Monday, September 29, 2008

Kill Word Verification----rid the world of useless typing

This button was created by Bethany of B&b ex libris. In her own words "I have created a button, that hopefully becomes a movement. A movement for what? Well I am going to call it "Kill Word Verification: rid the world of useless typing."

I am all for it. I am joining this movement from now onwards. Frankly tell me, how many spam comments do you really get? I don't have word verification, neither do I have comment moderation. And truthfully I do not get spams. If I do, those are very rare and in between. I delete those instantly. So what is the big deal? So come shake it, folks! We need hassle-free blogging, i.e, commenting forum. Don't we?

I hate it even more when blogs have word verification along with comment moderation. I think that is being paranoid. However, many bloggers do not know that they have word verification as it can't be seen by blog authors.

If you have it and don't know it, then you should do the following steps:


Go to dashboard---->Click settings---->Click comments----->Scroll down to Show word verification for comments?----->Click No---->Click Save Settings and you are done!

Help spread the word about this movement:

Write a blog post about this and make use of the button. Down with useless typing!!

Feel free to voice your thoughts here. Be nice about it though!

39 comments:

bethany said...

awesome!!!!! Thanks for spreading the word, getting rid of word verification will benefit us all for sure :) Thanks so much!!

Deborah Godin said...

Bravo - I think this is a wonderful idea! I got rid of comment moderation fairly early on but I do still have word verification. But I don't want it. I know it's annoying, but I stil worry that it might be doing some good. I'm trying to work up to getting rid of it. And it is a hassel on other's blogs. You get it wrong and you get a new one, but, being dyslexic, that's a regular occurance for me. I think 4tries is my personal best so far. So, after reading your inspiring post, am I going to take mine off? Well...I just might. Yup, I might. Okay I will. Soon. Sigh.

smarmoofus said...

Thank you! Mygoodness, there are some sites where it takes me three or four attempts to comment. If I didn't really like their content, I would just give up. I imagine quite a few people do just give up.

Have you ever typed in a really long comment, filled in the word verification field, hit "submit", then had another, longer word verification field pop up? It always makes me wonder if I messed up typing the first one. Blargh.

Good luck with the movement! Way to shake things up!

-smarmoofus

Ackworth Born said...

I have verification on some of my blogs but not on others. I DO GET SPAM though not excessively. The absolute essential is to have email notification of comments so that you can quickly deal with any spam that does occur.

having verification AND moderation is a bit overkill although there are cases where I can understand why people have both.

My main gripe is not so much with the system itself as with the long words and difficult fonts used by blogger. 6 letters is long enough and some of the fonts are extremely difficult to distinguish letters like U and V or I and J even G and Q or M and RN look almost the same.

Donn Coppens said...

Enjoy your Computer generated comments and viral Spam.

storyteller said...

Looks like Don Coppens has a sense of humor (or is trying to make a point). I’m with you on this one. Word verification seems like a waste of time & energy to me. I’ve not had word verification or comment moderation on any of my blogs. The spam I get is minimal and occurs rarely. It’s easily remedied as well because I get email notifications of comments … so when spam comes through, I just click on the link and delete it quickly. I’ve saved the logo and will pass it along as time permits.
Hugs and blessings,

Tina said...

hmm don doesent seem too impressed lol

anyway i think its cool. it can get annoying keep typing in the word verification blog after blog.

but your right sometimes some people dont know about it, so great tips

my hots is here :)

http://www.mummydiariesblog.com/2008/09/heads-or-tails-edition-58.html

http://www.gamefreakzblog.com/2008/09/free-bartender-game.html

confused said...

I use it on and off..I have been bombarded with spam at different times..at one time enough to jam my comment box..so at the first sign the verification goes back on

Pooja said...

Sure, there's merit in preventing spam, but mostly word verification is pretty pesky,so thanks, gautami for writing this.

lupiemom said...

although this tip is nice but there are really blogs that are prone to spammers so word verification for them is a must.

my hot is posted. hope you can drop by.

http://lupusurvivor.com/?p=149

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I'm with ya. If you ever seen word verif. on at my place, you know I've been spammed. I'll turn it off as soon as the spammers move on.

Spammers are the reason I use comment mod. I can nuke them before you guys see them and feel bad for me.

gautami tripathy said...

donnnnn/whatever you name is, after I delete all but one of your comments, I am gonna visit you and KILL you. Be prepared to die. You know my side kick ghosty will gleefully help me in getting rid of you.

Friends, donn tried to spam this post in his usual characteristic way of doing things. No worries, he and I go a long way....

PS: Donn too does not have word verification or comment moderation on his blog.

GO SPAM IT!

*grin*

Paul Maurice Martin said...

But I kind of like the math ones.
"What is the sum of nine plus two?"

It's really the first forum where I've felt truly competent at mathematics.

Donn Coppens said...

You GOT ME Gautami!

This evening we had our friend from India over for her Birthday celebration, and she told me how to pronouce your name. I'll make sure to tell Chris because we've been calling you Gottammy for 3 years!

kouji said...

guilty on both counts unfortunately. :O

i do wish i could instead make use of the captcha system which uses word verification to make digital copies of old texts. at least that way, it could also do some public good.

- A - C - said...

I'm not as pissed off by word verification as most of your comments show.
Maybe blogger isn't the most user friendly but word verification may have nobler uses, as hinted here:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080814-captchas-workfor-digitizing-old-damaged-texts-manuscripts.html

It can be annoying, true, and in some cases, like poetry blogs even redundant. Still, unless somebody comes up with a brighter idea, capthcas are the standard for now.

you all have a nice week
A.

anthonynorth said...

I fully agree. I have neither.

dsnake1 said...

i have word verification AND comment moderation. :O

seriously, i forgot i can turn word verification off. Thanks for reminding me. reason i use word verif is because i used to get lotsa spam in the past (probably my nick doesn't helps). i think word verification is a waste of time, but it does have its merits. anyway, i will support the movement and turn it off.

i will keep comment moderation to keep out the trolls. it also lets me know where the comments are posted. i missed quite a number when comments were posted to older pages.

thanks for spreading the word. :)

gautami tripathy said...

Paul, I am honoured by your visit. I know how difficult it is for you to do so.

I will teach you maths via email, ok?

- A - C - said...

@ gautami: are you into math??

cyclopseven said...

add me too...gautami.

Life With My 3 Boybarians said...

Hear! Hear!

Seems after I blogged about it, I am seeing similar echoes around the internet.

Off with it, I say.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The button is a great idea!

tumblewords said...

Great idea!

Ghost Particle said...

fooood fight?!!!!

im a peace mode now...lets all be nice to each other. Bt i mean...i will always take Gautami's side. :D

J. Kaye Oldner said...

LOVE your post. Joining with you all...great post!

Zouxzoux said...

I hate word verification also. But I have comment moderation on due to the subject matter of my blog. I don't want any (real) pervs commenting on my blog. Of course, I guess I could always just delete. Hmmmm...might consider it.

Linda Jacobs said...

I find deleting the few spams I get a lot less work than trying to figure out the words in word verification! I'm with you 100%!

maekitso said...

Hmmm. You have given me something to contemplate. Not sure I am willing to embrace the freedom movement just yet, but I'll keep you posted.

Writer on Board said...

Gautami,

Once upon a time, I had no word verification or moderation. Not for a long time. Then I started gettting excessive spam AND trolls (maybe because I joke around). People cursing and leaving vulgar comments for other bloggers who made comments. Then I got some perv making comments about children. A nasty and not fun thing to wake up to. Takes the fun out of blogging for me. I just got out of the comment business and dropped the whole mess. I just blog for fun now and visit and read friends and when people write to me or email me, I write back. Now I get excessive requests from advertisers who want to advertise on my blogs. I ignore. Makes my life simpler. So, as in life, not everyone has the same problems when it comes to blogging. And like life, one solution does not fit all. I think that lettimg go the insistence that people be the same, act the same and blog the same, is a good thing. Do not kill me or kick me, G. I'm just the messenger.

Tikkis said...

I think I already killed my word verification, but after I made some changes in my blog it returned!?

I have got only one or two spamms, one of them was perhaps a spy-link or something.

More spy-links and worms I think I get from surfing around!

Cheers, Gautami!

texasblu said...

hmmm... I don't even know if I have word verification on mine. I'll check - I don't really care. I think Blogger has it on as default.

murat11 said...

GT: I do not have WV, but I have a blog-friend who does and her WVs are invariably the most wonderfully poetic ones I have ever seen. I have turned WV into a word game, inventing definitions for the little wordlets, leaving the faux definitions along with my comments. As writers, aren't our lives invested in needless typing? My needless typing is what I live for...

Comment moderation is a nifty little way to let me know who's checked in with my recent posts.

Sorry to be so needlessly, typingly contrarian. Peace to you.

murat11 said...

Oops. My last comment just got "moderated." What gives? Was that not part of the sermon?

The Book Resort said...

Hi, Gautami... you have given me something to think about. Thanks.
Enjoyed your post.

quin browne said...

i find it vastly entertaining when the word verification reflects the tone of my post... once i commented on something that had to do with sex, and the verification word was BLUSH.


ahaha!

kitehorse said...

A teapot tempest.

I do not use moderation or word verification either.

But in some cases, especially Captcha, your typing is not useless.

You are actually verifying words in the global effort to digitize books and make them available free to all.

jimmmaaa said...

I turned off my Word Verification for comments. They are kind of annoying, I agree. I never really got many SPAM comments, don't know why I turned it on :-)

lissa said...

I think I'll do that for all my blogs. I think of word verification as a form of protection from spam but now I think it's getting annoying especially those sites with word verifications which I cannot make out the letters/numbers and is reduced to repeating my comments...

sarah haliwell said...

I can't remember if I have it or not, lol! But I do know that I used to get spam and it was annoying because I had better things to do with my limited time than clean it up. So while I appreciate the annoyance word verification can be, I also understand those who feel they need it.