How often do you decide not to post to avoid CAPTCHA?

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Often. On this site any anyway.

I don't normally have a problem with Captchas but the captcha generator on this site gives me something borderline illegible half the time. Not to mention the symbols or whatever that I don't even have on my keyboard in the first place.

Not very often these days, however when they first introduced Captchas i was puty off posting for a looooong time since they popped up every damn time i wanted to post something

Never it really doesn't take much time or effort to fill it out and it may stop spam bots and the like from popping up as much as they would if it wasn't there.

Never. The only reasons I don't post things are because either I don't want to get involved in the topic (often happens with political debates or, oddly specifically, ones about alleged police brutality) or when I spend way too long typing and re-typing my post and then decide "no, I have better things to do". Or when posting something would get me quoted and yelled at a lot for having an unpopular opinion because, let's face it, even here on the Escapist people get berated for having an unpopular opinion even if it's totally reasonable/justifiable for them to have it. Namely, almost anything conservative get yelled down.

Naeo:
Never. The only reasons I don't post things are because either I don't want to get involved in the topic (often happens with political debates or, oddly specifically, ones about alleged police brutality) or when I spend way too long typing and re-typing my post and then decide "no, I have better things to do". Or when posting something would get me quoted and yelled at a lot for having an unpopular opinion because, let's face it, even here on the Escapist people get berated for having an unpopular opinion even if it's totally reasonable/justifiable for them to have it. Namely, almost anything conservative get yelled down.

I know, try saying you liked Oblivion better than Skyrim and watch the shit fly. Just earlier tonight I refused to list my favorite games this gen because I wasn't up for a fight.

I'm so glad to learn I'm not the only one that does this. I kind of dig that it makes me actually consider how much I want to say something. If everyday in-person conversations had this feature, maybe I wouldn't end up saying the word bitch so often.

TopazFusion:

Crono1973:
Talk about it here, hope the mods give a shit what posters think.

tbh, this is one of the most stupidest complaints I've heard about this site.

..and yet, you decided to post here and bump it. Thanks.

I would have avoided posting in this thread if not for the captcha, thankfully it wasn't there.

Really it mostly makes me avoid talking if I didn't have much to say, so in a sense I guess it works.

ResonanceSD:
One of the huge advantages of the Pub Club.

I got a captcha that was half-chinese once. That confused me.

Yeah, the half that's digitized from a book is sometimes interesting. My favorites so far:

Stuff containing a long S or things with diacritics, math formulae, hanzi/kanji, and one memorable one that was clearly part of an image.

The captchas don't really bother me all that much, for pretty much all the reasons stated above. I don't let it dictate whether I post or not.

Only when my brain fails me and deciphering them is impossible to me, doesn't happen often but it sometimes happens for the most part I don't mind the captchas but on those rare instances when I try to decipher 10 different captchas and I just can't it's pretty damned frustrating.

Crono1973:

Zachary Amaranth:
A little too often, but what can you do?

Talk about it here, hope the mods give a shit what posters think.

Not exactly full of confidence that'll work. Considering the level of complaint in the past, and the lack of action.

Hell, I reported a problem I was having where I'd get Captchas several times in a row, and I didn't even get so much as a follow-up.

Nopoe, never. I just put up with the CAPTCHA and type down whatever I see in it.

about half the time, it's not worth the trouble.

I usually have no trouble with CAPTCHA, that said though, I'll admit if I wasn't too fussed about posting the comment in the first place, I'll usually not bother.

Never, the CAPTCHAs for me are rarely hard to read and if they are I just refresh and get a better one.

Never on here because of Pubclub.

On other sites, every time.

TopazFusion:
Okay, now that this thread has been bumped by someone else . . .

Crono1973:
..and yet, you decided to post here and bump it. Thanks.

It was still on page 1 of the forum, what's your fucking point?

Do you want me to quote you in every thread you disagree with and bump, and repeat back to you what you've just said here?

Also, you didn't address anything I said. Are you trying to waste everyone's time here, or what?

Say something valuable and I will address it.

Hint: Calling my complaint stupid isn't valuable.

Never. If I decide I have a contribution I want to make, I'll make it. The CAPTCHA is just a little deciphering puzzle to do on the side. And if not the current one, then a couple of refreshes will leave you with an easy enough image. You'd have to be truly lazy in order to say "meh, screw it" in the face of that.

TopazFusion:

Crono1973:
Say something valuable and I will address it.

Very well. Let me put this in the simplest possible way.

You cannot avoid captcha by not posting.

If you close out of a thread because you see the captcha box pop up, it will only pop up again on the next thread you want to comment on. (Because you haven't entered one yet. The forum remebers this.)
What do you do then? Do you close that thread as well?

Captcha needs to be entered every (I not exactly sure of the number, but) 20th post, I think?
If you do not enter one, you have not yet made that particular 20th post. Hence why captcha will only bother you again the next time you try to post.

Ergo, trying to avoid captcha by not posting is not actually possible.
It's far easier to just enter the damn thing and be on your merry way.

It seems to work if you close the tab or the browser windows and come back later or the next day or whatever. Really though, it comes down to not wanting to fuck with CAPTCHA at a specific time but not minding it as much a few hours later.

It's just that the former is becoming more likely than the latter. I already post less here than I did a few months ago and I am just wondering if there are other people who post less too because of CAPTCHA.

It does seem that things move slower on this board lately but I have no evidence to back that up, it just seems. Also, I have had CAPTCHAS 3 or 4 times in a row so there is no evidence that it only comes up every 10 or 20 posts.

TopazFusion:

Crono1973:
It seems to work if you close the tab or the browser windows and come back later or the next day or whatever. Really though, it comes down to not wanting to fuck with CAPTCHA at a specific time but not minding it as much a few hours later.

Ahhhh, I see where you coming from now.
Admittedly, I can understand someone who is not in the mood for captchas, to go do something else for a while instead.

Personally, I have never abandoned a post entirely because of it, but I guess if the captcha post counter (or whatever it is) resets after a few hours (entirely possible, it's supposed to stop spammers afterall), maybe coming back later might be a good idea for some.

Crono1973:
It does seem that things move slower on this board lately but I have no evidence to back that up, it just seems.

I have definitely noticed this too, though I don't think it's related to captchas.
I think it might have more to do with the site redesign than anything else.

..or the instability of the servers, the site seems to slow down alot too. Not just on Wednesdays either. I know Escapist is broke after that Extra Credits mess so maybe they could save money by dropping CAPTCHA. :-)

Not. I only post on topics I think are interesting enough to post on, and Capatcha won't make the topic any less interesting. Eventhough it can be a little annoying at times.

Never.
I probably only post about 1/3 of what I write, but the captcha doesn't bother me. Just refresh if you can't understand the words.

Crono1973:

Zachary Amaranth:
A little too often, but what can you do?

Talk about it here, hope the mods give a shit what posters think.

Or you could contact a mod directly, maybe even join the Moderation Team group made specifically for members to voice their opinions and suggest improvements. Or you could moan to us, I suppose...

OT: Never.

Jedamethis:

Crono1973:

Zachary Amaranth:
A little too often, but what can you do?

Talk about it here, hope the mods give a shit what posters think.

Or you could contact a mod directly, maybe even join the Moderation Team group made specifically for members to voice their opinions and suggest improvements. Or you could moan to us, I suppose...

OT: Never.

Contacting a mod directly would probably have zero impact, just like this thread but atleast with this thread there is more than one person "moaning".

Seriously, get over yourself, if this thread bothers you so much, why not skip it?

Pub club so I don't have to worry about them. Plus they only come up like once a day from what I saw before I was a member.

Once. I was very tired that night. After giving up, I went to bed.

TopazFusion:

Crono1973:
Also, I have had CAPTCHAS 3 or 4 times in a row so there is no evidence that it only comes up every 10 or 20 posts.

Oh yeah, I believe this is due to forum lag.
It takes a few minutes sometimes for it to realise you've already entered one (and stop showing them for the meantime).
Hell, I've even had a captcha box disappear while I was in the middle of typing a post out. I had only just entered one a couple of minutes earlier (I guess it finally caught up).

Crono1973:
..or the instability of the servers, the site seems to slow down alot too. Not just on Wednesdays either. I know Escapist is broke after that Extra Credits mess so maybe they could save money by dropping CAPTCHA. :-)

Quite possible.

Another possible solution would be to remove captcha requirements when a user goes over 1000 posts (or some other arbitrary number), since spambots will never get post counts that high.

Yep, once a poster proves they are a real human being (or atleast a Golden Retriever) then they should not have to prove it again unless they start spamming.

ash-brewster:
Pub club so I don't have to worry about them. Plus they only come up like once a day from what I saw before I was a member.

They come up alot more than once a day.

Crono1973:

Jedamethis:

Crono1973:

Talk about it here, hope the mods give a shit what posters think.

Or you could contact a mod directly, maybe even join the Moderation Team group made specifically for members to voice their opinions and suggest improvements. Or you could moan to us, I suppose...

OT: Never.

Contacting a mod directly would probably have zero impact, just like this thread but atleast with this thread there is more than one person "moaning".

Seriously, get over yourself, if this thread bothers you so much, why not skip it?

Why do you think that?

I'm not bothered. I'm just not the best at helping people I suppose.

Crono1973:

ash-brewster:
Pub club so I don't have to worry about them. Plus they only come up like once a day from what I saw before I was a member.

They come up alot more than once a day.

Depends on how much you post, for me it used to be about once a day.

Never. It's just a CAPTCHA. It takes 10 seconds per day on your second post of the day, and that's it.

Though honestly, it would be a whole lot smarter to put it on account signup instead.

Jedamethis:

Crono1973:

Jedamethis:

Or you could contact a mod directly, maybe even join the Moderation Team group made specifically for members to voice their opinions and suggest improvements. Or you could moan to us, I suppose...

OT: Never.

Contacting a mod directly would probably have zero impact, just like this thread but atleast with this thread there is more than one person "moaning".

Seriously, get over yourself, if this thread bothers you so much, why not skip it?

Why do you think that?

I'm not bothered. I'm just not the best at helping people I suppose.

Because no doubt the mods have already seen this thread (they did move it from Gaming Discussion to here), that is all I would accomplish by directly contacting a mod.

Crono1973:

evilneko:
Meh. It's not that hard to refresh the captcha a few times to get a readable one. BTW, they're not case-sensitive, and you only have to type the word with the partially-inverted text.

Sure, it's not that hard to click a mouse a few times nor is it that hard to decipher and type it but it really is annoying and unnecessary.

Do you ever wonder why legitimate posters have to prove over and over again that they aren't bots? Is there no way they can program a flag in to only throw captchas at new posters until they prove they aren't bots? It's ridiculous and I guess I am curious how many posts were skipped because people didn't want to deal with CAPTCHAS.

I don't ever get a Captcha when I post here. Like...ever.

Hmm, an interesting topic. Well... wait what's that I just read?

evilneko:
BTW, they're not case-sensitive...


This I gotta test.

OT: Well Captcha usually dissuades me from posting when it starts to appear too many times in a row. E.G. every thread I visit after making one post. It can be really annoying. Especially in an RP thread.

Captcha: dsVaPri leza ...

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