BC Update: Blog Carnival Releases a "Statement"

I got a letter from Blog Carnival today,

I open and read it, it said they were suckas…

 

A little play on a Public Enemy lyric.

 

After several attempts to contact Blog Carnival and inform them  that their use of visual  only CAPTCHA excludes  people who are visually impaired, I finally receive a response.

 

I would love to hear from others in the community especially those who use the BC service. My response which follows BC’s note, says how I feel.

 

Here it is…

—– Original Message —–
From: "BlogCarnival Support" <support@blogcarnival.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 3:12 PM
Subject: Re: Blog Carnival Refuses to admit the blind community

Thomas –

Thanks for your email about CAPTCHA and about the visually impaired
community.

Unfortunately, Blog Carnival doesn’t have plans at this time to implement
CAPTCHA.  We are considering redesigns of the site, but we do not have a
timeline for that.  We will keep CAPTCHA in mind as we look at redesign
options.

Good luck with your efforts to make the web a better place!

Yours,

Denise
Support@BlogCarnival.com

 

My response…

—– Original Message —–
To: "BlogCarnival Support" <support@blogcarnival.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: Blog Carnival Refuses to admit the blind community

Denise,

Thanks for the response.

You said,"Unfortunately, Blog Carnival doesn’t have plans at this time to
implement
CAPTCHA."

By this I am assuming you mean no plans to introduce alternative CAPTCHA
solutions. That’s really too bad. Blog Carnival is missing out on an
opportunity to make a statement not only to those with visual impairments,
but the entire disability community. The statement, "Your participation is
important to us."

I guess there is the possibility of an alternative statement based on the
future redesign.

Based on this response, I personally will forgo from participating in
carnivals that use BC. I will continue to make others aware of the official
statement.

Feel free to let me know if there are any changes in Blog Carnival’s
position on visual only CAPTCHA.

Respectfully,
T.Reid