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7.3.11

A little wish: a little follow-up



My little wish for commenting was really quite a big wish and it came true. So many blogs seem to have changed their comments to pop-up and it's just so much easier to leave a note. I notice this particularly when I'm doing the Grateful rounds. It's fab.

Many of the commenters (and Jane in particular!) mentioned that while we were at it we really ought to get rid of word verification.

So I did.

I've hardly had any spam and 99% of it has been caught by the 'Spam' box. The other 1% has been caught by my 'approval if post older than 3 days' setting. I have always had that setting because I would hate to miss a comment!

So, I highly recommend turning off the word verification and seeing how you go.

Of course, I will miss my strange moments in word verification, but I think I'll live...

[Image picked up at weheartit]

30 comments:

Cate said...

I too have had a little bit of spam, but so far all has been caught by the spam filter...so I'll carry on without word verification for now :-)
Although I did sometimes get a giggle out of the words - my fav so far has been 'ednerdle' - don't ask me why...
xxxCate

the textured leaf said...

Thanks for this ive been wanting to make things easier... Id already got rid of the word verification but im going to see if I can do the pop up too, x

Donna @ NappyDaze said...

I still think of you and your wise words every time I leave a comment. I call it the Maxabella Movement of Blog Time Management hehehe xx

ClaireyH said...

I have noticed a difference too, it is so much easier, now if you could do a post about making sure people don't have blocked blogger profiles that would be great...especially when they enter competitions.

Mel said...

I just found your blog and after reading this post disabled the word verification option on my blog.
Thank you, I will sleep so much better.

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

it's funny but you spoke and so many listened and it was like a light bulb moment for me, when now i go and visit blogs that don't have pop up windows - and i start to roll my eyes! i'm pretty sure i ditched the word veri too, but i better go check....
i'm just so grateful you mentioned it....
us lacking in the technical side of computer knowledge is very thankful indeed!

xx

Naomi said...

bless you Maxabella!
so happy with the change :)

I too hope you will live without word verification in your life but I think you will have no problem filling that need with another.

naomi x

Ruby Star said...

hah, and all you had to do was ask :)

Kim H said...

Oh, I didn't even know you could turn word verification off! I must go work it out. It's so darn annoying, isn't it/ Thanks for that advice xx

A Country Wife said...

Oh how funny, I hate pop up comment boxes because they get hidden behind all my pages and I have to go searching for them (yes, still trying to navigate my new Mac...)! I much prefer commenting at the end of a post. I'm off to read your post about them because it seems I'm missing something about their usefulness.

Oh, and as for word verification, they drive me insane, thank you thank you Jane for requesting people turn them off!

Chrissy xx

Felicity said...

A big thank you to yourself and Jane for showing people the way.

I wonder if people who have word verification realise how many comments they might be missing out on because someone types a note and clicks the comment button, assumes that the deed is done & clicks away before the word verification has time to pop up?

Just saying - it would be a shame to miss out on thoughtful comments.

x felicity

Being Me said...

Honestly, I haven't noticed who's changed and who still has comments in the posts. But... I'm happy for people who comment on my blog that they don't have to go through the word veri thing either. Spam must have really been nipped mostly in the bud in the past few years since I've had it turned on, as I've had just one!

LionessLady said...

I seem to have been getting bunches of bizarre religious spam of late so until it stops I'm leaving my word verification on! :-)

ForeverRhonda said...

Oh thank you! I hate the word verification.

Trish@Show and Tell said...

I have made the changes too....So glad you gave step by step instructions, however!! Technology, not a strong point.

Trish
xx

littlebetty said...

It's been on my 'to do' list for a while, but the comment system on my blog is now fixed :)

Kymmie said...

Isn't it amazing how when one asks, so many are happy to do. You are one influential lady Bron! Just going to check to see if I have word verification on now... xx

Lucy said...

Now all we need is for bloggers make their email viewable. By this I mean that bloggers can link their email address to their Blogger/Google profile, so that when they leave a comment, the owner of the blog can see their email address in the email notification and reply back directly via email....

Is that gobbledeygoop? Or am I making sense?!

Jane said...

Oh, Bron, thanks for the mention, you lovely girl. I'm so delighted it has worked for you.

If anyone else wants to know how to do it, I did a post on it the other day at http://www.lifeonplanetbaby.com/2011/02/tutorial-handling-comments-and-email.html

J x

Littlemissairgap said...

Ha ... strange moments in word verification! I love it! I was actually making a list of crazy words that sounded quite legit if spoken quickly or with an Elle McPherson accent. I had about 20 of them on a piece of paper beside the computer. I'd jot the odd one down when it caused a chuckle during moments of word verification. Unfortunately someone has thrown it out ... ahh!!! I'm so glad Jane did that post, even though I no longer have as many moments to jot down totally useless 'words'. The word verification was an absolute pain if using Google Reader on the iPad. I ditched mine too.

Tai Tai said...

I'm with Lucy! I love being able to email directly back to commenters as people don't always follow up the comments section if you've replied. Perhaps a 3rd and final wish? ps. I have noticed a difference around the blogworld. Amazing the impact you can have ;) x

Miss Pink said...

Yes DOWN WITH VERIFICATION.
Honestly verification turns me off commenting some blogs, it's such a PITA i want to say my piece and leave it at that.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

Yes, as many have said before, maybe you could use your influence regarding linking your email address with your blog. So many just don't know about it. My sister had been blogging for years and didn't know about it until I informed her.

Tenille @ Help!Mum said...

Ooh I second this! I am not a fan of word verification.

And anyway, some spam can be quite lovely :-)

MomAgain@40 said...

I have also turned mine off a long time ago! It just makes it soo much easier!

Naturally Carol said...

I have no clue what hoops you go through on mine but I'll have a little look tonight!

Deer Baby said...

I get virtually no spam at all. I sometimes wonder if there is a folder somewhere where it all is. Not going to go looking!

Well done you for starting this. There's nothing more offputting than having to go through a string of hoops just to leave a comment.

Andrea said...

I slavishly followed your advice :p

Alice Becomes said...

done! i never really cared too much about spam anyway!

you are leading the way in bloggy revolution....that can only be a good thing xo

tea with lucy said...

brilliant. off to get rid of word veri too. drives me nuts. xo

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