Even though I have an account and I am already logged in, I cannot post at SciFi.SE.

Stack Exchange has this annoying CAPTCHA. If I submit a wrong answer to the CAPTCHA, I get: "Oops! Those aren't the correct words", and if I submit a correct one, I get: "An error occurred submitting the CAPTCHA". The result is that I cannot post anything.

Besides, I have an old account with plenty enough reputation across the Stack Exchange network: I would have thought that the software would have known by now that this is not a spammer-operated account! Why is the CAPTCHA so intrusive on normal users?

  • Regarding reputation and captchas, read this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/143463/… Commented Jul 14, 2013 at 1:43
  • Including your system details would probably be helpful here.
    – jscs
    Commented Jul 14, 2013 at 2:21
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    Captchas are reduced at the higher rep levels, but not eliminated. A compromised account with high rep combined with a bot can do a lot of damage.
    – user102937
    Commented Jul 14, 2013 at 4:10
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    I would check two things. First maybe your IP keep changing and second maybe you have some browser plugin/extension that cause lots of page loads. Commented Jul 14, 2013 at 7:04
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    Same thing happening to me on EE, very frustrating. Disabled everything (HTTPS Everywhere, Adblock, Ghostery, Noscript, firefox's own XSS protection...) and only ever get "An error occurred submitting the CAPTCHA" with no details or alternative.
    – John U
    Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 9:46
  • Same thing happened to me on SO - I couldn't post an answer using Chrome, but Firefox let me without prompting me to enter a CAPTCHA!
    – w5m
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 19:32

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As a workaround you can turn off JavaScript, and most Stack Exchanges will provide a non-JavaScript CAPTCHA to use. You may also see the fallacious message that Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript, which you can obviously ignore.

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