One thing that annoys the bejeebers out of me are CAPTCHA codes. I understand their need in certain instances (though right off hand I can't think of one) but I absolutely despise the Sneaky CAPTCHA.
You know the ones I'm talking about. You go to a blog, see an interesting post and decide to make a comment. Upon reaching the comment page there's no sign of that obnoxious CAPTCHA code, so you go ahead and spill out that wonderful comment, hit publish or submit and . . . CRYING OUT LOUD, that frigging code pops up out of nowhere.
Why try being discreet about it ? If someone is going to have that irritating thing then have it out in plain sight for all to see, don't lure us in and then club us with it after the fact.
Bloggers often get involved in blog challenges that require visiting numerous blogs and, out of courtesy, leaving a comment. If there are 30 or more blogs to visit can you imagine how time consuming it would be if each had a CAPTCHA code that had to be deciphered and entered ?
In the past I've made suggestions to bloggers about changing their comments setting to Self Moderate and getting rid of the CAPTCHA.
If you're moderating your comments you have the authority to delete anything you deem as spam or inappropriate.
Also I couldn't help but notice that a lot of CAPTCHA blogs receive few to zero comments. So why DO bloggers have them and why, when it is suggested that they remove it, do they insist upon keeping them ? Do they really love CAPTCHAs? Do they actually seek out sites with these codes because they like to see if they can guess what those smears are? Or could it be that they really don't want to be bothered with comments? Is it really all that much work to view one's emails, read the comments that others leave and hit one of 3 options: Publish - Delete - Mark as Spam ?
Last night I visited a Canadian blog and I swear their CAPTCHA's are designed by demons. I stared at one smudge for almost 10 minutes and could not figure out what the letters were. I even called my hubby in to see if he could figure it out and he too stared at it for a couple of minutes and declared, "I have no idea !" So I took a guess and the demon code happily informed me that I had gotten it wrong and to try again . . . so I tried again and got the second one wrong too. By now I had wasted a good 20 or 30 minutes of my time over a friggin' CAPTCHA code. Finally the third attempt met with success, I don't know if I truly guessed it correctly or if the demon had simply taken pity upon me.
Today I visited a few blogs, read their posts, typed up my comment and when that cursed CAPTCHA code popped up. I blew it, clicked on the little X at the top right hand corner of my screen and exited their blog without even attempting to decipher the code.
Naturally that meant my comment would not be published but at that point I really didn't care. A couple had been blogs that I had previously left suggestions regarding the removal of their computer generated security code, I mentioned that by removing the CAPTCHA they could, perhaps, receive more comments.
Obviously they chose not to take my suggestion so I chose not to leave a comment. Was I being mean? Was I being unfair or unreasonable?
Photo above was actually taken from my monitor I could not make out what the second word was so I took a wild guess with "Jzntern" and amazingly guessed correctly ! Also, amazingly there were no other comments left on this blogger's blog except for mine. Could she not want comments?