My, my – things just keep changing, don’t they?
Of course everyone is discussing the changes to GFC at the end of this month, and the new Linky Followers tool. Which I have, and I really like! I love how it lets me sort my blogs between those I visit daily, and those I like and want to keep track of, but maybe don’t have time to go and visit every day. It will be interesting to see if Blogger-hosted blogs end up losing GFC too – especially with how popular Linky Followers is already becoming. Guess we will see!
Anyway – I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers, if you’re not already. :) I’m trying to re-follow all my favorite blogs who are adding Linky Followers – but to make it easy on me, if you’ve just added Linky Followers too, leave me your link in the comments and I will be glad to drop by and make sure I’m following you that way too!
Now, the real reason for my post today – there’s another recent change that I keep running across on Blogger blogs – the move from single-word verification to the two-word verificaation. Is anyone else having trouble with this since they went to the black-and-white? This spam-prevention step from Blogger, is only aimed at computer-generated spam. If it’s an actual person leaving you unwanted comments, it does nothing to discourage them except make them complete another step. It does, however, discourage real human beings who are trying to comment if they fail the word verification, which is suddenly really hard to read. (I know my eyes are getting old, but I had no problem with the old one-word verification step – it was much more legible.)
Not sure what I am talking about? You probably don’t even know that your blog has this setting enabled, as blog authors can comment on their own blogs without completing the word verification. But it’s this maddening process:
Please prove you’re not a robot. Heh.
Well, maybe I’m not human enough, but I find the smooshy word so much harder to read than the previous word verification process Blogger had. What is that? filmods? fiimods? flimods? I am so irritated with word verification that I have made it my personal mission to show you how to turn it off. Yes, it’s possible to still get some spam comments. Blogger spam filters are pretty good and will catch most of them. And if you happen to get a lot, you can use this same process to turn your word verification back on.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I know I have only ever just had a few spam comments since I’ve been blogging. And if it’s an actual person spamming you, they’ll be able to get past your word verification anyway. You can always enable comment moderation if it makes you feel more comfortable. The above message has both, which is overkill in my opinion.
First of all, if you have recently started blogging, the default setting that Blogger sets you to is that word verification is on. It’s not something you opted to turn on yourself. Turning it off used to be a simple setting in the old Blogger interface, but if you are new, you are probably using the new interface, where enabling or disabling it isn’t an option anymore. So let me show you how to get back to the old interface, where you can access the setting.
First of all, go to your dashboard. Click on the little sprocket-icon-thingy to open up your options. Select Old Blogger Interface.
You’ll be taken to a screen a lot like this. Choose “Settings”.
In the Settings screen, go to the “Comments” section.
Scroll down, nearly to the bottom. You will find the section for “Word Verification”. Set the button to “No”. BE SURE TO CLICK SAVE SETTINGS.
Then, you can switch back to the new interface by clicking “Try the Updated Blogger Interface”.
Simple as that. We all love some comment-love, so make it easy on your readers to leave you comments!
I link up to these great parties!