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Friday, February 17, 2012 12 Comments »
I'm having an angry C.O.W.* moment. 

Google has decided that we need to add an extra layer of security to the commenting process on our blogs.  No more single word verification, with funky words that invite funkier definitions.  Now we have this:


Can you read that first word?  I can't.  Talk about a PIA!  My eyes are old, my brain is feeble, and I'll thing twice about leaving a comment if it means having to decipher that hot mess.  Bah, humbug and phooey. 

Given a choice between putting up with the spam, or  making people do that -- especially those of you who do your bloggy reading first thing in the morning or last thing at night -- I choose the former.  Sometimes you just need to let your inner C.O.W. out & take a stand. 

*  C.O.W.  Cranky Old Woman (with props to Nancy, for having brought the Cult of the C.O.W. to blogland). 

Addendum:  Lori, at Humble Quilts suggested just turning off the word verification requirement by doing this: 

Go to Dashboard, settings, comments, scroll down this page until you find word verification- fill in the NO bubble. Click "save settings" at the bottom of the page.

Of course this leaves you open to potential spam.  You can avoid having spam show up automatically on your blog by turning on comment moderation (same page as shown above).  This won't protect you from receiving spam, but it will allow you to dump it before it shows up on your blog page.   



12 comments:

regan said...

I'm with you on this.....so is Lori at Humble Quilts. She just posted on this, too, and gave a nice "how to fix it" to her followers.....let's pass it on, get the word out, and maybe everyone will fix it pretty quickly.....it's SO annoying!

Here's her post:

http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2012/02/pet-peeve-and-little-airing.html

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

Quilters of the World unite. Don't let them boss us around. PK

*karendianne. said...

Just so you know, I'm with ya!

Becky M said...

I was wondering what the heck was going on with those awful word verifications. I'm off to check out that link that was posted to fix it.

howdidIgethere said...

I was going to post "Another C.O.W. against eye-sight strain!", but I didn't have ANY word verification to type before I commented!

Totally baffled...

floribunda said...

I'm with you! I just noticed the new "security" yesterday and scratched my head about it. I've turned off the word verifications on my blog, but kept the comment moderation because I get tons of spam that google doesn't filter out...

Denise in PA said...

So That's what's going on! No, I can't read half the words either! I never did turn on comment moderation on my blog - I figured I'd wait until I got spam and over the last almost-two-years, I've only gotten one or two anyway.

Sunnybec said...

I have done exactly that this morning, taken word verification off but left moderation on. I can't read the white on black words...and neither can my hubby!

Josurin said...

This drives me crazy too! There are so many sites where you have to do the word verification and the words are so convoluted that I have no hope of reading what they actually say!

Robin said...

I hate those word things. I never can read them. I usually get frustrated and quit.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm in love with your angry cow. :) I've had an angry cow moment over word verification too and mentioned it on my blog. I try once to comment but if I don't get it right the first time I delete and go on. I refuse to struggle with that thing - thanks so much for the instructions for getting rid of it. I hope lots of folks take your advice! blessings, marlene

Bobbi said...

Too damned old. Oh no, wait, it's not me. Yay, I'm not too old.