The captcha on this site is mega annoying

Posted by cormamaz on 2011-08-06 10:57

I recognize the need for a captcha, but could you make it less annoying? This could be accomplished by having it appear on the initial view of a form, rather than waiting until I click save or preview and then showing it. Also, you could set a cookie once I've completed a captcha and verified that I'm human, so I don't have to complete it every time I try to do something else in the same session.

jasond | Sun, 2011-08-14 22:58

I agree the captcha should be shown right away, so I'm aware that I have to type it in, rather than slapping me in the face with it randomly (since I think I'm done, but the website says, "nope!"). Also it would be nice if I were not asked more than once per day.

Note that this type of thing should not be placed on the legitimate users to solve the technical issue of spam bots. It's not their issue. Don't give it to them to solve. And note that I don't have to type a captcha for any other forum I frequent; doing so is non-standard, and thus not expected.

Although I do feel for the pain of dealing with spam bots...


jasond | Wed, 2011-08-24 20:02

For the record, most forums solve the spam bot issue on account creation. Even vastly common forum platforms can be changed in simple custom ways to subvert most bots. Sometimes it's just the same asking of an additional question: "what's 3+5?" and the bots don't know they have to fill out that field.

Jason Doucette

rh0dium | Thu, 2011-08-18 05:50

Hi There

I have to login to post? So you know who I am? So why not allow other users to flag in appropriate entries? If a flagged user get some value over a given period suspend the account?

This is pretty standard. Only anonymous posts should have captcha - that's it.

jasond | Wed, 2011-08-24 21:59

I agree.

Also I just had to enter a captcha twice in a row, for the same post (posting then editing), and then had to enter that one 3 times before i got it right, even though it was very obvious what the letters and numbers were. (EDIT: pressing enter works as well as hitting Save). Then I had to enter it 3 more times for more posts that I made. If I just entered a captcha once, let me continue to post as though I am a human. Please remember this for at least the day. Entering one 5 or 6 times in the course of 10 minutes is way too much.

EDIT: I've entered a Captcha at least 10 times in the past hour or so.

Jason Doucette

jasond | Sun, 2011-08-28 05:19

It appears there was a breaking change to the security that was causing all posts to be flagged as spam. The fix is to have a Captcha on EVERY POST... which unbelievably annoying.

If you wish to have a smooth flow of conversation and ideas and feedback and bug reports, you need to make this as easy as possible.

Get rid of the Captcha entirely. If I'm logged in, I'm legit.

Jason Doucette

ericp | Mon, 2011-08-29 13:33

jasond | Thu, 2011-09-15 19:00

Does the ActiveState staff require a captcha when they post?

Jason Doucette

jasond | Sun, 2011-09-18 22:06

I would like to know the answer to the above, please. Thank you.

Also, I want to report the captcha is broken again. It's not asking for it 100% of the time, without fail, and always AFTER I click "post", i mean "save". When the site has occasional hiccups, and is slow, this is mega annoying, for both the page load, and then the image load...

Jason Doucette