"Prove you're not a robot."
You're staring at a bunch of squiggly, squished together letters and a badly blurred photo with a number in there somewhere that you must decipher in order for your comment to be accepted.
If the politicians need a platform this election year that everyone can support - this is it. A totally bi-partisan issue. Across the aisle. Across the country. Just about everyone hates this thing.
I thought it was just me until someone mentioned it on an e-mail list of writers I belong to. Instant response. I stopped counting at sixteen against, zero for.
Some of their comments:
- I've tried over thirty times but couldn't get past it.
- The letters are so blurred and run together, I can't read them.
- I won't even try to comment if this is turned on.
- Most blog/social media experts, advise against using anything on your blog that will make it harder for people to follow/comment.
Worried about spam? While you're on that page, set Who can comment? to Registered Users. That blocks anonymous commenters, which include most spammers.
What do you think? Are spam protection devices like Capcha and Word Verification necessary and we need to accpt them, or do they create too much of an obstacle to blog dialogue and need to be turned off?
Do you use one on your blog? If not, do you have a problem with spam? Do you find them a problem when leaving comments on blogs you follow? Are we in danger of offending our blog-reading robots? Please share your thoughts on this one.
Groaner of the Day:
A frog goes into a bank, and hops up to the loan officer.
The loan offers greets him. "My name is John Paddywack. Can I help you?"
The frog says, "Yeah, I'd like to borrow some money."
The loan officer finds this a little odd, but gets out a form. "Okay, what's your name?"
"Really? Any relation to Mick Jagger?"
"Yeah, he's my dad."
"Okay. Ummm...do you have any collateral?"
The frog hands the loan officer a pink ceramic elephant. "Will this do?"
"Hmmm...I'm not sure. Let me go check with the bank manager."
"Oh, tell him I said hi. He knows me."
The loan officer goes back to the manager."Excuse me, sir, but there's a frog out there named Kermit Jagger who wants to borrow some money. All he has for collateral is this pink elephant thing, I'm not even sure what it is."
The manager replies, "It's a knick-knack, Paddywack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone."