Text-Only CAPTCHA



  •  I just signed up at a site that uses CAPTCHAs from SOLVE Media. Apparently their idea is to help webmasters make more money by combining two of the things that users hate most: CAPTCHAs and advertising!

     Anyway, most of the CAPTCHAs from that site that I have seen in the past show an advertisement and ask me to type in the text on it... but this one was different, it was the phrase "panic button" bouncing up and down. I assumed it was an animated GIF, and was wondering how easily one could obtain OCR software that could read a single frame of an animated GIF...but then I moved the mouse over the CAPTCHA and my cursor became a text cursor. It was not an animated GIF at all, or even Flash, but the text was in the HTML and it was being animated with JavaScript. Apparently whoever designed that one thinks that if it is mildly annoying for a person to read, then it must be impossible for a 'bot to read!



  • @Z1_Jacob said:

    Apparently their idea is to help webmasters make more money by combining two of the things that users hate most: CAPTCHAs and advertising!
    Involving, no doubt the 'unintended' consequence of ensuring said webmasters include captchas at every possible opportunity to maximise their income and piss off their users even more, rather than at key points of any particular transaction with their site?



    Or do they still use advertising, and treat this as an extra revenue stream?



    What does the site you've signed up to do?



  • It's a fan site for my own online game, made by a few players on a free forum hosting service. Surprisingly, there aren't any ad banners, just the CAPTCHA on the registration form and a large "donate now" link at the bottom of every page. But, they say one of the perks of donating is "no more ads," so maybe there were ads in the past and they have been removed (possibly due to complaints from the ad networks - I was in the free web hosting business a few years ago, and it was hard to get anyone to keep us due to all of the foreign language/questionable content.)



  • If you're hosting the game, why don't you spend a couple days and host the forum too? Then any ad revenue could be in your own pockets.



  •  I do host the forum - but we have rules (lots of kids, I don't want any angry calls from parents), and some users want to go somewhere where they can post whatever they want



  • Ah, that makes sense.



  • TRWTF is that on that web site, the link to page 2 is index_ss2.html, but the link to page 3 is index_ss1.html. Of course, page 1 is index.html



  • @Power Troll said:

    TRWTF is that on that web site, the link to page 2 is index_ss2.html, but the link to page 3 is index_ss1.html. Of course, page 1 is index.html

    Did you miss this blurb:

    @Solve Media said:

    Learn how Solve Media delivers unprecedented engagement and message comprehension

    I love hypocritical copy.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @Power Troll said:
    TRWTF is that on that web site, the link to page 2 is index_ss2.html, but the link to page 3 is index_ss1.html. Of course, page 1 is index.html

    Did you miss this blurb:

    @Solve Media said:

    Learn how Solve Media delivers unprecedented engagement and message comprehension

    I love hypocritical copy.

     

    Maybe part of the learning process involves them rewriting that sentence.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @Solve Media said:
    Learn how Solve Media delivers unprecedented engagement and message comprehension

    I love hypocritical copy.

    Am I missing something there? Seems fine to me - apart from being marketing bollocks, of course.



  • @intertravel said:

    Am I missing something there? Seems fine to me - apart from being marketing bollocks, of course.

    Someone interested in message comprehension would write at a lower level, and avoid using uncommon buzzwords. (Like "engagement", in this case.)

    Of course, the message is aimed at CMOs who wouldn't notice hypocrisy like that, because they spend too much time with their heads up their ass. On the contrary, the more long words and buzzwords you cram in, the better your product looks-- even if they have no clue what it does.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @intertravel said:
    Am I missing something there? Seems fine to me - apart from being marketing bollocks, of course.

    Someone interested in message comprehension would write at a lower level, and avoid using uncommon buzzwords. (Like "engagement", in this case.)

    Well, it's more ironic than hypocritical. It's not particularly clear, but then that's not the type of message they're talking about.



  • @Z1_Jacob said:

    Apparently whoever designed that one thinks that if it is mildly annoying for a person to read, then it must be impossible for a 'bot to read!
     

    Please type this text to prove you're not a bot :

    panic button




  • @toshir0 said:

    @Z1_Jacob said:

    Apparently whoever designed that one thinks that if it is mildly annoying for a person to read, then it must be impossible for a 'bot to read!
     

    Please type this text to prove you're not a bot :

    panic button


    pnic buttn

    ...Ah, fuck, I'm a bot.



  • @toth said:

    pnic buttn

    ...Ah, fuck, I'm a bot.

     

    Naw, you're just a Web 2.0 service.

     


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