Sick of Captchas? How About Chess Puzzles?

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Sick of Captchas? How About Chess Puzzles?

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Because it's not like computers are really good at chess or anything.

If you want to comment on this article - and you really do - chances are you'll have to translate a jumbled combination of skewed letters into something resembling English to prove you're not an unfeeling automaton posing as a human being. Captchas (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) are, of course, one of the most irritating things on the planet, but they are infinitely preferable to an army of remorseless spam bots filling every thread with offers of free iPads, prescription medicine and phallic enhancement.

The people behind chess forum, lichess.org, have found a less-irritating yet thematically-sound alternative; chess puzzles. To sign in to the forum, you need to enter your username and password, then cast your eye over a chess puzzle and make the correct move to put the white player in checkmate.

It's a cute system, and far more entertaining than entering nonsense phrases, or worse, advertisement slogans, but how effective is it? Well, the first hurdle is that not every person trying to access a site is going to know the rules of chess. That's fine on a site that is literally about chess. In fact, you could argue that the system keeps out undesirables, but I'm willing to bet a relatively small percentage of YouTube users know their rooks from their pawns. There's also the rather huge caveat that computers are actually very good at chess, and it would be trivial to program a bot that can answer simple chess puzzles.

Still, it's a fun little system. I've been refreshing the site's login page every few minutes for the past hour, and I'm not even a member.

Source: lichess.org via The Register

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You think that's fun? Adafruit Industries, a New York based open-source hardware company focusing primarily on electronics gear, uses resistor color code Captchas for posts to their blog. Check it out: http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2013/03/14/new-products-stepper-motor-mount-with-hardware-nema-17-sized/#postcomment (if you are viewing this a week later, they probably closed the comment section for this article, and thus the Captcha is gone)

As long as I'll only have to do it once when I sign in. Seriously The ad based captchas are counter productive: all they do is help memorize the companies I won't be buying anything from. Fuck-off Hopper!

They should require you to describe the meaning of "love".

That's something a robot can never do.

Who the hell sold out captcha to advertisements anyways... isn't that kind of counterproductive since a bot can likely type in a number of generic terms to get past it? The only thing I've ever typed into this is "**** off" then reloaded until I got another add-free one, but now they actually accept you typing that in.

Just make every Captcha ask the question: Do you have a soul?

That oughta stump 'em.

Gods, I can't do those "Mate in two." puzzles, this could be bad.

scienceguy8:
You think that's fun? Adafruit Industries, a New York based open-source hardware company focusing primarily on electronics gear, uses resistor color code Captchas for posts to their blog. Check it out: http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2013/03/14/new-products-stepper-motor-mount-with-hardware-nema-17-sized/#postcomment (if you are viewing this a week later, they probably closed the comment section for this article, and thus the Captcha is gone)

Cute! Though it's little more than a dolled-up color-matching game, and only as secure as it is obscure.

Gotta say that is a pretty neat little system they've got there. Obviously yeah, it likely wouldn't work anywhere else besides a site devoted to chess which proceeds under the assumption that you at least have a working knowledge of the sport game. Still, I'd imagine it would be preferable to having to type in damn advertising slogans.

That said, however, a wide-spread use of this would do away with the mysterious, imfamous "psychic Captcha" which can predict the mood or theme of your post before you've even typed it out! Think I'd grow to miss that.

I'd far rather figure out a chess problem than type in some fucking plug for some gambling website that I'm sure will eventually be used to target advertising at me. Fuck that shit.

I LOVE CHESS. MUST GET SOME PUZZLES. :-D

I see no problem with this, but I don't know about the rest of the Escapist. I think that we should have the choice to see if we want to do chess puzzles or just skip and enter the advertising thing anyway. BUT I WANT THESE SO BAD. IT WOULD MAKE MY DAY. ALL OF THEM. :-)

The Captchas on this site are such bullshit. I should only have had to prove I am human one time, I shouldn't have to keep doing it every few posts or every time I post a thread. I am sure it's more about pushing ads than it is about keeping spammers away.

New a website that required you to recognise cats from a list of different pets (users could send in their own photos). Unfortunately the computers have learned...

And in other news, Deep Blue has now become the ultimate spam bot.

Crono1973:
The Captchas on this site are such bullshit. I should only have had to prove I am human one time, I shouldn't have to keep doing it every few posts or every time I post a thread. I am sure it's more about pushing ads than it is about keeping spammers away.

It is. That it keeps a few crappy bots away is just a side effect. If it were really about keeping bots away, they'd use stronger ones.

evilneko:

Crono1973:
The Captchas on this site are such bullshit. I should only have had to prove I am human one time, I shouldn't have to keep doing it every few posts or every time I post a thread. I am sure it's more about pushing ads than it is about keeping spammers away.

It is. That it keeps a few crappy bots away is just a side effect. If it were really about keeping bots away, they'd use stronger ones.

Also, if it were really about keeping bots away each account would only need to be verified once.

DVS BSTrD:
As long as I'll only have to do it once when I sign in. Seriously The ad based captchas are counter productive: all they do is help memorize the companies I won't be buying anything from. Fuck-off Hopper!

Same for ShinglesInfo.com. Stop reminding me I could die at any moment! You're ruining my time that I'm wasting on the Web! As soon as I read "chess puzzles", I instantly thought of Subject 16's Rift puzzles from Assassin's Creed:Brotherhood.

It's preferable to crap we never see? Yes. Well, a kick in the groin is preferable to being mauled by a zombie, while we're at it.

DVS BSTrD:
As long as I'll only have to do it once when I sign in. Seriously The ad based captchas are counter productive: all they do is help memorize the companies I won't be buying anything from. Fuck-off Hopper!

Naybe that's the plan. Maybe those ads are sponsored by Comcast or TWC.

Those FIENDS!

My name is Chessrook44, and I approve this captcha.

Why not turn off captchas for people with over 1000 posts? I mean, I think they've proven not to be bots by that point.

Denamic:
Why not turn off captchas for people with over 1000 posts? I mean, I think they've proven not to be bots by that point.

Because ad money, I'd assume.

I mean, they have captchas with a yes/no pull down and ones where any gibberish will do, Fer cryin' out loud. What about that deters spam bots?

I normally become a member as to not get captchas.

DVS BSTrD:
As long as I'll only have to do it once when I sign in. Seriously The ad based captchas are counter productive: all they do is help memorize the companies I won't be buying anything from. Fuck-off Hopper!

How big is your list?

Mine includes:
Doritos
Subway
Century 21
Palmolive
Red Cross
GE

Proverbial Jon:
Just make every Captcha ask the question: Do you have a soul?

That oughta stump 'em.

Does this unit have a soul?

OT: A blog I comment on simply uses a checkbox, which seems to work fine. OTOH, it's much smaller so you can moderate it better.

I have a better idea. No, I have THREE better ideas.

{1} REMOVE CAPTCHA FROM YOUR SECURITY MEASURES.

{2} Put the at the registration choke-point.

{3} Make them all Blade Runner tests.

Any of these would be less annoying.

randmonds4:
They will never suspect...image

Everyone's talking about captchas being ineffective, but Mr. Spambot is here to prove them wrong!

EDIT: Quick question, why do their images never seem to work?

That's amazing. I'm just refreshing the page for fun at this point.

Also, the resistor one makes me feel like I'm in school. I've had enough resistors for today, thanks!

*tries it a few times* it's pretty neat, and fun, and incalculably less annoying than ad captchas, but it would stop some humans too. it would violate the spirit of the captcha's. it's no good here.

I have over 5900 posts on the site, you'd think I wouldn't have to prove I'm human anymore.

cjbos81:
They should require you to describe the meaning of "love".

That's something a robot can never do.

Better yet ask "What is love?"

Easy to automatically 'solve'? Not too sure about that. The 'mission' is wordy text, the chess pieces have to be recognized visually and the mission has to be translated into a valid chess move.

I haven't tried messing it up, though. I doubt a bot could properly identify the task at hand, and I doubt it could just brute force through it

captcha: two left feet. Nice. Well, that never kept me from playing chess, you evil, nasty, vile captcha, you!

Headdrivehardscrew:
Easy to automatically 'solve'? Not too sure about that. The 'mission' is wordy text, the chess pieces have to be recognized visually and the mission has to be translated into a valid chess move.

I haven't tried messing it up, though. I doubt a bot could properly identify the task at hand, and I doubt it could just brute force through it

captcha: two left feet. Nice. Well, that never kept me from playing chess, you evil, nasty, vile captcha, you!

Pretty easy to solve yeah, I could write a program to do that in a day if I was so motivated and I'm a pretty middling programmer. It's one of the "security from obscurity" captchas, as long as it's for one small chess site it's not worth the effort of breaking, similar to the "Are you a spammer" checkboxes used on some blogs.

On the flipside this would be brilliant as a Completely Automated Program to Tell Intelligent Human Beings from Average Youtube Users.

I'd be happy if you'd just get rid of the ones telling me to gamble!

My time tested "Table Flip" strategy never fails to resolve the issue.

Escapist is the ONLY website where the capchas are often relevant and fun. this is probably the only site where after the update i stopped hatting them. though those advertisement ones or pick a word ones are stupid beyond belif.

P.S. capcha: main chance.
It knows, it knows, run for your lives, skynet is going into defence mode.

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