Outside the Box
The word-verification system isn't the only thing that Blogger has changed lately. I've complained to the service — with no acknowledgement so far — about the new stand-alone comments page as well.
For one thing, it's ugly.
For another, users can no longer subscribe to comments from it for the particular post that it covers.
For another still, the Preview layout is now crazy, although in Google's Chrome browser as opposed to Safari it's at least easy enough to bump up the page size to sidestep the wraparound bug.
Last week I switched from the stand-alone comments page to comments embedded on dedicated post pages, but that approach has its own issues. So today I switched again to the pop-up window, something that I've always found awkward but might be the lesser of all evils — which is itself an ironic phrase to invoke given the mantra of its parent company. One can only assume that Blogger has its best people ignoring these problems. You're quite welcome to share your own preferences with me, as fellow blogger or reader, either in a comment or privately via E-mail.
Update: All of the above still holds in terms of my frustration, but the blog is back to using the stand-alone comments page for now.