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Little Bobby Tables Is All Grown Up

Aww, look! Little Bobby Tables is all grown up and in a CAPTCHA now. (via Reddit)

Relevant xkcd comic. (Oh look, it’s almost 10 years old!)

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Web

reCAPTCHA Fail

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I had to refresh twice to get a string I could read and type. Captcha anti spam checks suck.

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Web

StumbleUpon's brief dalliance with CAPTCHAs

I was shocked to see a CAPTCHA this morning when I stumbled a post not yet in the SU database. StumbleUpon to me was and is the one social network where I hadn’t come across reams of spam or annoying behaviour. The overall experience there has been so smooth and enjoyable that I wondered just how they managed to keep the spammers at bay. Obviously they’re attracting the wrong attention now because this morning I was presented with a CAPTCHA twice when I discovered new content.

Illegible caption on StumbleUpon
Illegible StumbleUpon CAPTCHA


A slightly more readable StumbleUpon CAPTCHA

Those CAPTCHAs look like the one on Matt Haughey’s post. I guess StumbleUpon were using ReCAPTCHA too? Thankfully they stopped and the last post I stumbled (Matt’s post above) had a big empty space where the CAPTCHA had been. Please SU, don’t bring the CAPTCHA back!

Thanks Mark for the link to Matt’s post.

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Oh dear. How many times have I clicked submit on a Typepad blog comment form and moved on to the next site only to accidentally come back hours later and discover the CAPTCHA waiting for me?

I don’t think I’ve lost a comment yet, but they could have put the CAPTCHA on the same page as the comment form. If that’s impossible, the comment form should warn the visitor that a second page needs to be filled out. It’s not rocket science.