Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dear Fellow Bloggers: Will you Consider Disabling your CAPTCHA?

I have participated in Patients For a Moment Blog Carnival, which Sharon Wachsler has hosted twice in the last few months, first at her blog After Gadget and most recently at her blog Bed, Body & Beyond. When she calls for submissions, she asks that bloggers disable their CAPTCHA: the little word you must spell before some is allowed to comment. Sharon shares that this CAPTCHA is a huge hindrance with those with multiple disabilities. Often there is a handicap/auditory button, but if you try to listen to that, most of us cannot decipher them.
Sharon wrote a great post on this on this called Waspish Wednesday: Dear Fellow Bloggers About Captcha, that I will refer to you for more information on why CAPTCHA is so important to disable your CAPTCHA. I will also refer you to a recent post she wrote, Waspish Wednesday: New Wrinkle in CAPTCHA Problem.

I participated in both PFAM's that she hosted without knowing that I had CAPTCHA on my blog as I do not have to fill it out when I comment on my own blog. I am using Blogger's new format and found that I am completely unable to take it off in the new format.  I had to switch back to the old format to disable it and then switch back to the new format and it worked! I still am able to moderate comments, but those with disabilities are also now able to access my blog & comments without hindrance.

To disable CAPTCHA with Blogger, switch back to Old Blogger by going to the "Blogger Options" cog icon underneath your photo on the right side of the page. A drop down menu will appear when you click on it. Click on "Old Blog Interface."  Once in the Old Blog Interface, go to "Settings" Tab then under that go to the "Comments" Tab. Scroll down to "Show word verification for comments?" Select "No." Save settings. Go to top of page where it says "Try the updated Blogger interface" and you are set.

Please consider disabling your CAPTCHA if at all possible!


  1. Yay! Thank you for writing this post! >Mwah!< (kisses from Barnum and me)