About a year ago, I conducted a little survey to collect people's thoughts on what puts them off leaving comments on blog posts they enjoyed reading. The response to this survey has been truly overwhelming and it seemed that the majority of you are put off leaving comments on posts (hosted on Blogger) when there is the dreaded word verification aka captcha is on. As a result, some of you switched the captcha setting off, some bloggers left it on, but most of all, we all plodded along just fine as, let's face it, it was not the end of the world.
Whilst captcha on blogs 1 year later is still, let’s face it again, not the end of the world, Blogger has been gradually making changes to their interface and has rendered the captchas even more difficult to decipher. Put it bluntly, it has become a right pain in the proverbial to comment on blog posts when the captcha setting is on, whether you comment from your computer or even worse, god forbid, from a mobile phone.
It gets worse.
Blogger has been forcing their new interface on people. Whether we should get used to it right away is a separate issue but bottom line is that their new interface doesn't allow the possibility to turn off the captcha setting. The only way to turn the captcha off is to revert to the old Blogger interface, and deactivate the captcha from there. If the new interface has been forced on you, fear not, there is a still a way to revert to the 'old version' of Blogger but I don't know for how long we will still be able to hang on to this old version. Find the ‘cog’ on the right hand side of the corner of your screen, and select ‘old blogger interface’
In other words, if you have the captcha setting on, your readers might be put off leaving comments on your blog. Time is running out, and if you want to switch the captcha, it's now or never as the old blogger will be totally phased out soon and you won't be able to revert to Old Blogger to switch the annoying thing off.
'What about spammers' will you ask? If you're worried that you might suddenly be assaulted by robots and spammers, you can still do something about it and choose to switch the 'comments on approval setting'. I don't need to bother doing that personally. In my 2 years of blogging, I might only have had 2 proper spam comments, and not even one about Viagra or Justin Bieber.
How do you know you have captcha on? Unless you have a reader who is a bit gobby and cheeky like me and will point it out to you, chances are you will never know and your readers will be too shy and polite to comment on it. Besides they need to type the captcha in the first place, to comment about the captcha. Another means you have is to comment yourself on one of your posts, or ask someone to test if for you.
Time is running out. Remove your captcha and make it easier for your readers to communicate with you. They will be eternally grateful.