Testing out Comment Captcha

I really need some extra help filtering out comment spam on some of my sites.   The 1ShoppingCart blog is particularly bad for Spam receiving floods of it everyday, and while Akismet is a life saver, there is still a ton of crap that gets through and eats into my time when I have to go and delete it.

So I am testing out ReCaptcha.net’s solution here.  I think it looks great, I’ve seen it around more and more lately and most importantly, I’ve never had an issue reading the text it requires you to rewrite.

I also prefer Captcha software that requires you to retype an actual word.  It doesn’t make a difference to a bot whether the image is a word or just a random jumble of characters, but it certainly does to your human visitors.

So, while I run this little experiment, tell me what you think:

  • Do you hate having to retype those squiggly letters?
  • Do you have any idea why these types of images are appearing all over the place in the last couple of years?
  • Do you have a preferred solution that you use?

Anything else?

let me know!

One thought on “Testing out Comment Captcha”

  1. Yes let’s face it spam is apparently here to stay. For the moment anyways.
    Like you I’m pretty grateful for Akismet. For me it gets the majority but you still have to sift through to make sure and delete.
    As for the squiggly letters, I’d rather just type in some numbers or at least a real word. I guess the eyes aren’t what they used to be.

    I’ll be curious as to how this works out for you.

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