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I have a lot of technical questions to ask Stack Overflow, so when I start posting and editing and commenting, SO throws up a damn captcha for every little action. This is stupid, because:

  1. I'm already registered and logged in.
  2. I filled out a captcha successfully
    • In the last five minutes.
    • For the last five actions I took.

Please alter the robot detection system to do the smart thing and recognize when a user has recently and repeatedly passed such tests. Frequent flyers shouldn't have to convince SO that they're human for every little website interaction.

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The CAPTCHA is trying to convince you it is not a robot, not to convince you you are a robot. ;) –  kiamlaluno Sep 25 '12 at 0:46
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"I am NOT a robot" -- yeah, that's just what a robot would say! –  Keith Thompson Sep 25 '12 at 0:52
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I don't get how people hit these so much. I've been using SO for a couple years and only seen the human verification page a few times (I definitely wouldn't estimate more than 10)... –  animuson Sep 25 '12 at 0:56
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@animuson the system must like you better. For me it comes and goes. I've hit it a lot in the past week (at least 10 times), but I went at least a month before that since the last time I had a spurt of them... –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 25 '12 at 0:58

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If you want to avoid the captcha you should try reading through your edits more thoroughly before submitting them. Think about it and make sure the changes you make are the ones you really want to make, and only press submit when you are completely satisfied with your edit.

Side note: In the captcha's defense, if you're rapidly making edits to a post you are acting kind of like a robot.

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The only times I ever hit these capchas is when I act like a robot. +1. –  jmort253 Sep 25 '12 at 2:28
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I like to correct my post for accuracy and grammer, and I don't think it should penalize me for doing so. –  mcandre Sep 25 '12 at 2:39
    
I've had this happen recently when making a single edit or posting an answer the first time. –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 25 '12 at 2:41
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@mcandre Although I disagree that this is a penalty, I'm not saying that captchas are always the right answer (I can't stand them) I'm just trying to suggest a way to avoid having to deal with them. –  0x7fffffff Sep 25 '12 at 2:42
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I know others have different experiences, but the only time I have ever seen the captchas myself is when editing something rapid-fire; perhaps I just completed an edit and immediately realized I forgot some minor item, and edited it in within a few seconds. –  Andrew Barber Sep 25 '12 at 3:16
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Why would a robot rapidly edit one post? –  CodesInChaos Nov 9 '12 at 14:13
    
@CodesInChaos - When do "people" (ie a certain subgroup of people which shall go unnamed) ever create only one robot at a time? Answer should be, "ahh... ok". –  CoolHandLouis Mar 9 at 14:30

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