reCAPTCHAing the Magic

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A little site news for you today.

Comment spam increased significantly on the Veg Blog over the last week or so, even with the WordPress Akismet plug-in installed.  So, I went and installed a new CAPTCHA-based plug-in.  Now, when you comment, you’ll need to type in two words to verify that you’re actually a human.

Now before you get all grumbly on me, let me tell you the two good things that come of this:

  1. I’ve turned off the approval requirement on comments, so your comment will be posted right away (of course, I will still zap any comment I declare “dumb ass”).  This may change, but for now, instant posting.
  2. I’m using a cool plug-in called reCAPTCHA.  What it does is makes use of the image-based CAPTCHA to help fix poor OCR-translations of public domain books.  It’s an excellent concept.  Read more about it.

Sometimes a word will come up that’s hard to decipher.  If that happens, just hit the little reload icon on the reCAPTCHA and it will give you two new words.

One Response to “reCAPTCHAing the Magic”

  1. Deb

    I used to comment once in a while on a site that used captcha, and I swear, captcha became like an oracle.

    I can’t make much of october perico though. :D

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