Blogging 101: TURN OFF Your Captcha

This is one that I'm fairly certain drives every blogger bananas. When commenting on another person's blog, I don't want to have to decipher a code to do so. The truth is that most of us are not, in fact, robots, so we don't want to have to prove it over and over again. It's especially annoying because the codes are becoming increasingly difficult to read, and therefore, easier to fail even if you're not a robot. In case you don't know what a captcha is, allow me to enlighten you. This, my friends, is the ugly captcha.


For realz. What does this say?

Look familiar? Probably if you've commented on a blog in the past week. And once again, if no one tells you that you have this little pest on your blog, you're probably not going to find out about it. I mean, it drove me crazy for a while and I had it on my blog and didn't even know it. So, unless you're absolutely certain that you don't have your captcha activated, PLEASE {insert me begging on my hands and knees} perform the following steps. 

1. On your Blogger dashboard, click on "Settings".

2.  Under the options that appear under "Settings", click on "Posts and Comments".

3. Scroll down to "Show Word Verification", and make sure it says "No". If it says "Yes", switch it to "No".

4. Click on "Save Settings" in the upper right corner of your screen.

5. Voila! You did it!

And for the more visual people, here's a screen shot.



I did run into a problem with spam a while back, so if that's an issue for you, my best advice is to not allow anonymous comments.  That usually takes care of most of it.  You can do that two sections above in the "Who can comment?" section. Select "Registered User".

As a side note, captchas made me so angry a couple of months ago that I actually started tweeting pictures of the more horrible captchas I came across with the hahstag #bloggersagainstcaptcha. Feel free to join the movement, and let's rid the blogsphere of CAPTCHAS!





16 comments:

Lissy said...

I totally agree but unfortunately some website hosts have spam filters that turn the captcha on no matter what. I have captcha turned off but for certain people, Squarespace flags certain people and makes them enter the captcha. It's utterly annoying.

Alissa | Feeling Good said...

I'm in! I really HATE those things on other bloggers profiles!! Most of the time I can't even type in the letters correctly. So I'm joining the movement!

Alissa
FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

Kelsey Lenay said...

Literally had to try ti decipher about 10+ captcha's one day because I kept entering it wrong. COME ONNNNN! Thanks for the post : )

XO, Kelsey

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

Completely agree! It makes it even more difficult to comment from the iphone and I have to admit sometimes I don't comment when it pops up because it is to difficult and I can't even read it! Thanks for posting!

Andrea {Yesterday's Tomorrow} said...

I hate these!! I didn't realize I had it on my comment section until just recently, great post :) have a great weekend!

xoxo andrea
www.yesterdaystomorrowblog.com

Samantha Tananbaum said...

I agree! Captchas are a pain and not necessary. I know that wordpress has a great anti-spam plugin, so there must be something Blogger bloggers can add to their sites to make them more comment friendly. Loving these posts!

xo
Sam

Lindsay K {lastyearoftwentysomething} said...

Thank you!! Nothing makes me more annoyed than having to squint to figure out what the letters/numbers are to complete my comment, and sometimes I just give up! Very helpful tip!

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

So true! I recently discovered that I had that turned on, I guess it was default. But I quickly turned it off because I feel the same thing about them. Especially when they are so hard to read! great tip!

Amy @ At the Pink of Perfection said...

Thank you for posting this!!!! People need to framing turn this off. After two unsuccessful tries, I don't comment. I will be retweeting and sharing, thanks again chickadee!!

Meg {henninglove} said...

thanks for posting this morgan like i said i am ready to not comment sometimes because it is too dang difficult to see those stupid letter

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Captchas legitimately challenge my intelligence and that's not okay. Thanks for posting :) Have a great weekend lovely!! xoxo

emily fitzgerald {once in a blue room} said...

thank you!! those things drive me bananas.

Rachel said...

They drive me crazy as well- but what's even worse is when people leave me on purposely and say its to "fight their spammers" when they only get 1 or 2 comments per post.

Janna Renee said...

I quit allowing anonymous comments anyways! I actually got a virus through one. No bueno.

Bhushavali - Indian Fashion n Travel Blogger! said...

So so true... Its better to have registered users.
If you're still doubtful, its better to activate comment moderation...
That captcha thing, sometimes I have to refresh it thrice to get something that I can decipher!!!!
Came here blog hopping and liked your blog!
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Ashley Alexandra said...

Thanks for this, I always hated the captcha but didn't realize it could be disabled!

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