When Blogger introduced word verification to fight spam in August 2005, there was a mad rush to enable it and get ‘protected’. I am not saying it doesn’t work. I am saying it works a little too well and prevents genuine bloggers from commenting.
My usual issue with Word Verification is when it tells me to type in a set of letters and I do exactly as it asks and click submit, it comes right back and asks me to do it again! Goddamnit !@#$%^&*! When you try 5 times to post a simple comment, you kinda lose the enthu to post that comment.
And whats with the looong letter sets anyway? Stuff like this..
I like WordPress’ system better (It is the same as Haloscan). It makes the user responsible for his/her comment by making the email address field compulsory and also noting the IP address of the commenter (thats right, i know where you guys are :D). Also in the fight is Akismet, a system which uses multiple (more than a dozen) factors to decide the ‘spamminess’ of a comment.
Akismet is far from perfect (It caught 5 ‘spam’ comments for me till date and all of them were genuine :D). But hey, its a step towards more intelligent spam fighting systems.
Why cant Blogger just go the WordPress way instead of that stupid Word Verification system that doesnt work half the time?