Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Hurrah For The Smitten Image!

No, this is not an advert for a destroyed work of art, smitten by some dire blow from an unseen hand, but a heartfelt THANK YOU extended to one of my long term Blog pals, Hilary. I strongly recommend you go and visit her IMMEDIATELY!  In  this Smitten Image post  she explains, far better than I could, exactly how to rid our screens of Blogger's latest excruciating and farcical Word Verification.

What possessed the originators?
The black and white Ink Blot Alphabet was enough to make all compositors turn in the graves, where no doubt, they had been dispatched at an early age by the resultant heart attacks caused by this insult to calligraphy.
As to the aspersions cast on the intelligence of Bloggers, implying they needed to think more about the word verification letters they were asked to type - well - words fail me!

Please, think seriously about following Hilary's concise instructions for removing this scourge from our busy blogging lives! And take a few minutes to watch the YouTube clip Broken Biro introduced.

30 comments:

  1. Jinksy...how can I thank you and your lovely blogger friend enough!! I panicked over this double devilish procedure and now I can be free of it! wayhey!!!!!

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    1. Hilary is an angel when it come to sharing knowledge that will enhance our blogging experience, and improve our IT know how at the same time. I've had many an occasion to thank her in the past!

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  2. I am quick as a bunny heading over...this nightmare that Blogger has visited on us is the worst yet!!! I even got one of the kids who first broke the "childproof cap" connundrum in here to see if SHE could help. I knew it was hopeless when she announced "Grandma, I think you got troubles". Sighhhhh
    Thanks again my friend!!!
    hugs
    Sandi

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    1. It'll be worth the hop, Sandi! Hehehe!

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  3. PERFECT. I'm on my way there.

    You've done us a service, Jinksy. :-)

    Pearl

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  4. Has any blogger ever had any kind of communication from a robot?

    Behind those cretinous inkblots will be a Blogger executive with an opinion of himself far bigger than his brain demanding of his more intelligent underlings that they get on with implementing his epoch-making idea.
    Why don't we all declare that we will refuse to comment on all blogs that retain these indecipherable WVs?
    What we REALLY need is a hacker who can show us how to get rid of them/round them on other bloggers' blogs! HEHEHE.

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    1. Doc! You've hit on the solution! An advert "Calling All Hackers" might just do the trick, if only we could decide where to publish it!

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  5. I stuck the word werification on recently, following a spate of ads for a product I did not require.
    As soon as I realised that they had changed it (which was about 4 hours later) I took it off again and just delete (hopefully) and silly ads or Anon cretinous comments.
    I now keep gettign a Calling All Bloggers notice in my e-mail ... askign me if I want to advertise or reach more bloggers with my pearls of wisdom. Whats that all about? My ego is huge enough thanks.

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  6. Spookily I've been reading another post on this very subject.

    Yes, you can get rid of them but you may be as astonished as I was to discover that every time anyone does one of these word verifications they are helping to decipher 2.5 million books a year that a computer can't read but we can. The full story is here: <a href="http://mariazannini.blogspot.com/2012/02/awesome-secret-about-captcha.html>http://mariazannini.blogspot.com/2012/02/awesome-secret-about-captcha.html</a>

    Also - there's always an easy word and a hard word, you only need to get the easy word right!

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    1. Sorry Broken Biro - your second link didn't work, either! Perhaps I'd better email you instructions for inserting a link in a comment? Hehehe! Like this HERE

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    2. Should explain- The word HERE (above) is the link to the website Broken Biro tried to link.
      If anyone would like instruction for putting such a link in a comment, do email me, and I'll oblige!

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  7. Thanks bunches for the info. I just followed her instructions and removed mine. I had just visited a blog before yours and had to type the mess 3x before my comment was accepted.

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    1. Don't thank me - thank Hilary! :)

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  8. I HATE jumping through all these hoops to get my comments posted, what in the world is blogger thinking of? I abolished word verification on my site yers ago, the spam filter does a good enough job for me - I just wish others felt the same! Good old Hilary, she really is such a good neighbour, isn't she?

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  9. I also just blogged about this and then linked to Hilary's post for the instructions.

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    1. Yay! Thanks for helping to spread the word!

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  10. Jinksy dear, where have you been? Most of us have already removed the damn thing from our blogs.

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    1. My dear girl, I never had it on in the first place!

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  11. Ah, Jinksy, since Blogger did this, I have been thinking of your former commentary on comment moderation. I've since been able to live without it, as Blogger, so far, has caught incoming spam (and I do get it) so it doesn't show up in comments. To all who haven't been so lucky, jinksy, do you agree with this: if you do need protection, you do NOT need both word verification and comment moderation, so maybe, as Friko has, do just the latter. (I do like what broken biro has uncovered, though. It gives me hope.)

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    1. It depends what kind of security you have on your computer anyway, as well as that provided by your service provider. BT has served me well, I think, and I've NEVER had comment moderation on. I get notification of comments straight to my email inbox, and I can count on one hand the number of comments I've needed to delete since I began blogging in 2008.

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  12. It seems that this new idea of Blogger isn't a very popular one ;-)

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  13. Ah Jinksy, thanks for the linkage and kind words. You're a gem.

    Shrinky, dear... just what do you mean by "old?" OLD? OLD! Hmm well, yes.. I guess I am. ;)

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  14. Thank you very much! The new word verification was driving me crazy!!!!!!

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  15. Yes I think it has been driving us all crazy Jinksy. Tom Stephenson on my side bar gave me precise instructions - the trouble is that many sites still have it on and it can be so annoying. Haven't seen your blog lately - nice to find you back. Love

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  16. I'd like to express my disdain for the word verification. I'm relatively new to this medium, and have checked my blog for this word verification - mine is free from this infestation. I assume that one has to turn it on, but I would rather deal with the pesky ad-mongers than to put one person through such aggravation. And, to date I've yet to receive any spam ...

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  17. Hilary is the best in all ways!
    I hate the word torture
    I've never used verification or moderation and I'm still alive to talk about it :)

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  18. I think mine is turned off....I went straight away to get rid of it when I noticed it on other's sites. I really didn't know I even had it as I don't comment on my own posts. :)

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  19. Dear Jinksy: Ohhh..this is what you were talking about; not Scrabble...that's triple word score...you mean you can turn it off? Oh please let me know how. I like insulting comments~except one about Maine Coon Cats. That's the only one I've trashed in all these years at was somewhat of an affront to my personage. I like the idea of duolingo.com but it will tick off Rosetta Stone employees etc. The early bird gets the worm I suppose. Jinksy I admire your energy~!

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  20. Hilary is a wonderful person, and one of the world's great photographers (I mean that, most sincerely.) And word verification is hideous in almost any form, but especially so in the way it is now coming across. Slay that dragon!

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