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The quilt in the header is made from a Cheri Payne pattern.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

WORD VERIFICATION IS DRIVING ME NUTS!

Several months ago, there was a lot of chatter in Quilting Blogland about the word verification problems in Google Blogger.  The first blog post I read about someone being really bothered about the gobblygook words you have to try to decipher and type to prove you aren't a robot when leaving a comment was on Humble Quilts.  You can read the post here and also learn how to shut off the word verification process.  Many people followed through and shut off word verification on their blogs.  But many still require you to do that in order to leave a comment.  And some have both the word verification and comment moderation activated.  I certainly don't mind the comment moderation as it does not require anything on my part if you choose to have that on your blog.  For a while, the word verification improved.  The letters were readable though you had to type two words instead of just one.  I really wanted to leave comments so I just dealt with that.  Now Blogger has changed the words to letters that are all run together and different sizes and shapes.  It can take me six or seven tries typing what I think I see in order to leave a comment.  I follow a lot of blogs and do like to leave comments.  Please, please consider shutting off word verification.  I get an occassional comment that is spam but I just delete it.  I opted to receive my comments in e-mail form so it is easy for me to respond to you.  If I see one that looks like spam, I just go to the comments on that post, find it and click on the garbage can below the comment.  It is then deleted.  Don't visit the site they are trying to get you to go to whether it be a sales pitch or whatever else.

I know everyone likes to see pictures on a blog post.  So, I am revisiting a project I made in 2009 and have already posted about.  Since we are moving into the fall mode, I thought the Halloween cat might pique your interest.
The pattern I used is by Shawn Williams of "Threads That Bind".  The pattern is called "Stitch 'n-Stuff Cat.  I looked on Shawn's website and do not see the pattern but did find it here.  I have never made a purchase from this site.  Maybe you can find it at an online shop you are familiar with.  Just do a search.  The cat was meant to be made with wool felt but can be made with regular wool too.  The tree has the letters for Halloween cut out and the black of the cat showing through.  I used Seral paper to trace the embroidery design onto the black.  Seral paper is very much like carbon paper and comes in different colors.  The base of the cat is weighted with sand so it stands up nicely.  I made this for a gift.  I wish I had made myself one too but making it once was all I wanted to do.

Take time to stitch today!
Karen

44 comments:

Lizzie said...

I agree with your post. sometimes I try and try then just give up and if I see it has word verification I just don't bother. Lizzie

Heartsdesire said...

I feel as you do about the word verification. Because I don't have a blog, I thought it was for security reasons, but this seems not to be the case. For those bloggers that have removed it, I applaud you. Let's hope others get your message and take it off as well.
Love, love the cat. Don't think it's something that I would try. Whoever it was gifted to is very lucky!

Impera_Magna said...

The increasing difficulty in reading the jumbled up letters and the very fuzzy numbers is definitely a pill... after several tries, I often just give up. Before long, I won't even try any more...

cucki said...

i feel the same about word verification..it was really very annoying and then i removed it from my blog too..
the kitty is so sweet..super sweet..
hugs for you .
have a lovely day xx

Janet O. said...

You are spot on. It is getting harder and harder to decipher. Have you had the ones where the letters are speckled? Maddening! I have had it turned off on mine forever and I rarely get spam, but then I also have chosen not to accept anonymous comments.

Libby said...

So true! I can probably count on both hands the number of spam comments in over 6 years of blogging. The frustration of leaving a comment it just not worth it - I am using a one and done plan. If verification stops my comment from posting, I just move on. I love blogging, I love commenting, but I just don't want to work hard to do so.

Carol said...

I am so with you! Every day it seems to be harder and harder...someone said we didn't have to type the numbers in, I tried that and that didn't work either...I try 3 times and then I quit...don't know why they make it so hard...and like Libby in the 6 years I've been blogging I think I've only gotten 2 spam comments.

Robin said...

Word verification is a nusance for sure. Hope your day turns out well.

Wonky Girl said...

Amen to what you said about word verification. I try once and quit.

Your stuffed cat is wonderful. I can see the fiddly work it required, so kudos for finishing it. Gosh I would treasure a gift like that.

Cheryl said...

I only leave comments on blogs with no word verification, except one friend. Love that cat!

Linda (Petey) said...

Many times I have just given up and not been able to leave a comment...it's when the letters are all squished. What else to do?

The Civil War Quilter said...

I always hate those dumb word verifications too. Funny thing is, after reading your post, I spent 20 minutes trying to figure out if my blog had it...IT DID! I removed it. I can't believe nobody ever told me it was there.

Karen said...

Totally agree! I turned mine off months ago and have never had a single spam. It does make you not want to comment when you see that thing!

Darlene said...

Thank you for posting about the word verification insanity. My insanity - it drives me crazy. LOL If I get a piece of spam I either ignore it or take the time to remove it from my blog.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Love your cat!!!!

I to have a hard time with the verifications...I do leave comments on some that have it but have problems also....:(

:) Carolyn

Radka said...

I so agree with about the word verification!!! Like you I like to visit many blogs, but sometimes I just could not be asked to keep trying, so I don't leave a comment.
It is a real shame.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

I am glad I am not alone with the verification agrivations! I have tried to turn mine off, so please let me know if you experience any holdups on my blog when you post! Love your cute little cat! And I have gotten lost in exploring your blog once again with your suggestions at the bottom of your post. Love it! Now, back to quilting for me!

Loris said...

The word verification is annoying and definitely getting worse. I give up leaving a comment sometimes because it is impossible to figure it out. I took off verification on my own blog quite some time ago and haven't noticed any spam. I'm tempted to leave a comment on blogs requiring it to please let it go...but, it is their blog and not mine. but I sure wish it could go away!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I tried to comment on a blog that I love this morning and after trying three times I gave up. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, and everyone gets to choose, but if you're not getting many comments you might consider looking at that - that's my advice to everyone! I'm always so happy when I comment and click publish and that word verification doesn't pop up. :) blessings, marlene

Sandy said...

I totally agree. The words are getting harder and harder to read. One has the word first and one has numbers first. I get so few comments that I want to make it as easy as possible! LOL

Quilt Hollow said...

That word verification drives me crazy. There are times I try to leave a comment over and over again and then just give up by emailing it.
Sure wish you would make yourself a kitty too! It's that good!

Lori said...

I agree! I've started NOT leaving messages when I see word verification unless I really really really have something I want to say about the blog post. It's too bad, because spam is not reaching my blog, but instead falls right into the spam area where it is supposed to go.

Carrie P. said...

I hate the new word verification too. I tried one time to leave a comment 5 times. Never did get it. I am to the point where I won't leave a comment with word verification. I don't have it and I think I have only gotten 3 spam emails from my blog.

Gayle said...

AMEN sister! I hope your blog post will convince lots of people to turn off the word verification. Thanks for bringing it up!

* said...

I was going to write something like this but I don't have enough readers to matter. However I only try twice and then give up. I don't understand why people continue to use it but I wish everyone would cut it out.

Lizzie said...

I so agree, I turned word verification off when they started using stupid illegible letters/words! I also don't allow anonymous comments on my blog and I very rarely get any spam. I too stopped leaving comments on blogs that still insist on word verification, it's just too hard and I don't have the time to spend 5 minutes figuring out what the darn word is....
Lizzie
xxx

Raymond Homestead said...

I SO hear you on the word verification! It's so frustrating when you have to type something more than once trying to figure out what it says!

Lurline said...

Sad isn't it - so many times I just give up. Maybe the more attention we draw to the subject, the more people will try to turn it off - hope so!
Hugs - Lurline.

Colleen said...

I'm another one who agrees completely. I'm a fairly new blogger, but when I read the discussion about word verification a couple months ago, I took it off my blog, and have never had a problem.

I've noticed that not only do the letters run together illegibly, but the numbers now seem fuzzier than they used to. And no, it's not my 50 something eyes!

Cathi said...

That word verification thing makes it too hard to leave comments most of the time. I find I now look to see if the word verification is on before I try to leave a comment on Blogger blogs.

Julia said...

Me too...I agree,
Three tries then I just give up..
Julia ♥

QuiltSue said...

I so agree with you about the verification. It seems to have got worse in the last few days, and I'm afraid that if I can't get through after 3 tries, I give up.

Sharon said...

I agree, I turned it off on my blog and I usually give one or two efforts at the verification, then I just leave the blog without a comment. Super cute cat!

Shakerwood said...

Yupper, it's a pain in the patootie. I have been known on occasion to email the blogger that has the verification still active and say something like "I tried to leave a comment but just couldn't get past the word verification. Please consider turning it off." Sometimes that works.

Love the cat. Have seen that pattern around for a while but just never got around to buying it.

Donna said...

Amen to deleting those word thingys is we want to make a comment on our favorite blogs. Bifocals & trifocals don't help a darn bit to read the fuzzy letters.

Svalen said...

I love this cat:)

Dawn said...

The cat is wonderful - thanks for doing so much research to find the pattern!

Tammy said...

OH!! I love that kitty!
Thanks for sharing about the word verification thing, just removed it from my blog.

Janet said...

Ditto, it has me fooled sometimes when the numbers are so blurred, when I left them out, it worked so it's getting tricky. I wonder if that's why some blogs aren't getting as many comments. I moderate after 7 days on my blog and five on another and it's worked for me.
Love that cat, he gave me a chuckle.

Eileen said...

I love visiting blogs but if they have word verification I rarely will comment. This takes WAY to long for me to get the word right and yes you as owner of your blog can just delete.
Thanks for your post on this subject !

Eileen said...

I love visiting blogs but if they have word verification I rarely will comment. This takes WAY to long for me to get the word right and yes you as owner of your blog can just delete.
Thanks for your post on this subject !

Sandi said...

I also dislike the word verification. I just got an I-pad and find it challenging to try and move the word box so I can see it to type.

I use the e-mail verification on my blog and just delete those pesky e-mail as the come thru.

I love you cat great personality, thanks for the link.

2ne said...

Love your cat :-)
I have removed my verification a while ago - but I seem to get spam some time - dont like that.....
Quilthugs

Dixie said...

I have this cat pattern, so should pull it out and make it this year. Thanks for the reminder. The word verification process drives me crazy too, so hope others take heed and remove it.