Wednesday, February 15, 2012

IS IT BLOGGER? IS IT GOOGLE?

My annoyance at having to type the word verification over and over is coming to a boil. Which entity is responsible for the repeated message?
The characters you entered didn't match the word verification. Please try again.
I'm careful when I type the word verification, and I'm quite sure I don't do typos every single time I try to leave a comment. Two tries is the absolute minium, and sometimes the number goes up to 4 or 5.

Hey guys, whoever you are wherever you are, it's way past time to fix the glitch. The folks who comment at my blog complain. I am complaining. No passing the buck here. Just fix the problem.

34 comments:

susan s. said...

I don't usually have that problem.

Grandmère Mimi said...

susan s., interesting. Is it Firefox? Others have told me they have the same problem.

susan s. said...

But I must say, I don't like the two words in different type face. One is always very fuzzy and the letters are too close together. For a while I didn't notice that some of the letters were capitalized and that they had to be exactly like they appeared. What I don't like most is the sentence "Please prove you're not a robot".

susan s. said...

I use safari.

Nij said...

Many thanks from me, that is soooo annoying! I've often wondered if it is just me, now I know there is another sufferer.......
nij

Grandmère Mimi said...

Nij, which browser do you use?

Fran said...

I use Firefox and that does happen to me on blogger.com blogs sometimes. It is sooooo annoying, especially when I know I have done it correctly!

It is not as easy to set up, but I am very happy with wordpress as a platform overall. It is a huge pain to switch, but I did it.

PS - it JUST did it to me now, re-trying!

PPS - and again

PPSS - and yet AGAIN

motheramelia said...

I use Safari also and don't usually have problem. Except just now.

IT said...

Chrome, here

1st try

Grandmère Mimi said...

PITA, all right. I suspected that the problem did not extend to WordPress. Ah, Fran, change and me don't go together, but I'll think about WordPress.

Amelia, we may never know where the fault lies.

IT, I tried Chrome and had a disaster, so I switched back to Firefox.

Fran said...

Mimi, changing to Wordpress is not for the faint of heart. It may not be worth it for you.

I guess it is just what you said... PITA!

Let's see how long this comment takes to post!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Fran, when it comes to technology, I am fainthearted.

it's margaret said...

Huh --this is the first time in a very long time I've had two words for wv....

While Joel was struggling with cataracts, he used the visually impaired version --but I don't see that option, perhaps because I don't have it turned on in my browser... but, perhaps something like that would either simplify or enlarge....

Cathy said...

I use Firefox and mostly only get the problem if it has taken a while to put the comment down. I think if I take too long it secretly changes the word. Or something like that, anyway. It is very annoying.

Nij said...

I use Chrome, Mimi. It is really frustrating when u have written a longer post or are in a hurry, GRRR!
nij

JCF said...

They JUST went to two-word verifications. AND hard to read.

Not happy.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Nij, I guess it's neither Firefox nor Chrome that is responsible.

JCF, I haven't run into two words yet, but I suppose I will.

I remember the days before we needed WV, before the spammers were so aggressive.

wdg_pgh said...

Many people have reported this problem in several threads on the Blogger Help Forum. There has been no response that I can see from anyone at Google.

Paul (A.) said...

Those of us in the New York area enjoyed Frank Lesser's New York Times column this past Sunday on word verification (Times registration may be required to view).

Erika Baker said...

Happens with Firefox and IE for me.
Some days are worse than others.

Grandmère Mimi said...

wdg_pgh, I find that the Blogger help forums rarely...um...help.

Paul (A.), too funny. The squiggly WV letters are a real challenge, and who doesn't want a real challenge early in the morning or late at night?

Erika, thanks. We're not yet near a solution, but at least we had an opportunity to vent.

whiteycat said...

I use Safari and I have encountered this problem more frequently in recent weeks. Very annoying!

Jim said...

I have turned off the verification (in your Settings) and not particularly missed it. For the few readers I have and the fewer comments, I want to be as hospitable as possible.

I do have the 14 days rule enforced so that all comments on posts older than that hit the "moderation" window, but as almost all of the comments on older posts are ads for "male enhancements" and the like that is not a problem, I just kill them.

FWIW
jimB

Grandmère Mimi said...

I think we can rule out the browsers as the culprits.

Jim, I've thought of turning off WV to see what happens. Perhaps the scene has changed over the years, and spamming would be more limited. I also like your idea of moderation for comments on old posts, although I still receive on-topic comments to posts that are years old. In those cases, I'd simply moderate them through and make the appropriate response.

JCF said...

I have turned off the verification (in your Settings) and not particularly missed it.

Oh damn, for a second I thought you meant the Blogger *commenter* could turn this off, and not just the Blog host!

Grandmère Mimi said...

JCF, I'm still thinking. I haven't quite decided yet.

Counterlight said...

I sometimes wonder what the security value of these little codes really is. It seems to me more of a vision test (I sometimes have to put on my reading glasses to get these) than a pass to the Magic Kingdom. What are we trying to keep out? Near sighted trolls or spammers?

Grandmère Mimi said...

There's only one way to find out...turn off the function and see what happens. I'm not there yet.

Cathy said...

PS, one of the word verifications Blogger demanded today involved upside-down numbers. How I'm supposed to put those in I do not know :(

Grandmère Mimi said...

The sprites are really out of hand now, Cathy. Somebody do something!

Cathy said...

Where's that Mimo when you need her? ...

wv - "nalyner salvation"! You're right Mimi, they're out of control!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Where, oh where is my evil twin, when I need her? Mimo! Mimo! Bueller! Bueller!

susankay said...

It's actually catching! I didn't have this problem OR the double word thing until I read this post

Grandmère Mimi said...

susankay, I'm so sorry. I did not know my blog was a carrier of the glitch.