I’ve been CAPTCHAed

CAPTCHA InsanityI really do not like CAPTCHAs.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve found myself shouting with frustration, whilst peering at blurry images of made-up words that I have to decipher, just so I can leave a comment somewhere or submit a simple form. CAPTCHAs are a Very Annoying Thing.

Despite this, I have just installed a CAPTCHA plugin on this site. Why? Because spambots are significantly more annoying than CAPTCHAs. And the spambots have been very busy in this little corner of the Web.

There’s a magnificent plugin called Akismet that does a fantastic job of catching most of the spam comments that get left, but I still had many hundreds of spam comments being left here every single day. And it was getting worse.

Which is why I’ve succumbed to the dreaded CAPTCHAs. Sorry. I’ve tried to make it as painless as possible – there will be no blurry made up words to decipher. If you wish to leave a comment you will be asked to solve a simple addition or multiplication question. Well, this is a maths site and it has been working well on my main site at MoreThanMaths.com.

Comments are, as always, very welcome. And I’m sorry that I’m making you jump through an extra hoop in order to leave them. If you have strong opinions, or suggestions for a better solution, please leave a comment (yes, yes, I know) or contact me via email. I’ll be very happy to hear from you.  

Photo: CAPTCHA Insanity by Jill on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons Licence.

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