I don’t like to start the week with a moan, but I wish to explain my absence (in terms of commenting) on some blogs. I notice that some bloggers who use Blogger have the comments set to ask the reader/commenter to scribe a CAPTCHA. (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart).
I know why word verification is used and I agree it is a necessity on sites such as ticket sales or when voting on something important, but is it really the best way to moderate blog comments? Is there not a nicer, more user-friendly way for bloggers to interact with their readers – eg moderating comments before posting, or installing/running a more accurate spam filter?
I’ve found CAPTCHAs have become more difficult recently. They consist of two ‘words’ – or more accurately one world and one string of letters that doesn’t read as any word. Even when I am not tired I often struggle to get them right first time. If I am commenting on a blog I give up after 3 or 4 incorrect attempts. This has been the case for several Blogger blogs on my reading list recently, so sorry, but you’ve missed my words of wisdom! 😦
Rant over. Now back to the usual scheduled service.