I've updated my thoughts on this post.
Edited and Updated....
I've heard back from a couple of you that have had problems with spam once turning off word verification. I am really sorry that has happened to you!
So how about this? Can we place the word verification box directly under the comment box so that it can be filled out at the same time as the comments?
I think the frustration with word verification comes when the comment is entered and you think you've left a comment only to find that you now have to leave a verification word - sometimes you've already moved on before you realize this and your comment is not saved- all that comment love doesn't show up. :(
That being said- I totally understand that this whole word verification thing is there to prevent spam so have a go without it- see what you think, but if you get spam, then by all means, turn it back on! :)
OK friends. I would like to make a suggestion.
We all blog to share ideas, inspiration, good news and creativity. And we all want to make connections- so wouldn't it be great if it was super easy to leave a comment?
Might I suggest we do away with word verification? Or at the least, make it so that you can type the word in at the same time you comment.
Come this way- you'll see- it's super easy.
Take a look at your comments settings in Blogger.
Now, scroll down to the section entitled Show Word Verification.
Now, change your settings to NO on word verification and everyone will be able to leave you comments much more easily. Then go down to the bottom of the page and click SAVE.
Try it out and let me know what you think. And if you don't like it, you can always change it back, easy as pie.
Oh and while you are tweaking things, perhaps you might like to check to make sure you aren't a no-reply blogger as well. If you are, I bet you have no idea! You can find out how to check if you are, click here.