Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I've changed this blog's "Comments" settings
I've had a number of complaints from readers that Blogger's new captcha images (circled in red in the screen-capture picture below) are too difficult to read, and that consequently they've given up trying to comment here and on other blogs that use them.
Other blogs have reported the same thing, and I've had a couple of similar problems myself, where I've had to refresh the captcha images to find one that was readable. The same difficulty is being reported on Blogger support forums, such as, for example, in this thread: so it looks as if a lot of people are unhappy with the new system.
As a result, I've decided to follow the example of some other blogs, and disable word verification in my Comments system. You can now post comments without having to read a captcha image and enter it. I've also shortened the 'open comment window' to three days from the date of the post. After three days, all comments made in reply to that post will automatically go to comment moderation.
I hope this will solve the captcha problem; but it may also lead to an increase in 'spam' comments. If it does, I'll simply have to go to universal comment moderation. I don't want to do that, as it may sometimes take several hours for me to get to my comments folder and publish them; but we'll have to see how well this new approach works. Meanwhile, let's hope Blogger comes up with a better word verification system!