Christine over at Craftling’s Cosy Corner has some great blog candy to give away, with various ways to get involved. Just click on the link to find out all the details.
The following anouncement is a quote from Christine’s blog, and gives her reasons for disliking word verification on blogs. I’m very new to blogging, but I don’t have word verification on, and I don’t really see a need for it. However, I (Susan) don’t mind commenting on blogs that do use word verification. It’s always been loaded by the time I finish typing my comment, but I usually visit other blogs from the comments list, so it can be a little while before I even start typing. However, it does seem that lots of people find word verification annoying, and it doesn’t really fulfill any purpose, so why leave it on?
The following is quoted from Christine’s site, with her permission.
ARGUMENTS AGAINST WORD VERIFICATION
“Everyone will have their own view, but in my case, I regard the removal of word verification as a basic courtesy to my visitors who are kind enough to take the time to leave comments. Being aware of their comments through comment moderation, but not hindering them with word verification is the very least I can do to reciprocate their courtesy to me.
The problem with word verification is that it takes too long. The characters are very often hard to decipher, and it’s frustrating when you get them wrong and have to re-enter the little suckers!
So this campaign is on behalf of busy bloggers. Please spare a thought for the poor bloggers who work so hard at getting round as many blogs as possible to leave sprinkles of blessing and good vibes wherever they go. The terrible proliferation of this awful plague of word verification is a blight on their efforts to make the Land of Blog a cheerier place.
I think most people don’t realise that they have word verification on their blogs by default, or how easy it is to switch it off, and perhaps not realising how annoying it is for other bloggers. Either that, or they’re under the misapprehension that they will be bombarded with spam messages. This is not the case. I’ve had mine switched off now for three of the four months that I’ve been blogging, and have had two spam comments. The responses I’ve had from other bloggers to my earlier posts on this topic back this up. (You can see the comments in response to my previous post on this subject, HERE.)
For safety’s sake, have comment moderation on for sure, but please consider canceling word verification on your blog. Maybe for a trial period, and see how you get on.
Unless there are thousands of comments being left, comment moderation shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the blog owner, and other bloggers will also be more inclined to leave comments if they can see that you don’t use word verification.
However, each to their own, and if you disagree with me, that’s cool. We can agree to differ and not visit each other’s blogs! lol ;o)
OK.. rant over. If you have read all the way to the end, thank you for putting up with it, and ~ obviously ~ do what you wish on your blogs, but I had to say something. I love to get around and leave comments, but word verification spoils the experience.
Of course, when I get my new job, all this will be academic to me, as I will then have a life, and I won’t have time for much blog-hopping!! Not that blog-hoppers need to get a life.. Errr… think I’ll stop digging now, before I get into REAL trouble!! lol ;o)”