Back up on my captcha soap box

Some time ago I blogged about the Captcha's one would have to deal with when trying to leave a comment on some blogs.  Over time Captcha's have changed and not for the better. I can remember when they were simple......a pain but still simple to solve. Then I guess cyber bots became smarter so the Captcha's  became harder!!  The new Captcha's had a "wave" to them along with upper and lower case letters. Then as fate would have it the dam bot's did it again became somehow smarter....the Captcha's then had an UNCOOL way of blending their letters together and burring them to boot, oh and lets add numbers now too.
So my latest Captcha rant is......this week I was going to post a comment on a blog and on the comment page it contained the Captcha  along with the comment box. There was the blur, the wave and numbers as usual so I filled in the maze and then added my comment. I proceeded to hit the post button I was then informed my Captcha attempt did not match....surprise surprise!! I was instructed to hit the back button and try again. To my surprise my comment was gone and I had to start all over again!!! Is this the NEW Capthca....mess up and your punishment is to start all over again. I guess from now on I am going to  have to add but another step to my comment process, highlight and copy the comment in case I am punished and have to start again and maybe again and again....you get the idea.
I am stepping off my soapbox now........thank you.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

7 Responses to “Back up on my captcha soap box”

  • Andrew, W8FI:

    You should check out what Are You a Human (http://www.areyouahuman.com) is doing. (full disclosure, I used to work for them) They’re using simple games rather than squiggly letters that infuriate you. There are others in the space too that are going the route of user interaction to prove your humanness, so it’s likely we’ll start seeing a large shift very soon.

  • Kb3hg:

    You’re not alone. Next in line are passwords. So many characters Uppercase and required special characters. Baloney! I have to jump through those stupid hoopes for work, for entertainment I don’t.

  • KD8KZT:

    Preach it, brother! I have to really want something on a site to even bother with a a captcha anymore…

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening KB3HG, It sure can get to be very frustrating for sure and that’s why there are more and more bloggers who disable the Captcha feature. I have done that and sure I do get some spam now and then but blogger seems to catch the stuff and send it to my spam folder and it never see’s my blog. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to post a comment.
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hello KD8KZT, back at you brother…..it’s time they used the wealth of technology to defeat the spammer without having to torture us to avoid them. Thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to comment. You will notice that on my blog I have disabled the Captcha password “thing” and its easy peasy to comment. I do get spam but very few and blogger catches most if not all of it and puts it in the spam folder and it never gets posted.
    Mike

  • Mink:

    Hi. I just stumbled across this post searching about if captcha has got harder. I don’t have a call sign. Just wanted to say that you are not alone in your hatred! I find Captchas nearly impossible to read now, especially the new google recaptcha with blurry house numbers in them! My eye sight is not the best but it should be relatively simple to get past these things! I ended up having to download a captcha bypass browser extension called rumola to read the captchas for me and fill them in. It works a treat and I would recommend to all fellow captcha haters but, why can’t there just be an easier test?!

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Mink, thanks for bringing that to my attention and there was another blogger that brought one to my attention but there was a fee involved with it. I will give this one you suggested a go and see how it works. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
    Mike
    VE3WDM

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