The topic for GBE2 this week is “Pet Peeves”. Already feeling peevish about a certain subject lately, this was an easy one for me.
My pet peeve is captchas. On a particularly peevish day (we all have them); I just want to leave as soon as the captcha pops up...”
I hesitated a moment because Beth wrote such a clever and sweet blog about captchas just about 2 weeks ago. I don’t like to be redundant, but…
My biggest peeve is the use of both captchas and comment approval settings. I’ve had a silent rebellion going on in my spirit for quite some time. Part of me says “I’m just going to move on” but another part of me refuses to be peevish or rude.
I feel peevish because I spent time reading a blog, writing a comment, and then jumped through the captcha hoop. Then the comment doesn't post because it is set for approval. That is when I think....WHAT THE HECK??? Why not just set it to approval and deal with any spam that might land in the approval folder??? Why put people through the hassle of a captcha if the comment is going to require approval anyway??? I don’t get it. I just want to yell…”CHOOSE ONE AND GO WITH IT!!!”
Not only are captchas annoying, but often I simply can’t read them… Can I have a translator please?
Sometimes I try to hear the audio captcha, but that is worst. That “white noise” makes it hard for me to sort one sound from another. *sigh*
So…I don't use captcha's because ~ well ~ I hate them!!!
Blogger is really good at catching the spammer comments, so they go straight to the spam folder. I haven't had any spam land on even one of my blogs. That’s because they are all languishing in the spam folder – never to be approved. In my experience the spammers only spam the older blogs. My solution and as an extra step, just in case, I set my comments for approval for any of my blogs over 14 days old. Still...I do not use a captcha because I don't want to annoy my readers. I figure if I am that annoyed, then maybe the comment controls annoy other people.
Mostly, I don’t say anything, but I did let a friend know that she was set up with captcha and then the comment required approval. She was not aware that her settings caused that effect. She quickly changed her settings to simply approve all comments.
Though I understand the frustration to discover a less than desirable comment on a blog, I do not censure words of others. If the comment is not obscene, I leave it stand because I believe in free speech. When faced with an obscene comment…well then…I know where to find my delete button…
I often wonder why such control over a blog is necessary. I understand that some may possibly want to approve, and then answer the comment so that everything is nice and neat. That’s okay with me…really. Just skip the captcha… If it is fear of what someone might say in a comment, I just want to say that words are only words. Don’t like the comment? Delete it, but don’t expect your readers to hang around. Nobody likes to take the time to comment on a blog, then return to see their comment gone. We are a nation of free speech and I am not a fan of stifling that right.
Did you ever notice that the bloggers with lots of readers rarely ever use captchas? And the fact that only a very few require approval of a comment? Think about it. Then, if you are controlling your comments, I hope you will visit your settings and make some changes.
There you have it… Captcha immediately followed with comment approval notification is my biggest pet peeve, followed closely by the captcha alone. I can live with the comment approval notification alone, but I’m not a fan. It just leaves me wondering what is there to be afraid of?