Word verification is absolutely the bane of my existence. I'm sure a lot of people wonder why I don't post comments on their blogs, when in fact I have posted comments, only to find out days later that the comment did not post. If your blog has one of those comment boxes where folks have to scroll down to comment, and then they are required to type in a word verification ... the comment box flips back up to the top. So, if people don't scroll back down -- yet again -- to see if they typed the word verification correctly, they often won't see that their brilliant, witty, sophisticated comment did not post.
Having a blog is very much like inviting people to visit your home. I think the purpose is to make it as inviting as possible. In my humble opinion -- and I could be wrong, as I often am -- having word verification is like having a welcome mat that says "Stay away..." And don't even get me started on comment moderation. Even CNN, New York Times, Huffington Post, etc., don't have comment moderation anymore. If someone posts a comment you don't like, just hit "delete". You can even hit "delete forever". Fortunately, here on my boring-little-blog I haven't had to do that. But often if I post a comment on a blog that has comment moderation, I don't remember to check back to see my comment was actually posted.
I don't always have time to respond to comments on my blog, but I love reading all of them, and I will often go back and read them more than once. You guys are a hoot...! However, I do like to reciprocate by visiting your blogs and posting a comment there. If you absolutely don't need to use word @#%^*#! verification -- please turn it off.
Hantk Uyo :-)