Sunday, November 8, 2009

Word Verification

Until recently, I had word verification turned on, because quite frankly, I didn't know it could be turned off. I got hit with some hate comments, so I turned on comment approval, too.

Recently, a blogging friend complained about having to type in that silly jumble of letters. It irritated her that she had to stop to do that after making a comment. Several people wrote into her blog saying they agreed that they didn't like word verification, either. (Actually, I think it is kind of fun to see what nonsense words come up. So? I'm a dork.)

Okay, I thought I'd give it a try. I turned off word verification, but left approval on. Within hours, I got hit. My email was full of "nasty" comments wanting to be added to my blog posts. I won't write any of the words here. I don't want more hits. Some are for products I'll NEVER want; others are for websites I don't wish to EVER visit.

Sorry, but my time is as valuable as everyone elses' time. When these comments come into my inbox, I have to look at these comments, hit reject, and delete these messages. And, I don't even want ANY of this garbage coming into my email inbox.

I'm sorry if I lose a reader or two and/or people who make comments. I hope these people understand why I have verification turned on. I hope they can make a fun game of make up silly definitions to go with the silly words. I hope they still come to visit and make comments. Nobody likes losing a friend over something that trivial.

So, word verification is going back on. Now.


Anonymous said...

The only time I get annoyed w/word verification is when I type it exactly like it says and I get rejected! LOL

Roxanne said...

I have no idea if mine is on or not! Is it?

If it helps to keep your inbox "clean" I'm willing to verify away.

Let's keep the blogs free for the real people.

(My word just now was "boadso.")

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

I'm the reason you tried this test.
So I'm very sorry you had this crap-o-la happen.

All I can go by personally, is my experience. Which is that I've never had a bunch of SPAM hit my Comment Verification. And of course, just because it hasn't happened to me, doesn't mean it can't happen.

I repeat that I'm sorry that this happened to you. Especially after trying something, which I spoke of. You certainly do not need such added angst, in your life.

Gentle hugs,
Aunt Amelia

Trudy Callan said...

How terrible that you had all of those yucky comments. I've been lucky so far.