People who have WordPress are generally OK in terms of their readers being able to comment. The first time commenter held in the queue works well, it generally means moderation is unnecessary and I’ve not seen too many problems. Typepad was all right but their captcha was a pain. At least Tom Paine‘s captcha was.
No, it’s Blogger bloggers who are the problem. When they use neither captcha nor moderation, it’s OK. Normally. Moderation is a pain but sometimes it’s necessary. Julia uses it and I’ve no idea whatever if my comment eventually went up or didn’t.
I personally use moderation once a week only out of necessity and don’t like to do that because it distances the blogger from his/her readers.
Anyway, the issue is not really with moderation.
It’s with bloody captcha!!!
For a start, it really gets up the nose to have to squint to see most of those numbers and the way they run letters together reduces the commenting activity to purgatory. It’s really not pleasant and I wonder if the bloggers using it on Blogger are even aware how much of a pain in the butt it is to leave a comment?
What is worse is that the smarties at Google Blogger, not content with doing this to readers, then charitably wave you through if you’ve had a jolly good try. That is, you see that photo of some house number on an angle, take a guess, it’s obviously wrong and they just let the comment through.
Now think about that. First it is the utter arrogance of Google lackeys saying, “We’ve put you through hoops, now we’ll lay off you a bit because you’ve been a good boy [or girl] and played our little game.”
Then there is the fact that they’ve just let me through, having failed the captcha test. I could have been a hacker, spammer, whatever.
It doesn’t stop there. It seems there are two kinds of Google captcha. One is bearable to an extent and that is the one which is upfront. That is, when you go to comment, there is the captcha sitting there festering and you groan and know you have to do it.
The other one is evil. It gives no indication that there will be any captcha. So you leave your comment, waxing lyrical, press submit and go to click out. Suddenly up springs this captcha out of nowhere. You know that if you don’t stop and play their game, your comment you’ve taken time over is simply not going to be posted.
The number of times I’ve seen that and simply couldn’t be a***ed going through with it any more, especially after leaving a longer comment …
Seriously, reading and commenting should be fun, not a long-suffering process which drags on and on. A more recent one is the necessity to go through Disqus. It’s bad enough in the MSM but now bloggers are doing it too. Take this one:
OK, I refuse to have to go through social media to leave a comment, so I take the name and email route. However, at QM’s, Disqus has now taken to saying I can’t use that email as it is registered with them. Yes it is registered with them but it’s none of their damned business – surely that’s between QM and me whether I can comment or not.
Once I went to go into Disqus but it stopped me. So, QM will be relieved to hear I can’t comment there now, due to social media.
I do wonder if bloggers on Blogger are at all aware of what Google is doing to their readers and the mood it puts us in. Most people have a dozen or so on their blogrolls, I have over 150. Using a Reader, that’s fine, I can keep up …
… until hit by the pop-up, “you thought you’d just post a comment but we were lurking here to make the process a misery” captcha.