Do you know what CAPTCHA is (besides evil)? It stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart." Humans can read it but computers can't, so it's supposed to filter unwanted spam from bots. We hate CAPTCHA!
Why do we hate CAPTCHA so much? I mean, who would want their blog comments filled with spam?
Here's the problem with CAPTCHA:
Can you read all that?? I can't! It is SO frustrating to see an amazing blog post, and then be asked to "Prove you're not a robot." A lot of times, I have to refresh the CAPTCHA image several times before I find one I have any hope of being able to read. Then when I finally find one I think I can read, take a stab at it, and it's wrong, I get frustrated and give up on commenting on that blog. Some of you Bento Bloggers out there are missing out on some comments!
"But I don't want spammy comments from bots!"
You can do a couple of things to reduce spam on your blog. You can change the permissions for who can comment to either "Registered User" or "User With Google Accounts," or you can set your blog comment settings "Comment Moderation" to "Always" or "Sometimes," depending on your preference. If you use blogger, go to Settings > Posts and Comments > Comment Moderation.
Helpful hint: the switch to turn the word verification (CAPTCHA) off is directly below that!
I personally have mine set to "anyone can comment" and "moderate posts sometimes." I don't want a real person to be unable to comment because they use WordPress or other blogging platform! With the settings at "sometimes," blogger catches most of the spammy comments, and I delete the ones it doesn't catch.
If you've never turned your CAPTCHA off, it's probably still on. Go turn it off! It's evil and costing you warm & fuzzy blog love comments!
If you've already turned it off because you hate it as much as I do and you would like to spread the CAPTCHA is evil awareness, feel free to add this button to your blog!
Written by Beth of A Boy & His Lunch