Tuesday, October 19, 2010

BLOGS THAT USE WORD VERIFICATION ARE SLOWLY KILLING US (and I have the numbers to prove it)


Every now and then I like to do a PSA on this troublesome issue that still plagues the blogosphere. If I can convert just one of you WVers then I’ve done my job. Hopefully my numbers will do just that. But first…

4 MEH FACTS ABOUT WV:

1-The official tech term is CAPTCHA (pronounced/ˈkæptʃə/):


2-Stands for…Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart

3-It was created in the year 2000 by a team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon.

4-CAPTCHA's main usage is to protect sites from the onslaught of automated spam.

SO HOW IS WORD VERIFICATION A SILENT KILLER?

Here are my staggering stats 

Average time it takes it takes to use Word Verification = 5 sec.

Average # of blogs a blogging-person reads per day = 20

Total time spent Verifying per day = 1 min 40 sec.

- per week = 11 min. 6 sec.

-  per month = 44 min. 24 sec.

- per year = 9 hours 40 min. 8sec.

- per life (80 yrs.) = 32 days 2 hours 10 minutes 6 seconds

BOTTOM LINE: By using Word Verification you are stealing a little over 1 month from each of our lives. Time we could spend with our loved ones, exercising, creating stuff – essentially living life.

HERE'S HOW TO END WV:


AND HERE’S HOW TO SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF SOMEBODY THIS HALLOWEEN.

The Toilet Monster fits onto most T-seats and costs only $14.99 @ TheNoveltyHut.com

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48 comments:

  1. You converted me long ago. Nice toilet monster. lol

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  2. YES. For fucks sake, anyone that hasn't already needs to turn it off.

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  3. Already on this and promoting this as well. Most of the blogs I visit are on top of this, but I'd say 1/5 still have this active.

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  4. I HATE word verification more than anything. We should unleash the toilet monster on everyone who uses it.

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  5. I gotta get me one of those toilet monsters. Reminds me of the movie "Ghoulies".

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  6. Turned it off the day after joining Blogger, I think.

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  7. That's funny. I never realized that. I admit, I've been blogging 3 years with the setup my son (who designed the original site) placed there. I never thought I had an option to opt out of word verification. Thanks.

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  8. i'm thinking of stopping supporting these blogs.

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  9. hahaha a silent killer, hahaha. I turned off since I started my blog, I hate Word Verification, some words are very distorted X_X

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  10. A friggin' men to that!
    I'm so tired of these things. The wear me out and make me want take codine...

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  11. i agree. it takes forever to verify and the worst part is that sometimes the letters look like numbers and/or like other letters that it makes u say f- it i'm done

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  12. I got rid of my word verification recently and instead just moderate the comments before I allow them to be posted. It makes more sense, and it's less annoying. Good points you made!

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  13. Completely agree. Hate word ver. Love the stats!!

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  14. fullowin 'n' suppin :)

    wtfiniggagun

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  15. Frick yeah! Thank you! What's even worse is when you hav eto it on multiple comments for contest entries!!! Enough already!

    Life Music Laughter

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  16. I hate those freaking things, sucking up my time

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  17. And since it depends on how the comment box appears, the average can be about five minutes per hour of blogging or more.

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  18. My Lord, that toilet monster is hilarious! And I took my word verification off :) However should I begin to get a lot of crap, I will turn it back on! Haha

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  19. I think the Captcha is annoying, especially when numbers and caps are involved but I only added mine recently after I went through some comments on older blogs and it was miles of spam.

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  20. Really dislike the word verification. It would help if Blogger did not automatically check "Yes" for it. New bloggers don't know how to turn it off.

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  21. good information hopefully everybody with captchas follows it

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  22. You and I are in wild agreement on this one. Turned mine of a good year ago. And always irritated by how many bloggers still have the @!@#$ thing on...

    Pearl

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  23. haha I LOVE this!!! I took captcha off of my blog long ago. It is soooo annoying!!!

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  25. Thanx for the PSA, Someone needed to say it. :D

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  26. Turning that crap off was the first thing I did on my blog, even before the first post.

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  27. Thanks for doing us all a favor with this post, and for the pronounciation of captcha.
    Look at you -- OVER 400 followers!! How/when?!! You are amazing! xo

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  28. You are hilarious!! I turn it on ONLY during Captcha Balderdash, but I'm starting to think I will be done with that silly game. You don't get it anyway. You made some excellent points up above, Copyboy. You need to be given a more job responsibilities now. You need to be...hmmm...Runthemeetingboy or Kissmyfeetiownthisplaceboy. Let's think about changing that up, hmmm?

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  29. I hate that word verification! Have you ever noticed that sometimes it seems they're giving you a message too? Creepy AND annoying!

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  30. too bad you couldn't turn word verification on for just this post.

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  31. CAPTCHA will be the doom of us all!

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  32. the first time i saw your picture i left lol. captcha's piss me off

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  33. I also hate word verification. Personally deleting unwanted messages is not that big a deal for me....worth the effort on my part.

    Cheers!

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  34. i agree completely death to the captcha!!!

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  35. I already disabled my captcha
    It was annoying!

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  36. I never had that damned thing on.. I mean for crissakes, it's not like this stuff is Top Secret. I guess it makes the lamer bloggers feel muy importante>>

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  37. Oh my word, I was JUST complaining about this to my hubby two minutes ago, while I'm trying to get all my commenting done!!! I laughed when I saw your post!

    LOVE IT!!!!

    Your toilet dude is hilarious, too. I think I should get one of those. Problem is, it will likely scare the bejeezies out of someone and they'll doo doo all over my floor!

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  38. haha I like it. good call. I removed mine a while back because it's annoying.

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  39. Some captchas are actually helping us digitally archive books. There is an interesting video on TED.com that explains how this annoying function will actually benefit everyone in the long run.

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  40. Fixed my wagon a long time ago. Found out too many people can't even spell the word they are looking at. Getting me a toilet monster for sure! 'Cept I'm putting in the washing machine, heh, heh, heh.

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