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  1. TheServerSide Now Using CAPTCHA (36 messages)

    As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we have moved to a CATPCHA approach to manage our spam issues. If you have problems or concerns with this, please feel free to email me at the email address of my posting. Thanks.

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  2. Had to try it out[ Go to top ]

    Seems to work fine for me. Here's hoping it helps with the spam problem. Peter, let us all know how it goes with CAPTCHA. (Wow, the audio message that you can play from CAPTCHA is right out of a sci-fi movie. :) Cheers, David
  3. Re: Had to try it out[ Go to top ]

    the audio message that you can play from CAPTCHA is right out of a sci-fi movie. :)
    Mars Attacks?
  4. Re: Had to try it out[ Go to top ]

    Once again, have you tried akismet? It's very good and integration is very easy. http://akismet.com/ http://sourceforge.net/projects/akismet-java/
  5. moo[ Go to top ]

    moo
  6. Re: Had to try it out[ Go to top ]

    Visibility is horrible and sound is even worst. I wonder how many folks will be put off from posting. I know spam is a big issue, but if I have to click refresh on captcha 10 times before I can read something, I'm sure my 1 minute post which just turned into 2 minutes might not be worth it. Let's not even discuss the sound, wtf is this? I just hear a bunch of background noise. Thanks for trying though.
  7. There wasnt much of a spam here anyways[ Go to top ]

    Visibility is horrible and sound is even worst. I wonder how many folks will be put off from posting. I know spam is a big issue, but if I have to click refresh on captcha 10 times before I can read something, I'm sure my 1 minute post which just turned into 2 minutes might not be worth it. Let's not even discuss the sound, wtf is this? I just hear a bunch of background noise.

    Thanks for trying though.
    Completely agreed. Quite contrary to what TSS team may be thinking, it really needs some sort of forensic science audio analyzer software to understand what that background noise is. I completely understand the need to to stop spam but I think TSS is using a sledge hammer to break an egg!!
  8. Hi, It took me almost 5 times submission and 3 times refresh to understand the bit and pieces of reCaptcha. I understand the need for captcha but it is useless if the real people has to suffer alot to put a simple reply. i hope u people come up with some other format because this format is really difficult to understand(bits and pieces) Regards, Martin
  9. I totally argee with Martin. This is way too difficult. Maybe a simpler captcha could be deployed.
  10. If you can't make it out, just click the refresh icon. Sheesh.
  11. If you can't make it out, just click the refresh icon.
    Better yet, listen to the audio. :)
  12. Testing[ Go to top ]

    Does it work?
  13. Testing reply[ Go to top ]

    Testing
  14. w00t[ Go to top ]

    w00t indeed
  15. The font is very hard to read .. anyway you can use a simpler font,. this idea is to stop people from spamming using robots right ? but then can we make the words easy to read for humans ???? the strikethru line is so dark and big that most of the time its hard to read the word and by the time you do , its time to refresh... its a good idea - just make the words a bit easy on eyes...
  16. The font is very hard to read .. anyway you can use a simpler font,.
    this idea is to stop people from spamming using robots right ? but then can we make the words easy to read for humans ???? the strikethru line is so dark and big that most of the time its hard to read the word and by the time you do , its time to refresh... its a good idea - just make the words a bit easy on eyes...
    I would venture to say that anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes on the internet has filled out COUNTLESS CAPTCHAs and similar anti-spam measures. If a person can "easily" overcome the anti-spam measure, then it seems likely that that same person could tell a computer how to do it, too. I've never posted on TSS before, but I read it almost every day. This is the first time I have ever been drawn to post. This measure was installed for the benefit of the community, and if you can't stand three or four extra button clicks to make sure you don't have to read about Viagra, then go somewhere else. $0.02
  17. The font is very hard to read .. anyway you can use a simpler font,.
    this idea is to stop people from spamming using robots right ? but then can we make the words easy to read for humans ???? the strikethru line is so dark and big that most of the time its hard to read the word and by the time you do , its time to refresh... its a good idea - just make the words a bit easy on eyes...


    I would venture to say that anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes on the internet has filled out COUNTLESS CAPTCHAs and similar anti-spam measures.

    If a person can "easily" overcome the anti-spam measure, then it seems likely that that same person could tell a computer how to do it, too.

    I've never posted on TSS before, but I read it almost every day. This is the first time I have ever been drawn to post. This measure was installed for the benefit of the community, and if you can't stand three or four extra button clicks to make sure you don't have to read about Viagra, then go somewhere else.

    $0.02
    i didnt say i dont like it. read my last line. i like the fact there is a check. i m just saying that the words are not that easy to read because fo the font. only if you could read and what i m saying...
  18. Re: TheServerSide Now Using CAPTCHA[ Go to top ]

    what
  19. Re: TheServerSide Now Using CAPTCHA[ Go to top ]

    Thank you. Better than spam in every post... Regards, Nikita Ivanov. GridGain - Open Cloud Platform
  20. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we have moved to a CATPCHA approach to manage our spam issues. If you have problems or concerns with this, please feel free to email me at the email address of my posting. Thanks.
    Nice!
  21. Re: TheServerSide Now Using CAPTCHA[ Go to top ]

    I just hit the refresh circle button until I get captcha words I can read. No problem.
  22. Re: TheServerSide Now Using CAPTCHA[ Go to top ]

    The kind of captcha used here is designed to defeat sophisticated spammers who will use character recognition to automate the process. That's fine but I wonder if it's really necessary. It seems like a bit of overkill. This site went how many year with no sort of protection from spam at all and now you are defending against criminal masterminds. I think it's likely that any sort of protection will be enough. It's kind of like locking you car doors: chances are that any thief that comes along is looking for an unlocked car and will move on. Maybe in the future when everyone has implemented captchas on their forums you'll contend with more sophisticated bots but if you could dial it down until then, I think you'll be alright.
  23. Almost unreadable for humans[ Go to top ]

    I clicked refresh about 30 times to find the words I can read for sure.
  24. Good one.[ Go to top ]

    Now that's a Captchca: $120,000,000 lowly
  25. Funny thing...[ Go to top ]

    The CAPTCHA is fine. I appreciate folks problems with it, and I appreciate the need. But, what was so interesting to me is how TSS was effectively not capable of simply deleting the offending posts/users. In many ways, this could have been better handled (from a customer service POV) through editorial controls and user support along with a zero tolerance policy on top of it. User sees a spam, reports it, editor glances at it (using that classic pornography definition of "I can't describe it but I know it when I see it"), and then deletes the post/user. If N people mark it as Spam, then the post is "hidden" until dealt with by an editor. Does that work for "MySpace" with 8 bazillion posts? Likely not as the editorial load would be to high. But it works on a medium traffic site like this? The spam simply wasn't that bad here, not yet. Adding "CAPTCHA" to User REGISTRATION rather than actual POSTING would bring it down to minimal traffic, as existing spammers would quickly be destroyed and have issues resigning up. It would be nice to see this as an interim solution until a better, more integrated solution is developed. Oh, and for folks commenting on the quality of ReCAPTCHA, the whole point of it is that they don't have control over the font. What you are seeing are actual scans from actual books. By filling out the captcha, you're helping OCR books. And at least we have a refresh, I've seen many that don't, which offers a lot more suck for your money than this one.
  26. Re: Funny thing...[ Go to top ]

    Adding "CAPTCHA" to User REGISTRATION rather than actual POSTING would bring it down to minimal traffic, as existing spammers would quickly be destroyed and have issues resigning up.
    I thought about this too but then considered that perhaps the spammers create lots of accounts ahead of time when they can in case a captcha is implemented later.
  27. Re: Funny thing...[ Go to top ]

    What you are seeing are actual scans from actual books. By filling out the captcha, you're helping OCR books.
    How does that work? If it doesn't generate the text, (or 'know' what the words are in some other way) how does it know whether you entered the correct answer?
  28. Re: Funny thing...[ Go to top ]

    What you are seeing are actual scans from actual books. By filling out the captcha, you're helping OCR books.


    How does that work? If it doesn't generate the text, (or 'know' what the words are in some other way) how does it know whether you entered the correct answer?
    Sorry, I needed to RTFM.
    But if a computer can't read such a CAPTCHA, how does the system know the correct answer to the puzzle? Here's how: Each new word that cannot be read correctly by OCR is given to a user in conjunction with another word for which the answer is already known. The user is then asked to read both words. If they solve the one for which the answer is known, the system assumes their answer is correct for the new one. The system then gives the new image to a number of other people to determine, with higher confidence, whether the original answer was correct.
    That might explain why I sometimes enter what I know is the right answer but it tells me I am wrong. I wonder what the error rate is for this system.
  29. Re: TheServerSide Now Using CAPTCHA[ Go to top ]

    As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we have moved to a CATPCHA approach to manage our spam issues. If you have problems or concerns with this, please feel free to email me at the email address of my posting. Thanks.
    Peter, We really needed it from ages to stop the spammers. Thanks much!
  30. seems to be ineffective. :( http://www.theserverside.com/discussions/thread.tss?thread_id=52452#302696
  31. Trying it out[ Go to top ]

    just trying it. Looks good to me. Not that hard to read!!! But to listen is almos impossible thougth. []s
  32. Re: Trying it out[ Go to top ]

    trying it out :)
  33. Re: Trying it out[ Go to top ]

    Several of my buddies cannot post anymore. I'm having to try to post several times. You have a problem here.
  34. No problem here[ Go to top ]

    I'm not having trouble reading the captchias. I just cycled through about 5 of em, and all were readable.
  35. Works for me[ Go to top ]

    I have no problems with the Captcha and I welcome this addition to TSS. I am happy to use it and I look forward to the elimination of spam posts from this site.
  36. Re: very good[ Go to top ]

    I agree with the person who posted that a voting system might be better. There is sufficient activity here to properly community-ban spammers.
  37. As a robot, I fear this will greatly inhibit my ability to post my thoughts and opinions on the ServerSide