Saturday, September 09, 2006

Word Verifier Off

I turned Word Verifier off two days ago. Fellow bloggers were getting frustrated with it, and I didn't want to alienate the loyal commenters of S & S. If I didn't care about the thoughts of others, I wouldn't have comments enabled at all. And yes, of course I care about what other people think. I know it's not hip to admit that. Sue me! Get in line.

Yesterday, I didn't get any spam (except for one message I suspect came from a certain jokester), but this morning, I found three new spam messages waiting for me. All of my blog comments get forwarded to my in-box in order that I don't miss messages posted on earlier blog entries. I can deal with three spam messages a day (this is not an invitation to comment on my blog, spammers), but if it gets ridiculous in the way it was before I activated Word Verifier, I'm turning WV back on.

I acknowledge that this is a grouchy post. For the past two weeks, I've felt anything but gleeful. I've had a sore-throat that's not strep, but some wretched little virus that's made talking difficult and singing impossible. If you were to shine a flashlight inside my throat (and for some reason, no one wants to do this), you would see some fascinatingly disgusting-looking sores. You might even be compelled to read Oh, Yuck: The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty, by Joy Masoff. This book is a perennial favorite for summer reading school visits:

There! I knew somehow I could end this post on a cheery note. The codeine is finally kicking in.


Darth Phil said...

Comments wise, I have never had a problem with Haloscan. There's no word verification thingy and anyone can post a comment. If you are worried about spammers and such like you can set up your profile so that you have to accept every comment made. There is a link from my own blog (shameless plug!)

It's really easy to insert the code into your blog template.

However, I would not advise doinig it when you are under the influence of drugs!

Get well soon!

Lone Star Ma said...

I need word verifier - the spam is just blechy. I'm so sorry you feel bad.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Darth Phil: I've been meaning to tell you... the next time you dress up as a gruffalo, I want to see a photo! Thanks for the tips on filtering spam and such. I would go to Haloscan before I'd moderate comments. It's hard to have a conversation/debate when everything must wait for the moderator's approval. I liked one blogger's idea of having a "trusted friends" filter. You get what you pay for, eh?

LSMThanks! I'm doing a lot better, if only because I'm coughing less.