[MediaWiki-l] QuestyCaptcha dynamic questions

chris tharp tharpenator at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 17:39:43 UTC 2014

Jamie's answers are generally awesome (as is the Foreground skin), and
hopefully this ends some spam for some time. As for the discussion on
the problem is, as always with Mediawiki, the software's goals are too tied
to Wikipedia (which is understandable, but a problem for those using it
outside of it) and my fear is as Wikipedia goes so goes Mediawiki. If
captcha is removed from Wikipedia I could see a future were the support for
ConfirmEdit dies, which effectively would kill Mediawiki's effectiveness as
a good software package. Maybe my fear is unfounded, but the shadow of
Wikipedia is very, very large.

I would rather Wikipedia, and  Mediawiki, add support for some more
interesting approaches to captcha. See:
http://www.josscrowcroft.com/demos/motioncaptcha/ (not in production yet,
but an interesting captcha answer).

On Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM, Mark A. Hershberger <mah at nichework.com>

> Tom <tom at hutch4.us> writes:
> > I've seen registrations climbing again, 20-30 a day. I've considered
> > randomizing the output of the order with a mix of images of the
> > position names with actual text.
> Most wikis don't have the benefit of a large, active user base filled
> with monitors like Wikipedia does, of course, but people thinking about
> captcha's should know that this came up today on wikitech-l:
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/80188
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