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I often writeup my stackexchange questions in emacs (as God intended), and then cut/paste them to the webform when I'm ready.

Problem: stackexchange sees the cut/paste as a spam attempt(?) and makes me type a CAPTCHA.

Not a huge deal, but is there a way around this?

It seems to me any halfway-intelligent spammer would use curl or something similar to submit forms directly. Does flagging cut-and-paste really help that much?

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I wonder if using vi would've given you upvotes... – balpha Dec 22 '10 at 18:50
@balpha I was really confused why this got so many downvotes; it didn't seem that crazy – Michael Mrozek Dec 22 '10 at 23:07

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Well, you composed an entire post in the blink of an eye -- think about how that looks to a website.

Maybe just pause a bit before submitting.

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If you use Firefox you might find the It's All Text! add-on useful. It adds an edit button to text areas that launches your editor, and when you're done you save in the editor and it imports the text into the text area. I don't know how SO's cut-and-paste detector works, but I used to use that add-on all the time and never ran into a problem

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Or if the add-on is somehow not usable, then maybe just typing a single character on the website when starting to compose a post in some other tool, might help too? – Arjan Dec 23 '10 at 9:19

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