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Request for Feedback: Possible New CAPTCHA System
01.12.2010 um 15:28
Wowhead uses a CAPTCHA system to prevent spam comments or forum posts from bots. We switched a little while ago to a system called
, which were excited about since it lets you help with a book digitizing project while you fill out CAPTCHAs. Unfortunately, reCAPTCHA has caused a few issues as many of you know—providing words to type that weren't legible, or which used non ASCII symbols. For example, we got this feedback less than an hour ago:
my Captcha, which I interpreted as "frentlea cf" Surprisingly it actually accepted "frentlea cf" as a correct response and posted my message.
But seriously, what is that? cftvth? cfwth? cfwtb? cnvtb? Well, cf it is then.
So we've been looking at alternatives!
One of the alternatives we found is a company that does advertising CAPTCHAs—where instead of typing in a random or a nonsense word, the CAPTCHA shows an advertisement—like, say, a Dr. Pepper logo, with a slogan—and you have to type "There's nothing like a Pepper" into the box instead of "frentlea cf".
This is something we're interested in trying. From what I'm hearing it's actually faster than regular CAPTCHAs by about 7 seconds—because you're typing a familiar phrase, rather than a random string of characters that don't make sense. So you guys get faster, more reliable CAPTCHAs, we get a few extra bucks to pour into the server farm, and everybody wins.
What do you guys think?
Is this a good idea? Or is it sleazy?
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