Wasn't a new CAPTCHA engine merged a couple weeks ago? What's the status of that?
If I remember, the goal of the new engine was to make the CAPTCHA more difficult for bots,
so it may (or may not) make things worse for humans. Have we ever done any research to
find out how likely humans are to be able to solve our captchas?
On Nov 6, 2014, at 5:52 PM, Jon Harald Søby <jhsoby(a)gmail.com> wrote:
My apologies if this is the wrong place to start a discussion on this, but
it's a better place than nowhere. I recently took part in two very
different Wikipedia workshops -- one in Uganda for schoolchildren aged
14-17, and one Bodø, Norway, for GLAM people aged 35-55. One glaringly
obvious barrier of entry that was common for both groups is that the
CAPTCHA we use is too freaking hard.
The main concern is obviously that it is really hard to read, but there are
also some other issues, namely that all the fields in the user registration
form (except for the username) are wiped if you enter the CAPTCHA
incorrectly. So when you make a mistake, not only do you have to re-type a
whole new CAPTCHA (where you may make another mistake), you also have to
re-type the password twice *and* your e-mail address. This takes a long
time, especially if you're not a fast typer (which was the case for the
first group), or if you are on a tablet or phone (which was the case for
some in the second group).
So I would like to start a discussion about changing to a CAPTCHA that is
more user-friendly, and hopefully one that isn't as
English/Latin-alphabet-centric as the one we currently use. If Ugandan
children and old Norwegian people, which all use the Latin alphabet, have
such problems deciphering the CAPTCHA, what about people speaking languages
that don't use the Latin alphabet? I would prefer something more
simplistic, like some sort of math or image-based CAPTCHA, instead of the
current CAPTCHA we use.
Jon Harald Søby <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jon_Harald_S%C3%B8by>
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