Blogs and “Word Verification”

This feature when turned on in blogs kind of irritates me but I understand why many blogs activate this feature.

Here’s the technical scoop on what this feature does for bloggers.

If you choose “yes” for this setting, then people leaving comments on your blog will be required to complete a word verification step, similar to the one presented when you create a blog.

What this does is to prevent automated systems from adding comments to your blog, since it takes a human being to read the word and pass this step. If you’ve ever received a comment that looked like an advertisement or a random link to an unrelated site, then you’ve encountered comment spam. A lot of this is done automatically by software which can’t pass the word verification, so enabling this option is a good way to prevent many such unwanted comments.

Here are some of the goofy “words” I have had to enter today to add comments to blogs.

Gabogo, Pstal, Calizess, Chaddis,Strine, aperi

I turned off the word verification on my blog. WordPress does a pretty darn good job of catching the spam.

Speaking of spam… why is it that most spam I get is either in a foreign language that looks Arabic or something? Either that or it has to do with sex.

Now this spam was a comment on my “A clever use of duct tape and a plastic bench” post. Huh?

“I was just chatting with my friend about this last week at Outback steak house. Don’t remember how we landed on the topic really, they brought it up. I do recall eating a excellent fruit salad with cranberries on it. I digress”

One Response

  1. I enjoy reading this page, always find out random interesting facts.
    Emily Randall from Husky

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