by Scott Stratten
Captcha’s were created to stop automated sign-ups, but when actual humans can’t decipher them, we have a problem
Posted in Blogging, List Building
Tags: Captcha, List Building
ha ha ha ha ha ha x infinity. loved this, ink blot? klingon? you tell them scott!
I had an awful day, and I’m in an awful mood. And then I see this and end up literally lol’ing. You missed your calling as a stand up comedian.
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OKay how about some weird program for Twitter to keep spammers away. Um this woman has 70 followers yet feels the need to have ME validate with a service that I’m not a spammer. Too time consuming, you don’t have good enough content for me to pursue it further. One lost follower out of many, I am sure. I get an email each time someone signs up on Twitter. Maybe I don’t understand Twitter enough but I don’t see too many issues with most people following me. I’ve had one of questionable content and since I am a Christian author, that is not something I care to see or associate with. If I were big and famous, I might need it.
I HATE captchas. They deter people from posting.
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I loved this post and have tried to hit the “like” button. But irony of ironies, it won’t let me. Your post about not driving away your readers drove me to this one and both hi-light the importance of not making a reader jump through hoops to communicate with you. But I can’t hit the like button here without signing up for Facebook or Twitter.
I’m going to try hitting the “Post as …” button but suspect this will never reach you. I may have to sign up for something else just to comment.
Love your video. So nice to know I’m not the only one who finds the captchas mind-boggling, both literally and from the perspective of a communicator aiming to engage audiences.
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PLUS 1…. Holy mother of the universe, please bestow apon me the ability to deciper the cosmos, cause it has to be easier than CRAPTCHA…
I have come to the point, where if i want to sign up, and it has a “Captcha” verification, I find what I was signing up for… elsewhere.
I dont even bother anymore.
Great Blog, been looking for something just like this…
And how did i find this blog?… haha.. i searched on google “Captcha is Crap” LOL.
I feel so much better! I thought I was just another inept product of the American education system who forgot how to read under pressure.
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Why not make a legible captcha that’s legible, but say, “Only use the second word”, that’ll screw the bots, but not the people…
And if the bots catch on to it, switch it to use the first word, people only register once, unless they are a bot.
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I know captchas have a purpose; but I think one of them is to anger me – and send me into a rage! Like, at the very least you think they could space the characters out a little so people can actually read them, lol. Good one….
There are already websites using little mini-games instead of Captchas…which is AWESOME!!! Once I was on this website and I had to try like 5 times to finally get their small Captchas right!!! I think a little game of Pac-man or Pong would perplex a bot enough…if the difficulty just varied…
Bummer. The video is no longer available. ( I came here from your “the-five-words-that-kill-your-blog” post. )
Same here. Didn’t even know what Captchas were and am now disappointed to have missed out on a great video.
Funny thing. I’ve rarely encountered a captcha that I can’t decipher, but I think it’s my love of solving puzzles and strange ability to read illegible writing that makes it possible.
I think the google ones are fine in a mobile because you have to choose from images and I always get them correct. I dislike the ones where you have got to read t because they can be very hard.