Hate is a strong word. When I say I hate word verification, I wish there was a stronger to use.
When you run across a life-changing post and all you want to do is thank the author for inspiring you to be the best you you can be, it's maddening to have to decipher cryptic word verifications before you can share your gratitude. It's bad enough when you have to retype one word, but so often it's two.
I usually fail at least once.
I've been a bad blog hostess, though. Word verification was turned on for Sewing Over Pins, and I didn't even know it. The SHAME.
Thankfully, the amazing Lucy at Charm About You politely inquired if I would consider turning word verification off. I'm sure she did not envision my gasp of horror and my husband and I running off to investigate the travesty, but. I'm. So. Glad. She. Asked.
It turns out there's not a way to turn off word verification in Blogger's new interface. (The only one I've ever used.) Many thanks to Stupid Blog Tricks for providing excellent instructions on navigating to the old Blogger interface to turn off word verification.
There are fantastic articles on blog etiquette like this one from Independent Fashion Bloggers and this one. from Christina Lee. Unless you're really being attacked by spam, the time for word verification has come and gone.
According to Stupid Blog Tricks "Word verification is an outdated method for blocking spam that even Blogger has deprecated in its system. They actually now have a very effective spam blocking filter that runs behind the scenes and don't recommend using word verification anymore."
Long story short, if a blogger has word verification turned on, don't hesitate to politely ask if they would consider disabling it. Like me, they may be thrilled you called it to their attention!