Warning: uncharacteristic bitchy rant follows: (sometimes a girl's gotta say what a girl's gotta say....)
If you're still using the impossible-to-read-and-copy captcha images on your comments, I respectfully BEG you to consider the alternatives. Even moderating all of your comments, if you're that concerned with spam, is (somewhat) more tolerable (to me, anyway) than forcing these old eyes to focus THAT closely, still knowing that I can only guess at some of the illegible letters....
|Oh I dunno....15 easyscratches?|
|How about sucksur number? No?|
I exaggerate only a tiny bit - I hope you get my point...
Some people are simply refusing to bother with comments on your captcha'd blogs...I quit after two failed attempts, and I'm beginning to wonder if even trying it once is worth it.
If you are on blogger, here is a previous post I did with detailed instructions on how to get rid of the dreaded Word Verification. You may even have it set, and not know it - you might want to double check and make sure.... (just because YOU can comment w/o a captcha on your own blog does not mean that others can....you're already cleared to comment on your blog, so you won't need to jump through the hoops like the rest of us)
I'll just toss another little mini-rant in here. I get that you like your privacy, and you dislike spam. I really do. But when I enter a captcha code and then I find out that you are moderating my comment on top of it, it makes me feel...wellllll..... I won't go through all the silly Freudian flashes that zip through my feeble brain....let's just say I don't feel like my comment is very much wanted or welcomed, so I often pass at that point.
I find that blogger catches nearly every spam post I get - I still have to delete it from both my email and from the blogger comment spam list, but it takes a couple of seconds to do that. Just not an issue. Also, maybe I've just been really, really lucky in that I've never had a published comment that upset me (lordy, I hope I'm not opening myself up with that comment lol!), but I've certainly experienced my share of upsetting experiences in 3D life. My tendency is to treat them like what they are - a FOG (F*ing Opportunity for Growth) and I move through it as gracefully as I can (which is often the clumsiest vision of non-grace ever, but hey....that's life.)
It's OK with me if you don't respect my attitude, but I know I'm not alone. I think that most of us blog both for our own, personal reasons, AND we're putting our words out for public readership. It just seems right to me to have some thoughtful consideration for our readers.
...Putting a smile back on my face, and going back to my regularly scheduling blogging..... :)
P.S. - per a request, you have my permission to re-post all or part of this post on your blog :)