I wanted to touch on a sore subject for many many people....Blogger's Comment Word Verification. This has turned into quiet a dilemma for me as it has I'm sure for many many bloggers and commentors alike.
I understand how frustrating the word verification is ~ honestly I do. When I comment on other people's blog it does get frustrating. I don't even have sight problems and I can't get it right sometimes.
I had for a time had it turned off because it was causing so many people problems. I initially turned it off in July or something and at first it worked like a charm. More people felt they could leave comments very easily.
It was fine for the first couple weeks then the spammers/spy bots/robo spiders found the blog... I started getting 5-10 comments a day that were spam. Of course Blogger filters most of these so they never get posted on the actual thread which is great. These spam comments go to a separate area that I can go into and determine if they are really spam and either post or delete them but I still get the e-mails with the comment for each one. (more on this file later) O.k... I can deal with a certain number of spam e-mails a day...no biggie.
BUT once it started it escalated to around to 150-200 a day!!! I had to wade through all of those e-mails because in among the spam comments were the actual real comments from actual readers of the blog.
The numbers reached almost 300 spam comments a day ~ I finally couldn't take it anymore and turned the word verification back on at the beginning of November. Since then I have had 2 spammer comments from someone who has a google account and did the word verification. At that time I had nearly 5,000 spam comments to delete every few weeks....all of which were hitting my e-mail inbox each and every day.
So, I know it's really frustrating but until someone comes up with a good way to combat the Lazy Good for Nothing Idiot Spammers and their PITA Programs I'm going to continue to have to leave the word verification on.
I will turn it off for short periods of time like when I participate in a blog hop or the upcoming Ink Stains 5th Anniversary but for the most part I am going to leave it on.
If you would like to comment but don't want to deal with the word verification please know that you can always e-mail me at either e-mail addy.... roni jj @ g mail (dot) com or ink stained roni @ g mail (dot) com (no spaces in either addy).
I hope this helps explain why I turned the bothersome word verification back on.