This is the text I saw on a recent CAPTCHA:
As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.
It makes me wonder, how many automated programs are out there trying to comment on stories about potty training or the newest birthday giveaway. Do programmers really go out of their way to write software to SPAM us?
I've had CAPTCHA turned off on my own blog for at least a year. And I have also deleted the rel=nofollow code. And I only get a few SPAM comments a week.
I want to challenge other mom bloggers to change their CAPTCHA settings for 2 weeks to see what kind of difference it makes. If SPAM reaches an unacceptable level, put it back on. Otherwise, give us busy moms a break and keep the CAPTCHA option turned off.