Heya, blogland! Hope your week is going well.
Today I have a non-crafty post, yet it has everything to do with crafting and well, the world wide web in general! Lately I've been seeing a lot of bloggers mention word verification and how much they *ahem* dislike it. I definitely sit on the same side of the fence with them and blatantly have no problem in telling you so. What is word verification? It's exactly what you see below and most commonly found with blogs via Blogger. If you have a blog and don't know what this is, you may have it turned on and not even know it!
No problem, I'll tell you exactly what it is. It is an annoying little feature that makes readers have to verify that they are indeed human before being able to leave you a comment on your blog. I have over 200+ blogs that I subscribe to online and as I age, I guarantee you that it will increase! So when I take the time to give you some feedback, I expect to leave my comments without any hassle. Word verification is a big hassle. In fact, sometimes it takes me 2-5 tries before I'm able to leave some compliments on your blog and by that time, you're lucky I haven't even given up! It frustrates me to no end when I've tried that many times to "prove that I'm not a robot."
If spam is annoying (it is!), you have options to filter spam on your settings and so what if the odd spam message goes through? It's just an extra commitment you have as a blog owner to go and delete it. Really, really hate spam?! No worries, just turn off word verification and change your settings so that you need to approve/review all comments before they get posted on your blog. Easy peasy!
That's just my little vent of the day. Please be a good blogging neighbour and turn off word verification. I'll return with regular programming tomorrow. ;)