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    • AlphaCentauri on Sun 22 Aug 2010
    • 10:15:23 AM UTC

    CAPTCHA

    Okay, CAPTCHAs are officially out of hand.

    I just got a reCAPTCHA when I posted a WOT comment that included this mathematical forumula:

    βσ2t-1

    Not only did it include Greek characters, the 2 should have been a superscript and the t-1 a subscript. I had to use Microsoft Word to get the beta and sigma to paste it in, as I don't have a Greek keyboard.

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    • IssViews (not verified) on Sun 22 Aug 2010
    • 10:26:04 AM UTC

    You could have just

    You could have just requested a refresh of the Capatcha and would not have had to go through that pallaver. ;)

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    • Sami on Sun 22 Aug 2010
    • 10:49:24 AM UTC

    Re: CAPTCHA

    It seems reCAPTCHA has turned up the difficulty level recently... :)

    Yes, requesting a new one should solve the problem.

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      • IssViews (not verified) on Sun 22 Aug 2010
      • 11:02:09 AM UTC

      Cant say I have seen any of

      Cant say I have seen any of these hense my previous comment. I must admit that this too would give me a headache when faced with it. Lets hope the new one does the trick.

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      • AlphaCentauri on Wed 17 Nov 2010
      • 12:57:46 AM UTC

      more information

      Perhaps those foreign language CAPTCHAs were part of the test described here
      http://krebsonsecurity.com/2010/11/captchabot-blur...
      in which researchers sought to determine where the CAPTCHA-solving humans were located.

      I.E., if you are presented with a Chinese character and can solve the CAPTCHA anyway, you're likely to be in China.

      There are a number of services spammers can use that pay poor people a few pennies to solve the CAPTCHAs that automated CAPTCHA solving software fails to solve.

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    • AlphaCentauri on Sun 22 Aug 2010
    • 12:38:35 PM UTC

    It's supposed to have a purpose

    The whole idea of reCAPTCHA is that only one of the images is the test. The other is something in a literary source that OCR software is having trouble identifying. Having people who solve CAPTCHAs also help decipher those is useful to digitizing books, especially works whose only hard copies are aging and at risk of being lost. ("Stop spam. Read books.")

    If you know which is which, you can enter anything you want for the literary source image and still be able to get credit for solving the entire CAPTCHA. It isn't really necessary to ask for another, as the whole reason the second image is there is that there is no right answer for it yet. But you're potentially poisoning the statistics used for the OCR software. That's why I did go to some trouble to provide an accurate answer. There's examples of how it works here: http://www.google.com/recaptcha/digitizing

    If they're going to give examples that use non-English keyboards, they need to find a way to matching it with users using those keyboards. Perhaps they used to and it's gone on the fritz?

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      • Kraftwerk on Sun 22 Aug 2010
      • 12:43:58 PM UTC

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      Not exactly. In fact, both are from books that couldn´t be read. But one is identified, which means that you still can enter something different, like change a letter, and it will work. The other could be neglected. It´s pretty easy to see which one should be entered.

      Blueberry Cake Level Member of the WOT Community

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    • SuperHero58 on Sun 22 Aug 2010
    • 03:21:11 PM UTC

    @ all

    Excuse my ignorance , but downloading an online Greek keyboard , could that have helped ?=== if only for a few characters == @ ARGΗ = sorry for leaving with those" flowers " I never imagined , that it would turn so ugly ===== very proud of the way you handled it === you are a great rater == sorry for going off topic for a moment =

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      • Kraftwerk on Sun 22 Aug 2010
      • 03:22:28 PM UTC

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      I don´t think that you have left (if i understood you correctly). And it didn´t went that ugly :o) So there´s no reason to excuse IMO

      Blueberry Cake Level Member of the WOT Community

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        • SuperHero58 on Mon 23 Aug 2010
        • 12:16:25 AM UTC

        I don´t think that you have left

        sorry I meant to say about "leaving you with roses " == I read the posts , and I could not understand why OP would not listen , but that is life = b/w ARGH = do you think , that a key board in Greek [ down loaded ] could have resolved the problem of using some words to create a password ? thank you

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          • Kraftwerk on Mon 23 Aug 2010
          • 10:02:18 AM UTC

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          Well..yes.But there are books form everywhere scanned so you would need a keyboard from everywhere. Only for this. Sounds like a bit too much work :o)

          I think charmap would help.

          Blueberry Cake Level Member of the WOT Community

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    • Nulander on Mon 23 Aug 2010
    • 12:36:57 AM UTC

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    @AlphaCentauri

    Consider it just another Anti-Bot check. Who knowing the fact that cannot reproduce such characters, would try to write that two words, instead of simply ask for another couple? ;o)

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    • Anonymous on Wed 17 Nov 2010
    • 03:31:59 AM UTC

    LoL

    WOT should waive captcha's for plantinum members. If WOT can't trust that platinum members aren't bots then.....

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    • i☆ on Wed 17 Nov 2010
    • 02:34:05 PM UTC

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    I never seem to get CAPTCHAs; do I have to make many comments within a short period of time to be asked for one?

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