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

This is really bugging me nowadays.

All of the users who uses any Stack Exchange site know one thing for sure. And that is, earning reputation is not as easy as it sounds here.

Now, since we have a common agreement on this, I think the users with above 3000 reputation have already proven to the community that they are not SPAM. Then why are they asked spam verification time and again?

I suggest the spam verifications for 3000+ users to be removed.

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marked as duplicate by Arjan, Andreas Bonini, Yi Jiang, ChrisF, YOU Apr 26 '11 at 12:20

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Hmm, at what point are the spam verifications removed? I don't ever see any on Stack Overflow, although I'm well over 3000 reps there. –  Cody Gray Apr 26 '11 at 9:36
    
Well, I often get it. And its seriously bugging me. Once I thought I posted my answer and changed the tab, when I came back to see the comments, it was never posted. It was stuck asking spam verification. Arrrrrrrr –  Starx Apr 26 '11 at 9:41
    
When exactly do you get it? Can you reproduce it always? It should appear only when unusual activity is identified e.g. editing in less than one second which can mean spam bot. –  Shadow Wizard Apr 26 '11 at 9:49
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Also see: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/67554/… –  Andreas Bonini Apr 26 '11 at 11:06
    
I wonder if they turned them off for mods, haven't seen one in a long time... –  Won't Apr 26 '11 at 12:58

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Even High-Rep-Accounts can be hijacked. Just because somebody was a 'normal' and 'good' user in the past, doesn't mean that he (or someone else with his account) is not going rogue on us.

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Well, I can't say no to your point. But, I think our community is powerful enough to handle anyone who tries to rogue on us. –  Starx Apr 26 '11 at 9:43
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Sorry but -1. What's the likelihood a high rep account is compromised? Are you aware of a single high rep account that has been compromised in the entire history of stack overflow? Do you think this close-to-0 chance is worth inconveniencing thousands of users who are donating their time to improve the website? It's like advising everyone to always go out with a bucket of water just in case a lightning strikes you and sets you on fire. Sure, if you are hit by a lightning it'll be useful, but you can't just ignore the fact that walking with a bucket of water is just plain annoying. –  Andreas Bonini Apr 26 '11 at 11:09
    
@Kop, would you mind, if i say "That was what I was trying to say" ? –  Starx Apr 26 '11 at 11:20
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@Kop, did you mean: what is the likelihood for it to happen again? ;-) (And there's still the Firesheep threat, and this week myOpenID failed badly.) –  Arjan Apr 26 '11 at 11:34

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