Why the crazy password requirements? It a Q&A site, and I have to conform to arbitrarily chosen password complexity criteria.
With a 22 random lowercase characters (entropy 119 bits), the create account page asks me to:
Just adding uppercase characters to the mix does not satisfy the requirements. With 125 bits of entropy, It still asks me to:
Fortunately, doing either of these does satisfy the requirements. As long as there are enough unique characters. The password
a1 replacing Unicode characters to satisfy the numbers and letters requirement, reducing the level of entropy from 112 to 88 bits) still causes the generator to insist that the password:
Sadly, the famous correct horse battery staple password doesn't fly, either:
I add entropy in my passwords in other ways than the
Password1 (entropy approximately 0) mechanism suggested by these requirements, and prefer to use the Stack Exchange OpenID provider.