I am on the move a lot and access StackExchange from my mobile device quite frequently. I appreciate the mobile version of the site, but I can't answer any question when it prompts me for a CAPTCHA, because my device is overwhelmed by the amount of content on the page and reboots.

Could you please consider making the CAPTCHAs more mobile friendly?

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    How do we know you are not a robot simply trying to bypass the capcha's? ;)
    – Lix
    Apr 9 '12 at 13:49
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    In all seriousness, anything of the form "disable security under X conditions" is probably not going to work -- captchas exist for a reason Apr 9 '12 at 13:58
  • Because... I am that robot!! Cha cha chaaaannnnnn
    – juan
    Apr 9 '12 at 14:06
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    I kind of assume it matters if that's a popular modern device: so, what are you using?
    – Arjan
    Apr 9 '12 at 14:18
  • Could you please consider disabling CAPTCHAs altogether on the mobile version[...]? Not that I have a say in this, but that's not going to happen. A mobile device can only be identified by its user agent, which is easily spoofable. There's no point in using anti-spam techniques if they're optional.
    – Dennis
    Apr 9 '12 at 14:45
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    Disabling them altogether isn't going to happen. I am a mod and I still get CAPTCHAs. I could see SE "mak[ing] them more mobile friendly" though. Apr 9 '12 at 14:49
  • Actually, @NullUser, being a mod requires captchas even more. Just think about what can happen if your account is compromised and there are no limits... That said: do you also get captchas for moderator actions?
    – Arjan
    Apr 9 '12 at 14:54
  • @Arjan They're very rare, but they are there. Apr 9 '12 at 15:12
  • I am a robot. Beep beep beep? In all seriousness, Ihave a Zune HD, the crappiest product ever known to mankind.
    – William
    Apr 9 '12 at 15:48
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    I rolled back because the edited version was not what I meant at all. What I meant was make them more mobile frindly. Sure my Zune's browser stinks, but its all I have. The capatchas redirect to the main site, which overwhelms the browser and causes it to crash. Why redirect to the main site when you don't have to? Embed the capatcha in a regular mobile page with less noise. I don't understand the downvotes, I'm asking you rethink them, not eliminate them. I understand the need for capatchas, but they're not implemented properly on mobile.
    – William
    Apr 9 '12 at 15:55
  • I have the power of buttons. However, this is probably affecting more people then just me.
    – William
    Apr 9 '12 at 16:15
  • This is a bug, it's a non-mobile page on the mobile site.
    – William
    Apr 9 '12 at 16:30
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    Sigh. If you want to roll it back, at least learn that it's spelled CAPTCHA, not "capatcha" :/ Apr 9 '12 at 16:37
  • I agree the mobile site should not use the captcha page from the regular site, if that's indeed what's happening. But where in your question are you mentioning that? I feel you're discussing something completely different in your question than you're suggesting in the comments. "I'm asking you rethink them, not eliminate them." No, you're not, you just rolled back the original title that totally asks for getting rid of it. Your title will never be honored. And if you think it's a bug, tag it as such too please!
    – Arjan
    Apr 9 '12 at 16:46
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    @Arjan I changed the focus of the question to reflect what I actually meant and tagged appropriately.
    – William
    Apr 9 '12 at 16:51

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