I think we can all agree that spam (of the unsolicited solicitation variety) sucks. We’ve got email inboxes full of it, and we have probably all received a spammy blog comment or two before. We’re probably on the same page regarding the nuisance: “No, I don’t want any cut-rate viagra, and I’m actually all stocked up on Nigerian real estate, Your Royal Highness, but thank you so much for your kind offer!”
What we might not be on the same page about, however, is keeping the spam away. What’s the difference between you and me in this regard, you ask? Well, you [might] have one of those horribly obnoxious CAPCHA boxes that I have to fill out before leaving a comment, and I don’t.
Do I sound sufficiently dramatic yet? Do you want to know why I’m so annoyed? Well, I love to read your blogs. When you leave a comment, I’ll often head over to check out your little bit of interwebs real estate. I frequently find something thought-provoking, fun, adorable, or otherwise awesome. I might even have something to say about it! However, I don’t want to spend unnecessary time in the middle of a busy day spilling my thoughts, so when I try to leave my comment, press ‘submit’ and then get asked to prove my reading abilities, I get peeved. I get especially up-in-arms when your spam filter then has the audacity to tell me I can’t read and to please try again.
“…but it’s the only way to keep people from spamming me!!!”
NOT TRUE! Blogger has a pretty solid spam filtering system, and even when it misses the guy in Thailand trying to sell your readers really cheap [insert anything loosely-related here], they’re usually few and far-between. In the past 30 days, I have received exactly zero spam comments. In the two years I’ve been blogging? Eh – maybe 12? If you use WordPress, then Akismet will take care of those pesky spammers for you without shelling out your hard-earned dollars or putting your readers through a vision test anytime they want to share their thoughts. Those are my solutions. Now don’t make me squint anymore!!!
What are your thoughts on the topic? Have I offended the bloggers with a CAPCHA? Do you agree with my fury? Are you going to go straightaway to deactivate your spam-filter CAPCHA? Yell at me in the comments!!!