Captcha for non-dummies

By Steve Outing

I suppose this is a sign that spammers are getting smarter and have figured out how to get past the typical “captcha” that keeps those idiots from posting crap to websites and blogs, and in comment threads. (Captchas are designed to make sure that someone submitting a web form is actually a human.)

Here’s a captcha that I ran into the other day. Ugh. It’s not exactly a user-friendly way to encourage someone to post to your website. It takes some real dedication to slog through this one.

(Sorry, I don’t remember which site I spotted this on. I grabbed a screen shot and stored it, and by the time I spotted this on my desktop I’d forgotten where I found this.)

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!

One Response to "Captcha for non-dummies"

  1. Chris Amico
    Chris Amico 9 years ago .Reply

    A friend of mine has had an absurdly simple captcha as long as he’s had a wordpress blog. It simply asks, “Is fire hot or cold?”

    Same answer every time, obviously, but he never seems overwhelmed with spam.

    The example you cited makes me think we’re going a bit overboard with spam paranoia.

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