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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, September 7, 2012

word verification

Oy vay! Several people visited my blog during IWSG on Wednesday, but when I went to visit their blogs and tried to leave a comment, in one case I tried five times to do the word verification and it wouldn't accept it. Please please please turn word verification off. I don't want to get frustrated and not respond to your blog if you visit here. So for those of you who came and I didn't comment on your blog, you know why. And if I missed you somehow and you don't have word verification, please do let me know. I want to connect with all of you.

I'm off to sing today at a retirement community, so happy weekend, everyone.


Jessica Bell said...

Drives me bonkers too :(

Jennifer Shirk said...

I know! I was leaving a comment somewhere and I had to try four or five times too. I should have given up but I'm stubborn. LOL

Have a great time singing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I rarely encounter it except for IWSG day. And yes, there were a lot. I think most don't even realize it's on.

Tonja said...

I agree.

L.G.Smith said...

It's even worse than it used to be, now that it's a word number combo. I think I tried four or five times on a comment once too and finally gave up.

I also don't understand anyone needing to keep comment moderation on. Part of the fun of visiting blogs is seeing other people's comments, but you can't if nothing is allowed to pass without permission first.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Yes, turn off word verification please.

Arlee Bird said...

Yes! I wonder if the one you and others encountered that required multiple attempts was the one that took me 7 tries--more than I've ever faced. I was determined though and finally got it through. I let the blogger know about it but I'm not sure she cared.

A Faraway View

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. I only come across one or two - it's a pain I agree ..

Cheers Hilary

KarenG said...

It can't be said enough!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I agree. The word verif it NOT necessary, people. It blocks real people who want to communicate.
Have fun at your singing gig. Sounds like fun!

Pearson Report said...

In defense of those that have it one...Blogger has it now set as "ON" automatically, unless we tell bloggers they have it "ON" they can't see it on their own site.

It happened to me when I started Jenny Pearson Designs.
I wouldn't have know it was on had I not been told. (I never thought to go be hind the scenes looking for it as it was always an option to turn "ON" in the past.

Also, I use Comment Moderation due to spam issues and getting comments that are advertisements or just outright off topic.

Using CM allows comments to be made, without trying to decipher the really bad WV number/word combo (which I also mess up on). It gives me control over my comment are but the blogger, leaving the comment, isn't frustrated in the process.

Thanks for highlighting this annoyance! It can never be mentioned enough.

Cheers, Jenny

Pearson Report said...

Yikes...I didn't proof my typing very well! I'm only on my first cup of coffee! :) But you get the drift, right?

Claudia Moser said...

None on mine :) but I agree with you!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

OY, I couldn't agree more. Before the verification went to a combo word + number, and they had the two words, it took me forever to decipher those darned letters. It's better now, but not by much. Some of the letters still look like gibberish, and make me feel like an idiot. No word verification hurdles, please!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I (and my trifocals) have a lot of trouble with that crazy word verification thing. I usually give up after one try. I don't have it on my own blog, but I had to stop allowing anonymous comments because they were all spam anyway.

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, everyone. It's 10 pm and I just got home, so I couldn't respond to everyone individually but I really appreciate these thoughts.

Donna Shields said...

Same here. I double checked mine to ensure it's off. That drives me crazy.

Livia said...

I completely agree with you on word verification -- it's a pain in the butt! I turned off word verification because I read it is THAT annoying!

Yep, you're better off turning off word verification. It's much easier for people to comment on your blog! It's the best thing I did for my blog and all I'm left to do is moderate my comments! :)

Great post, Karen!

Michael Di Gesu said...

I'm there with you Karen.

They drive me INSANE!

I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

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