Saturday, December 29, 2012

Enough is enough!

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They began arriving in my Inbox as a trickle, blog comments written by “Anonymous” pretending to commend me on my “remarkable” blog, agreeing with my “views expressed”, even asking me for advice on how to achieve such a superior blog.

But over the last week the volume of these irritating “Anonymous” emails has swelled to a torrent, in their pathetic broken English. I know they are not from genuine blog readers because they always end up by inviting me to click on a link and visit a website on erectile dysfunction, weight loss, share trading or such.

Enough is enough!

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I’m sure any fellow-bloggers are familiar with having to moderate this rubbish, especially those who have, like me, unticked “word verification”.

I’ve been a staunch advocate for getting rid of “word verification”, the bane of genuine blog commenters, with its almost indecipherable scrawl that we are expected to spend 10 minutes translating into letters and numbers before Blogger will kindly allow us to send our feedback.

Many is the blogger I’ve advised to turn off word verification and just moderate their readers’ comments.

Well folks, I’m eating my words now. EatmyWordsI admit it - “word verification” is useful.

I’ve turned on “word verification” again for this blog. My sincere apologies if deciphering those silly jumbled letters defeats you when you want to leave me a comment, but there is another way - Just click on the words “email me” below my profile photo and you can send your comment directly to me.

I know I ought to take this small irritation in my stride, but right now my tolerance for such things is rather lower than it ought to be. Please forgive me. Life is too short even to sit here hitting that Delete button Steaming mad

Red rose  Di

Just added -

Apologies for my dummy-spit, dear readers. I’ve calmed down now (that rant did me a power of good Smile) and have taken Lynne’s excellent advice. I’ve simply excluded “Anonymous” comments and have turned word verification off again.

Ahhhhh, the coast is clear now, if you’d like to leave comments on any of my posts. Here’s to a less stressful New Year. Red heart


  1. There is another way - don't allow anonymous comments on your blog.

    I'm sorry it has become irritating for you. Hope you're feeling better soon.

  2. Hi Di,
    The word verification is a form of having us, the user of it, to do a great, job. All the literary work that is now available as a free book, such as classic books, are possible because of word verification.When a book is copied and the words are not clear, it goes to word verification, and they are decipher, than they are put back with the original work and eventually, we can download the whole book, paper and so on. So, next time, just think about it as a service to humanity. Hope this help. Happy 2013

  3. I have just done what Lynne has suggested after having the same annoying problem. Hope it helps!
    Happy new year to you and I hope this,one will be better for you than the last one.
    Regards. Chris

  4. Bless your heart - that is so frustrating! Except for when a blog is participating in a blog hop, I really don't mind figuring out the words and numbers! I have not had any spam on my blog, but if I do I'll have to figure out how to do the word verification! Besides, if what I have to say to you is that important, I'll figure out how to get it posted!

  5. Sometimes we just gotta' vent. :) I'm so glad turning off anonymous worked for you! blessings, marlene

  6. I'm so glad you wrote this post! I have been plaqued by those crazy comments lately, too. It makes me feel like someone is having the upper hand on my blog and that is just irritating! I was considering turning the word verification back on, but thanks to your reader's suggestion, I will just turn off anonymous comments instead. Thank you.

  7. I don't allow Anonymous readers either and only get a few of those weird comments occasionally. Apparently there are people who are hired to enter the robot words so spammers can still send their annoying comments.


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