Every bookish blog I visit has their own form of discussion feature while I’m sitting here alone, thinking, hmm, what can I do to make my blog more exciting and unique? So I decided, why not start my own feature where I can talk about random bookish topics? And so, Let’s Speculate was created.
The topic I chose for this week is Why Should You NOT Use Captcha? Captcha annoys me every time I see it and makes me want to scream. In this post I’ll explain why I hate captcha and other alternates you can use besides captcha.
First of all, before I start this post, some of you may wonder, what is captcha? Well, captcha is the word verification that shows a bunch of letters and numbers like this: 248lwjdh and a box to type those numbers in. Captcha is invented to keep robot spam out of your comments.
Now this is my personal list of why captcha is just so annoying:
1. It wastes time.
And time is money. Filling out captcha takes at least a minute longer than just clicking the “submit” button and watching your comment be posted up immediately in satisfaction.
2. It takes an average of three to five tries to pass the captcha test successfully for human beings.
Seriously. The 1’s looks like l’s and the m’s like rn’s. Let’s not forget to mention that sometimes, the letters stick so close together that you can’t tell if that is a w or a v. Once it took me seven very angry times to get the code right.
3. You may lose potential commenters, or even worse, followers.
I will tell you a story. I was on my mobile phone, trying to comment on a blog. I clicked “submit.” Guess what popped up? That’s right, captcha. I rolled my eyes, started typing the first two digits, scrolled back up to the captcha code to read it, scrolled back down to continue typing, but IT WOULDN’T LET ME TYPE INTO THE CAPTCHA BOX ANYMORE.
So I took a deep breath, calmed down, copied my comment, refreshed the page, and this time, before typing the captcha code into the captcha box, I memorized the code first. Then clicked submit. And guess what happened? THE PAGE JUST REFRESHED AND MY COMMENT DIDN’T APPEAR. So basically, I lost ten minutes for nothing. I never visited that blog ever again.
So enough with the reasons why you should NOT use captcha (because hopefully, you got the point). Let’s talk alternatives.
1. You can use the approve comments option instead of captcha.
Yes! This option exists and can also keep spam out at the same time! Just go to your blogger dashboard, click on Settings, then click on Posts and Comments, and in the Comment Moderation section, change it to Always. And you’re done!
2. Use Disqus.
That is the comment system I’m currently using right now. There’s no captcha and there are plenty of options you can use like approving comments before they show up on your blog and the ability to like or dislike a certain comment (kind of like Facebook). Genius!
So you are one of those people who are like pshhh. No way do I have captcha. Well, are you sure? Like really, completely, positively 100% sure? Debby from Snuggly Oranges told me that when you first make a blog, it’s default settings are always set to captcha. Even I didn’t know that. So seriously, check. And in case you want to be lazy and say, but I don’t know where to looook!, here are the simple directions:
1. Go to your blogger dashboard.
2. Click on Settings on the left hand side.
3. Click on Posts and comments.
4. Look for “Show word verification” and make sure it’s set on no.
Yes, it’s that easy.
I hope that this is an informative post. Now, I want to know, why does captcha annoy you?