I’ve been meaning to
rant post about this for a while, but PK’s post gave me the push to finally write it.
Blogger friends, do you ever wonder why I don’t leave comments? (I am sure you wait with bated breath every day…) Or do you wish you had more commenters? Or notice that your level of commenting has gone down and wondered why?
Last January (of this year), Blogger did something wonderful. Inspiring. Created an anti-spammer, anti-robot program guaranteed to weed out all but your most enthusiastically dedicated commenters.
Worse? It is now default. If you have not manually shut off this option since January, it is still on your blog! If you started blogging before January and turned off captcha, it still became default after January. I don’t leave comments protesting captcha because I figure that people choose to leave it up, but lately I have found out that people really don’t know that it was added by default in January.
I’m posting a few links below with tips how to get rid of captcha.
You might ask, “But why? It’s a good tool to prevent spam, right?”
Probably not. I don’t use captcha, and I get a spam comment approximately once a month. I would rather deal with that than unwittingly turn readers off from commenting.
For the majority of you who use blogger, you may think it’s no big deal to type in a few verification letters. In the beginning when the words and numbers were legible, captcha was annoying but manageable. Now that the letters are become harder and harder to read and the number section deliberately partially obscured or too small to read, however, more often than not I will simply leave a blog rather than struggle again and again trying to get a captcha approved.
This may sound like making a big deal out of nothing, but if I read a great blog or blog entry I would love to comment. I know how much a comment, especially a first comment, can mean to a blogger and I used to like joining the welcome wagon for new blogs. But these days, unless it’s the blog of someone I visit regularly it’s just not worth the effort. Even then, captcha reduces my commenting ability to about half of what it would be otherwise. That means it takes me the same amount of time to read and comment on half the blogs as I would be able to without captcha. That also means for every blogger who uses captcha for a blog I like to visit and comment on, I am able to visit one less blog that day.
As another perspective, let me add that for us non-blogger folks we go through the added step of fighting with open ID/wordpress ID/filling in as anonymous plus URL if you have that option. Not everyone does. Open ID and wordpress ID have been fairly good as of late (knock on wood), but there have been times *that* does not work.
Then the added step of clicking to say that yes, we do indeed want to visit a mature site.
Please, blogger friends, help a friend out? Just say no to captcha! Your commenters will thank you for it.
For how to remove captcha:
The option to turn off Word Verification (the captcha) is simple to find, but realize yourself that it is an option per Blog.
So, on the main Blogger page (the one with your reading list) click on the name of your blog, e.g. the one you want to change.
That takes you to all possibilities for that one Blog.
In the left column select Settings.
Next: select Posts and Comments.
On this page, you scroll down to the comments section and change the option for “Show word verification” to NO.
Review the other options while you are there. Click on “Save settings”.
That’s all. No need to go through old interfaces.