Here I am posting another piece of fluff . . .
I notice that more and more bloggers are using captchas in order to fight comment spam. Captcha is the name for the image of blurred and twisted letters that you must decipher and enter before submitting a comment. They are used because automated programs cannot read the letters (yet!) and if they can’t read the letters they can’t leave comments directing people to adds for drugs and bodily enhancement products.
The problem with captchas is that I can’t read them either. I always think I can read them and then I type the letters and confidently click submit. Most of the time, the program gives me a message telling me I was wrong and that I need to type the letters correctly next time. There are times when I pay extra close attention and am absolutely sure that I read and typed them correctly. I click submit and get the same message telling me to try again with a new set of letters.
I give blogspot.com lots of credit for the design of it’s captcha program. Whenever I incorrectly type in a captcha at blogspot, it gives me a new captcha that is noticeably easier to read. I call it the old guy with bad eyes captcha. It’s kind of comforting that blogspot recognizes me everytime I leave a comment. Now if only I could get blogspot to give me the old guy with bad eyes captcha on the first try, I’d be very impressed.