Please note that Eric and Flynn are correct in their comment that this wv is easier to read than most. But that's because it's been blown up in this post.
Blog owners can't see wv on their own blogs; they must be signed out, clean their cache and cookies, then go to their own blog and click on comments. If they use the full page comments, wv will not show up until after they click to publish, so be sure to actually leave yourself a comment.
It doesn't matter whether you did not have wv on in the past. Blogger turned a lot on by default when they made the big switch to the new interface about 3 (?) months ago. We can not stress this enough: CHECK YOUR BLOG FOR WV!!!!!!
Well, if you really don't want comments or visitors, don't check. Leave wv on.
We continued to visit and read but Friday we visited yet another kazillion blogs with wv on, many of them with the big SURPRISE wv after we wrote a comment and clicked on "publish." We reached the snapping point. We are now in process of deleting blogs using wv from our Google Reader and moving their blog link to a WV folder in bookmarks so we don't bookmark them or visit again. Not even if there will be serious illness or a death because, frankly, they've put out the UNWELCOME mat and we can't leave a message anyway.
Kimo & Sabi, Bogden - old or new friends, they're removed from our reading list. We're not being mean. We have been blogging about this for months. When we were still able to struggle through, we left hundreds of comments and wrote innumerable emails (if we could find an email address). Now we're pulling the plug.
We've seen long discussions on facebook about hating wv and not leaving comments on those blogs that use it, so we know we're not alone. But are you willing to do something about it besides complain? We made the word verification guillotine graphic. You are welcome to use it if you want to help stop the spreading use of this frustrating, time-wasting menace. There is a smaller size in our sidebar.
Guillotine Blogger word verification!
UPDATE: A suggestion for setting changes to stop the spam when word verification is off is in tomorrow's post, WV Support and Riding Thunder.