space between them? Case sensitive or not? WTF?

jen duncan said...

Oh Lotta. You kill me. Really, you do. Just this morning I was thinking of asking you if your parents read your blog, but for fuck's sake; I'm guessing the answer is 'no'? I sure wish I never gave MY mom my blog addy. Okay. I'll go try and figure out how to turn the verification thing off. For fuck's sake.
:-)

Kathi D said...

Oh, I turned mine off LONG AGO! I knew it couldn't just be me who could never get the damn letters right.

Actually, I think sometimes the thing rejects you even if you're right, just to mess with you. (Does that make me paranoid? Are you following me? Seriously. Quit following me.)

Jennifer said...

Ha ha, you forgot to add whatinthehelldidyoudoallday.

Lotta said...

Gretchen - Your bra or verification (see Jenny's comment so you know I'm not hitting on you)

Scott - Good advice! Looking forward to seeing your new design, you always have great ones.

Pam - I think Kathi's right and it's just messing with us.

Jen - My mom would laugh if I said "fuck's sake". Dad would deliver a Lutheran guilt bomb. But they are aware of it, but are so not into the internet so I don't think they read it. I suspect my inlaws secretly do though.

Jennifer - Oh yes.

Ms Picket To You said...

usually i think i'm drunk because i can't make out the letters and keep getting rejected. usually i am drunk, but still.

geelizzie said...

yup, nothing more irritating than trying to leave a nice comment and getting that verification crap. what's really irritating is the ones on blogs that nobody comments on, do they really think they are that popular?
oops, better go check mine to make sure I don't have that turned on or something!

Julianne said...

Couldn't agree more but I don't know how in the holy hell to turn the bloody thing off!

Izzy said...

A-to-the-MEN! I hate, hate, HATE!!!! comment verification. I will actually keep hitting preview until I get an easy one because, you know, I have all the freaking time in the world.

hellesbelles86 said...

Gad dang captcha can kiss me arse! No seriously I hate that crap! And the fun part is that ever since Google broke up with my computer my ability to leave comments even on sites without captcha is very limited. Freakin suuuucks! I'm right there with taking off the bra cuz I won't use the stinkin verificaion.

Rhea said...

I took my word verification off a while back. It's such a PAIN for commenters.

And I like the Bloggess' idea. I'm gonna rip my bra off too. Now you're responsible for all the free boobies running around. hehe

the sits girls said...

We like your stance on word verification. Off with it's head!