This is a request to bloggers in general, but specifically for those of you on Blogspot.
Get rid of word verification!
I guess it makes you feel safer, maybe a little less bothered by spam.
I wonder if it bothers you that you get less comments?
It certainly bothers me that I leave less comments, that you make it more difficult for me to leave comments.
I always found it a pain after crafting my comment (actually before I even leave my comment it’s such a pain to have to go to a new page… But that’s your blogging platform of choice… Your choice), that either I mistype the word verification or it times out.
Instead of me leaving a comment and walking away with a smile, I grunt, die a little inside and have another go. All being well I haven’t flicked to another page and forgotten the unposted comment.
The thing is these days I do 80%+ of my reading via my iPhone. Once again, this is a bit drawn out.
- Read in feedreader & decide to comment.
- Open post page itself
- Open comments page
- Make comment
- Choose profile
- Enter word verification
- Pray everything goes to plan
It is incredibly painful!
I have been commenting on some blogs lately that at 1st glance have a comment friendly page.
- The comments section is on the post page – great!
- It is going to ask for my profile ID rather than make me fill in 3 fields of details – awesome!
I comment, hit Post and…
30 seconds later when the page comes back my comment failed…
I hit Post again and…
Word Verification… F’n stupid word verification!
At this point it’s 50/50 whether I leave the comment or not. I have gone to the trouble to get to the page, write the comment and wait to discover my comment hasn’t gone through.
But now the element of frustration is as high as the desire to comment.
God forbid if your blog is the 2nd or 3rd blog in a row with this system. As soon as I see it, I close the page and go looking for a comment friendly blog instead.
If you are an awesome blogger that’s getting 10′s or 100′s of comments a day mixed in with hundreds of spam, then I guess I can’t blame you for having an extra level of frustration built into your commenting system.
If your not that awesome (I sure as hell aren’t) then make it easy, or at least easier.
Your spam filter will automatically catch most of it. I’m not sure about your blog but I know I haven’t seen the 3,000 odd spam comments that have been blocked from here. I have only seen a fraction because most just get shafted automatically.
I guess the question for you as the blogger is:
What’s more important:
- Screwing everyone to ensure that you never have to deal with any spam, while screwing and discouraging your real readers, or
- Making life easier for the already timid commenters and dealing with the 10 spam per week that get through and require you to press that “Delete Spam” button.
I’ll leave it to you, but just for the record, if I, someone that loves to read AND comment, is discouraged from leaving comments, how is anyone else going to feel?
Gnomer and Out!
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