Tuesday 30 March 2010

Is It Just Me.....?

Is it just me, or do you ever get the feeling that technology is laughing at you behind your back?
An interface that is giving me particular concern lately is the random Word Verification algorithm which allows for posting comments on other Blogsites.

After a day or so away in the realm of Real Life (tm), I like nothing better than to catch up on what the rest of the wargaming world has been up to, and in particular, look forward to seeing what my favourite Blogs have been producing whilst my back was turned.

This small and perfectly formed pleasure is much enhanced by the ability to post comments on what takes my fancy, and foist my opinions on unsuspecting others before they know what has hit them....

Now of course the Word Verification stuff is designed to prevent nasty Web robots from intruding and interfacing with real people like you and me, and so is definitely down on the Official List as a 'good thing'.....but.....

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that the ostensibly randomly-generated verification words seem far from random....and in fact, seem a little bit ...well....judgemental?

This is a sampling of what I was forced to re-type today, it being a particularly busy evening of catch-up:

After a somewhat long comment offering my opinion on a continuing discussion: the word "Dullo" Hmmm.....

After offering my support, in what I thought was a genuine manner, to someone suffering a lead-mountain crisis:

"Insipidt" Curious.....

After linking my own Blog in a comment:

"Thasscrud" Curiouser......

Finally, when breezily and cheerfully wishing a fellow enthusiast success in a forthcoming project:

"Nosenzt" I kid you not.....

Is it just me, or is there a judgemental programmer out there laughing at me behind my back?

Not strictly gaming related, but something I can't help but notice recently.
By the way, I suggest you think twice if you are of a sensitive or paranoiac disposition before posting a comment in reply to this post- the Word Verification widget is waiting to pass judgement.....



  1. While I have not kept any lists of the "words" that I've had to type, quite often I also have found them to be somewhat "relevant" to either the post or my comment.

    -- Jeff

  2. Amen to that Jeff, it's a thing that has been bugging me recently...or maybe I'm just reading too much into it! :-)