Monday, August 6, 2012

Come Monday...Changing The View

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

The view that I am referring to has to do with the content of a typical [Sites ToSee].  For I am currently obsessing over the number of sites that still insist upon employing the [word verification] option when the basic Blogger spam filter is sufficient to block 99.999999999% of the spam comments that may be left.

Okay, I may be guilty of embellishing for dramatic effect.  For the basic Blogger spam filter may only block 99.999999998% of the spam comment that may be left.  Happy now?

I am sorry for being so testy.  This subject has become a huge sore spot for me since my eyesight has become so poor, and I am finding it irksome to place a ***Word Verification Engaged*** under the name of a site that I am attempting to call attention to.

If you must know, the main reason why I place a ***Word Verification Engaged*** and/or a ***Auto-Play Site*** notification under the name of a site is to leave the owner a clue about something they are doing that is undoubtedly costing them repeat visitors.  For I do not know of anyone who will want to come back to a site on account of the music (or whatever) that may start playing upon their arrival, but I do know of many who will not on account of that.  It is the same with word verification costing them comments, of course.

No, I have not appointed myself chief of police over the blogosphere, but like it says in the opening disclaimer, the Sites To See series is meant to call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Therefore, why would I want to promote a site that many would find irritating?

Yes, the opening disclaimer also mentions that I have included sites that are rather disturbing to me, but what is being addressed here is different.  For it is possible to find even something as disturbing as white supremacy interesting (albeit in a morbid sort of way) while requiring a reader to jump through another unnecessary hoop just to leave a comment is simply asinine—especially when they cannot see well enough to complete the task!

The thing is that I do not quite know what to do about it yet.  For in many cases, the word verification thingy doesn’t pop up until after you have hit the “submit” button, and I do not go to leave a notification of being included in a Sites To See until after it has been published, which has forced me to have to go back and add the ***Word Verification Engaged*** under the name of an offending site.

Yes, I suppose the only thing to do is to start leaving comments on sites on the list ahead of time, but this is going to cost me a lot more time and effort.  For I am still having a great deal of trouble with reading and typing, and just thinking about having to leave at least 25 more comments a week (also counting those for A Sunday Drive) is giving me a headache.

No, most of the sites that are included in a typical Sites To See and A Sunday Drive are not ones that I regularly visit.  In fact, very few are.  For they were found on somebody’s blogroll (these days), and it is often just on account of the site having an interesting name that attracted me to it in the first place, with artistic sites being an exception to that rule.

Alas, it is really not easy being me.  My wife would gladly pay someone a quarter to put me out of your misery.  It used to be a dollar, but times have got hard around here.

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  1. We all agree - the old word verification was a pain in the patootie and the new one can only be described with obscenities!

  2. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Grace!!! I couldn't have said it better myself. In fact, I didn't.

  3. Boy I've missed a lot here. Finally doing some catching up. I personally hate both word verification and auto play. My eye sight isn't all that bad and I have a hard time figuring out what some of those are. As for auto play I always keep my speakers off for that reason alone. Every now and then I'll forget and have them turned way up. Scares the heck out of me if I happen across a site with auto play

  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! It is the same for me, in that I usually don't have my headphones on and when I do, I jump out of my skin when some song starts blasting away. It also used to drive me nuts back when I was opening several sites at a time for Entrecard drops and I couldn't find which site had the music playing.

  5. I'm with you on this one. Don't like either of those intrusions. What is with the music??? Ugh. Does ANYONE like that?? I've ditched blogs that I like, but they have that darn music playing. And I'm seriously thinking about not commenting on blogs with WV. It's sooo hard to decipher!

  6. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Lin!!! I wouldn't mind the auto-play music so much if I could focus, but I am too scatter-brained.


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