Friday, March 9, 2012

Captcha

It seems to be ubiquitous. Everywhere you go, bloggers have their captcha spam-fighting options turned on, forcing you to re-type strange, wiggly, blurry nonsense words in order to prove you're not a robot. Now that the default for Blogger includes, not one, but two very hard to read words (I find myself nearly always having to give at least two or three tries before I get it right) I found this video particularly apropos.



Captcha from Gabrielle de Vietri on Vimeo.


The sad thing is: I don't think most people don't need this much protection. I turned off my word verification and have only gotten a teeny-tiny amount of spam that I need to moderate. More, and more, I find myself not leaving comments at all, especially when faced with a byzantine number of hoops to jump before my comments will even be accepted for blogger approval.


Anyhow, I really enjoyed this video - a very creative and funny use of nonsense words, consistently conjugated - great job!

5 comments:

  1. I've never seen that video before, but it's hilarious!

    I hate Captcha too. Sometimes I've clicked away from the page after typing a comment, before realising there was a captcha. I'll very rarely put in the effort to go BACK to the page and retype.

    I've never had captcha on my blog. In a full year I've only had two spam comments, and both were caught by Blogger's built-in filter.

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  2. I do that ALL THE TIME!!!!! I'll post a thoughtful, well-considered reply... go to post, and at the last millisecond realize it didn't post because there was a captcha to fill out, or worse, a captcha that I DID fill out, but got wrong because they make them so confusing but it's just slightly too late, and 'click' I've already closed the page, my brilliant comment, lost forever. :P

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  3. Hahaha! That's a laugh I needed today.

    I agree no one except the big blogs needs Captcha. I hate it!

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  4. I think a lot of people don't realize it's the default.

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  5. Cool article ;-)
    That is exactly why we invented SweetCaptcha!!
    Stop the spam,but not the users ;-)
    and its a FREE project.

    http://www.SweetCaptcha.com/

    Have a great day!
    Josh

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