Friday, August 18, 2006

Word Verifications

Ok, I use them too, for commentary on my blog, to help keep from getting messages like this one...

I saw your posting and thought I would share the (job opportunity, penile enlargement system, prescription drug program, etc) that I found with you at www.stuffyoudon'

I find, however that half the time when I go to enter the letters shown to me I do so incorrectly. The l is leaning on the c and it could be a b or I get them jumbled in my head. How does this work to keep spammers at bay? Are spammers just twice as dumb as I am? I don't get it right half the time, so they don't ever get it right?

I wonder about this a lot.


  1. I mess them up almost half the time myself. Sometimes when I slow down and get it exact (or so I think) its still wrong. Who knows. Its definitely a PIA, but I think its worth it. And I've had some pretty hilarious words spelled out in verification before, btw. :)

  2. Actually it's not designed to test humans, it supposed to prevent automated spamming by scripts which can parse text but can't decipher images.

    But I too confess to being unable to read the floating letters by times. It's as if I'm "in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies" surrounded by "Cellophane flowers of yellow and green Towering over your head"

    -- with apologies to Lennon & McCartney.

  3. Oh ok, thank God it isn't just me that types those in wrong most of the time.

  4. Anonymous10:32 PM

    You guys do not get it do you, word verification is designed to work that way, it prevents spaming.

  5. Rocky, I guess they will have to develop other testing methods to keep YOU out, like maybe a literacy test.

  6. I think you should go to Church this Sunday and Join the Right Wingers in a few prayers may do you some good PTL

  7. LT I will catch you later gotta run heading up to Deception Pass today, I will be posting some movies and pic's later on so I am giving you an official invite to come over and view them once posted.

  8. Whew! I thought I was the only one who had any trouble reading the letters...

    They do make funny "words" sometimes. But not tonight. :(