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Why is Captcha for higher rep users even necessary?
Please stop asking me a captcha with over 500 reputation. I am human

The fact that you are asking me this question when I am LOGGED IN using my Google account is a very, very disturbing thing.

It suggests that your site and servers are a security nightmare, and that no one should entrust you with their personal information.

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How does it suggest that? It is possible to login manually and then run a bot while you're still logged in, you know. –  animuson Feb 29 '12 at 0:48
    
This happens after several edits are made consecutively, right? –  Purag Feb 29 '12 at 0:49
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The only thing it suggests is that you don't understand how these things work. A spammer could easily log in to their Google account, and then start a bot. The captcha mechanism is there to prevent that (very real) possibility. –  Pëkka Feb 29 '12 at 0:53
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Hmmm... are you a human being? (a bot would say surely say "yes", so answer carefully) –  Wesley Murch Feb 29 '12 at 1:06
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You're right on one part: no one should entrust you with their personal information. I don't know what kind of personal information you've been asked to give but here we just do programming... –  sarnold Feb 29 '12 at 1:32
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Nice try, robot. –  Dennis Feb 29 '12 at 1:38
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It's a bot protection mechanism. Bots can't solve the Captcha. Occasionally it gets tripped by a human being exhibiting machine-like behaviors. That has nothing to do with login security or personal information.

People can still do lots of damage with bots, even if they're logged in. Especially if they're logged in.

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The fact that you are asking me this question when I am LOGGED IN using my Google account is a very, very disturbing thing.

Really? Can't a bot sign up with a Google account to and go off on a spamming rampage? Your argument isn't the best here, since anyone can get a Google ID and get a bot to sign in with it.

It suggests that your site and servers are a security nightmare, and that no one should entrust you with their personal information.

No, it suggests that we actually care about what content is being posted on this site and would like to avoid some bot posting "I LOVE PONIES" everywhere.

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Aww... I liek ponies. –  Robert Harvey Feb 29 '12 at 0:52
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@RobertHarvey We like unicorns here. –  Simon Sheehan Feb 29 '12 at 0:53
    
@Simon Sheehan: <3 –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 29 '12 at 0:56
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lieking ponies is okay; LOVING ponies is not. If I'm reading this correctly. –  Matthew Read Feb 29 '12 at 2:22
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It suggests that your site and servers are a security nightmare, and that no one should entrust you with their personal information.

No, it suggests that we don't trust our users (that they necessarily are human beings). Isn't that the pinnacle of security practices anyway?


† Not those with under 20k reputation anyway.

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I occasionally get the captcha even with 150k+ rep –  Pëkka Feb 29 '12 at 0:55
    
@Pekka: Aw. I was hoping to be serious about that 20k privilege, but I guess not. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 29 '12 at 0:55
    
@Pekka we also show the captcha to people with "Bordello" in their name ;-) –  The Unhandled Exception Feb 29 '12 at 1:00
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Even a ♦ does not make one immune to the dreaded captcha. –  Gilles Feb 29 '12 at 1:21
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