I was trying to run a query in Data Explorer without logging in (I didn't notice that I am not logged in). When I click on Run Query button, I got a Captcha to avoid spam queries. But what I found that there is a Textbox instead of a Button for I'm a Human Being.

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The Textbox is not ideal option for that. So there should be a button instead of Textbox like this one:

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    Whatever, robot.
    – user1228
    Oct 4, 2012 at 16:44
  • Is that actually a textbox, or is it a button that just looks like a textbox?
    – Gaffi
    Oct 4, 2012 at 16:52
  • @Gaffi: The "Ask Question" button on this page is just a link: <a id="nav-askquestion" href="/questions/ask">Ask Question</a>, inside a <div><ul>. I would imagine the Captcha "button" is something similar.
    – user102937
    Oct 4, 2012 at 16:56
  • @RobertHarvey Right, well I suppose that's my point: It's not a field into which you can enter data, however much it may appear to be.
    – Gaffi
    Oct 4, 2012 at 17:11
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    I say change it to a button, but configure it to look like a textbox. Oct 4, 2012 at 19:07
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    @Nick it's not completed, the site was never updated. Apr 29, 2013 at 7:09
  • I don't understand why some people disagree with this.
    – Himanshu
    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:06

3 Answers 3


As mentioned, the problem was simply bad markup - a trailing quote was missing on the style attribute. Apparently it's been this way for at least 17 months, so I'm amazed that this is the first time anyone's noticed.

At any rate, I've fixed it now. Will be deployed in the next build (> 2012.9.7.6).

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    I think everyone noticed. It still functioned as a button though so... Oct 4, 2012 at 18:12
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    True, but it would have been a prime target for an "Eeeek! You got your text box in my button!" post.
    – Tim Stone
    Oct 4, 2012 at 18:17
  • According to this it's still not fixed. Mar 3, 2013 at 12:50
  • @ShaWizDowArd There hasn't been a new build yet
    – Tim Stone
    Mar 3, 2013 at 14:26
  • Oh my... so is it updated once a year?? Mar 3, 2013 at 14:41
  • @ShaWizDowArd No, but it's lower priority than the other stuff Nick has been working on (I have no control over the builds). I'll ask him if he has some time to look into it next week.
    – Tim Stone
    Mar 3, 2013 at 14:50

It is supposed to be a button. The markup is just screwed up.

<input id="btn-captcha" style="font-weight:bold; type=" button"="" name="submit-captcha" value="&nbsp;I'm a Human Being&nbsp;" placeholder="UNKNOWN_TYPE">

Should be:

<input id="btn-captcha" style="font-weight:bold;" type="button" name="submit-captcha" value="&nbsp;I'm a Human Being&nbsp;" placeholder="UNKNOWN_TYPE">

I see markup problems as well, but not exactly the same ones as GEOCHET is getting.

Internet Explorer 8:

<input id="btn-captcha" style="font-weight:bold; type="button" name="submit-captcha" value="&nbsp;I'm a Human Being&nbsp;"/>

There's a missing quotation mark after bold;.

Firefox 10:

<input value=" I'm a Human Being " name="submit-captcha" button"="" style="font-weight:bold; type=" id="btn-captcha">

Not only is there a missing quotation mark after bold;, there's weirdness surrounding button and type. These are the same errors as GEOCHET's, but in a different order.

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