Dear web developers and admins,
please stop embedding Google's hideous #ReCaptcha into your websites. Its algorithm is faulty, forcing regular users to click dozens or even hundreds of fire hydrants, bicycles, or traffic lights each day. It puts a 'suspicious activity' flag on users who won't obey to Google's business model - such as people who don't sign into Chrome, use anonymity VPNs, or use browser extensions to suppress common tracking mechanisms. Enough is enough. Stop it.


Have you ever had the responsibility for a project that was flooded by spambots? Do you know how much work and how much pain it is, to clean it up?
Do you know other measures to distinguish bots from humans or more precisely help against fraud and spam that are as nearly effective and easy to use as ReCaptcha?

Instead of telling people what to do, why don't you try to understand their reasons and then provide other ways of archiving their goals.

@jamalaka @kernpanik Well,I do have the responsibility.I run a public PeerTube instance and our moderator has to remove several spam videos of the same sort every day.But I'd rather discontinue the service completely than embedding Google spyware bullshit in the page.That's simply a no go.And yes,there are alternatives,for example which isn't that hostile to Tor users and I think at least a little bit more privacy friendly.And I also like which is open source and could even be self-hosted.

Not my problem. As an end user, I know that there's usually a competing site that figured out how to avoid #CAPTCHA as abusive & obnoxious as reCAPTCHA & hCAPTCHA. Those sites win my business/interaction. Some of them use a simple math or text CAPTCHA, which is relatively tolerable. Some web admins are clever enough to isolate the CAPTCHA just to form submissions, in which case I just don't use the forms.


@jamalaka @kernpanik recaptcha isn't effective. It costs less than a cent and 30 seconds for a not to get a solved recaptcha response key. And that's when they don't use the audio captcha (which ai can transcribe).

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