Thanks so much to everyone who answered my question yesterday – what is it with word verification?
Bottom line – this is apparently meant to stop computers from entering spam responses in a web-site, any web-site. Here’s the response that explained it best (thanks Thea):
‘Okay, these things are called captchas. it's to make sure that only humans are responding to you. captcha stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart"’
So far I’ve been lucky – not too many anonymous comments, and only one that was a little snarky, which I just deleted and chose to ignore. There’ve been a few comments that have come from web-sites of businesses (BTW, I read all comments and check the source if it’s not familiar to me) – I assume that these folks are just surfing through blogs and making standard comments to try to get business. Those ones I also ignore, and delete.
So far, for me, monitoring comments has worked – and because I find word verification so annoying, I’ve chosen to leave it turned off on my site. That’s no guarantee that it will continue to work for me, but for now, I’ll just leave it the way it is…………..And happily fill out the word verification on all the sites where I leave a comment, so you all out there know that I really am a human being.
Happy humanness! And by the way