Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Blog Commenting

Honestly. Is it just me that has noticed that the cryptic codes one must enter when adding a blog comment are getting harder and harder to comprehend? I mean really, did I suddenly pass my verification owls (that’s Harry Potterese for test) and have graduated to the harder verification set?
I sometimes sit there and have to enter up to three times because I can’t make out exactly what letters they are displaying at me. Seriously, why do they even have to be tough to read? Aren’t they just a pictorial representation of text designed to screen out automatic computer comment generators? Are they suggesting that computers are reading and understanding the easy-to-read ones?

Are bloggers challenging their readers now with harder and harder validation screening like you have to be WORTHY to comment or something? Maybe that’s it; photo caption contests are so yesterday…now its comment validation!

I like the ones that give you a mathematical equation to solve. It helps keep me fresh with my grade school math skills. You never know when a calculator might not be available folks!

I’m a little bit nervous that those might increase in difficulty. I really don’t want to have to do any Trigonometry or Calculus. I mean, I had to use spell check just to get those two words correct in the first place. You can forget about me commenting when I have to solve the following story problem just to be able to post a comment to your blog:

A rope over the top of a fence has the same length on each side and weighs one-third of a pound per foot. On one end hangs a monkey holding a banana, and on the other end a weight equal to the weight of the monkey. The banana weighs 2 ounces per inch. The length of the rope in feet is the same as the age of the monkey, and the weight of the monkey in ounces is as much as the age of the monkey's mother. The combined ages of the monkey and its mother are 30 years. One-half the weight of the monkey plus the weight of the banana is one-fourth the sum of the weights of the rope and the weight. The monkey's mother is one-half as old as the monkey will be when it is three times as old as its mother was when she was one-half as old as the monkey will be when it is as old as its mother will be when she is four times as old as the monkey was when it was twice as old as its mother was when she was one-third as old as the monkey was when it was as old as its mother was when she was three times as old as the monkey was when it was one-fourth as old as it is now. How long is the banana?

Sorry buddy, you lost me at rope! I don’t care how long the banana is! I’ll either eat it or slip on it's peel, thank you. Sheez!

Now those that don’t allow you to post a comment until it’s been ‘approved’; I can understand why you do this but it still makes me feel like I’m giving a note from my Mom to the teacher and that I’m being evaluated as to my worthiness in being allowed to comment on said blog post. I’m not worthy… I’m not worthy…

Those of you that use typepad….stop it! Please! I don’t know what it is with Typepad, but it takes me a year to go through the commenting and validation. Believe me; I’m working for you when I comment! Working overtime! But you’re worth it. Although Blogger isn't much better as it wipes out my comment for the 18th damn time (right Teri?)!

I thought it would be fun to make people type what I call “cringing fulfillment”. What I mean by that is that if you have to type in:

Scientology is the only truth
Bush is a true leader
The Dali Llama is provoking China
I love the Burger King guy
Cockroaches are edible

Ok, that’s a lot of commenting about commenting and I hate being redundant. VE out…

52 comments:

Sunshine said...

I took comment verification down a long time ago. My dyslexic brother in law could never get those things, so he revolted.

Even so, I rarely get spammers and when I do get a spam comment, I just delete it.

But, yes, sometimes it looks like cuneiform and I can't figure out what the hell the letters are. And I get pissy. And I may even say something mean to somebody. So, comment verification isn't worth the MADNESS!!!

G-Man said...

My sentiments exactically!!!

This is the post I've been meaning to write... Great Job!!

G

Bonnie said...

I took my verification down to. I usually read everyone's blogs late at night. It is just a challenge to put together a coherent sentence let alone, use my super powers to decifer the damn thing. For the love of all that is holy, please take them off. Just live on the edge and delete any spam you might recieve. I haven't gotten any yet.

Queen Goob said...

Alright...alright...I'm taking it down. Of course mine has only been up for less than a week and only due to spam.

See? We DO listen and we DO care. And to answer your word problem: 0.0 mm….the monkey ate it.

p.s. enjoyed your Potterese.

Jeff said...

They are getting ridiculous. I'm only batting about 500 on my attempts lately.

Smarter spambots have caused Blogger to tighten up their word verification captchas (sp?). The people on the forum are starting to complain about it now so hopefully they will ease up. I may remove mine too and just hope the spam doesn't get too bad. I suppose I can always delete it when it comes in.

VE said...

sunshine - Glad I'm not the only one. I've never had it on but then again, I've only had a couple of spams in almost two years now

g-man - I'll tell everyone you were my ghost writer...

bonnie - You have blogging superpowers? No fair...I want some

queen goob - That's right...the entire blogosphere rests on your shoulders...thanks for taking them down! I'm gonna have Stephen Hawkins grade your story problem answer...Ha ha ha

jeff - Only batting 500? Do like the baseball players...take lots of steroids and gamble. That should help. I'm probably even lower. Spambots? Is that like something that happens if you consume too much SPAM? Either that or I'm envisioning one of those searcher machines in the Matrix...

Bee said...

Scientology is the only truth. Well it is.
My motto is WWTCD What would Tom Cruise do?

It is getting harder and harder. I talked a couple of blog buddies out of their Word Verification things and now I comment 10 times a day! Wait, is that a good thing or did I just admit I don’t have a life?

The answer to that word problem is Professor Plum in the tree house.

Mrs. R said...

I found your blog through Queen Goob, and I'm glad I did. Too funny.

For all the word verification frustration, I had a commenter once whose word verification was "hooka." Think Blogger was trying to tell her something?

ChrisEldin said...

HAHAAH! I thought it was my eyesight getting worse. But you're right! They HAVE been getting harder.

I also took comment verification down. It's a pain in the butt.

Megan said...

I don't mind it all that much but you are right, they are getting longer and twistier. Like the banana as it dries in the sun.

A bit off-topic but my fave so far is the entry to Lakota's blog:

Content Warning
Some readers may find the content of this blog objectionable. In general, Google does not review nor do we endorse the content of this or any blog. For more information about our content policies, please visit the Blogger Terms of Service

It's the first one I've seen like that. You go girl!

cathouse teri said...

Omigod! So true! I hate it. Sometimes I just say, "fuck it."

Love the monkey story, by the way.

doggybloggy said...

I like when they create some sort of onomotopea (bad spelling)

VE said...

Bee - WWTCD...I LOVE it! Now that's funny... Oh, and the story problem...can't I just pick 'C' like I always do with multiple choice?

mrs. r - Welcome. hooka...was that random or intentional? I'd heard somebody somewhere was forcing people to type in profanity as their validation. Funny...

chriseldin - No, it's just your eyesight. I even blame my difficulties on your eyesight...

VE said...

megan - Yeah, well you gotta admit pulling up Lakots'a blog during worktime could be a problem! Ha ha ha

Teri - Me too. Why just yesterday I said fuck it with one of them. Usually I'm patient enough...

doggie - ono what? You are forgetting that I have an Oregon education...the only ono I know is Yoko...

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

Funny you should post this because I just now lost a very lengthy comment at a friend's blog.

I'm going to shoot for two word blog comments now so I won't weep the loss when blogger munches it.

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

I just took down word verification because of Bee and Jean Knee's begging. They're very persuasive. Besides I am comment omnipotent on my blog and can strike down whatever spam may come my way without WV.

Here's my cringe fulfillment:
King Dollar sotres and Wendy's dollar menu have jumped to 1.09. :(

leelee said...

Thats so funny VE..and so true.

I recently added the verification process to my blog because I was getting spammed. Not that it was really such a big deal..but still. I get really Tee'd off though when I have to verify my OWN comment on my OWN blog..I always do a Homer when that happens D'OH! I recall when scary monster had us all write a sentence using the verification letters as the fist letter of each word in the sentence. Very clever indeed.

HUGS!!

Kanrei said...

How long is the banana?

How happy is it to be here?
Is it cold outside?
Flacid?
From the base?

Serena Joy said...

I HATE Word Verification! There are a couple of blogs I'll comment on despite it, but I really don't like it. And comment moderation? Puh-leeze! There are only 2 blogs I'll put up with that for to comment on, and only because I like the people. Keep it simple! Spam is a minor problem, and takes only 2 seconds to delete. I know a few people on Typepad, too, but never comment for the very reason you cited. What a pain! If I ever run into that banana problem, I'll just have to let the monkey figure it out and make the comment.:)

VE said...

elastic - How can a dollar store not be a dollar? How can a dollar menu not be a dollar? What is the world coming to!

leelee - I love scary monsters idea on that; one of my favorite innovative things I've seen...

kan - You seem to have had some banana length discussions before... Sometimes a banana is just a banana (borrowing from Frued here...)

sj - I tried getting a monkey to do all my commenting but he came off as far too intelligent to be me and wasn't fooling anyone so I had to go back to just me.

Sornie said...

I nipped that bitch in the bud a while back after I turned off word verification after I tracked down the asshats who had been spamming me up to 50 times per day. Voila, no twisted, indecipherable letters to use your decoder ring on.

Beth said...

Well, this struck home. I almost posted about it, too. For some reason (my failing eyesight?) I found the Word Verification particularly trying on Monday. (j? i? - g? q?) I spent more time deciphering those damn letters than I did commenting.
Then it went back to its usual (crazy) normal.
And that blog approval thing makes me second guess what I wrote. (Could I be wrong?? Have I offended anyone??)
Great post!

VE said...

sornie - Wow, 50 times per day...that would be irritating

beth - You're right, it did seem much tougher on Monday. Was it a holiday I missed?

justacoolcat said...

I took wordv down too as it was too obnoxious, which coming from me, says a lot.

VE said...

justacoolcat - I'm gonna start demanding kareoke video validation and then I'll post them into a special section of my blog called embarassing commenters...

Marie said...

ITA with the typepad thing. Stop with the typepad!!!!

And the captchas especially bug me b/c the vast majority of people that use them don't need them. I've only ever gotten a grand total of 6 spam messages. And how hard were they to delete? Not hard at all.

Down with captchas!!!!!

Kurt said...

I got rid of captchas a few years ago, and I've gotten maybe two spam comments since then.

VE said...

marie - Agree. I actually used one of my like three ever spams as a source of entertainment in a post...

kurt - My I have approval to reply? Just messin' with ya. You're one of the few that have approvals on...

Maureen said...

I hate the new text craziness! I have to try over and over and over again.... grrr.

I've never had comment verification on. And I think I've only had to delete two comments that were spam.

Of course, you also have to take into account I only have a couple of readers, so..... well, nevermind.

Diesel said...

I like it. It's like a verification koan.

HeyJoe said...

I agree, and in fact have been thinking the same thing recently. You'll be happy to know that I've turned off the verification shit on my blog. Unless I start getting a bunch of spam, then back on it goes!

VE said...

maureen - I guess it doesn't matter having more readers than two; I have a few more now and still don't get spammed. Guess I'm not important or relevant enough to spam!

diesel - Holy hell...a diesel sighting. They set you free from Google to be able to blog? Welcome back...

VE said...

heyjoe - Oh, that's great news to hear. I really think you'd get more comments on your blog but for the delays in doing it with that verification. It'll be interesting to see if your comments go up now...

Lakota said...

thank you and agreed - those things are making me fucking crazy.
i've lost track of the number of comments i just said "fuck it" it on after WV wouldn't accept or blogger ate the comment.

Matt-Man said...

Cringing Fulfillment...Brilliant!! You can add this one:

Rosie O'Donnell makes me hot.

Cheers!!

lime said...

yes, they are getting harder to read. sometimes i am pretty sure they must be in cyrillic or something.

RED MOJO said...

Sing it Sister! I hate the word verification. I can never tell the u's from the v's...

If it's after noon on a day with an "r" in it, the banana is twice the length of one third of the monkey's capacity for happiness to see me.

sprinkle4 said...

Okay...THANK YOU for pointing this out. I was (seriously) going to have my eyes checked because I thought my vision was getting bad (worse)! I was having to call my 14 year old in to help decipher the stupid things.

And the ones for which you have to await approval before they are posted? They make me feel like I'm waiting in the principal's office at school. I'm 40 years old! What could I possibly have to say in a comment that's going to have you so emotionally wrecked you can't just delete the darn thing if you don't like it?? It's almost like those people have a God complex: "You will say only what I want you to say when I want you to say it." Puhleazzzzze...

Sorry for the rant. Thank you for the post:)

VE said...

lakota - Yep, I've given up on a few and I'm pretty damn persistant

matt-man - Oh, man, that's a great cringing fulfillment! Leave it to you to add a great one

lime - Now cryillic wasn't the 'word of the day' was it? I mean...I use it in every day conversation...why wouldn't everyone...ha ha ha

red mojo - I'm singing (ok, not really). I like your answer to the math problem though.

sprinkle4 - That's exactly how I feel! Too bad your eyes are going though...ha ha (just messin' with ya)

damon said...

The riddle is an impossibility. It is a trick question which no one can answer. Because Chevy didn't make a 357 with a 4 barrel carb in '68. The 357 wasn't available in the Bel-Aire until '72. But in'72, the correct ignition timing would have been 3 degrees before top dead center, which in no way alludes to the length of you and your banana.

VE said...

damon - Good one my cousin Vinny...
(nice try Damon but you gotta get up WAY earlier in the morning to stump me with Vinny quotes ha ha ha)

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

I hate the word verification thingy! I put it on my blog only because i got a few spam comments and feel responsible if someone clicks on the security alert spam link. How else do you protect against those? Damn spammers/virus spreaders. They should be fed to the lions.

Mr Farty said...

All that talk about bananas has made me hungry.

If I find the WV too hard, I just click Preview a few times till I get an easy one. Too obvious?

Eb the Celeb said...

OMG... that word verification crap is the worst...

what exactly is the point anyway... does it really stop spam... hells no!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Me, too! I hate the Typepad verification thingie! It takes approximately 16 years to load onto my computer.

And I have to approve all comments to make sure that someone I might know personally hasn't given away my true identity and/or location in their comment. It's tough, being in the Blogger Protection Program...

Jacki said...

I'm with you.....those word verification things suck! If it takes me more than once or twice I just give up. And I was offended one time when commenting on one blog and the captcha was literally BIG FU. I am not joking, blogger was cursing me.

VE said...

arizona - I've only gotten a couple and I think I made fun of them in a post anyway

mr. farty - That is too obvious and you should be ashamed of yourself for not making it much more complex and infuriating

eb - The point is obviously to make us all suffer...

suburban - Now I'm gonna have to track you down...just for my amusement. But if I find out you created Typepad....

jacki - BIG FU...ha ha ha. Mine always come up OICURGR8...yeah...right

Kelley said...

But you didn't mention the bastards that only let you comment if you have a freaking google /blogger identity.

That does my head in. And I never visit again.

So here lies the lesson. Want to get rid of me? I just told you how.

VE said...

kelley - You know I couldn't get rid of you. You're so "fun"! ha ha ha (and I like the abuse)

colbymarshall said...

No, it's not a j...it's an i masquerading as a j or the other way around. But whatever it is, it's sneaky!!!

VE said...

colbymarshall - And I hate letters that try and be sneaky...

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