Thursday, 20 June 2013

gripes

Just let me share some gripes...
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OH word verification I abhor thee. 
Those who follow me know this too well. I am now following blogs that have it on and every time I go to enter a comment the blinking word verification pops up and I don't bother. I'm pretty sure I've asked people to turn it off but they've ignored me. It sucks for them that they don't get to read my comments.
 
Now I'm starting to think about unfollowing people because it's so ******* annoying. I don't know what else to do?! I often read blogs on my phone and there's just no way I can read the silly words and often the full words don't even show up on my phone screen!! The time it takes is also annoying.
I do really like Bloglovin' now (though the name still annoys me - add a 'g' people!!) and would recommend it as an alternative. If you have no idea what I'm on about or you are still using google reader head over to this post by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts - she explains really clearly how to make the move!

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36 comments:

  1. I did away with the word verification and use moderation. That way I just delete any spam (I get hardly any).
    Some people have both, I don't see the point of that.
    I'm enjoying your blog using Bloglovin.

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  2. well said, m'dear. hope all is well with youse x

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  3. Some people might have word verification on without realising. I did, until one lovely person pointed it out to me. I hope now that I have it off!

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  4. I'm with you on the word verification. I didn't realise that I had it on until I read one of your posts. Off I toddled to check and low and behold it was on. I promptly turned it OFF! Like you I do some, scrap that, most of my blog reading from my mobile and it makes it near on impossible to comment. Sometimes I point it out to them (especially if it's quite a new blog - they just might not know!) but that means going through the whole rigmarole again to leave another comment arrrrrrggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Glad I got that out of my system :-)

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  5. I WAS JUST THINKING OF YOU AND THIS LAST NIGHT! One of my favorite bloggers, love her work, love her attitude, just generally love her - went to leave comment and Bam Word Verification. GROAN. Now I remember why I only visit and not comment. Lucy, promise me that if my word verification comes back on somehow you will kick me into realizing so I can fix it. Please. We just don't need that crap. You can be notified of comments anyhow, if it is clearly a comment made by a robot then just Delete It!

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  6. totally with you on both the chuffing word verification and the missing 'g'
    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

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  7. While we're griping....Bloglovin' (without the 'g'!!) is SO annoying for people downunder! I receive an email every afternoon- today's at 3.40pm with your "Fun and Games" post from hours before!! Or an Australian one from 24 hours ago!! They need to do it in 'real' time! Especially as us Aussies are ahead in time anyway!!! UGH!!!

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  8. hear hear, hate word verification! Bloglovin' annoys me as they seem to have convinced everyone that you have to beg your followers to follow you on Bloglovin', even though they may chose to use another reader and all your subscriptions are copied over anyway! everyday I spot loads of "please follow me on Bloglovin'" begging posts...

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  9. I have to confess, most things regarding Blogger and Blogs escape me. I haven't worked at getting to learn the mechanics....something I need to do. I am not sure what Bloglovin' is but the name is annoying...I will give you that. And the word verification is completely annoying, but I do understand why folks use it. I have found over the last few months I have some very odd comments advertising some sort of wonderful deal...including mail order brides. Usually these appear on old posts....so I have disabled comments on old, old posts. I don't like to do that either, but I also feel violated when some weirdo posts a comment that has nothing to do with the post. Honestly, I wish Blogger had a way to block specific folks from commenting...that would solve the problem {it is always the same person}. And then again...maybe there is a way to do that and I don't know about it....very possible.

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  10. I am back from what seems like weeks on the road and have time again to comment on blogs. I too give up when I have to do word verification sometimes. I am using feedly for now although I am also on bloglovin but also hate the name. I will have to go and see what you are giving away.

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  11. I'm with you, sista. I tend to read those blogs, get to the comment spot, then just close the window. It's sad b/c I want to chat or interact with the author, but they just make it too hard. All you can do is say something. If they don't change their setup it's their loss.

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  12. I'm with you all the way!!! Di x

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  13. Agreed. Even on the computer sometimes it is impossible to comment - I tried 3x yesterday on one post, and just could not get it right - so weird and irritating!

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  14. I also hate word verification but try to think of it as a combination of an eye test and a typing test ;o) I also hate BloglovinG (emphasis on the G!) I tried it for about fifteen minutes before deleting my account but I love Feedly so am following through that. I think that BloglovinG has done a good job of persuading people that they are the only way to follow blogs. I'm assuming (and hoping!) that if your subscriptions are with them then you can manually add the feed rather than having to have access to a 'Follow this blog with...' button?

    Hope you feel better for your mini rant!

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  15. You're clearly not alone in your feelings Lucy! I'm thinking of trashing the GFC widget too. Don't know why I hang onto it honestly. Maybe I like to see that number? How vain is that!!!

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  16. I didn't even know mine was on until you told me! Hopefully it is now off because I too HATE it! I sometimes have to get my 13 year-old to read out the silly letters to me as my brain refuses to make any sense of them!

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  17. I agree on all of these things! I'm hoping my blog isn't still doing verification...
    (sorry, commented from the wrong account before, don't use it it's works and I'll get in trouble)

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  18. I only ever use my phone to read blogs so I feel your pain - was very grateful when you told me that I had it on. Just downloaded Bloglovin (which is already in my phone's dictionary minus the "g"!), hopefully it will be ok....

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  19. I agree, I'm getting far too friendly with my unsubscribe button these days :P

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  20. I really need to get my bloglovin sorted-thanks for the link

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  21. I agree that it is awful and I have given up on posting comments when I get too many error messages that the stupid words don't match. In their defense, it seems blogger turns it on by default so it might not be people's faults that they have it on.

    Do you know anything about how google friend connect will work without google reader? I don't really know what to do about it. I unfriended all the blogs I follow through it and re-followed them through my new reader (feedly) but now nobody knows I am following them, which is kind of sad.

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  22. I agree with you Lucy, the word verification is very annoying. I've been thinking about removing the google widget too, but was not sure if I should. Thank you for the encouragement.

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  23. I completely agree with all of that. Word verification drives me mad - I'm just so bad at it! And did you ever try listening to it? And I'm happily at Bloglovin' but I'd also prefer a 'g' on it.

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  24. I'm with you about the robot words. I turned mine off yonks ago. I figure I only get the occasional spam comment and it takes less time for me to delete that than it would for someone to figure out what the robot words say.

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  25. You know I hear you on the word verification thing. I have totally thought about unfollowing some people who have it turned on, too. It's just so maddening to type out a thoughtful comment only to have the word verification pop up and fail it twice before giving up altogether. Thumbs down.

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  26. I turned mine word verification long ago - but recently I started getting so many (100's) of fake mail. So I turned it back on for a while. I've turned it off again - and so far no more annoying fake comments. It is rough to send a message on your phone with it on. Sometimes impossible.

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  27. I've gotten better at deciphering the word verification. I don't have any on mine (you can follow me, if you like - lol) but I can understand why people keep it on. Spam around the blogosphere has been ridiculous lately. I don't get as much as some but it even shows up on new posts. I wish, oh i wish, there were a better way to say "hey, I'm not selling anything or in anyway trying to cause trouble" than causing migraines trying to figure out if that's an m or an r/n combo…. Until then, I'll weed the spam by hand and share your aversion to the wretchedness of Word Verif.

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  28. I love your gripes because you say what I feel. :-)

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  29. I don't understand how someone cleverer than I hasn't invented a recognising program. It should say "hello, there's Coral again, we know her, she's a registered follower, no verification needed here."

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  30. Agree. Although I say that smugly having only removed my word verification in the last fortnight because I didn't know it was on. Poor naive baby blogger! But we get there in the end. I'm happy with Bloglovin. It helps people to be lovin my blog :-)

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  31. I don't think I have word verification on my blog....hum.....maybe if someone could leave me a test message and let me know? www.nitadances.com

    And I love the way you just blurt it all out there! I think we'd have a great cup of tea together, lol! (sometimes you can just tell).

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  32. There is ONE blog I regularly comment on that has word verification. AND comment moderation. Overkill, but that's her choice and I love her work too much to avoid telling her so. But if you link up somewhere and I'm being a good linker and making my way around a few to comment, I won't leave a comment if word verification is on. Ain't nobody got time for that! And thanks for the linky love! x

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  33. Hear hear on the word verification, blooming nuisance.
    I spent some time last week on my Bloglovin list and found not all the blogs I follow had been transferred- hopefully sorted now.

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  34. I usually try once with the verification and if it doesn't work I don't leave the comment. Doesn't the GFC still assist with things other than google reader?

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  35. Hate word verification o.O

    Bit of a bugger on the GFC thing though, you know, for those of us who use the readers it still works on ;o)

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