Sunday, July 07, 2013

To CAPTCHA or not to CAPTCHA?

"Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart".  We all hate them:

"What do you mean I'm not helping?"
 
 But they do work... sometimes a little too well.  A few times I've actually given up on trying to post comments on blogger because of a series of near-impossible captchas.

Anyway, I've had to thin out a bunch of spam comments from older posts on this blog recently, and while that was totes fun, bro, I'm wondering if I should give in and put authentication on my commenting the way most other blogs seem to.

What do you, my regular readers, think? 

6 comments:

  1. I tend to skip commenting on blogs that have captchas on. Most of the time I can't read those damn things!

    Besides I'll make exceptions if the topic deseveres that nasty annoyance.

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  2. Turn on 'Registered Users' to comment rather than turn on captcha I get the occasional spam comment once in a blue moon.

    Its under Settings, Posts and Comments, Who Can Comment?

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    1. Thanks. I'm inclined to avoid "registered users only", for reasons stated well here. I don't get a lot of random (human) commenters passing by, but if I do I'd like to make it as easy as possible for them to say something.

      I've just enabled comment moderation for posts > 2 wks old, that might help with spam showing up on my old posts.

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    2. To be honest most people who comment on my blog are my followers which are registered users anyway. Besides theres is host of different accounts tied into blogger. Google+ for instance. Its your choice obviously :) but I've never had a problem with it.

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  3. I hate having to put the captchas in, since it seems it always takes a couple of tries for me. Maybe i'm more robot than human? I don't have it on my blog and haven't had any spam in recent memory.

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    1. Like I said, I have had frustrating experiences... but ultimately I decided against CAPTCHAs here. Instead, first-time commenters are moderated.

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