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søndag 7. september 2008

Campaign against word verification on blog comments and blog candy at Craftling's cosy corner

For noen dager siden hadde jeg en bloggrunde der jeg tilfeldigvis kom innom denne bloggen og Christines blog candy. Det som fanget interessen her, i tillegg til alt det vakre denne damen lager, var hennes kampanje mot word verification; dette med at man må skrive alle disse rare bokstavkombinasjonene inne på mange blogger når man vil legge igjen en kommentar. Selv har jeg ikke hatt så store problemer med det, men skjønner jo at det kan være litt tidkrevende og tricky for noen.

Iallfall: Som ganske fersk blogger, visste jeg ikke at det gikk an å slå av word verification, før jeg leste det Christine har skrevet om temaet. Jeg tenkte en del over saken og bestemte meg til slutt for å slå den av på min egen blogg, etter å ha lest argumentene hennes. Jeg vil se om jeg blir plaget med spam/søppelpost når jeg nå har tatt bort word verification. Så, jeg har vel en prøveperiode, for å si det sånn. Hvis det å ha word verification avslått kan gjøre noen mindre frustrerte og jeg ikke opplever problemer med det, så hvorfor ikke?...

Du kan være med i Christines Blog Candy gjennom å kikke inn hos henne, lese hennes argumenter, tenke over hva du selv mener om saken, skrive litt om det i egen blogg og i hennes blogg. Hun feirer 10.000 treff på bloggen sin, derfor blog candy'en.

Jeg gjengir hennes argumenter i sin helhet nedenfor, på engelsk, for all enkelhets skyld!... ;)

To enter this blog candy go here and read about Christine's campaign against word verification. Give the theme a thought and say something about it, in your own blog and leave a comment in hers. After having read this myself, a couple of days ago, I decided to turn off word verification. I'm excited to see if there will be any spam coming my way now!... If I don't experience any problems, I will keep it turned off.


Everyone will have their own view, but in my case, I regard the removal of word verification as a basic courtesy to my visitors who are kind enough to take the time to leave comments. Being aware of their comments through comment moderation, but not hindering them with word verification is the very least I can do to reciprocate their courtesy to me.

The problem with word verification is that it takes too long. The characters are very often hard to decipher, and it’s frustrating when you get them wrong and have to re-enter the little suckers!

So this campaign is on behalf of busy bloggers. Please spare a thought for the poor bloggers who work so hard at getting round as many blogs as possible to leave sprinkles of blessing and good vibes wherever they go. The terrible proliferation of this awful plague of word verification is a blight on their efforts to make the Land of Blog a cheerier place.

I think most people don't realise that they have word verification on their blogs by default, or how easy it is to switch it off, and perhaps not realising how annoying it is for other bloggers. Either that, or they’re under the misapprehension that they will be bombarded with spam messages. This is not the case. I’ve had mine switched off now for three of the four months that I’ve been blogging, and have had two spam comments. The responses I’ve had from other bloggers to my earlier posts on this topic back this up. (You can see the comments in response to my previous post on this subject, HERE.)

For safety’s sake, have comment moderation on for sure, but please consider canceling word verification on your blog. Maybe for a trial period, and see how you get on.

Unless there are thousands of comments being left, comment moderation shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the blog owner, and other bloggers will also be more inclined to leave comments if they can see that you don’t use word verification.

However, each to their own, and if you disagree with me, that’s cool. We can agree to differ and not visit each other’s blogs! lol ;o)
OK.. rant over. If you have read all the way to the end, thank you for putting up with it, and ~ obviously ~ do what you wish on your blogs, but I had to say something. I love to get around and leave comments, but word verification spoils the experience.
Of course, when I get my new job, all this will be academic to me, as I will then have a life, and I won't have time for much blog-hopping!! Not that blog-hoppers need to get a life.. Errr... think I'll stop digging now, before I get into REAL trouble!! lol ;o)

Peace. :o)

2 kommentarer:

Petra/paradise sa...

tack för dina goa ord inne hos mej 'glad*
Dikten undrade flera över så den kommer jag lägga in på bloggen senare ikväll.
dock ingen märkvärdig text =)
Må gott!
kram Petra

Christine (Craftling) sa...

Hi, Hege-Annie! :o)

Just wanted to drop by and thank you for joining in with my 'blog candy against word verification' campaign! You have FIVE entries in the draw. Best wishes with that! :o)

Most people seem to experience similar volumes of spam as I have, which is only two in four months. Out of around 150 comments I have received all together over my various posts on the topic, only two people have had any significant numbers of spam comments.

To be sure that you are protecting your blog, I would switch ON Comment Moderation. That way, you get to see what people are saying before it is published on your blog, but you will not be causing any hindrance to people visiting you and wanting to leave comments, so you will be protected, and your visitors will be able to leave comments without being hindered by those horrid little letters! ;o)

I hope that makes sense! Thank you again.

Chris xx

Chris xx