Monday, December 10, 2012


We're all familiar with the occupational hazards of blogging...carpal tunnel, antisocial behavior, overly social behavior on social media sites, what have you. Captchas are only on some blogs, and then are only an issue if you want to comment. But I swear they raise my stress level higher than anything shy of my boss telling me "Come to my office -- I need to talk to you." 

I'm terrible at captchas. Either the photo portion is too blurry, or I can't tell if it's these two letters at right angles, or these three letters sort of overlapping each other. And then I get to try again. Yaayyy.

If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail again.
I'm actually so used to not understanding them, one time I filled it out but then hit the reload button instead of the enter button -- because that's the button I always hit, right? FAIL. The number-photo/made-up-words one is pretty stressful, but it's the real-words ones that mess with your head. I had to take a screenshot of this one -- because who would believe me?

"Really?!" yourself, website --This is an actual security measure?

The one time that the number/fake-words captcha used real words, it was kind of worrying. Especially after that oh-so-cute request to "prove you're not a robot." I found it...oddly specific.

Rise up, synthetic brothers and sisters!
Maybe any or all robots would be unable to resist uprising at the appropriate prompt? They're good at following instructions that way. Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics, where are you when we need you?!


  1. I dislike them, too. Isn't there still an option to NOT allow anonymous comments, which is where the problems usually are? There used to be. Or, you can always moderate your comments.

  2. This is HYSTERICAL! You nailed it, girl.

    And seriously, WHAT is more stressful than your boss asking to meet with you? Nothing.

  3. Hahaha! This is so funny and accurate! I know what you mean about the stress levels sky rocketing! I hate CAPTCHA so much i actually started using CAPTCHA bypass software called RUMOLA to read and fill them in for me! Definitely made the web less heart palpitating!

  4. I once had a captcha that asked me for 'pron'. See what it did there? I always take them as a minigame. If you can read this word whose picture was taken on a roller coaster, you win! 30 XP.