Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Slydes Pet Peeve # 3 - Xflurgimackbiffle


Wow, I just checked my archives, and it’s been a dogs age since I did my last pet peeve post, which is pretty funny since I had INTENDED to make this a regular feature way back when.

Maybe my life has just been so fun and problem-free for me lately that absolutely nothing has gotten under my skin for awhile?

No, that’s definitely not it.

Well, no matter.

Good people of the cyberverse, I come to you today to beseech you all to help me stamp out my current pet peeve:

Word Verifications

If you have ever commented on a story here at Slydesblog (and if you haven’t, then you are a filthy lurker… Shame on you!), you know that all you have to do is to type your witty and insightful comment, click submit, and before you can blink, your post appears under the story for the world (nay, the universe!) to read.

Isn’t that nice and easy?

The problem is, on SOME blogs (not naming names… YET!), the owners want to ensure that I am not an automated robot spamming the blogs of the cyberverse trying to post Viagra ads or links to Gay Gorilla Porn, so before you can post, the owners make you go through an extra step… the dreaded Word Verification.

You know what I’m talking about.

How many times has this happened to you:

You read a story on a blog and you say to yourself, “Self, I have something to say about that! I think I’ll comment on this article!”.

So you type your comment, and then are greeted with a little box filled with letters that looks like something you might find on your computer screen after you fall asleep at 3 A.M., high as a kite while trying to Google pictures of lesbian midgets (hypothetically, of course… I mean who would actually DO that? That’s sick! Not me, that’s for sure! That’s just an example, people! Move on please…)

So before I can leave my comment, I’m forced to type in eqwoiefwohiefwhoifqewjew or else my comment won’t be posted.

So I sit there like a first grader trying to make heads or tails out of each letter.

“Is that a Q or a G?”
“Is that an I or a 1?”
“Is that a W or 2 V’s?”
“ARGGGHHHH!”

So I am forced to hunt and peck out 20 letters, only to hit submit and find out that I must have mistyped something. Apparently that q really WAS a g!

Seriously, people… Are we working in such a high stakes environment here that we NEED this level of security on our blogs? It just serves to make me punch my fist through the screen, and I simply CANNOT afford another new monitor (again).

If it makes you feel any better, you can rest easy in knowing that if you take word verification off of your site, you will NOT be inundated with emails about porn (mmmm, porn). I have never used word verification here, and I have had nary a nefarious post.

So, that’s my pitch, fellow bloggers.

Please, for the love of all that’s good in the cyberworld, say NO to word verification, and help me keep my sanity.

41 comments:

Shania said...

Hey Slyde (what a cool name). Thanks for stopping by my place. I usually respond by email, but of course blogger doesn't capture addresses so I have to hang out in your comments. So to tie it all together, that's my pet peeve - no email addresses.

Cuz said...

OMG, I totally hate that crap.
First of all you can't even read the freakin letters/numbers. So ridiculous!! !_)#@($%&Y^%^$^#

Slyde said...

shania: welcome! yeah, i keep meaning to put my email address up on the masthead somewhere, but i keep forgetting.

anyway, for future reference, my email is apedone AT optonline DOT net

cuz: agreed!

Sunshine said...

Are you talking about me and my lack of RSS feeds...? a date? yes a date , but do not worry I will think of you the whole time I am out with him... not sure what to do about the RSS feeds...sorry...
xoxoxo

Mrs. Hall said...

I prefer to call pet peeves by a different name--pet peas.

It sounds better and then I think of squishy yummy peas and it feels better.

Plus people hear it and they try to correct me. And I feign innocence over the whole thing and continue on my way.

yes, we women are complicated creatures.

:)

Mrs. Hall

Slyde said...

sunshine: somehow, i dont believe you. I'm not sure what you are going to be able to do to make this sordid betrayal up to me..


mrs hall: see, we are quite different. I hate peas with a passion. Actually, i hate almost ALL veggies, except broccoli, asparagus, and calliflower (yes i know i just spelled that wrong..)

Steph said...

I agree. And the time or two that the WVs looked even remotely like something nasty just isn't worth it. I got rid of the damn thing too and I've never been hit with spam. My trolls and stalkers still slip in once in a while though, but screw 'em. that's what "delete comment" is for.

Chris H said...

I totally HATE word verification too... and if it's impossible to read, I just type in a load of crap and then it comes back with a new lot... and they are usually better to read... works for me! Ain't ya glad I don't have word verification? I'm NICE that way! *smiles*

Anndi said...

Are you carrying on with another? I thought we were exclusive???

SMOOCH

You know what tops word verification (it's not even a friggin word... why do they call it that)... when you have to confirm your comment vi a link in an e-mail they send you!

WTF!!!

B.E. Earl said...

This sounds a lot like a post I wrote a year or so ago. I agree.

I hate comment moderation too, but that can be another whole post for you.

Ali said...

I don't even know if there is word verification on my comment thingie - but if there is, I'm going to leave it there just to spite you :)

Because I'm evil like that. And because I have to do it on other people's blogs too.

Plus, I like to bug you, it's fun :)

teeni said...

I've had that happen so many times when I thought I typed it just right but an rn was really an m or two vv's were really a w - it is extremely annoying. Especially if you lose your comment because of it and have to start all over again. Grrr.

Mrs. Hall said...

Well...

If you hate peas THAT much, perhaps you should start going round saying the expression "Pet Peas", that way you can grind your teeth and get all squirrelly.

Really feel the anger and get all irritated.

Go ahead, say you made it up.

I give it to you!

:)

Mrs. Hall

O-I kan't spell eigher.

honeywine said...

YES!!! Finally! Someone said it! I hate that. It doesn't help that I'm old and apparently becoming senile. Although, word verification can yield good baby names for some people; I'm sure little Nergld thanks them. It's right up there with annoying backgrounds and small type! Oh, and good blogs that only allow comments from Google participants...do I want to spend half an hour on dial-up and try to remember another username/password combo just to comment on one blog? Hasn't happened yet! If you do that you're shooting yourself in your blogging toe.

that gypsy girl said...

I'm really screwed on this subject. I have dyslexic fingers, so whatever I think I am typing gets all messed up. I've tried medicating them, but nothing works.
And I don't have the WV, so come comment away!!

Tamara said...

Hmmm... Hadn't actually found it that irritating, but if it means so much to you, I'll remove it from my blog. See how much power and influence you have, Slyde? You can make someone do what you want from halfway across the globe!

sweets said...

roger that captain!!! i actually checked if mine was on... and it wasn't! i'm such a good girl LOL
i so agree with you, i ALWAYS have to do the damn verification twice cause i always misspell something...

:)

Slyde said...

steph: i agree... i think ive had one kinda-spamlike post in all this time..

chrish: no argument from me.. i'll never use it either.

anndi: oh, dont even get me STARTED on comment verification!

earl: who are you kidding? you steal all my good ideas and try to make posts out of them.

Slyde said...

ali: i dont rememeber if you have yours on (i dont think so though). But yes, you ARE evil..

teeni: ah yes, i compltely forgot about the r n being an m... another annoying one!

mrs hall: methinks you have a bit of a pea fetish... why am i finding that hot?

honey: yeah, thats pretty much the reason i moved over to haloscan when i used to have my own username/password database for comments... no one was leaving any!

Slyde said...

gypsy: i'm all over it!

tamara: missy, you just made my day! I didnt realize i had that much power over you!

sweets: thats what i want to hear.... verification haters: Unite!

HappyHourSue said...

Hey- thanks for dropping by! I'm with ya on this "captcha" bullshit. I've never had it on my blog and have never gotten spam. There should be a "captcha-free day" in the blogosphere - we'd all gain about an hour of productivity.

Slyde said...

happyhour: thanks for stopping by! Oh what a happy day that would be! no word ver for 24 hours??? I think i just made a mess in my pants...

Bina said...

I agree. Word Verification's suck big time. They really piss me off.

Real Live Lesbian said...

I took mine off eons ago hoping for some Clown Porn. Didn't work.

Lynette said...

Blessings on you...NO word verification. It's hard enough for me to do because I'm blind as a bat (do you think that's why it's so hard to get my tickets on Ticketmaster?), imagine if I'm knocking back a cold one and trying to comment. Geez.

Slyde said...

bina: see? and THATS why i love ya...

reallive: if you want a hookup on all the latest hot clown porn, let me know...

lynette: i have always admired the talents of drunken bloggers. i dont know how they do it :)

Katie said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. I am enjoying yours!

and no I will not get rid of my "security" word verification. You will have to DEAL WITH IT.

ha! ;)

Paige Stanton said...

Hell yeah! I hate word verification! I make my comment or register for something and then it's like I have to translate Chinese to get any further!

limpy99 said...

I never have and never will use word verification. After all, if not for spammers, how will I find all that luscious gay gorilla porn?

Slyde said...

katie: are we about to have our first fight?

paige: see? we think alike!

limpy: gorrilas really DO know how to get their freak on, dont they?

Ookami Snow said...

Well there used to be a problem with comment spam around these parts, which is why the captcha got started, but I think that it has died down.

lotus07 said...

I used to have it, because of some spam posts that I got, but Earl bitched and moaned about it so much I removed. Hasn't really been a problem since.

Michelle J said...

Slyde i use http://disqus.com/. It may be something to check into just for fun!! It suits me. Does it suit you? Dude, i totally agree though about that pesky word verification. It's ridiculous that it doesn't use "real" words!!!

Michelle

Letty Cruz said...
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Letty Cruz said...

GREAT pet peeve! I hate that shit, and felt yuck when I was moderating my comments due to trollification and people had to deal with that word-verify doodoo.

Updated Mozilla and for some mysterious reason since then I can't open a new account with Yahoo because their word-verify icon/whatever won't load properly; checked all my security settings and everything and still no-go. So yeah, friggin sick of them on many levels.

Slyde said...

ookami: im pretty sure it has as well.. i almost never have heard of any spam.

lotus: yeah, earls good at being a bitch...

michele: your site is the only one ive ever seen that uses disquis. i had never even heard of it b4... it works well enough.. no problems from me.

letty: that sucks! if you checked your cookies and your security level already, im not sure what it could be. Maybe you need to do a full re-install.

Calder said...

Hey!
Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog and for putting up with my Word Verif. I will debate in my feable brain whether or not to elim it.

Sometimes they are interesting. You get a invented spelling word or phrase, sometimes R to X Rated... makes me smile.

Peace!

Sitting in Silence said...

AMEN....it gives me the shits as well....

But how funny are some of the verifications ?...or is it just me with a dirty mind ?

Slyde said...

caldar: thats true... the only fun i ever have gotten from word verification was when i got something close to a dirty word...

sitting: see above.. its NOT just you :)

Mo said...

God, so true. I was attempting to leave a comment on someone's blog this morning, and after refreshing the little captcha thing about seventy-five times in the hopes that it would finally present me with actual letters or numbers, rather than ancient Cyrillic I gave up. Screw it.

Slyde said...

mo: i cant tell you how many times ive done the same thing..