Wednesday, January 31, 2007

(comments) Word verification

Does this happen to anyone else?

This morning I was leaving a comment and came to the word verification box and carefully typed in the letters I saw only to be denied and had to type new letters and as punishment a longer string of them. This is not the first or second time either. Okay, it's possible to occasionaly get it wrong, but there are times I'm certain I typed in the correct letters and I'm told to do it again.

Sometimes getting comments posted is like winning the lottery.

And why do they call it word verification? There is no word that I ever saw, though sometimes I think I see some Polish ones.


This Post was written by Neil from At My Table


11 comments:

Sam said...

this often happens to me and not just on blogger,
i am sure i make typos all over the shot and sometimes i clearly cant work out the difference beween a u and v or a j and an i etc

Liz D. said...

Happens to me too. In Yahoo I often spend way longer than I should have to sending email because I can't always tell the difference between upper and lower case.

Alicat said...

that is why I love having haloscan on my page. :)

Squishy said...

It has happened to me on a number of occassions and I usually just have a go at the computer screen. Then I realise it can't hear me and type the letters again.

Julie said...

Always! Although I usually notice that the string of letters get easier, not harder.

Is it my eyes? Is it the accuracy of my typing? I have no idea, but I almost always have to enter the verification string at least twice, sometimes three times.

cybele said...

I have a lot of trouble with them too. It took me three tries to vote in the Webbies.

There are definitely skew issues. I can't tell Gs & Qs apart most of the time and if there's an I & a J next to each other I might think there are three.

kiplog said...

Me too, maybe it's a timing issue?

If it takes awhilt to type a comment, I always seem to have to retype.

Maybe this time...

McAuliflower said...

"And why do they call it word verification?" It isn't. More commonly this is known as a captch-ka / captchka / captchca.

Make sure you don't have your caps-lock key pressed.

If all else fails use a disability over-ride (for sight impaired users)

Mimi said...

I used to think I just made a lot of errors, but then I did some experimenting and noticed it happened a lot when I was using a beta Blogger site. Now that I am in the new blogger, it does not happen.

Punishment — I had to laugh at that — it's what it has seemed like!

neil said...

Thanks everyone, there is some solace in not being alone. I'm not the world's fastest typist, so there is plenty of time to check and I'm positive that on most occasions it's typed in exactly, but like cybele says there can be an issue with merged letters. I'll look into alicat's haloscan suggestion. I think mcauliflower that it would be better known as gotch-you/gotch-ya/gotcha,lol.

McAuliflower said...

;)
I agree- I always worry when the letters make sense!