Sign of the times- Just noticed that a new setting available for Blogger hosted blogs you can add a “word verification” or captcha entry field for comments… one of those randomly generated graphics of scrambled letters that a human must enter to add a comment to a blog. This is intended to cut down automated blog spam.
At least the Blogger ones are fairly legible- I’ve seen a few where the distortion is so great it reduces the practice to some creative guessing. Maybe there is something similar in work to deal with the exploding number of spamblogs hoisted on Blogger for the sole purpose of their own incestuous spam linking.
The post "qtkpnk : Blogger Word Verification" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2005/10/qtkpnk-blogger-word-verification/) on October 2, 2005.