Monday, February 27, 2012

Word Verification

I mentioned the other day that I've turned off Word Verification on my blog and since then I've had 6 spam comments.  That's okay, they were caught by the spam function of blogger.  I just deleted them easy peasy.  But I did want to show the explanation for the change in word verification.  You can learn more about it by clicking on the question mark the next time you have to enter a word verification but here's the explanation.

·         Please enter the words you see in the box, in order and separated by a space. Doing so helps prevent automated programs from abusing this service.
·         If you are not sure what the words are, either enter your best guess or click the reload button next to the distorted words.
·         Visually impaired users can click the audio button to hear a set of words that can be entered instead of the visual challenge.
·         Still need help? Contact us

Helping the World One Word at a Time
By entering the words in the box, you are also helping to digitize texts that were written before the computer age. The words that you see were taken directly from old texts that are being scanned and stored in digital format in order to preserve them and make them more accessible to the world. Since some of the words in these texts are difficult for computers to process, we are using the results of your efforts to help decipher them.
Learn More!

While I recognize the need for computerization of old texts, I don't appreciate being used for this function.  I could go on about hiring/paying employees, blah, blah, blah, but I won't.

Hope you have a good day.

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