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Can everyone just STOP using Google captcha 😠

@duncanmid What is the alternative you suggest? I been wanting to use something else, but most of the FOSS ones out there I have used are not effective.

@hack13
Build a simple one yourself. Of you are not Google, spammers will think your site is probably not worth to implement another captcha cracker.
@duncanmid

@hack13 @duncanmid
I use simple "The name of this site" questions on some smaller sites.

@hack13 @duncanmid reCaptcha is also effective in turning *real users* away. In 90% of all cases, I leave a site when that thing pops up. Got better things to do with my time then solving puzzles for 10 minutes (in case you don't know: it's rarely a single one, more likely about 10 times you've got to "prove" yourself marking all busses, shop fronts, whatever).

@IzzyOnDroid

@hack13
Yes, it's a real turn off.
I work for a company that build sites in WordPress and we put a Google captcha on all the wp login pages 🤬

It's *so* annoying - every time I need to modify a site I have to complete the captcha. It's also annoying because there are better ways to protect a wp login form!

Also, I'm annoyed that Google is mining my cognitive ability to recognize cars, busses, traffic lights, cross walks, store fronts, bridges etc.. for their own interests 🤬🤬🤬

@duncanmid @IzzyOnDroid So I need to come up with a better solution then, that isn't annoying but still prevents spam and boots from causing havock. Would like a simple stupid question or something that randomly changes be better I have seen some sites use math problems?

@hack13 @duncanmid Sure. I currently cannot name a single "replacement" that would be worse than reCaptcha – for the two main reasons given: 1) it's massively annoying (letting the user run in loops) and 2) it feeds Google (which in itself here covers 2 bad things: privacy issues, and "slave labor").

@IzzyOnDroid @duncanmid I can think of one, I can't remember the name but it was like MediaKey or something like that and it made you watch an AD before you were given a code to put in. Then there was another one that did like 30 seconds of crypto mining before you could click the box.

@hack13
@IzzyOnDroid
Those are both absolutely awful!
The almost make me think fondly of the fire hydrants and bicycles.

@duncanmid Is there some way to give feedback to sites that use captcha? Like "I didn't click through because I refuse to let captcha scripts gather my data". Other than just emailing them.... .which I guess I could do.

@duncanmid Last time I went through over 10 levels and gave up then.

@mase
Yes, it was doing that to me yesterday - like whack-a-mole except with low Res pictures of bicycles

@duncanmid The same for me. I failed with that bicycle level, too.😠

@mase
After bicycles it's store fronts, then really grainy pictures of bridges mixed with things that look like they might be bridges - just to make sure that you can't do whatever it was that you wanted to do - but Google get the data they want.

@duncanmid Can it be deactivated in the #Mastodon registration? I have a closed registration with invites only on my instance, and I don't want to diss people.

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