Asaf Bartov, 06/07/2013 23:51:
To be precise, the facts do not show that. They show
the CAPTCHA is
responsible for significantly fewer good-faith contributions from casual
editors. That is is or is not a "bad idea", however, is a subjective
judgment, based on one's weighing of multiple factors.
Evidently, large parts of the PTWP community remain convinced that the
downsides of not having the CAPTCHA (easier vandalism? admin workload? --
I'm not really following that debate) outweigh the upsides.
It's worth noting, among other things, that the vote in question ended
just before the stats were released.
You (and I)
may well disagree, but let's recognize that this depends on our _judgment_
Whether or not an editing community's mandate for self-governance should
extend to the right to make such a fundamentally anti-wiki measure as the
emergency CAPTCHA feature a permanent one is debatable, of course.