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Thread: Ugh, "Prove You're Not a Robot"

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    Question Ugh, "Prove You're Not a Robot"

    Maybe I'm the only one (wouldn't be the first time!), but those words and numbers you have to enter on some sites are very frustrating! I understand the reasoning behind it, really I do. However, when I sometimes have to try three times to get the combination of letters and numbers right in order to leave a comment on a wonderful quilting blog, I just get frustrated and leave. All I want to do is leave a comment of encouragement and I end up aggravated! On Blogger, one can set the comments to be moderated so they won't be automatically published. That's what I do and I've only received a couple of spam comments (which blogger puts in the spam file anyway). I love comments and don't want to do anything to make it harder for people to leave them! So, is it just me?
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    My too! I find it very frustrating. I get my husband to stand way back and give his opinion and sometimes both of us can't get it correct. Just call us old robots.

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    Sometimes those gizmos are hard to read, but most of the time you can click a button to get a new set or sometimes even get an audio version. Personally, I don't like moderated blog comments because it often takes days and days for your comment to show up and by the time it does, I've lost interest and moved on.

    If it bothers you so much, why not let the blogger know how you feel? Seems like that'd do a whole lot more good than complaining about it here.
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    Count me in. I have also given up and it seems the more tries you take the more difficult they get to read! I have yet to successfully leave a comment on many blogs that I love to lurk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    If it bothers you so much, why not let the blogger know how you feel? Seems like that'd do a whole lot more good than complaining about it here.
    If you can't leave a comment how can you let the blogger know? I have yet to find a "contact me" link on a blog that gives an alternative way of contacting the blogger. And I have looked.

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    I don't think the person writing the blog has any control over that part. You can make comments moderated or unmoderated but you can't change the capture thing.

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    I emailed the moderator of one site to say I couldn't get it to work and was thoroughly irritated and then discovered,seconds later, that couldn't work because I'd missed out one 'required field'. Oops!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I don't think the person writing the blog has any control over that part. You can make comments moderated or unmoderated but you can't change the capture thing.
    Love your black and white jazzed up quilt! And you can control the word verification under settings in blogger.
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    I thought I was the only one who couldn't read the numbers and letters. I always end up giving up after writing something to a blogger. I bet a lot of bloggers would receive more replies if they didn't have those filters on. I understand why they have them, but it seems that they could make "easier" ones. I click the retry button over and over until I give up too.
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    Yeah, those things are annoying. I wouldn't mind if they were actually readable, but man, they're really bad. If I don't get it on the first try, I just leave. Which is too bad, cuz it seems like bloggers want the comments.
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    If it bothers you so much, why not let the blogger know how you feel? Seems like that'd do a whole lot more good than complaining about it here. [/QUOTE]

    You're probably right, but at least now I know I'm not the only one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan88 View Post
    I emailed the moderator of one site to say I couldn't get it to work and was thoroughly irritated and then discovered,seconds later, that couldn't work because I'd missed out one 'required field'. Oops!
    I just hate it when I experience that "operator error"! ;-)
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    I too really find them bothersome.. I don't have issues with my eyesight, but so many are just too hard to decifer. I rarley leave comments or use sites that have them , because they are frustrating.

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    I admit sometimes they're hard to read. Why don't you just click the audio version and type what the computer reads out loud to you? I've never seen a Captcha without an audio link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I admit sometimes they're hard to read. Why don't you just click the audio version and type what the computer reads out loud to you? I've never seen a Captcha without an audio link.
    Oh my gosh, for the ones I've tried, that's even worse! It sounds like another language!
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    You would think they would KNOW not to put in things that are easily mistaken, like "I" and "1". Stick to easily recognizable letters and numbers.

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    I have the same problem. I just tried to sign up for a quilting newsletter and gave up after 4 tries. The numbers and letters are so scrunched together that you can't really tell what they are. I have signed up for a lot of sites with this requirement, but some of them run everything together so badly that they just make it impossible to decipher their robot codes. It is frustrating.

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    If the picture isn't clear to me I just use the audio, never a problem.

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    I think all site technicians know that the security features are annoying.
    unfortunately, they have become essential to creating a safe environment for site users.
    without them, spammers can easily use software routines to invade sites with lots of fake accounts in just a few minutes. once they have those set up it's a simple matter to flood a site with advertisements or other unwelcome content.

    no solution is going to be perfect for everybody. one thing i'd suggest is enlarging the content of your browser view (zoom in) before going through one of those routines. the larger the view setting the easier it will all be to read and understand.

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    Those unreadable words are the reason I don't bother leaving many comments any more. I feel badly for the bloggers, it's out of their control. But after trying three times to get a readable word, I give up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    no solution is going to be perfect for everybody. one thing i'd suggest is enlarging the content of your browser view (zoom in) before going through one of those routines. the larger the view setting the easier it will all be to read and understand.
    That's a good idea, I'll see if that helps me! Thanks!
    LaDonna
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    NO! I feel the same way. I just end up leaving the site. To bad for them.

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