Tuesday, April 27, 2010

W is for...Word Verification

Warning...what you are about to read is just my opinion and in no way should be taken as an offense...it is meant in jest and fun and in no way is about anyone in particular.

This post is going to be about Word Verification because I find it annoying, but that is just my very humble opinion.  Some find it necessary and that is okay, but I got rid of it a long time ago due to complaints about it being a pain in the butt for my commentors.  I quite honestly felt offended when I read a comment from a fellow blogger that said basically "Great blog, I'm a follower, Now if you could just get rid of the word verification." Since I got rid of it I found more people commented...coincidence, maybe...maybe not.

Now that I have been doing a lot more commenting I totally understand what she was talking about, it is very annoying to have to do word verification for 98% of my commenting.  *(notice, it does not stop me from commenting)*  For me and my blog it serves no purpose but to suppossedly annoy my sweet and loyal group of followers and I certainly don't want to do that, so it is *POOF* gone. *(see how easily I am persuaded)*  Here is a list of word verification prompts I have had in just a two days of commenting:


That being said, I personally do not like word verification, but if you do that is perfectly fine, to each their own.  I just thought it would make for interesting fodder...um...material to blog about.  Now have a good day and hop on over to tossing it out and read up on some other interesting blogs. 

 *I am still recovering from my Bronchitis and had a hard time coming up with a "W" post, and I am on medication so I will blame that for this dismal post, it is not up to par with what I normally do, so I do apologize to any and all I may have offended* I love you all, I really do!

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and With the help of God, I will do." ~Everette Hale

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Wanda said...

Shannon, interesting "w" pick. I've read blog tips other places that suggest removing word verfication as well. So implemented the change at my place. Hope you're back to your normal self soon.


I agree it is interesting subject but most enjoyable to read none the less. Hope you feel better soon.


arlee bird said...

Here's to your improving health--continue to take care.

I took word verification off my site a while back and I think it did help my comments increase. It no longer bothers me like it used to when I would sometimes lose comments that I was trying to leave. Now I'm more aware and I think I've kind of mastered the thing. It still is somewhat annoying and adds extra time to the commenting process.

I look forward to your May 3rd post and hope you will join us in the May 17th Favorites post.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Keep writing down those words - you'll be able to create a whole new language within a month.

I don't use it. Yes, there's spammers, but I've stopped 99% of them by requiring blog owner approval on posts four days or older.

Shell said...

It is a pain, though it doesn't stop me from commenting. Though, if someone has to have it, it should at least be there from the beginning, not show up ater I hit submit. B/c sometimes I close out really quickly.

If someone has a giveaway though and I have to do a separate comment for each entry and there's word verfication, I might not enter.

What stops me from commenting is disqus comments. It takes forever.

Bud Ezekiel H. said...

i agree that it's a nuisance but it doesn't stop me from leaving comments. it took me a couple of days before i realized it was on mine when first beginning on blogger. some of those word verifications are difficult for these old eyes. if i can't get it right after a half dozen attempts...then i move on! the other day i kept changing the "word" on a site because the word's letter's came in two forms. solid and unfilled. of course, it's usually these high-end blogs with lots of followers that run that gizmo. haven't had the occasion to remove any unwanted comments....other then my own:)

Lisa said...

I don't like word verification either. Don't have it on my and I'm glad you don't have it on yours!

Anonymous said...

I never thought about that! I'm off to remove it RIGHT NOW! :)

Thanks for posting this. You made me aware of something I hadn't given thought to before.

Rae said...

I think it's funny when people make up a definition for their word verification! That is a post all in itself!

Kelly said...

I am SO with you on this. The worst I've seen is where you click the submit button, then the page refreshes then the WV pops up. URGH! Im not left a comment a few times after that.

SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

I like the VW because a group of blogger friends I hang out with, we all make up fake definitions for the words and it's so much fun.

the thing that drives me crazy is when you click post and then it pops up with the VW separately. there have been a LOT of times that I'll write a comment and then close it without realizing that the comment never went up because it was just refreshing, not finished.

R. M. Iyer said...

That is a nice W post. Yes, I too did away with word verification when someone told me it was too difficult to comment. And I haven't really been spammed after I removed it.

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