Monday, January 15, 2007

Word Verification: Settings for Comments

This is just a personal preference on my part ...

Blogger Users:
I have noticed that cats (and others) who have disabled the "word verification" function in their comments settings tend to get more comments.

Personally, I prefer NOT to have to type the colored string of letters before I can post my comment. I understand that the "word verification" feature is supposed to keep the riff-raff from leaving a plethora of long-winded and profanity-strewn comments, but considering the fact that we ... the blog authors ... can just delete the unwanted comments, what's the point of forcing legitimate commentors from typing that pain-in-the-neck string before posting their thoughts?

If you have a similar mindset to mine, you can find the disable button by choosing "customize" from your dashboard, finding the "settings" tab, choosing the "comments" link, and then choosing to disable word verification. You might find that your comment numbers increase because visitors can just dialog and dash ...
DMM

7 comments:

Millie said...

i agree.

so how come I have to type in some of those funky letters now?

Skeeeeezix the Cat said...

Word verifikayshun is terned on for this blog becuz of sum bad ixpeerienses I had win I ternd werd verryfikayshun off... I got spammed frum a commenter hoo left comments on evry singul one of my posts (hundrids of them) and it linkt to a virus and skrewd up a cuppul of cats compyooters. And anuther one left sum kreepy stuff that I'm not alowd to talk abowt. So my preferinse is to leeve them on.

Chaotic Cat said...

Yeah I know it is a pain in the tail but word verificashon is great at keeping out the spam bots.

Daisy said...

I turned it off on my blog as an experiment. So far, so good....

Cheysuli said...

That's one of the wonderful things about a wordpress blog. I have something called Spam Karma that just automatically checks for certain things to weed out spam--certain numbers of links, how fast the next comment was written and certain key words. Each has a numbered weight and if things go over a certain weight, it considers them spam. I've had very good luck with this and was a lot nicer than having to manually approve each comment.

Like Skeezix, we've been around the blogsphere enough and promoted blogs in places that as annoying as the word verification is, it's better than getting ten spam comments in a day and having to go find and delete them all.

Millie said...

Excuse me. I know how spam bots work, but what I don't understand is how a spam bot can get your email address simply by leaving a comment on your blog.

Skeeeeezix the Cat said...

Millie, in this kontext, we're referring to the spambots that are used to post links on blogs and other web forms to inkreese serch enjin rankings.

Yoo can reed more abowt all the diffrint kinds of spambots in Wikipedia.