We've all been there right? You've just read through a post, oohed and aahed at the the gorgeous WIPs, taken the time to post an appreciative comment, click on the Publish button, and BOOM!, this happens!
Google has made the very helpful, NOT!!, decision to have this option set automatically to "show code." I think it's pretty safe to say that it annoys most readers. I know it annoys the hell out of me, especially when I have a list of blogs I want to go through and have to stop dead every other time to prove over and over again that I'm not a freaking robot!! C'mon, Google!!! Seriously????!
I like to leave comments, I do. I think that in our busy lives, it takes a lot of effort to carve out some time to write a post and share some thoughts with our blog friends. I in turn, like to show my appreciation by leaving a comment, no matter how short (but not random, like the above comment, LOL!). But I have to say that when I'm hit with that freaking code, more often than not, I want to close the window and move on to the next blog, cos let's face it, if I've allotted two hours for blog reading, having to type those damn phrases will almost double the time I have. And let's not even talk about those times when I'm told that "You've entered the wrong code, please try again." Aaaaaaargh!!!!
Ok... rant over.
To see if Google has screwed you over big time by having this option turned on on your blog, go to your SETTINGS on your blogger home page. Click on POSTS and COMMENTS on the left side bar and please make sure that SHOW WORD VERIFICATION option is set to NO.
I know for a fact that a lot of readers don't bother to leave comments once they see that freaking code. I also know that as bloggers, we love comments. So it becomes a lose-lose situation. :( If you're worried about spam, you can choose to set the Comment Moderation to Always, which gives you the power to approve or deny a comment before it gets posted.
Please spread the word around for a CAPTCHA-free blogosphere experience and feel free to link back to this page. :)
So, please, pretty please, with a cherry on top, turn off your word verification. This will make my life a whole heck of a lot easier and to show my deepest, most heartfelt appreciation...