Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Captcha Update

It's been a few weeks since I shut off captcha on comments here, and things seem to be going OK.

I went for a week or so with comment moderation, but shut that off after a while.  I have configured the comments now so that moderation is now only necessary on posts that are 3 or more days old.

For the vast majority of spam comments, the built-in filters that Blogger catches them and sends them down the hole.  I haven't had to get rid of but one or two requests for help cashing a check drawn on an African bank or advertisements for dating sites that specialize in Eastern European left-handed redheads.

Thing is, I can see why everyone hates the new captcha, but to me it's not that big a deal to post a comment on a blog that still uses them.  You see, my handwriting isn't much better than the font Google is using for captcha, and if I can phonetically say the 'word' that is being presented, I can usually type it in.  Let's face it, if you can read the hand-written Russian tax receipt given to a Finnish truck driver by a Ukrainian border guard, you can read "thouck mrabiyn" on a computer screen.

That being said, I think I'll stay with the no-captcha policy for the time being, at least until Google notices that a lot of people have dropped that feature and corrects the issue.

What say y'all?


bluesun said...

And there was much rejoicing!

Captcha made me switch to wordpress, so that ought to tell you how I feel about it.

Six said...

I turned mine off as well. The spam filter seems to be doing a good job, so far at least. It doesn't bother me either way but as long as I'm not inundated with porn spam that slips past the filters it's all good.
I am looking at Wordpress though. I get the idea that Blogger isn't going to fix captcha and with sll the other problems I've had with them they're on a short leash with me.

North said...

That's what we all thouck. Mrabiyn too sensitive?

DaddyBear said...

Before I leave Blogger, I'd have to ask myself if I want this little hobby to become something more. I take care of systems all day long at work, not sure if I want to continue taking care of one at a hosting company.

Ruth said...


Shepherd K said...

I actually ditched word verification and comment moderation before the captcha snafu surfaced. I have had a few spam comments caught by Blogger and one legitimate comment tossed into spam, but otherwise no problems.

LabRat said...

If I reproduce bad handwriting inaccurately, the same wiring that lets me more or less read it lets someone understand my bad reproduction. However, computers demand I give them back exactly what they represented.

I wrestle with capcha, but it's not a commenting dealbreaker for me.

Wilson said...

Personally I didn’t see the big deal with captcha either. It isn’t that hard for me to read and I might screw it up once every six or eight times. But I went ahead and turned mine off too just because it seems to bother so many. Right now I’m using moderation but will probably turn it off too. I was worried about spam but blogger has caught everyone so far.

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