Saturday, December 13, 2014

Prove You're Not a Robot

Charm About You
I detest the "prove you're not a robot" part of blog commenting. I feel strongly about not requiring verification to leave a comment on my blog. It is amazing that anyone takes the time to leave a thoughtful comment and actively participate in the online community instead of being an observer. 
And then I learned from Kathy that blogger changed the blog settings just for fun to torture us! UGH! Just because you turn off the word verification doesn't mean the numeric verification is also off. 
Thankfully Kathy told us how to fix it, so I followed the instructions, "embedded" the comments, and now we shall see how that remedy works out. 
Please let me know if commenting on my blog is a hassle, and I will contact the Blogger Robots and see what else I need to do to eliminate the newest hurdles. Except of course if you are a robot... if you want to leave a comment, please prove you are a human!

28 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

LOL is that why there's been capcha on most blogs lately? I noticed that it seemed everyone had it lately.

Some of it is basically unreadable and it takes several tries to get through on a blog...drives me crazy. I am WP so I just pay 36.00 per year for Askimet. The amount of spam that comes through and that is held by them equals around 7000+ each week. Crazy.

Terri said...

I was wondering if that many other bloggers had gotten mean or insulting comments. I've gotten a few over the four or five years that I've blogged, but I haven't put on the robot deflector... unless Blogger did it. I guess I should check.
Hugs

barbara woods said...

i did the same now waiting to see if it works

Dolores said...

I was going to do a post like this. I found out from my UK blogger friend, AJ (http://morningaj.blogspot.ca/) how to fix the annoying 'word verification' problem. I wasn't aware that google had done that without notifying people.

Janet O. said...

I need to go do this to my blog! But I will admit that the number verification isn't as annoying as the word verification. At least I can usually tell what the numbers are. : )

Chantal said...

I never bothered me much. I found out that even if you don't type in the exact number it publish the comment. Once, I even clicked publish directly and it did publish it. Go figure! In any case, it takes more than that to make ME shut up LOL!

crazy quilter said...

I hate the verification step as well but I do understand it is sometimes necessary so you don't get a lot of spam stuff. I too am working on Step 3 of the Mystery . Making progress... Have a great day!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

word or number verification doesn't bother me - a lot of blogs get a ton of spam if they do not use it. it is simple to do and if you can not read the number or letters hit the little refresher and a new one comes up.

Patti said...

Ok, I never leave comments. I'm a stalker only kind of gal.

Ellen said...

Thank you, I don't like the verification either and I have just changed my settings!

Maggie said...

I had to turn on the prove you are a human thing on my blog because although I have very few readers, I did have someone spam me with thousands and thousands of comments that were identical.

Jane in Wales said...

i don't have any sort of verification on my blog, but set it to approve messages after two days. I hardly ever get spam that way.

Andee said...

:)

Karen said...

Thank you for the info. I had no idea that someone had to do the numeric thing on my blog comments. Hopefully, I have removed that obstacle. I find that having the obstacle does not stop the spam comments.

Deb A said...

Kathy enlightened me on the issue and I fixed my blog too. This should fix it.

Teresa in Music City said...

Don't you just love the way Blogger keeps us on our toes? No, me either!!!! Some days I think I just need to go off the grid and get rid of technology altogether! But then I know I would miss my blog friends too much :)

margaret said...

my blog does not require verification but I do not pay for blogger, thinking from what you have said they charge you. I struggle to read the letters as they are so haphazzard and it might take a few attempts but it is worth it

Joy V said...

Thank you for this Kathy. I turned 'word verification' off some time ago and have never had a problem with spammers - they know that I approve each comment before it is posted. But I will have to check and see if Blogger (in it's wisdom...) have put the numbers there.

Lilian Pilar said...

de momento todo va bien

Catherine said...

I'm hoping my blog posts do not have a spam checker. I hate them and have to enlarge the screen every time to read the numbers although I have not stopped reading a blog because of a spam checker.

Jo said...

I like leaving a comment on many blogs. It is a pain having to work out what the word is... It is always blurry to me..
I hope mine hasn't changed. Hope someone tells me if it has

Jo said...

All is good. No verification needed

Dasha said...

I am SO with you Kathy! If there is word verification, I simply go away without commenting. Thankfully the numbers are clearer to read and easier to enter, but I do hate it. Must go and check mine out now....

Kaja said...

I had no idea about this - thanks for bringing this up!

The Calico Cat said...

Gosh I love how blogger, flickr, etc. keep changing - not.

AnnieO said...

My little blog has been mostly left alone by spammers. I think comments are important so go through the verification if it is there. I found the words impossible to read and remember, but luckily learned that if you hit the refresh choice enough times u get numbers and that's a lot easier! I'll check my blog to see if verification has been added! Thanks for your courtesy--hope you're never forced to change!

Kate said...

I had noted all the required verifications last week, but didn't think about it till someone else mentioned it on their blog. I don't mind the number ones so much, you can usually read those, but the word ones are almost impossible to decipher.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Good job on spreading the word. I just thought everyone had been hit by spammers when I found more and more blogs with verification. Although I've never required it (or approval) and never really had any trouble with spammers over the 4 years I've been blogging.