If you think this post only applies to Blogger Bloggers, scroll down to the "No-Reply" section if you frequently comment on Blogger posts using your Blogger profile.
Blogger Word Verification/Captcha
There's been so much stink on Twitter lately about the new Blogger Word Verification or Captcha that when I mentioned possibly writing a post about it I received a resounding "DO IT!" Bottom line is it's incredibly difficult to read and many bloggers have become so discouraged that they've stopped commenting on blogs that use verification. This is a bit drastic, I think, but there have been several times when it's taken me at least five times (yes counting) to get the captcha correct.
Blogger has decided that its Word Verification is not quite tough enough so they've added a second bit--these numbers. And I admit that I was so caught up in trying to find hard to read captchas that I didn't focus as much on the numerals but these are much clearer than many out there.
So two things.
First, you may find that you don't really need captcha. Sure occasionally I get a bit of spam (occasionally equals a few times a month), but instead of using captcha I approve comments on posts older than 14 days as spammers seem to target the older posts. And lets be honest--if you have captcha and comment approval you probably are just causing yourself unnecessary work.
Second, you may not even realize that you have word verification on. When Blogger switched to the new version, captcha became default. To check your blog to see if you have Word Verification, go to SETTINGS and then to POSTS AND COMMENTS and scroll down to "SHOW WORD VERIFICATION."
And now for the No-Reply part.
How to NOT be a No-Reply Comment Blogger.
[note: Janssen has a great tutorial with step by step on no-reply comments]
So, you know that I'm no longer responding to comments via the comment form on the blog. Let me tell you this has been tough as every instinct is for me to get on and respond. So far the responding by email has been great EXCEPT for the No-Reply comments. When I get an email notifying me of your comment, I can hit reply and either send you a quick email (which is awesome) or it shows that you are a "firstname.lastname@example.org" (which is not awesome).
If you comment using a Blogger profile (even if you don't use Blogger for your blog), please consider adding your email address to your profile. On the screen below you can see where to enter in your email address. This does not need to be the same email address that you use to sign in and it does not actually show your email address in your Blogger Profile--it is just a hyperlink.
And don't worry--only the person you are leaving a comment for will be able to see your email address--even if someone else is subscribed to comments and they receive an email of your comment, it won't publish your address. Nifty, huh?
Of course I don't want to tell you how to blog but I did want you to be aware that you can control these settings as many people don't know. I hope you find something helpful here.