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.