Am I the only one who can’t read CAPTCHA?
I read quite a few blogs every day, and I generally post a reply when I think a blog post has been particularly interesting or comment-worthy. But quite often, I’ve gone to the trouble of typing my entire response and hitting Post only to discover that the blog in question is “protected” by CAPTCHA, and that before my fascinating comment can be published, I have to pass the CAPTCHA test to prove I’m human.
When CAPTCHA first appeared, I generally passed this test first time around and all was fine with the world. I think that CAPTCHA used real words then, so I had some hope of guessing what a particularly obscured letter was. But the real words seem to be long gone.
These days, it’s not surprising for it to take two or even three attempts before I type the correct sequence of letters. Tonight I actually gave up trying to comment on one blog because I failed the CAPTCHA test three times. Apparently I am not human enough this evening. Is it an “i” or a “1” or an “l”? A “q” or a “g”? A “w” or a “ur”? Groan.
But before I feel too sorry for myself, I should spare a thought for the people employed by spammers in some parts of the world to beat CAPTCHA systems. According to the CAPTCHA article on Wikipedia, spammers pay between $0.80 and $1.20 for every 1000 CAPTCHA’s solved. Oh my God. I dread to think how long it would take me to solve a thousand of the things! What a nightmare of a job! At my current rate, I’d be lucky to earn a dollar a day!