Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blogging Advice: Captchas & Comments

I am trying to expand a little bit past doing just product reviews and giveaways because I want to offer you more.  So far I've tried finding a few good deals to post and a few parenting tips and tricks as well so now I'm going to try my hand at a little blogging advice!  To those of you just starting out I found this advice to be very helpful!

Captchas & Comments
Alright, if you don't know what a Captcha is Websters Dictionary defines it as "a computer generated squiggly lettered test that must be typed in by Internet/Web users to prove they are human."  These captcha tests are supposed to be simple for a human to complete but impossible for a computer to solve.  They are used mainly to make sure people don't cheat on giveaways and contests and well as to prevent spamming.  *Little known fact, captcha actually stands for Completely Automatic Public Turing to tell Computers and Humans Apart*  I've come across a few that were completely illegible but luckily they have a refresh button that you can push and it will come up with another selection that you can type in.  Sometimes some will come up with symbols instead of letters and numbers, which I find to be a bit odd.  Anyway,  Captchas are great if you own a large corporation or business and need to prevent spam or you have a large giveaway or contest that you're holding and you're worried about cheating by people using computer programs but for small blogs such as ours it's just a hassle and in fact some people won't come back and enter any more of your giveaways if they don't want to be bothered with the captchas.  If you use Blogger, like I do, it is set up automatically to have your readers enter a captcha after they comment.  It's very easy to take that off by simply going to the Settings - going to Comments - and click No for Show word verification for comments, which will be the third (3rd) selection from the bottom of the page. If you are having problems with spam on your site, instead of using Captcha, Blogger also has a great feature where you can moderate your comments and see them before they are posted.  That way you can approve or decline what comments are posted on your site!  Here is an example of a captcha, I'm sure you've all seen these annoying things once or a million times before.
 Have you ever skipped over a giveaway because of captchas?  With me, it really depends on the prize. So let me know in the comments below!

11 comments:

  1. Hi Ashley, Sue here from Finger Click Saver. Thanks for becoming a follower, I came to return the love, but discovered I already follow you :-). You couldn't have done better on the captcha post. I am not fond of captcha, partly because it's a pain when I am blog hopping and partly because I get real frustrated with not being able to read some of the captcha's. That being said, most of the time I will go along with the captcha unless I am really disgruntled by not being able to figure out what the captcha is. I haven't done enough giveaways, but have entered a few, and I really don't recall one where I had to do a captcha for every entry. That being said, I could see where some may just click away from the giveaway if looking to complete extra entries. Like you, I have come across a couple with symbols...not so much w/blogger but in my other travels...frustrating as all get out. Personally, I have turned the captcha to my site off to simplify people who want to leave me comments. I moderate all my comments and I find this works just fine for me. You have a great day!

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