3 thoughts on “Please, Don’t Use Captcha”

  1. Hey guys –
    I can tell you guys don't run web servers for companies, clients, etc. I'm a web admin for only four not-even-very-big sites (only around 10,000 visitors a day), and without captchas, I end up spending time every day removing spam comments and spam users… what a freakin' waste of my time… and the horrid crap these spammers post… uuuhhgg. Let's just say, it isn't a good day when the president of the company sees ugly porn spam comments on his website. When it got to requiring 100 or more deletions a day – and the weekends were the worst – I turned on captchas. They helped a lot. Now if we can just get companies to stop paying spammers to "market" for them, we can really bring round the problem.

    1. Kal, you're right. I don't run a web server for high-traffic sites. That doesn't mean I don't have to worry about spam. Prior to this current experiment with the IntenseDebate commenting service, I used Akismet to handle the spam. By late 2007, it had blocked 100,000 spam messages. No way would I want to handle that volume of spam manually. Akismet's not perfect. It doesn't do well against hand-crafted, custom spam messages left by humans. But Captchas don't work against those, either.

      The Captcha that inspired this post was brutal. I failed four times even though I was cherry-picking the Captchas I thought I could guess. Assuming this site actually wants subscribers, this is a major FAIL.

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