[arch-general] Forum registration requires INSANE captcha.

Dimitris Zervas dzervas at dzervas.gr
Mon Feb 10 11:57:26 EST 2014

I don't think that using a computer command is suitable to avoid
computer bots. They can easily read the captcha, solve it (just
execute the command) and that's it.
I've seen graphical captcha, but not with numbers and letters, but
with games or with photos.
I don't remember the names right now, but google does.
The downside, is that it requires flash player...

On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:
> Am 10.02.2014 15:42, schrieb Feliz Xett:
>> Hi all!
>> I hope it's ok to bother this list with this question/suggestion/rant about
>> the forum registration process.
> Hi,
> I implemented this "captcha" some years ago as we had massive spam and
> troll problems. We are not just fighting spam bots but actual humans
> here. These typical graphical captchas with distorted text can only be
> solved by computers there days (such irony). I also tried textual
> questions like "Who invented Arch Linux?"; but as this can be easily
> solved by Wikipedia/Google, it did not hold for long.
> So far the current method works fine, the vast majority of Arch users is
> able to bypass it and our forums and wiki wont get spammed making our
> moderators live a little easier.
> I am open for suggestions though, to solve this issue in a more elegant
> way. (also note that someone needs to actually implement this then)
> Greetings,
> Pierre
> --
> Pierre Schmitz, https://pierre-schmitz.com

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