Monday, February 27, 2012

How To Remove Word Verification In Blogger

I have noticed that a BUNCH of blogs that never before had word verification attached to comments, now have that annoying "prove you are not a robot" word verification. And y'all, I cannot tell you what a turn off that is!

There is honestly zero need for it if you will just moderate your comments instead.

But what word verification does do is...

* take extra time to comment
* cause a lot of frustration when you can never figure out what the squiggly blobs are supposed to be
* make me refresh the letters three times
* and eventually give up leaving you a comment altogether
* oh and swear off commenting on your blog again for a very long time

I recently took a night and commented on blogs specifically with this annoying word verification and it took me five times longer than those without. I was trying to be nice because y'all are so sweet to comment on my blog. But making people jump through hoops and then complaining that you don't get many comments ...well I think we have solved the problem.

I am not trying to be mean. I've posted a similar post at least two other times over the last many years and it never fails to offend people. That is so not my intention. I get that we all have our concerns regarding the internet. But I also think that it is possible that a few blogs suddenly have this ridiculous word verification on accident. And if you don't want it, it's worth 20 seconds to double check.  And if it ever shows up on Preppy Pink Crocodile, please tell me!  It's not intentional, I promise.

How to Remove (or add...but seriously that is so dumb) Word Verification in Blogger:

Go to Dashboard.
Then click Settings.
Then click Comments.
Three up from the bottom click NO next to "Show word verification for comments?".
Then click Save Settings at the very bottom.
Easy peasy and you now have blog fans who will stop screaming when they try to leave you kind comments. And again, I do moderate every single comment. Nothing gets published until I say so. This keeps mean comments and robots (which has only happened to me a handful of times in five years of blogging, y'all!) in check. But hopefully encourages my blog buddies to leave a comment now and then when they feel so inclined.


Wendy said...

I had word verification on mine for a while and you still left me comments:), but your right, it is a pain in the behind. I started moderating comments instead.

Danielle said...

Thanks for posting this! I had no idea that I even had that activated because I moderate my comments anyway.

Ally said...

I just made sure mine was not there.

katie lake said...

I don't remember ever turning it on but I checked the other day and realized my blog had verification. I think blogger turned it on for people. I have noticed a lot of other blogs have it suddenly.

Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes said...

I definitely didn't even realize I had it on my blog, thanks for this!! I was trying to download something the other day and it gave me one with Greek case theyre not frustrating enough, they have to go make it pretty much impossible lol!

Amy - OPC said...

Didn't even know I had it...and now it's gone! :)

Suburban Princess said...

Hah! I just wrote a long post yesterday all about how to get rid of annoying things on blogs. I have a feeling a lot of ppl dont know WV is on their blog...on twitter someone was telling me how much they hate it and I had to ask 'You know you have it on your blog right?' and she had no idea! So, perhaps we should be telling people so they can take it off.

Susan R said...

Thank you KK. Here's to hoping it works and hats off to you.

Glitterista said...

Lately I feel like the word verifications have been getting longer and longer as well. Thanks for this post! ;)

WorthyStyle said...

So I tried this since your post yesterday and got 35 spam comments in less than 24 hours! ACK. I think I may have to turn back on word verification!


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