Here on the Jammy Toast website we ask you to complete a little puzzle before you can leave a comment – it is called a Captcha Check or in our case, it is a Maths Captcha as it uses simple maths sums. The idea is we want to prove you are one of our ‘human’ friends before you can leave a comment. With the Captcha in place, we get around a dozen spam comments a week instead of hundreds, which can get very annoying to read through and remove. However, these checks are likely to “disappear” in favour of a new system developed by Google.
We have had a few complaints recently that the mathematics involved in our Captcha System (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) was too difficult for some of our thick readers. In fact, one person (who we shall not name, to spare their blushes) admitted that they left a comment and couldn’t work out the maths so had to go and search the house for a calculator. Even more embarrassing, they still couldn’t work it out with a calculator. So we have had Edward working on a new Captcha System that hopefully everyone will be able to work out.
Today we have launched a CAPTCHA add-on to the commenting system used here at Jammy Toast. This means before you can post a comment you will have to answer a simple mathematical problem. They are only very simply problems of addition and subtraction but we admit they can be annoying; which is why we have not used one until now. Unfortunately, we are taking this step because of the amount of spam we are still receiving. We use Akismet which filters out nearly all of the spam but unfortunately it occasionally picks up a genuine comment. This means we have to read through all the spam which Akismet detects, just to make sure it hasn’t accidently picked up one of your comments. Life is really too short for all this, so we have decided to use a CAPTCHA for a trial period.