Friday, August 24, 2012

Captcha

Captcha is when you have to decipher weirdly written words to continue with a webiste. It could be for joining a site or just making a comment on a blog. I deal with spam on my blog. Blogger is now pretty good at sorting the chaff from the weeds. I hadn't checked my spam comment folder for over a week and there was about fifty spam comments there, none that should not have been marked as spam.

If you want people to comment on your blog, then I suggest you turn captcha off. I am experienced at captcha but it took me two attempts to log my comment on Hels' blog and seven tries to log a comment on Ad Rads' blog. Twice I can wear but seven???? It is not like I said anything important, just a comment, but  I am over it and I am not doing it again, no matter the cost of disconnection with blogmates.

19 comments:

  1. Agreed Andrew... I am going blind, trying to read the nonsense words and the numbers.

    For my own blog, I have just removed the Word Identification Command. I check for spam in any case so it won't involve any extra work for me. We will see what other people decide.

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  2. How do you remove this please

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  3. Middle Child

    Open up:

    Design.. then.
    Setting. .then...
    Posts and comments....then
    Show word verification.

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  4. So far I don't have any problems with Captcha, I seem to be able to decipher the words easily enough. Once or twice I've had to try again, but 98% of the time I get it right. It is a nuisance though.

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  5. I'm with you 100% Andrew, I've mentioned this to a few people who's blogs I really enjoy and they've thankfully removed them, but I have to say if I don't get it right after the first couple of tries..I'm over it!!

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  6. It seems that I read both spam and non-spam comments anyway just in case one is in the wrong category [and because I don't believe in absolute freedom of speech].
    For this reason, a captcha seems unnecessary.

    On the other hand, I have somehow managed to 'acquire' an advertising blog about technology - ha, wasted on me - It's not listed as a blog I'm following on my dashboard and can't be managaed, but it keeps appearing in the "Items" section. Has this happened to anyone else?

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  7. 2 goes and that's it. And next time I think twice!!

    FruitCake - I once accidentally must have clicked on something weird that also gave me a blog I didn't deliberately pick. If it appears in 'Items' on Google Reader you can get rid of it by clicking on 'Reader Settings' (that little cog shaped symbol in the top right under your name) then select the offending blog and click 'unsubscribe'.

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  8. I'll take it off my blog if I have it. I'm not sure if I do or not.

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  9. I'm glad you mentioned this. The new style of 'captcha' - I didn't know that is it's name - which has those squiggly letters and a number is almost illegible at times.

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  10. Seems like there is some agreement here.

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  11. Andrew, I agree with you, and must get around to taking captcha off. I have given up on commenting on blogs on numerous occasions in the past few months when I have failed to get the captcha right. I will see how I go with just the spam catcher for a while...

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  12. yes indeed. it is indecipherable and irritating. mine is off.

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  13. Captchas are annoying. I agree the new type with the letter and two-digit number are too hard to decipher. If it takes me more than twice to get it right, I don't bother commenting.

    I didn't think I had them enabled on my blogs - I set them up not to - but the other day while adjusting settings on one of them, it looked liked the setting for captchas was turned on. Grrr.

    I honestly don't see the point for most people with a personal blog to have captchas enabled, especially if they moderate comments. It's unlikely that personal blogs are going to be inundated with spam comments.

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  14. I agree it seems unlikely a personal blog would be inundated with spam but it does happen. On about the sixth year of one of my other blogs someone (or was it an automated web scraper thingie) went all the way back through 3000 posts putting a stupid spam comment on every second one. so annoying

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  15. Jayne, that is a good point. Moderation and captcha is extra annoying. My blog gets around five spam comments a day. Very few get through though.

    Info, that would be really annoying. I have moderation for comments older than two weeks. That works really well.

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  16. aaargh captcha gives me the rage. It's even worse if you try doing it from a smart phone!

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  17. Never thought of that Fen. Yes, awful to try on a phone.

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  18. I have had Captcha off for a week now, and nothing has gone wrong with the published comments AT ALL. Thanks for the suggestion.

    But when I open the hidden comments defined as Spam, there are now dozens of rubbishy diatribes each day. Not advertising; just incoherent rubbish. who sends them?

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  19. Much as I get Hels. They only require a quick skim to make sure they are no proper comments there, and then delete them.

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