I feel held back by word verification! I know that some folks have had trouble with spam comments, so they have enabled word verification, but until you have a problem, why? I've had no word verification for almost 2 years, and no spam! Nada, Zip, Zilch. Look at the SITS girls. No word verification and hundreds of comments a day. They've never mentioned getting junk comments, and with their SEO so high, they'd be hit before little old me.
With Wordpress and Typepad I have a really difficult time reading the code and usually have to enter it at least twice, my record being 7 times! Blogger has an option called "embedded comments" where readers can scroll right down and leave their comment. Should be quick and easy, right? Not if you have word verification on. It slows everything down. The fastest comment option in Blogger is "pop-up window" with no word verification. I timed them all. I know, too much time on my hands!
So that's my crabby rant. Not a biggie I know, but in my small world it is frustrating to set aside time to visit blogs and get to fewer than anticipated because of what to me is an unnecessary speed bump.