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This has been discussed before, and was actioned in a way that I can't help but feel is just wrong. This is why I've created a new question, given that the previous one has the 'status completed' tag.

I would like to see a better system for handling captcha throttle thresholds on users. Currently, according to Jeff Atwood:

Some reductions in CAPTCHA throttle thresholds, if you have > 10k rep:

  • for edits -- reduced by two-thirds
  • for post submission times -- min seconds reduced by one half, max minutes increased by 2x

My point is that 10k reputation is waaaaay too high. As has been suggested, there should be some form of scaling involved in the threshold, rather than this system where editing/re-editing your posts confronts you with those damned loveable robots.

So, I would like to ask that you start scaling back the threshold when the user hits something lower, say 500, or 1000.

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Or maybe 2500/5000? 500/1000 is all too easy to get. Once you start engaging with the site, the reputation can grow exponentially in a short term. –  perbert Jan 28 '10 at 17:58
    
Well, I've been on the site (SO) for about a year, and my reputation is about 1800 and I've been no church mouse by any means! –  Dan Atkinson Jan 28 '10 at 18:02
    
I've been doubling my reputation every 2 months like clockwork. I've been expecting it to slow down but it doesn't... 3k->9k blew by in an instant. –  Ether Jan 30 '10 at 3:19

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Assuming you are a logged in user and have >= 200 reputation:

After successfully completing one captcha, we now suppress captcha for 5 minutes on your account.

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Thanks very much! –  Dan Atkinson Oct 30 '10 at 22:22

Is it really a big deal to hit the captcha occasionally? It's like a surprise side encounter while on the main story mission.

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Yes, it is. It's an annoyance that could/should be avoided as and when you build up reputation on the site. Think of it as another perk for being a good citizen. The threshold is simply too high. That's all. I'm asking for it to be lowered or scaled. –  Dan Atkinson Jan 28 '10 at 18:00
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Unless you make a lot of mistakes like I do, and have to hit the captcha a lot. –  Lance Roberts Jan 28 '10 at 18:09
    
Indeed. I make a few mistakes every now and again. Or I think of a better way to write an answer to a question, and end up refactoring it. –  Dan Atkinson Jan 28 '10 at 18:12

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