Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Work Verification and My Problems with It

In the last month or so, I have found that the “word verification” words and letters have taken on a new format and are next to impossible for me to decipher. There have been many times when I have tried at least 5 times before finally giving up and moving on to the next blog. That is a shame because in these instances I really did want my comment to go through. I could handle - sometimes with difficulty - the old format with the one grouping of letters, but this new one is way out of the ballpark. It looks like the one I copied and pasted below. After 6 tries I finally got  something I could read and duplicate correctly. As far as spam goes, I have received a couple of questionable comments - nothing rude or crude -  in my “comment moderation” list, but I have simply dropped them directly into the “spam” folder. I have had no problems since starting this many months ago. By no means am I trying to get you to change what you are doing. I just wanted to share my experience with you.

This is what the new “not a robot” looks like. Similar ones used to appear every once in a while, but now it is almost always. 

Happy Hump Day......genie

Edit Genie said...
This is one gorgeous sky. Your capture is stunning in its beauty. Lovely photography. genie
February 22, 2012 11:52 AM

I first read about not using the word verification while visiting: 

Here is her button which I have on my blog. You will find it and the HTML code under the button on Beatrice’s blog :

The following is quoted from Beatrice’s blog:

"For those of us who like to comment a lot, word verification is a pain.  Some bloggers will not even comment if they must go through the deciphering process.  And believe me, it is a process. One mistake and it's back to the box with letters harder to decipher."

Help spread the word by identifying  your blog as a "word verification free blog."  It's a courtesy to those who take time to comment on your posts. “



  1. Thank you Genie for spreading the word on this problem. I did a similar post right after this new form reared it's ugly head and several of my followers immeadiatly changed out of word verification. So your bit here will help too.

  2. I removed it from my blog when I began to encounter the new format on others.

    As you know you cannot see it on your own blog, even when you comment in your own blog.

    I will probably place a note somewhere in my format--- a good idea--word verification Free.

  3. I so agree....the new verification is way too hard to read. I wish everyone would drop it.

  4. After Blogger made the switch to "not a robot," I turned word verification off. It's just too hard to read.

  5. I'm right there with you! I'm sure glad Google decides what is best for us. I was trying to post something last night and got a message that the blogger dashboard would no longer work with Internet Explorer. I was forced to download Chrome to do it!

  6. I had the same complaint and removed word verification as well. Lately, I seem to be getting better decifering the mess they are presenting to us but . . . well, who needs the aggravation?

  7. Many people don't use it anymore, nothing creepy happens.

  8. I took it off my 3 major blogs and will take it off the others. It is a PAIN, I agree!

  9. i'm w/ ya! =)

    did you see the video where the guy who invented captcha explains why they use it?
    check it out here... i don't believe him cuz think about what he's saying & then think of the spelling of some of the captcha words & the condition of them... they're not words, nor would they have been at any period or point in time!

  10. i didn't mean to sound so hateful in that comment, i just really dislike word verif!

  11. Yep, us oldsters with bad eyesight are having a tough time! ;)

  12. Right on sister! I'm verification free, I hate that new google thing and I love everything about this post, I hope it works.

  13. yes, i completely agree and blogger automatically changed mine when they went to the new format. i didn't even know because i've never had wv set up on my blog...thank goodness texwis told me i had it on so i immediately shut it off! seriously though, i hardly ever have a problem with spammers and usually if i do it's on OLD posts, which i have set up for posts over 14 days to get approval.

  14. I applaud your choice of disabling the unnecessary layer of security.

    It is more troublesome than many realize. Especially when 'Comment Moderation' is enabled.

  15. Hi Ya Genie -
    Thanks for the information - even I have now changed that awful mess. I just didn't know how. Thanks your friend Beatrice for me. Hope you all leave me a comment, now that I have made it tons easier.
    Thankyou :)

  16. This is a pain for everyone...and I absolutely detest where they are embedded below the you, sometimes I really want to leave a comment. Specially if a person has been so kind as to leave one on my blog...

  17. Yes, you're right, my blog will not find that problem. Saludos.