Dear web developers and admins,
please stop embedding Google's hideous #ReCaptcha into your websites. Its algorithm is faulty, forcing regular users to click dozens or even hundreds of fire hydrants, bicycles, or traffic lights each day. It puts a 'suspicious activity' flag on users who won't obey to Google's business model - such as people who don't sign into Chrome, use anonymity VPNs, or use browser extensions to suppress common tracking mechanisms. Enough is enough. Stop it.


@kernpanik not only is it very inaccessible to people with limited vision, it also excludes users with older/atypical devices/browsers (including screen readers), and is so america-centric that people from other places have to guess what American fire hydrants, traffic lights, crossings, parking meters etc look like!

Gaggle captchas wouldn't excite me more if they contained bollards, pellican crossings and belisha beacons instead.
They 'fail' you so often, because you are free labour. You are a slave 'mechanical turk' for gaggle to train its classifiers.
Don't just click off. Tell the admin of the site why they are losing traffic, especially yours - one of the very few P.O.'d people who bother to write about it to them! The rest just leave!
@s0 @kernpanik


TBH I only regularly encounter captchas on the website of the online vape shop (recently added), and the Royal Mail free postcode lookup site .

In both situations there is a valid use case (the vape shop by law has to do age and address verification anyway) but surely there could be a better security checking method implemented that could maybe benefit the NHS or other local public services?

@s0 @kernpanik

I think there are maybe 2 specialty vape shops in my town, because various places sell those things.
There are now 5 cannabis shops in town though, which seems a lot for only 12,000 people. I guess Terracites really like their smoke.

@gemlog TBH if it went legal here I would expect the same to happen in Stowmarket (which is a mixed suburban/rural area with about the same population); although not sure how Britain would cope with its car dependency *and* the very strict DUI laws (1 year ban or licence revoked for metabolites of cannabis which can remain in the system 3-5 days later..)

@vfrmedia I can't smoke, so I haven't made myself familiar with 'smoke-driving' laws or testing methods here in my province/country.
You'd think they'd not prosecute for a 5 day old trace surely?

@gemlog the UK does for all illegal drugs (even the allowed amount for prescribed meds is very low compared to the rest of Europe) as do some areas of Australia - its used as a tactic to discourage drug use at raves/nighclubs/pubs/festivals and has been making a big impact on discouraging these things outside large cities with public transport for about 5 years...

@gemlog was speaking to an old friend from the rave days recently and he told me fewer and fewer people were going to the outdoor raves (even before lockdowns) as no one wanted to be the designated driver and the cops were getting smarter with targeting people (they don't always nick them at the rave but tag vehicles with ANPR then stop drivers on Monday mornings when they are likely to be sleep deprived (and possibly driving more erratically) *and* to test positive)

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