Monday, 26 November 2012

It's About Time...

I treated myself to another rant.
As ever, it's about WORD VERIFICATION NUMBERS. I have yet to find, after joining the Blogworld in December 2008, that this universal menace has ever had any great bearing on the amount of SPAM, or indeed, Corned Beef, that one receives as a result of removing it from one's blog.

For all Blogger's faults and foibles, of which we know there are many, I do think they have improved their options for SPAM control. The best, I've found, is the COMMENTS page which allows you to mark comments as SPAM, and the FOLLOWERS page which allows you to then remove the perpetrators of said SPAM comments from your corner of Blogland.

There are some people who clearly have a hidden agenda when they sign up to follow you, e.g. somebody who calls themselves a strange name like 'MrXIsWatchingYou', who runs a blog entitled 'HolidayTrips round Timbuktu in a Micrometeorite' my well be assumed to have nefarious motives, not to mention a dodgy assortment of undercover agents waiting to pounce on unsuspecting lady bloggers around the world and send them a deluge of SPAM, though still probably no Corned Beef.


The photo I took this morning, shows what dire methods I often need to resort to in order to decipher the NUMBERS which have recently inflicted the already wobbly-word-verification-nightmare, thus adding insult to injury. They are mostly fuzzy, odd angled shots of peoples' gateposts or front doors, and without the aid of my trusty magnifying glass, as shown, are completely indistinct, illegible and indecipherable, even though I AM NOT A ROBOT!

Obviously, my picture is out of focus, as I was holding the magnifying glass in my left hand, while trying to manipulate my camera controls with my right, and my eyeballs have yet to learn the trick of looking in two places at once,

I'm working on that... But only if you promise me to at least THINK about removing Word verification from your blog...

26 comments:

  1. Oh, yes please, do remove word verification everyone. It is a complete pain and, as Jinksy says, doesn't seem to have any impact at all on spam etc.
    It's always lovely to receive comments and know that someone out there is reading your blog but this is a big deterrent.

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    1. Bless you for underlining my point! I truly believe a large percentage of bloggers don’t even realise they have it in place, as blog owners don’t have to suffer its indignities on their own blog. And plenty more people don’t use their ‘block this follower’ option, either. I had a couple of visits from some nut case who ranted about American Women, and as soon as I’d gone to my comments page on blogger dashboard, he was ticked as spam, and never appeared again. Easy–peasy.
      Ho Hum. I shall keep crusading at intervals! Hehehe!
      Love,

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  2. Word Verification actually used to be fun once in a while. The odd matching word to the subject matter at hand made it so. Now, however, it is a hideous chore. I refuse to try more than twice. If I get it wrong two times, I move on. This leaves many people without benefit of my wisdom, but I've been without it for years now myself, so... what was I saying? Something about words. Oh, well. Whatever it was, you were right.

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    1. Hehehe! I see you are as prone to a senior moment as all of us! What it is to go into a decline at 32?!!!!

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  3. Among the blogs I read, with one exception, the word verifiers are pretty new and just terrified of that spam. I helped one get over it by remarking constantly he needed to get over it and explaining the ways. I may start on another one soon. One newbie at a time.

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    1. That's it gal - pick 'em off one by one?! LOL

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  4. Good afternoon, long time no see. Sorry about that, I'm on Facebook and seem to spend more time there, although I still try to post some silly thing on my blog each day hoping it will give someone a chuckle. I'm like you, I hate that word verification thing. I too can never read it even with something to magnify it. Happy holidays ahead.

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    1. Facebook made me turn turtle and run a mile, after I’d joined! I’m glad you are anti WV person too – the more of us, the better!

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  5. I have a Wordpress blog and I need to check if Word Verification is on (but don't know how to!) but I have a widget called Akismet which catches about 150 spams a month. Maybe it's available for Blogger too? The Verifications are getting so difficult to read that I need to refresh them several times before I give it a go :-) New specs, I think...

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    1. I have new specs, and believe me, some images are still too hard to see. It took me SEVEN goes today to get past one of them!

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  6. Word verification is only one of my problems. Recently my laptop has refused to play ball after I have published a post. I think that blogger has a lot to answer for. Going back to word verification, on some occasions I have got it wrong and my comment has been accepted. Who is the robot?

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    1. I've noticed some strange hiccups with posting sometimes. All sent to try us, eh? *smiles*

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  7. Blogger was better how it used to be.
    The Word Verification would be OK if the letters were normal and sometimes the numbers are shown sideways or so small or blurred that you can't see them.
    This is progress?????
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    1. Only if progress is a dirty word??!!!

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  8. They simplified WV after the inital outcry but then they complicated it again. I don't use it. Blogger now has pretty good Spam detection, and I never see any Spam.

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    1. I keep telling people the same thing, but it's an uphill slog! :)

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  9. I haven't read your readers' comments, yet...and someone may have mentioned this to you already, but you can hold down the control key on your keyboard and at the same time hit the + and it will enlarge the screen...the more times you hit the +, the larger the screen and writing gets. The same thing works for holding down the control key and the - button...except it works in reverse, of course!
    I detest the Word Verification, but if my blogging friends have it, I do what I have to do in order to leave a comment on their blog(s.)...
    Sending you many hugs...and smiles.
    Jackie
    :)))

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    1. Nobody told me it was that simple! Thank you so much for putting me in the picture, Jackie. Everything is easy when you know how. Hehehe!

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  10. Initially I thought I need to change my glasses... but then I realized. I removed it long long back.

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  11. Amen to all of this. Particularly so the comments on wobble words and numbers. I did use them for a while when I was being plagued by a nuisance commenter, but after a while I removed them. Cross fingers, I am still doing without them.

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  12. I often have to rewrite my comments due to this, but I just enlarge and try, if I cant read I skip to the next set of words and now.

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  13. I agree Jinksy - I often have to have three or four go's before I get both the number and the letters correct.

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  14. Word verification?

    There are very few blogs I read and comment on who have wv. I spit and hiss and curse whenever I am forced into doing so.

    Mind you, I am getting a lot of Anonymous comments into my inbox. Luckily, I can delete them unread from there.

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    1. I wish more people would realised this is a good alternative to WV... :)

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    2. Once I know who the WV fans are I don't even visit their blog, never mind read the posts and try to decipher their beloved inkblots. Ditto comment moderators. Life's too short and one must apply some sort of filtering. I simply can't understand what they're scared of. If you don't like meeting robots, or if you don't like a comment - delete it! And what about the people who are robots? Give robots the same chance as the rest of us, I say!

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  15. You know how I feel about it, as I have blogged/ranted about it before. I want it gone but here's a hint that seems to work for me. I think we don't need to worry about those blurry, distorted numbers.

    Lately, I've been struggling to work out what the "word" is and a couple of times I realized that I typed the wrong number. The comment still went through. After that, I got the number wrong on purpose and the comment still went through. Once it did not. There was an article a while back that indicated that Blogger was using word verification as a means to have us decipher text for optical word recognition applications (for scanned text). Therefore, they knew for sure what one of the words said but not the other. If enough people guessed the same thing, they assumed that the majority was correct and labeled the letters as such. I think they're trying to figure out scanned numbers, these days and so no matter what you type, it's going to be accepted. Mostly. Give it a shot, anyway.

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