Saturday, February 18, 2012

Word verification from hell

Have you seen one of these? They are known as Word Verification or CAPTCHAs - you are to enter them when you comment on blogs in an attempt to prevent spam etc. This is Bloggers latest version. You have to try x number of times before you get one right. Who wants to make comments at such a blog? So what is the alternative?

  • Remove the word verification on your blog completely (leads to more spam, but might be manageable)
  • Have a totally moderated blog (not my style, at least - people want to see their comments at once)
  • Stop blogging.
I'll try the first alternative now ...

PS for discussion, see e.g here (there are many others):

31 comments:

Dina said...

You are so right--definitely a word verification from hell.
The blackness and ugliness of the cryptic printed letters is like a message from the devil himself.
It is such a turn-off and waste of time.

Just please don't try your third alternative.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I hope more people turn it off, I may be inclined to skip those that still use it because they are so hard to read.

The 'H' in CAPTCHA stands for 'Human', but it seems they've forgotten about the human element.

Another alternative is to use a different blogging system; there are many. I use Wordpress (free) and it comes with a SPAM scanner called Akismet. I scan the SPAM comments once a day and delete them. Occasionally, it tags a god comment as spam, but it's easily undone.

Honest Abe said...

I will have to check. I am on WordPress because of these and am beginning to like it. I refused to put up with it. And Blogger seems easy to hack. At least they hacked mine.

Viola said...

Hei Rune, kan du gjøre meg en liten tjeneste? Jeg tror og mener det går an å fjerne ordbekreftelsen i gammel grensesnitt, og så gå tilbake til nytt grensesnitt igjen.. Jeg har gjort det.. og nå akkurat har jeg satt på popup kommentarer, om du har tid å gå inn og sjekke om kommentarmoderering faktisk er av? Takker på forhånd! :)

Flott at du også skriver om dette :)

God helg! :)

Viola said...

at ordbekreftelsen er av, mente jeg, he he he

Sylvia K said...

Oh, YES! Definitely from hell!!! I've never used word verification even when it was simple and I've never really had any problem with spam -- hope I continue to be spam free, but I won't use this and that's for certain! Have a great, "word verification" free weekend, Rune!

Sylvia

Viola said...

Takk for superraskt svar!! =)
Jeg tenkte det kanskje gikk ja.. å logge seg av blogger, for så å gå inn og kommentere på min egen blogg, for å sjekke.. men var ikke sikker..
NÅ vet jeg det! :)

Tusen hjertelig! :)

Viola said...

Jeg lagde en edit nettopp og linket til deg, som en takk :)

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Yes, I keep running into these new Word Verifications by blogger. Most of the time I have struggled to read them. Is it just a matter of time before my eyes and brain can interpret them quickly without having to try several of them before I get it right? Blogger -- why torture us. -- barbara

Erika said...

I share in your decision
Have a nice week end
Erika from Italy

Virginia said...

Oh I know what you mean. This morning I've struggled with Google's new WV words. What are they doing??
I took it off my blogs and I will watch and see if the spammers come back, then I'll be forced to use the WV again. The new format is maddening.

Your gorgeous header is lovely though. Just beautiful light.
V

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

If anyone wants is using the new Blogger interface you'll have to swap to the old interface if you want to to cancel Word Verification on your blog. Just click on the little cogwheel symbol, top right on tne dashboard. Then you just go to Settings > Comments > and cancel the word verification. You can then swap back to the new interface.

imac said...

I seem to have trouble with it too, but I have switched off twice and got spam attack. Will try a 3rd time tho.

becky said...

Yes, a major turnoff...I turned off my word verification months ago when a blogger told me it was a waste of time and everything is fine without it...so far, so good.

Malyss said...

It's driving me mad, I've tried all ways to suppress them and I can't! If anyone has an idea?..

katney said...

I am haranguing the Blogger Community Managers daily to convince them that this is a BAD idea. We had something like this happen a few years ago with the skinny and wide illegible letters. The uproar was heard and it was changed back to legible captchas. Hopefully this will go again soon.

There is an audio word verification, accessible by a logo next to the illegible one. It is worth a try.

Jackie said...

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that feels this way. I strain and stare and strain and stare again...and try to type in the words correctly (to prove that I'm not a robot)...but I invariably have to go to the next group of word verifications.
I wonder why the old word verification didn't work? There must be something wrong with it or 'they' wouldn't have changed to this one that is virtually impossible to nail on the first try.
Surely!!??...sigh.
Hopefully, the powers that be will work on a better solution than this one.

Lew said...

I recommend using moderation on older posts. I found a bunch of SPAM on old posts about a year ago. Occasionally someone comments on an older post and with moderation I get to see it. The SPAM checker seems to be good at blocking spam and has only stopped a couple of real comments.

Your example looks like "hcsmsr lefs"

HansHB said...

Helt enig med deg! Ordbekreftelsen er helt teit!
Uansett, pakker koffert for reise til varme!
Ønsker deg en flott vinterferie, RuneE!

E Squared and Mui said...

I turned off my word verification, too ... a few spam comments, but so far the spam filter has caught them. Looks like they've improved the filter since the last time I tried turning off word verification.

Barbara said...

I turned mine off - I hate those things and I can never make out what the letters are meant to be!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

like Katney I remember when they changed it once before and after a furore they changed it to something better - think that will happen again (option 4 - wait and see).
I've got moderation on older post (just reduced it on most of blogs from 14 to 7 days). Just turned the captcha off and have immediately had a spam comment on an old blog post - it got caught through moderation and didn't post but moderating the spam is a hassle. Have put the captcha back on that blog and will see how it goes on the others.

detroit dog said...

They are frustrating! My eyesight is not what it used to be (and it wasn't great then), so I generally have to try posting at least several times. On some occasions I've just given up and gone speechless.

katney said...

Thanks, Rune, for dropping into my "share your opinion" thread in the help forum (I know it was you--with your cleverly hidden ID.) This has caught the eye of the community manager for Blogger and she has escalated it to the engineers to examine. I am hoping they take it seriously. I had a number of examples to show them as well as the uproar. The more people add their opinion, the better.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

alas since turning off word-verifcation on most of my blogs I've been inundated with spam so have been forced to turn it back on.

Wenche said...

Jeg har hatt det første alternativet leeeenge - og har enda ikke (bank i bordet) opplevd spam...og en kan jo selv gå inn å slette i etterkant .....(den har jeg ikke brukt enda - men det går ;0))

EG Wow said...

I'm very frustrated by the new word verification! I don't use word verification but any posts more than a couple of days old are moderated. It seems to keep most spammers out.

Jack said...

I detest this new form of word verifiction. It is difficult enough that I am very tempted to stop reading blogs that use it . . . even long-time favorites. I have never used word verification and the effort to go back in and delete spam is very little. I would rather take on the responsibility for patrolling my own blog against spam than put every reader to the hell of coping with this lousy new WV struggle.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

It looks as if they've been listening as now although there are still two words with slightly slanted fonts they've got rid of the background blotches which were the main cause of their unreadability.

Darlene said...

Thank you for turning your off, Rune. I just hate to try to figure out what the word is and I miss so many times. I wonder why they made it so difficult in the first place. Most of my blogging friends that used this in the beginning have stopped long ago. They don't seem to get a lot more spam, so it's good you are giving it a try.

Emm said...

You know, my eyes are not too old, barely middle aged, and I cannot figure out those word verifications for the life of me! Glad you turned it off.

On the flip side, the spam filters on Blogger suddenly went into overdrive so make sure you check your spam folder!

I delete spam immediately and have moderation for posts over 14 days. That deters spammers who wait to see if you are vigilant in deleting spam before attacking a blog.