Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.Want to simplify your BlogCFC (or other Lyla-based) captcha? Just grab this updated xml file:
If you're using BlogCFC, you can just drop it into your /blog/client/includes directory (saving your old one to restore if needed, and you may need run the query string option "?reinit=1" to reload blogCFC settings.)
This will instantly your captcha will change from this:
I've confirmed that the original captcha.xml is the same between releases 5.005 and 5.5 beta 1, where Ray is now including the changed XML file himself in the product itself.
For those curious about what I mean by "simplifying", a few weeks ago I wrote an entry explaining how you could simply your Captcha to just a couple of letters, with a much easier read background and format. I also proposed why I think it's ok. We bloggers don't need to keep out really determined hackers (with a double-keyed deadbolt lock), we just need to keep out the annoying pests (with a screen door).
Since that post, many bloggers have indeed taken up the suggestion, but I have seen blogs where some commenters have pointed our my older entry, with the blogger's saying, "I do plan to get to it". That other entry offered the specific steps to change the captcha.xml file, but if you haven't changed it yourself since implementing BlogCFC, just drop this in. Of course, if you want to do a comparison to make sure, there are lots of good compare tools. My favorite is BeyondCompare.
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