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A Awesome Captcha Alternative!

  • # July 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I find the standard Captacha annoying, the words in it, have become so jumbled and hard to read, it takes many times to complete it.

    The game and video ones are often an annoyance, as I am here to get my download / purchase, not watch a advertisement or play a flash game.

    However, Captacha is a important part of the web, and is needed to avoid more spam than there already is.

    I came across a great alternative today, It’s called Motion Captcha. A quick and simple drawing of a shape that is easy for a human wrist, but difficult / impossible for a bot.

    http://www.josscrowcroft.com/demos/motioncaptcha/

    What are your thoughts on this? could it be used widespread? I hope so, so much better than the current Captcha.

    # July 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Probably more bot resistant but see discussion here: http://css-tricks.com/forums/discussion/26705/avoid-the-are-you-human-field#Item_15

    It’s not exactly an alternative to Captcha…just an interpretation of the same thing.

    # July 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    This is even more annoying imho… :P

    # July 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I would hate this. And yes, bot spam is becoming less of the issue, that’s simple to deal with in general.

    # July 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I actually dig that, and I hate Captcha haha.

    I see spam almost everywhere I go, now, it’s ridiculous.

    # July 17, 2013 at 4:05 am

    The idea is interesting but this can be a pain in the ass to complete. Not to mention accessibility issues…

    # July 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

    > Not to mention accessibility issues…

    Yes, I hadn’t thought about that, good point.

    # July 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I’ve seen ideas similar to that before. I think [PlayThrus](http://areyouahuman.com/ “PlayThrus by Are You a Human”) are a slightly more elegant approach (despite the obnoxious name).

    I’ve also seen a lot of people merely an input that says something like “Which is warmer, ice or steam?” From purely a useability perspective that isn’t the worst thing you can do, but it won’t necessarily stop all the bots either. Then again, neither to Captchas.

    What we really need is for some brilliant person to figure out how to stop the bots without needing to ask your users for anything. Maybe something like Jeff Starr’s [Blackhole](http://perishablepress.com/blackhole-bad-bots/)?

    # July 17, 2013 at 11:39 am

    > What we really need is for some brilliant person to figure out how to stop the bots without needing to ask your users for anything. Maybe something like Jeff Starr’s Blackhole?

    That is very cool, great article.

    # July 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I find akismet sorts out majority of bot issues, and remainder of spam is human generated, so spending hours worrying more about bots isn’t going to solve that issue.

    # July 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    It works on my iPhone. That was surprising. Normally stuff like that fails with touch devices. I like it. The only problem I would have is that would never go well with any of my form designs. I too hate the image captchas. I use a simple math question. This one here just gives random addition questions using number 1 through 5. http://www.websitecodetutorials.com/code/php/simple-php-captcha.php

    # July 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I hate captcha as well… I usually need to go through a few rounds before I can get one right. Very annoying.

    I like PicnicTutorials idea of a simple math equation better.

    # July 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Apparently just a bunch of circles got me past it, but I doubt a bot is going to do that :P

    But I wonder if this might be a better mobile spam solution while more linear solutions like easy math questions might be best for desktop.

    # July 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    > I usually need to go through a few rounds before I can get one right. Very annoying.

    At least you got it right unlike I. I came across some so bad that even after few rounds I couldn’t get it and gave up feeling that there’s something seriously wrong with me.

    # July 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Which is why most of them are ridiculous. I’m fine with akismet, and a good honeypot, but starting to move away from requiring a user to work harder just to submit a form. We should be making it easier for users, not harder. Web usability 101.

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