Anti-spam pictures?

Some blogs use pictures of text as a way to ensure human-entered comments. How do you, our commenters, feel about Catallarchy using this anti-spam technique? Do you mind looking at a picture and typing in the text shown in order to comment?

Update: I am reminded that those who prefer non-visual means of "reading" our site would have problems, so that's a strike against. Though there are ways to take care of that, it just means I'll have to write the code to provide those methods. Yuck.

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It's a bit of a nuisance,

It's a bit of a nuisance, but one I'm willing to put up with.

I would recommend

I would recommend implementing a CAPTCHA image right away to stem this tide, and apologise to visually impaired readers for the inconvenience. They will at least still be able to read the blog until you add an audio captcha or something - they just won't be able to comment. I am all for accessibility, but I think it is an acceptable trade-off - at least temporarily - to stem the tide of spam.

using a CAPTCHA (that little

using a CAPTCHA (that little picture that a human can read as text and most software can't) to prevent spam seems to be easy and not very intrusive.

I'd certainly prefer that to authentication methods which require actual login and validation. I presume admins prefer it to moderating or deleting spam.

I'm not even sure that having a way to register and skip the picture identification is a good idea, unless there are other benefits it brings.

Kip: It's nice of you to

Kip:

It's nice of you to help out with suggestions, but that text is scrolling way too fast.

I use that kind of a turing

I use that kind of a turing test for people who haven't registered as users and I've had a few complaints about convenience. It's also tough for the visually impaired (since they obviously can't see the image). If you're going to do it, I would suggest having a registration system so that people could bypass the system if they wanted to (although I've also had complaints about the idea of a registration system on a blog).

I made the change, along with moving away from MT, because I got tired of dealing with trackback and comment attacks on an almost daily basis and because so many of the attacks managed to get through that I was still spending way too much time on administration. I even had MT Blacklist installed and changed the names of the TB and comment scripts on a weekly basis. The spammers had some mystical way of identifying the names of the new scripts within a day or two or the rebuild.

Anyway, whatever you do will probably encourage a few complaints, but I think it's a worthwhile change.

Here's one vote for "don't

Here's one vote for "don't mind the anti-spam picture thingie."

:furious:

:furious:

I don't know what your setup

I don't know what your setup is like, but Spam Karma 2 catches about 30 spams a day for me.

No objection here

No objection here

I was forced to go to

I was forced to go to Captcha myself to get rid of spammers (registration only got rid of trolls, sad to say).  It's gotta suck to cut off the people who use text-to-speech, but if it's that or no blog, at least they have something to read.

Maybe, someday, something better will come along.

I fucking hate captchas and,

I fucking hate captchas and, like Sean, I tend to think it's pretty rude to lock blind people out completely, but I also hate deleting comment spam on my own site and know that captchas are a pretty easy way to minimize it, so, although I'd never use 'em, I guess I'm sort of ambivalent.

I’m not even sure that

I’m not even sure that having a way to register and skip the picture identification is a good idea, unless there are other benefits it brings.

Ummm, you know, there are actually blind people out there trying to use the Internet. Preventing them from commenting or causing them more inconvenience than they already have to deal with with the proliferation of Javascript and Flash out there is just plain rude.

If you only have one CAPTCHA

If you only have one CAPTCHA to register and none to comment, some spammer will have users solve the CAPTCHA to get access to a porn site (offloading the human burden) and then auto-spam the hell out of you.

Reportedly, it's already been done.  :end:

(Is there any way to persuade the idiot Javascript to add icons AT THE CURSOR instead of in the middle of the text?  :stupid:  )

I would prefer to go through

I would prefer to go through a CAPTCHA once and register, than have to do a CAPTCHA each time I commented. You could set up an alternate way to register for the visually impaired.