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I asked a question over at It went something like this:

  • Wrote question, clicked on submit.
  • You forgot to use tags, please use tags.
  • Added tag design, clicked on submit.
  • Solved captcha.
  • You have to add one of those tags: bug, feature-request, discussion.
  • Added tag feature-request, clicked on submit.
  • Solved captcha.

Is it possible to only ask for the captcha if the question is valid, e.g. has tags filled out correctly?

Please tell me the first time that I have to use one of the required tags.

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+1 a rather minor detail, but a bump in SO's otherwise smooth user experience. – Pëkka Oct 13 '10 at 10:33
Eh, you get used to it. I'm on Meta too much -- every time I want to ask a question on SO, I instinctively type [bug] into the tags field. ;) – Jon Seigel Oct 13 '10 at 16:56
up vote 3 down vote accepted

This no longer happens, as we now check for post submission validity before allowing the Captcha to occur.

Verified on

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Are you saying this is the case on other 'meta' sites than this one? I just had pretty much the exact same experience as the OP. – Daniel Pratt Jan 4 '11 at 16:29
@daniel I can't repro -- we check validity before invoking captcha. However, be aware that VERY FAST (< 5 seconds between) actions will always trigger bot detection. – Jeff Atwood Jan 4 '11 at 16:34

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