If you have a Blogger account DON'T USE WORD VERIFICATION!!
WHY??? Here's why:
** It's annoying. I've been being a good fellow blogger today, and have been commenting on the other links in some linky parties, and I've had enough of this annoyingness (this is my word creation spurred on by the wacky pseudo-words that I've come across today)!
** It turns some people off from commenting. They will come to your blog, and go to leave a comment, notice you have word verification, and will not comment on your blog again, just because they can't be bothered with it. It's not your fault, it's not that your stuff isn't interesting or worthy of praise, but people are inherently LAZY, and just won't bother.
** People may be leaving you comment that you don't even know about because they posted a comment but missed filling out the verification, so it never made it through to you. (I can NOT tell you how often this was happening to me cuz I just wasn't looking for it!!!)
Blogger has a VERY good spam detection system now. It was introduced a while ago.
Cheri, at Cheri Quite Contrary (isn't that a witty blog name?!), has a VERY informative post about it HERE.
If you still have word verification, you need to go check out that post. Even if you *think* you don't have it, go read the post and make sure you don't.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and the tips of my toes (which go numb from sitting so long filling out word verifications by the way!!).
P.S. For those of you who comment on MY blog, you will notice that although I do not have word verification, I do have it set so that your comment needs to be moderated first. This is not to avoid spammers, but so I catch every comment left and therefore actually respond to it because I don't read my own blog, and would never know if someone left a comment otherwise :)