I’m sick of this shit. The first message I send in each session makes me go through a verification page with scrambled text that I have to type in before I can send the message. I appreciate their attempts to thwart spam bots, but their methods strike me as bullshit.
I have to reattach any files I tried to send with the first message. Fucking WHY? Since what I usually tried to attach was a word file anyway, now I just paste it in the body of the message. Apart from that, it’s only the FIRST message that takes me through this. I don’t see why the spam bots can’t just be activated after circumventing the scrambled text manually. Is my understanding of how they function flawed or what?
But that’s all trivial. The most infuriating thing of all is that the distorted text has these squiggles and slashes underlying it that are sometimes hard to distinguish from a 1 or a lower case L. The size and angle of each character is different too, so there’s no consistent basis for me to decide whether something’s in the background or is supposed to go in the text box. So every other time I have to take another stab at it.
Way to make sure, guys. The spam bots might give up after that first try, but I don’t. Instead I have to jump through your bullshit hoops and play guessing games as to whether or not your indecipherable chicken scratches are letters. I just want to send my goddamned email, you bastards.
Bah. I’m just going to switch to using my gmail account for all my real business with people from now on and use my hotmail address for shopping, since all those places either spam me or sell my address to spammers anyway.