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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Difficulty Posting Comments? Read This

Posted by DavidNYC

In an effort to stop comment-based spam, TypePad (the host of this site) has instituted a new set of blocks on the comment features. If you get an error message saying the system won't allow you to post, scroll down and look for an image similar to this one:


By entering the text of the image in a separate box, the system will allow your comment to be posted. (This works because computers are unable to understand the image - known as a "captcha" - but humans can figure it out easily.) I'm sorry for the added inconvenience - this new system was installed by TypePad, not by me. But hopefully it will keep spammers from swarming the message boards - a very important part of this site.

If you run into any problems, please let me know.

P.S. If you aren't getting any error messages or seeing any funky text images like the one above, that's a good sign - it means you are in the clear. Only certain computers (those with allegedly "unsafe" settings, the kind that spammers can exploit) are being hit by this blocker.

Posted at 04:50 PM in Site News | Technorati


I don't seem to have such an image, so I wonder if this will post?

Anyway, I was wondering how this will work for people with accessibility issues; using website readers and the like?

Posted by: Chris at May 27, 2004 08:38 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

That is a very good question - I will ask the TypePad folks about this. I wonder if there might also be ways to create audible "captchas."

Posted by: DavidNYC at May 28, 2004 01:05 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment