The wonderful Small Town Shelly Brown has dubbed this Captcha Craptcha Day. And who am I too argue with Shelly about matters such as this? As part of the blogfest all of the participants were asked to write something related to the subject.
Undoubtedly, all of you are familiar with Captcha even if you don’t know its name. This is the bit of software that asks you to identify a couple of words, or words and numbers, before you can participate on a website. The words are squiggly and the numbers a bit blurry (at least, they are to me) in order to confuse automated systems. But the problem is that they can confuse us non-automated systems as well. Unless you have a doctorate in squiggle text it can be difficult to decipher the code words.
If you have a blog you may want to change the settings so that readers can add comments without the added stress of battling with blog security. To do this, go into your SETTINGS and on the bottom of the left side bar you will see several choices. The second choice is POSTS
COMMENTS. Select that. Towards the bottom of that page will be an option for SHOW
WORD VERIFICATION. Make sure that says
“NO” and you will have turned off the Captcha feature for your blog.
That’s it. You have joined the revolution and freed your readers from the cyber restraints that are Captcha. Give yourself a revolutionary medal for your actions on the virtual battlefield today. And most importantly – spread the word: Captcha Craptcha.
Next week Writing Prod Monday will return with a brand new batch of crazy ideas generated straight from the creative morass that is my mind.