No Thanks, I'm A Vegetarian
I didn't think so. Unfortunately, some ever-clever computer people have begun surreptitiously serving up enormous quantities of the stuff--disguised as blog comments that are actually advertisements usually linking to an unrelated site. They are known as "comment spam," and the problem seems to be expanding more rapidly than yeast cells in a batch of very happy bread dough.
And so, like many of my fellow food bloggers, I have been forced to activitate the Word Verification Option offered by Blogger. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, I will swipe Blogger.com's explanation:
"People leaving comments will be required to complete a word verification step. . . What this does is prevent automated systems from adding comments to your blog, since it takes a human being [or a chicken or a cat or a sheep] to read the word and pass this step. A lot of comment spam is done automatically by software which can't pass the word verification, so enabling the option is a good way to prevent many such unwanted comments."
So what does this mean for you? It means that you will have to decipher and type in a short series of very odd-looking letters (that never actually spell anything) before you can leave me a comment. What does it mean for me? That I have to hope you will put up with this extra step and still continue to leave your wonderful comments on Farmgirl Fare.
It's really not that bad. It's almost kind of fun (for about the first three times you do it). And if you find that the letters look so strange that you simply cannot figure them out, you have two options. 1) You can go ahead and enter the wrong answer and then be given a new set of (hopefully easier) letters to decipher. Or 2) You can start leaving all your blog comments late at night when you are very tired and have had a glass or two of wine because for some reason at that time all the letters are absolutely crystal clear. Of course, this may not be the best time to be leaving comments. . .
Thanks for your understanding. Your comments are an integral (and very entertaining) part of Farmgirl Fare. I hope to hear from you soon (yes, even if it's only to gripe about my activating the Word Verification Option).