Tuesday, 10 February 2009


anyone else ever wondered what the h these things do?
just wondering.


Lindsey S. said...

A long time ago I wondered the same thing. This is why:

What this does is to prevent automated systems from adding comments to your blog, since it takes a human being to read the word and pass this step. If you've ever received a comment that looked like an advertisement or a random link to an unrelated site, then you've encountered comment spam. A lot of this is done automatically by software which can't pass the word verification, so enabling this option is a good way to prevent many such unwanted comments.

You can go to your settings under comments, you'll see an option for this and you just have to switch the option to no. But I keep it on so I don't get spam. Hope that helped!

alison said...

i HATE those codes. they put all sorts of nervous pressure on me when i'm trying to leave a friendly comment. (case in point: i failed the word verification test twice when trying to leave this comment)

Holli said...

they have word verification because they don't want robots making comments on blogs. Robots are smart, but they are too logically-minded to decipher the wildly distorted letters and nonsensical words on the verification system. And thank goodness because we ALL know robots and humans cannot peacefully coexist!

Alex said...

I like to think that these are incantations given to me by the god of the internet so I can cast spells on people.
I just tried "cocurlol" on someone in the periodicals and they sneezed.

Anna said...

It's a government employment stimulus plan to provide jobs for non-native English speakers. Put your fingers on the board, spazm the seven letters. And voile!

Or brainwashing??
[my word is "warfies"]

John Holman said...