Thursday, July 3, 2008

Canned Spam.

I've been trying to comment as much as I can, but due to google reader, I have about 100 subscriptions and you ladies sure know how to update! Some days I'm just trying to get through them all.

Anywho, as I am commenting, I am surprised about the number of you who have "Word Verification" set ON under Setting/comments. Do that many of you really have trouble with spam? I have mine set OFF, as I always have, and I've gotten one, maybe two spammers.

Word verification sucks. Well, that's my opinion. I hate hate hate having to sit there and try to read the letters blogger gives me to type in. Sometimes I just give up or don't comment at all.

I'm not trying to get anyone to remove their word verifications if you need it. But have you actually determined if you really need it or not? It doesn't stop anonymous commentors, it only makes real commentors type in that stupid word to get our comment approved. (and then some of you have comment moderation turned on too - so it still comes to you first, you just won't ever have to look at spam).

Anywho, that's my rant for the day.

29 comments:

Jenera said...

I don't have word verification on anymore. I get maybe one or two spams a week I think.

I do have moderation because I have lovely stalkers that take advantage of my blog when I don't have it on.

Did I ever make it your reader? I don't remember if i commented on that particular post.

Morrisa said...

I hate those things too! I don't think I have it turned on unless I don't know it. I have never had a problem with spammers.

Jewels said...

I hate word verification too. I'm too dyslexic to get it right the first time. And I have actually gotten frusturated trying to type in the word verification so I just deleted my comment instead.

Lori said...

Hear, hear!

(I THINK I've turned it off all my blogs. Let me know if you find it on.)

Amy said...

Completely agree. I hate those things. As far as I know I don't have it on on mine and I've never received any spam.

Sugar&Ice said...

I turned word verification on about a month ago for the first time. I had never really had a major problem with spam comments, but I started to get a large amount of them, and they were often on posts from several years ago. However, I've very recently turned it back off, in hopes that whoever was spamming me has gone away for good. I did turn on comment moderation though.

~*JaYmE*~ said...

Mine was set to that automatically. Didnt know I could take it off.. urm it may take awhile for me to figure out how!!

Alison said...

Thanks for posting this. I too HATE word verification when leaving a comment. Such a time sink. But then I went and checked to see if I have it... I did. Yes, that's past tense. I turned it off. We'll see is spammers come knocking. Thanks for kicking me in the pants. :)

jenn said...

I get so few comments that I never bothered with the word verification- it is just a pain to me too.

Miss Tori said...

Hey, off topic, but did you see the crap on 1st tri board? I had to post on it. Most of the posts have been pulled. It was sad to see it get turned into an abortion protest. Not that I agree with abortion as birth control, but the person who made such a big stink could have just said that abortion isnt' the only option available.

I can't stand religous fanatics, and I'm a good Christian, if I do say so myself.

Anyway, word verification can be a pain.

Happy 4th!

Duck said...

I hate word verification! Sooo annoying.

Geohde said...

I use a non-blogger platform that as far as I'm aware does not require word verification.

What really sh!ts me, however, is that now half the time my email program prompts for it before I can send a damn email, and I often stuff it up.

J

Valerie said...

I agree too I hate word verification. I can never get that word right the first time.

calliope said...

dude. word verification SUX.
I used to try and look at it as if it was some sort of oracle...now I just get annoyed.

BethH6703 said...

I agree! I turned off word verification and comment moderation. Just not worth the hassle, imo.

I've gotten 1 spam comment, and as soon as I got it (I do have my comments emailed to me), I just went in and deleted it, no big deal.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

I think I have it on (do I have it on?) and I STILL get spam with it.

Sara said...

I guess I never really thought about it. Maybe I will remove it! Thanks for the heads up. :)

Our family is complete said...

I don't think I have it on mine. I have to check though. I did get a few, but I switched mine over to that I have to allow the comment and now if I don't know the person I just delete it. Sometimes it takes me a few times to post things if people have them up. Ususally after a couple times it's not worth it.LOL

Amy

Meredith said...

I honestly don't know if I have it on mine or not - must go check that out! Thanks for the heads up - I also can't stand the word verification.

bleu said...

I just took mine off, for you. I think I always figured it was another repellent to trolls.

BUT

The first sign of spam issues and it goes back. To me spam on my blog feels really violating for some reason.

Smooch.

Mommyof2boys said...

I actually didn't know I had the word verification on,I went to my settings and turned it off.I do hate it too though,too time consuming.

Katherine said...

Thanks for the tip--I'm relatively new to this. I fixed it, so keep the comments coming, please! I always appreciate it.

theclam said...

I hate those darn things too! I swear I use the correct letters and it keeps on telling me I have it wrong ;)

MrsSpock said...

I don't have it- it annoys me and I've probably have had 4 spams all year.

sarah said...

yeah, I hate it. I don't have mine turned on, and I seriously NEVER get spam. Maybe my site isn't popular enough for spam, but in the life of my blog I think I have had maybe four spam comments...nothing I can't handle deleting after the fact!

JamieD said...

I got so frustrated with word verification trying to comment on other's blogs I turned mine off. I haven't had a problem with spam since.

However, just this week I have started to get a lot of crap in my personal email box. Loan applications, people with $10 million in an offshore bank account and just today a lonly woman looking for a man to love (?!?!). They all have gmail.com email addresses. Do you think it is from my blog?

docgrumbles said...

When I was on Blogger, I still got a multi-page horrendous spam comment even with WV turned ON.

Kim said...

I have mine on - sorry. But I did have a problem last year - too scared to turn it off again. I guess I can go to moderation? I have to figure out how to do that though!

Motel Manager said...

You know, I don't think I get much on my IF blog, but I am on another more-heavily-read group blog (unrelated to IF), and we used to get a TON. So we added the word verification there, and I think that I put it on mine, too, since I had that in the back of my head.

Let me just say that I get the word verification wrong at least 1/3 of the time, maybe more like 1/2. That'll make you feel dumb!