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How do you feel about CAPTCHA?

I’ve been tossing the idea around in my head about getting some sort of CAPTCHA for this blog. For those of you who are not familiar with CAPTCHA, CAPTCHA is an acronym which stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart.  It’s a simple method of validating user comments to ensure the posts are made by humans and not automated spambots.

Although this blog is protected by Akismet, an automatic spam catcher plugin for WordPress blogs, I think I’d like to add another layer of spam deterrent. I’m getting rather sick and tired of seeing spam comments about sick and rather deviant unnatural human behavior.

CAPTCHA code can take the form of a simple request for the commenter to type in a few letters in a text box to the really difficult to read CAPTCHA letters in an eye confusing backgrounds (in my advancing years I findCAPTCHA box those to be the most annoying).

For my blog’s purpose I’d look to place a simple CAPTCHA that isn’t too annoying. Just enough to slow down the barrage of automated spam comments. After all, how many pornographic or pharmaceutical related comments can a person stand to read in a day?

I guess what I’d really like to know is: Would a CAPTCHA box deter you from commenting on a blog?

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