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 Commented Aug 19, 2009 at 1:24
  • I think I saw at least 12 dups or related questions about this after searching.
    – Troggy
    Commented Aug 19, 2009 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
    Commented Aug 19, 2009 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. Commented Aug 19, 2009 at 1:30
  • I updated the title to make this more clear Commented Aug 19, 2009 at 1:31
  • Robots can edit questions too. Think of their feelings.
    – random
    Commented Aug 19, 2009 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. Commented Aug 19, 2009 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
    Commented Aug 19, 2009 at 1:51

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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
    Commented Aug 19, 2009 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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