Not too long ago, I changed the settings on my blog and removed the Captcha aggravation, which I actually didn't even know was there.
I've struggled with other blogs with the same format and silently gritted my teeth as I typed, re-typed and sometimes even re-typed for the third time, trying to get the stupid characters just right so that my comment would be published on said blog.
There were times I even gave up and didn't comment at all...that's how much experience I've had on that end of Captcha.
I even remember a time when a blogging friend began talking about Captcha and even Tweeting about it, encouraging those with it to take it off. I now wonder if maybe she was talking about me. I was so oblivious that I probably even "liked" or "favorited" some of her Tweets, all the while still forcing others to go through the same ridiculousness any time they wanted to comment on my posts.
Finally a month or so ago, another blogger mentioned it to me head on in a comment. And, then another frequent commenter also piggybacked the first comment with her own observations about the difficulties she had experienced with the Captcha setting when trying to comment on my posts.
I felt like such a goob.
I immediately changed my settings to comment moderation instead of forcing commenters to go through the torture of Captcha.
The comment moderation process is seamless and easy to use.
I didn't know Anonymous when I used Captcha because along with some of my friendly commenters, Captch kept Anonymous out.
Now Anonymous drives me crazy. Anonymous can't comment on my posts, of course, because I simply mark it as SPAM and it's deleted. But, Anonymous has got to be the most persistent, aggravating, pain in my butt poster ever.
I get a notification of a comment; I get all excited to see who it is and what she has said...only to open the dang email and find out it's Anonymous again.
Anonymous even tries to post comments to older posts...that part freaks me out a little. Leave my little blog alone, Anonymous. I don't like you, I don't want to talk to you, and I'm never going to publish you, so take your little sales pitches somewhere else, and leave me and my little blog alone.