It seems like every time I ask a question (although may not be every time) I get asked to fill out a captcha. I fully understand the value of this for new users, but if I am logged as a user that has established some reputation, I see little value in continuing to ask if I am a human. Can this be changed to only be asked for new users?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Note, I was not asked for this question, but was for the prior question I asked. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kellenjb
    Jan 29, 2012 at 4:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can't think of the last time I saw this. Doing something suspicious? \$\endgroup\$
    – endolith
    Jan 29, 2012 at 19:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ Nothing out of the ordinary. I access the site from home, work, and my phone. The last time I received the captcha I was at home. My work does route all of our traffic out of another state, but the IP is always the same and I believe I had the captcha many times before I started working there. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kellenjb
    Jan 29, 2012 at 19:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kellenjb, look at jeffs comment on the answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Jan 31, 2012 at 6:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why do we need a captcha at all for someone that has already gone thru the process and created a account? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 31, 2012 at 17:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop Your comment is essentially the exact question I was asking. According to the link in Jarrod's answer it is so that if you get a bug on your computer as a "trusted" user, the bug can't spam stack exchange. The answer also says that it only suppresses the captcha for 5 minutes... I am sure glad that I am not seeing a captcha every 5 minutes though. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kellenjb
    Jan 31, 2012 at 17:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ Sometimes those captcha things are hard to read even for humans. I often get it wrong on the first try. I think they need to lighten up a bit and stop treating us like criminals. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 1, 2012 at 14:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop Every now and then I get captcha's that are upside down... I have no idea how to type those :-) \$\endgroup\$
    – Kellenjb
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:23

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After you solve a captcha, we suppress them for a small interval. Looking at the http logs, we're not seeing anything unusual.

If you see a spate of captchas, please let us know.

  • \$\begingroup\$ generally when people bring this up, they have done something like disable JavaScript or otherwise manipulated their browser settings away from default values. Is that true in this case? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 31, 2012 at 2:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jeff nope, nothing changed out of the usual. Is meta treated seperate from the main site? Thinking back I probably always see it on meta, but never on the main site. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kellenjb
    Jan 31, 2012 at 12:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ And in case you didn't see my comment on the question, my normal habits are phone, work, and home. My work does route my traffic out from another state, but this is done outside of browser settings. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kellenjb
    Jan 31, 2012 at 12:30

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