I have a tutorial (in pictures!) for you today. Let’s slice and dice CAPTCHA, shall we?
You know when you go to comment on a blog (usually blogger), and when you hit “publish” on your comment it makes you prove you’re not a robot by typing weird letter combination (the irony hits me too, don’t worry)? That bunch of letters is called “CAPTCHA” or “word verification”. It’s to stop the spammy robots.
It also stops you getting comments.
Oh, and it looks like this:
These get super hard to read.
won’t i get lots of spam comments if i take it down?
Probably not. Our blog gets a bit of spam, but blogger takes care of most of it. The occasional sneakies that do get through take 2 seconds to delete.
why shouldn’t i have it?
Let’s just get it out in the open, okay? It. is. annoying. And difficult! Sometimes I have to sit there refreshing the box (and hoping I don’t lose my comment) until I get a bunch of letters I can actually read.
Also: it’s time-consuming. I’m a busy person. I have lots of blogs to read. It’s easy to not-bother commenting when you have to go through word verifications.
okay, i’m convinced. how do i get rid of it?
Oh good. (I knew you’d see reason.) And it’s simple!
Go to settings – posts and comments:
Where it says “Word Verification”, you click “NO”:
That’s it! Too easy, right?
I don’t moderate my comments either (and gosh, don’t use word verifications AND moderate your comments…it’s too much), buuut, I do moderate them if someone comments on a post older then 14 days. Spam comments feed on the souls of old posts. That way, I just spam them straight from my email box and don’t have to go into blogger at all.
Trust me, it’s really nice on your blog readers if you don’t have CAPTCHA.
(And if you decide to keep it, don’t worry. We still loooove you.)
Cait has lost her bedroom floor under a pile of origami flowers. She’s attempting to relocate it, but the effort proved futile. Instead, she’s thinking about mini Christmas trees and birdcage (there is a link between the two, she promises). Currently, she’s reading Partials and reminiscing about the days when she used to have time to sleep.