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, which I now use as often as Safari, it's at least easy enough to bump up the page size to sidestep the wraparound problem).
Last week I switched from the stand-alone comments page to comments embedded on dedicated post pages, but that approach has its own problems. So today I switched again to the pop-up window, something that I've always found awkward but that if Blogger doesn't get its act together soon and fix some obvious bugs might be the lesser of all evils — which is itself an ironic phrase to invoke given the mantra of Blogger's parent company. 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.