Spam is everywhere. I am very grateful that wp.com has Akismet which is a spam catcher and catches pretty much all the spam. According to them 95% of all comments on blogs are spam. That is incredible. Have a look on the site for more statistics.
Other sites don’t have Akismet and rely on other forms of spam catching. One of them being ‘Captcha’. Captcha stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart [Can you guess why they shortened it?!] and it is basically impossible to read by computers.
Now I agree that there are way too many spambots on forums and blogs and that there is some sort of protection needed, but Captcha is just so annoying. Most times it’s impossible to decipher it, it doesn’t always load the image or sometimes just doesn’t accept the input.
Take my friends blog over on blogger for example. Even if I’m logged on to my account there, it still requires me to enter the Captcha. Or say you want to submit a story over on Digg. You guessed right, Captcha again.
It takes a lot of time away and it’s frustrating. Someone should come up with something better. I am now going to boycott sites that use Captcha. If you are wondering of the randomness of this post, well, I am very annoyed at the moment, I might elaborate later on it. All the images were obtained within ten minutes of doing normal everyday things on the internet and just so much time was wasted with it.