Captcha – What Is It, and How To Get Rid Of It

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You go to leave a comment on a blog, and you’re confronted by the dreaded jumble of words.

Captcha’s. The bane of every bloggers commenting life. Many bloggers install this on their sites, to protect themselves from silly amounts of spam comments, but what they might not realise is that it can be quite off-putting to the commenters who want to leave you a little message.

Captcha stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart” (A Turing test is a way of testing a machines ability to show intelligent behaviour – can it pass as a human? A Captcha is the reverse of a Turing test – can you prove you’re human?)

What you might not realise is that Blogger turns this feature on automatically. You may have been losing tons of comments without even knowing it!

Here’s how to get rid of them:

Head to the Posts and Comments section in your Blogger dashboard:

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Change “Show word verification” to “no”. That’s it! Super easy. If you’re worried about spamming, then change your comment moderation settings (which are just above the word verification setting) to either “always” (so you’ll need to manually approve everything) or “sometimes” (where you’ll have to approve comments on any post older than a certain amount of days that you set)

In WordPress, Captcha is a user added feature, so you would just need to disable the relevant plugin.

Hayley Constantine

Hayley has been blogging since before most people knew what a blog was! She started Bonjour, Blogger! in May 2013 as a way to share her knowledge and experiences - if you ever have a question, get in touch!

  • Larissa

    This was so easy and helpful! I’m so glad I stumbled upon it!

    January 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm Reply

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