When I last asked a question, I was thrown to a captcha page 3 times in the process of trying to figure out which tag was for moderator use only. This was really, really annoying.

After proving that I'm not a robot once in editing a question, why should I need to do so any more times?

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    Request #40420329 – Ian Elliott Aug 19 '09 at 1:24
  • I think I saw at least 12 dups or related questions about this after searching. – Troggy Aug 19 '09 at 1:27
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    You're not a robot, *are you?! Surely only a robot would be so afraid of dull, repetitive tasks... – Shog9 Aug 19 '09 at 1:30
  • There are a lot of captcha questions, but my point is that I shouldn't be asked more than once while in the process of asking a question. – スーパーファミコン Aug 19 '09 at 1:30
  • I updated the title to make this more clear – スーパーファミコン Aug 19 '09 at 1:31
  • Robots can edit questions too. Think of their feelings. – random Aug 19 '09 at 1:34
  • I think the issue is with the rather poor system that serves as the logic of captcha system. From my own tests it seems it uses a single time based indicator to make decisions. Changing any captcha behaviour would require a massive overhaul. – Ian Elliott Aug 19 '09 at 1:39
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    Have you ever harmed a human being or through inaction, allowed a human being to come to harm? – Randell Aug 19 '09 at 1:51

But what if between request #1 and #2, you were turned INTO a robot?

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    Jared brings up a good point. It's an affliction affecting dozens. Let's stop spontaneous robotification. Together, we can make a difference. – Eric Aug 19 '09 at 1:51

Howabout instead of showing a captcha just after "Post Your Answer" is clicked under suspicious circumstances, the captcha page is only shown at the very end of the journey. That is, once the question/answer/whatever is completely verified, the user is given a captcha if necessary.


Assuming you are a logged in user and have >= 200 reputation:

After successfully completing one captcha, we now suppress captcha for 5 minutes on your account.

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