Saturday, 29 September 2012

Whinge of the week

I don't know if age has anything to do with it but I find myself grumbling much more than I recall in my youth. So I'm going to get it off my chest. Hell, it's my blog...I'm allowed. First of all



If you have word verification on your blog


...and it takes me more than three attempts to decipher what I am convinced is a new style of Hieroglyphics

....then I will give up trying to make a comment on your fabulous posts


...and do something less irritating.
Seriously, I challenge anyone to tell me what the number is supposed to be on the last picture. I hate word verification. HATE IT!! I cannot imagine how difficult it is for someone who doesn't speak English as a first language.

Second and last whinge of the week. My hubby is a big fan of golf and is watching the Ryder cup in the sitting room. I'm really saddened. I get that fans are passionate about their teams. But when I hear the American fans booing and jeering when the European players names are announced then I wonder where the line is drawn between being a passionate fan and a bad mannered little oik. What a stark contrast when you consider the Olympic Games and how the crowds cheered every single Olympian, no matter which country they were from.

Shame =0/

39 comments:

  1. Got rid of my word ver, and find it just as annoying trying to decifer what the word on blogs with it.

    Jenn

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    1. Hi Jenn,
      I think it puts a lot of people off *nods*

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  2. I got rid of mine awhile back. I hated it on other peoples blogs and didn't want them to go through the same torture to comment on mine. lol. Hopefully it stayed off mine, haven't checked lately.

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  3. Does anyone like that thing? I mean, I get it, it cuts down spam etc. I don't get a ton of traffic, so moderating each comment is worth my time and usually the spam is bad enough that the auto finder picks it off anyway.

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    1. Hi there, I don't get why bloggers don't just tick the comment moderation thing. Then they can delete spam before it's published *shrugs* Like you, the auto finder catches most of the spam and I can delete it in the settings =0)

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  4. It bothers me when I somehow make it through the verification process and then it tells me my comment has to be approved anyway. d'oh!

    Even as an American, I often find myself using the term "loud American" to describe the people I have the displeasure of witnessing in their ignorant and/or gross behavior on just about a daily basis. I'm embarrassed for them, but they are clueless and will likely always be.

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    1. Ha-ha. Yeah I've had that too. Verifying the verification >.<

      I just hope that other ignorant people don't judge every American by the behaviour of those unsporting fans. Things like that tend to tar a whole nation with the same brush. I'd be mortified if an English fan booed a visitor to our country. But you're right, people like that will likely always be that way =0(

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  5. I have had to give up commenting in blogs that still have word verification. I can never get it right. I wonder what is Google thinking. Do they bother to see if it is even possible to type in that mess correctly? I bet none of them have ever used the new Blogger interface that was forced on me two weeks ago either. Grrrrr!

    As for bad manners.... It is a pet peeve of mine. I don't care where it occurs. I think there is a world wide epidemic.

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    1. Sadly, bad manners does seem to be getting worse =0(

      I don't understand why Blogger have to make the images so blurry. I think I have good eyesight but I still can't make the blummin' words out >=0(

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  6. Hi Pepper,

    It is sometimes good to have a big rant!!! do it all the time! So don't worry about doing it here!!

    I absolutely agree with you, it seems to have become even more difficult in recent months to read what all the fuzzy letters are supposed to be!! (unless my eyesight is failing as I grow older!!;oD)

    I sometimes omit the number altogether, when it is illegible, and the comment still gets posted, but the whole thing is a big pain, I do agree.

    regards
    Andy xx

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    1. Ha, thanks Andy. I don't normally like to rant but this just irritates me no end

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  7. Hi Carol! I totally agree with you, I don't liked the word verification on other blogs, so I removed it on mine too a while ago. Indeed I got a lot of spam since then, but I only read the emails of my known followers.
    Greetings, Ilona

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    1. Hi llona, I don't get much spam. Blogger tends to catch it first and put it into a spam folder where I can delete it =0)

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  8. Hola Pepper!
    Yo tengo una guerra en contra de la palabra de verificación, parece que a las personas no les gusten los comentarios!
    Es tan sencillo "moderar"
    La gente sin educación que abuchea en un deporte es gente sin cultura (pobres personas, me dan lástima) El deporte es un juego, como tal se deben de comportar.
    Un abrazo
    GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación

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    1. Hola Rosamargarita,
      Espero que más gente se quitaba verificación de palabra. Es un dolor enorme para todos

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  9. I managed to change mine last week - it bugs me SO much!

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    1. Yay. I'm relieved that so many bloggers have removed the verification. It means I can post and not suffer eyestrain to make a comment on my favourite blogs =0)

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  10. Hello, hate word verification, dislike rude people of any nationality, love your blog, and, oh yes, the last number is really not a number but the head and shoulders of a person found on a loo sign ( bathroom sign for non-Commonwealth countries). :@)

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    1. Seriously? I would never have gotten that symbol in a million years. How on earth are you supposed to enter that in the verification?

      Sheesh >_<

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  11. I'm with you on all counts! I find a lot to be irritated about in the world today, bad manners and poor sportsmanship two of my great peeves, there's no need for either. Blogger is another peeve, always 'fixing' what isn't broken, hate hate hate the new 'improved' blogger dashboard, it's impossible to find anything and nothing works the same. As for word verification, my thoughts on that are unprintable. I love comments lovely people take the time to leave at my blog so I'm only too happy to moderate the sad rubbish that sad filthy minded people feel the need to express.

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    1. Hi Susan,
      I'm not sure if I notice things more or if the world is getting worse. Like my Mum always said, good manners cost nothing.
      I had to watch my language too when posting about the verification *nods*

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  12. I had no idea how bad the word verification was until I saw someone else complaining about it. I've since deleted it from my blog. :)

    Poor sportsmanship, boo! :(

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    1. Hi Dale,
      I think for many it just takes so long and then you get frustrated when it tells you you've put in the wrong symbols.

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  13. Thanks for the reminder. I had noticed, commenting on other people's blogs, that moderation was possible without word verification. I must admit I don't really remember what the options were when I turned on moderation - but the numbers are recent, and the letters have got much harder to read. And of course, the "prove you're not a robot" verification images are created by robots (or at least computers!), which is not optimal for knowing whether a human will be able to decipher it!

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    1. Hi rebecca, that's the thing..you can still moderate comments on your blog without the verification thing and decide what you want publishing on your post by just clicking on 'always or sometimes moderate posts' in the settings =0)

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  14. Ok I now I am torn. Thinking of taking my verification off too. hmmmm
    The Ugly American...shaking my head.

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    1. Please, not all Americans are ugly, just a few very loud ones give us a bad name, don't judge us all by them!

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    2. Hi Grandmommy,
      like Dale said - this group of bad mannered fans are just a tiny portion of Americans. I don't think they realise how their behaviour is perceived by other nationalities that are watching the Ryder Cup. I'm proud to say that every American Lady and Gent I have met have been the kindest, most considerate people ever and I'm honoured to call them friends

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  15. I'm pretty fed up with a lot of blogger BS, so I'm starting a series on how to vamp up your blog. Started on this topic as it is truly the worst offender and keeps me from commenting on blogs with word verification on. Way to aggravating for the effort.
    http://modernminihouses.blogspot.com/2012/09/how-to-remove-word-verification.html

    2. Wow, golf fans? Not the group of American sports fans that I'd expect to be booing Europeans. Sorry for the rude Americans, now I really hope the European Team wins!

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    1. Hi MD, thanks for posting a 'how to' on your blog. Just what people need to see that there are other ways to moderate comments.

      Ha-ha, I doubt the European team will win. Your players are whooping the Europeans. It would have been nice, however, if those fans had shown a little more decorum considering their Country is host to a huge competition such as this.
      Never mind...at least this hobby has such well mannered fans =0)

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  16. Hi Pepper,

    I haven't changed mine but I will if it upsets you that much. I don't find it a problem as I don't ever seem to get it wrong but on your last screen shot the number is hard to read. Unless you speak Mandarin or Arabic I think you only need to read the alphabet not the English language.

    I will now go to my blog and attempt to change it.

    Fi xx

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    1. Hi Fi,
      I promise I will still comment on your blog either way =0* I know a lot of people have had issues with reading the verification thing...me included. Megan has written a post on how to change the settings but still control moderation of comments if you decide to change.

      http://modernminihouses.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/how-to-remove-word-verification.html

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  17. Thanks Pepper,

    I have changed it all ready but I have no idea if it's working. Please let me know if the word V is still there. I have just recently noticed people commenting on it being irritating for them. I think because I am a visual learner (and a terrible speller) I don't notice it but it's obviously very irritating for more literal learners.

    Oh well, easily fixed.

    Fi x

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  18. Hi Pepper, Good topics. Re: word verification--I finally removed it a couple of weeks ago, and everything has been fine with spam (unlike when I tried removing it several times before!). I am so happy to be free of it, especially for my readers' sake. xo Jennifer

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  19. I love Captcha, but that's because I know that by "proving you're not a robot" you're helping digitise old books, word by word...

    http://www.google.com/recaptcha/learnmore

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  20. Hello Pepper,
    Good God I hope everyone reads this post. I totally started the 3 tries rule a motnh ago. Aside from the frutration, even when it works the first time, it make sit soi much longer to comment. There is so mcuh wonderful posting out there and I take offence to being slowed down. What are people afraid of!
    As for poor sportsmanship, gorw up people, it's so unnecessary and just plainc hildish.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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