Sweet, Sweet Captcha

Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Personal | 1 comment

I think the absolute worst Captcha system I’ve been blessed to use is the one provided by Blogspot. Now don’t get me wrong, no one is blaming bloggers. Blogspot users have no control over what Captcha they can use (last I checked).

You might be able to get away without any spam control for a while, but eventually it’ll happen: your URL will pop up wherever spammers share this stuff, and it’ll be on. Blogspot accounts are easy targets as well (last I checked).

That being said, I can tolerate a certain amount of spam in order to bring a Captcha-free website to my readers. However, it’s time to rethink when I start to overlook legit emails due to all the pitches for buying shoes and purses.

This has begun to happen again, so I recently went through and added Captcha to most of my email forms. The whole process was a little disheartening.

On the plus side, since switching to Geico, er, Disqus my comments section has been almost one-hundred percent free of posts that look like someone fell asleep in the middle of spamming the interwebs. You’ve seen it; I’m sure you have. So only the contact forms were victimized.

They’re easy ones, so they shouldn’t cause problems for anyone. The downfall being, spammers have been finding ways around those too. Probably why Blogspot upped their game a bit.

I tried out the math Captcha but let’s be real: that one just makes people angry. It’s not that the math problems are difficult. It’s just the fact math elicits rage in some people. Like me.

Then I visited a blog tonight with a Captcha system I’d never seen before. It was so different, I had to go to the creator’s website and check it out.

It’s called Sweet Captcha, and you have to follow a very simple picture puzzle. You can see it in action here.

Okay, so maybe I’m easily amused, but that’s so much less vile than tainting your blog with math symbols.

That being said, I’m using the Captcha that was designed for my particular contact form system, so I think I’ll leave them as it is. Well, for as long as I stop receiving emails which insist I need Viagra. I don’t. (Last I checked.)

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  • Debra Dunbar

    I’ve been trying to avoid captchas since they annoy me beyond belief. I can never seem to read the stupid letters accurately. One blog I was trying to comment on rejected me three times. I finally just gave up and went away.
    I’m self-hosted wordpress, so I’m trying other means to snag the spam right now. I’ll hold off as long as I can!