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    • maman
    • By maman 13th Feb 17, 10:03 AM
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    Can anything be done about CAPTCHA?
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    • 13th Feb 17, 10:03 AM
    Can anything be done about CAPTCHA? 13th Feb 17 at 10:03 AM
    One day last week I started getting the CAPTCHA 'I'm not a robot?' screen when posting on mse. I know I'm not the only one as another poster asked about the same problem on another thread.


    Looking at my history I'm obviously not a spammer so no idea why.


    It's incredibly irritating and if I forget to do copy and paste the post can be lost (and we all know how annoying that is!). I have to verify that I'm a human and sometimes it publishes my post first time, sometimes it doesn't.


    I'd appreciate a response and an explanation please.
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    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 21st Feb 17, 7:03 PM
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    I get it on google sometimes but never on here yet.
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    • chris_m
    • By chris_m 21st Feb 17, 7:23 PM
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    I've seen it a couple of times, once when starting a new thread, once when replying to an existing one. The only way I've got past it is by temporarily using a different browser - which, curiously, didn't demand a captcha.

    I did wonder if it was because my usual browser has noscript running, whereby I allow only the bare minimum of scripts so as to provide the basic functionality for any website, so if something had changed on MSE that would explain it - but obviously not if others have been experiencing it as well.
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 21st Feb 17, 8:41 PM
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    Hi

    We're really sorry we didn't reply on here sooner.

    Can you let us know if this is still happening now please?

    Thank you!
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea

    yes, twice today.
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    • maman
    • By maman 21st Feb 17, 10:34 PM
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    Thank you both

    Matt is taking this into our product meeting with our Tech team. We'll update you as soon as we have something to tell you. Hopefully, though, you'll notice a change before we post to let you know.
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Still happening
    An update of what happened at the meeting would be welcome.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 22nd Feb 17, 2:04 AM
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    Meeting minutes may have gone something like...:

    10am Teas and bikkies
    10:20am Send someone out for more bikkies
    11am Send person back out for bikkies they forgot chocolate ones
    12:01pm Fresh urn of tea and fresh plates of bikkies.
    12:20pm Retire for long lunch too late to start meeting now
    2pm Another fresh urn and more bikkies, old one went soft. Awaiting
    IT team only the IT teams teas boy came back from lunch.
    3pm Tell IT teams tea boy there is an issue with the CAPTCHA's
    and can they fix it ASAP.
    3:05 Meeting ends.


    I get the feeling that the captcha's wont stop the spammers. I have had messages from some spammers when i post replies warning everyone they are spammers.
    I used to follow them around waiting for them to create the next post and it winds some of them up. How dare i interrupt their spamming session.

    It will stop the BOTS but are the kitchen ones actually bots? ( they appear to be the bulk of the spam )
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    • Marisco
    • By Marisco 22nd Feb 17, 6:50 AM
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    Is a captcha that stupid I'm not a robot thing you have to tick? If so, I had one the other day on here.
    • tru
    • By tru 22nd Feb 17, 6:58 AM
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    This morning I've had to tick 'I'm not a robot' then choose all the pictures of trees. Then tick 'I'm not a robot' again, before the post would submit.
    The horrifying moment when you're looking for an adult but then you realise that you are an adult
    So you look for an older adult, someone successfully adulting
    An adultier adult
    • maman
    • By maman 22nd Feb 17, 10:08 AM
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    This morning I've had to tick 'I'm not a robot' then choose all the pictures of trees. Then tick 'I'm not a robot' again, before the post would submit.
    Originally posted by tru

    5 pages of photos to tick!
    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Feb 17, 2:40 PM
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    6 pages of photos and 2 robot screens today just for one post.
    • tru
    • By tru 23rd Feb 17, 3:27 PM
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    Three robot screens and two lots of photos - boats and headphones. At least I'm getting some variety to keep it interesting.
    The horrifying moment when you're looking for an adult but then you realise that you are an adult
    So you look for an older adult, someone successfully adulting
    An adultier adult
    • Mandelbrot
    • By Mandelbrot 23rd Feb 17, 5:49 PM
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    Matt is taking this into our product meeting with our Tech team. We'll update you as soon as we have something to tell you.
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Perhaps you could tell us when this meeting is due to take place?
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 23rd Feb 17, 5:56 PM
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    I've never seen a Captcha on MSE, across either of my browsers Opera or Chrome.

    Another Cloudflare forum that I use produces Captchas when I use the VPN facility in Opera. But I just tried this on MSE and there was no Captcha.
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    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Feb 17, 6:41 PM
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    I've never seen a Captcha on MSE, across either of my browsers Opera or Chrome.

    Another Cloudflare forum that I use produces Captchas when I use the VPN facility in Opera. But I just tried this on MSE and there was no Captcha.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    I'm pleased for you but speaking as one of the 'chosen few ' it's very irritating and time consuming.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 23rd Feb 17, 6:43 PM
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    I'm pleased for you but speaking as one of the 'chosen few ' it's very irritating and time consuming.
    Originally posted by maman
    Sure. There must be a technical reason, though.
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    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 23rd Feb 17, 9:30 PM
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    Oh no, have we been invaded by robots?
    No one dreams of escape
    From the aroma of a cheap jar of coffee
    • Mandelbrot
    • By Mandelbrot 23rd Feb 17, 9:54 PM
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    Sure. There must be a technical reason, though.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    Multiple machines/Multiple copies of software?
    Perhaps not all set up identically?
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 23rd Feb 17, 10:46 PM
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    Thank you both

    Matt is taking this into our product meeting with our Tech team. We'll update you as soon as we have something to tell you. Hopefully, though, you'll notice a change before we post to let you know.
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea

    thanks MSE Andrea, sadly it's still happening,
    I've been trying to add my usual comps to the
    competition board earlier on & also adding links to the
    daily threads on there but had the 'captcha' again multiple times,
    did manage in the end to submit the links to daily threads
    but am having problems still submitting to MSE for adding
    new competitions.
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    • Painkiller
    • By Painkiller 24th Feb 17, 3:45 PM
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    The use of Cloudflare / recaptcha is currently preventing me from posting a competition two competitions in the postal, text & phone forum.

    It's bad enough that we have to fill these in when entering some competitions but making it difficult/impossible to post a competition on MSE is ridiculous.
    Last edited by Painkiller; 24-02-2017 at 11:31 PM.
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 24th Feb 17, 4:52 PM
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    Happened to me for the first time this afternoon. Clicking 'I am not a robot' just produces a blank screen. Logged out, logged back in and all was OK.

    Windows 10 and Firefox
    • Sicard
    • By Sicard 25th Feb 17, 8:55 AM
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    Can we try bribing the tech team with biscuits?
    Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
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