27 February 2012

jumping on the bandwagon

ok - so I've decided to jump on the anti-word verification bandwagon as I just tried to leave a comment on a blog and had to try three times to get the words right - why do they make them so hard to read!

My friend Nicky from Mrs Sew and Sow asked me the other day to turn the word verification off on my blog - I didn't even realise it was on - so I very happily turned it off and have since discovered there's a whole movement to rid blogs of this feature!

Lucy over at Charm About You has even made a blog button for the cause :)

there are easy instructions over at Stupid Blog Tricks on how to turn this feature off.

and while I'm on the subject, I'd like to add two more things to the list - the blogger lightbox feature and no-reply bloggers.

the lightbox feature on blogger puts your photos in a slideshow when you click on an image - I have disabled this feature on my blog so when you click on one of my images it opens a new page with a larger image - sometimes I like to view a larger image as it shows more detail but when the lightbox feature is on you can't increase the image size.

to turn this feature off ...

  • in your blog, go into design
  • then select settings and formatting
  • you will find a heading - Showcase images with Lightbox - change the option to no
lastly, it makes me sad that people go to the effort of leaving a comment and I find that I can't respond to them because they are no-reply bloggers - so - if you are leaving comments and find that you aren't getting any response - it could be that you are a no-reply blogger so you might want to check it out - this is REALLY important if you're leaving a comment for a giveaway:)

Madame Samm at Sew I Quilt has kindly provided instructions on how to fix this issue

If you have the correct settings in your Blogger profile, your email address comes with it, allowing me to reply directly to you via email. If your settings aren't correct, you are a no-reply blogger, and I have no way of contacting you.  To fix this follow the instructions below... 

  • in, click on Dashboard
  • Select Edit Profile
  • Check the box for "Show my Email Address"
  • Save changes

so hope this helps in some way ... getting off my soapbox now :)


  1. It's funny because I've been thinking of turning off the
    word verification too. I had a terrible time recently, whatever I typed in I couldn't leave an important comment and I was so frustrated. I've been hesitant because I wasn't sure if I was going to get spammed.

  2. You are a one woman mission! Fab post Leanne!

  3. Thanks for the lightbox info - I'm off to change mine!!


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