CAPTCHA vs skill-testing question

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Re: CAPTCHA vs skill-testing question

Post by Darth Wong » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:05 pm

Dogs and things wrote:Limited retries after failure, a fresh question on every retry, 10 options in the dropdown, very few bots will get through.
It would be nice if I knew how to make custom CAPTCHA plug-ins to allow mutiple-choice questions. I'm thinking that radio buttons would be nicer than a dropdown menu, though. I guess I'll have to either suggest it in the mod forum or try to figure out how to make these CAPTCHA plug-ins myself.

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Re: CAPTCHA vs skill-testing question

Post by jeffmarto » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:42 am

Picture Captcha is a good idea and very effective solution.
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Re: CAPTCHA vs skill-testing question

Post by Darth Wong » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:29 pm

However, picture captcha is also less accessible than a text solution.

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Re: CAPTCHA vs skill-testing question

Post by temporarylogin2 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:04 pm

I try to keep users in mind first and foremost -- Captcha has become a standard tool, so most recognize that... Skill tests are far less common and can therefore confuse users.

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Re: CAPTCHA vs skill-testing question

Post by Darth Wong » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:03 pm

Any user who is confused by a simple question like "Mary has 30 songs on her iPod. Assuming each song is 5 minutes long, how many minutes of music does she have" is quite frankly too stupid to be allowed in.

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Re: CAPTCHA vs skill-testing question

Post by temporarylogin2 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:16 pm

It's not a matter of whether they understand the question -- but whether they understand the point. A primary factor in usability is presenting information using commonly understood constructs -- when users are presented with something unfamiliar, you can count on losing someone. If that's a risk you're willing to take, then fine. However, the "Serve's 'em right" mentality is never one that I've been able to adopt. I guess it depends on whether you want more users or just "the right" users.

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