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Because of a slightly flakey connection, I think I was just prompted to prove I am a human when trying to post an answer.

However, although the dialog box popped up and the rest of the page was masked with an overlay, instead of the Flights of the Concords screenshot and the captcha prompt, the dialog box consisted only of the immortal text [object Object].

I think this means Stack Overflow is on to me and knows I am not human, and is trying to talk to me in Robot language, a silent little language only Robots can understand*.

Sorry, no screenshot. I was a little flustered at being called out like that.

*With apologies to Tomten

Update: Martin Smith provided one:

Robot robot

and I reproduced it the same way (paste into the sandbox and TAB then ENTER to post something fast to see the error:

JS exception

I'm using Chrome 31 on OS X.

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    Well it's about time :D – TerryA Nov 30 '13 at 11:39
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    Well, people have objected to objects which may be related here – Jon Clements Nov 30 '13 at 11:47
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    Reproduced Screenshot. It is easy to get the captcha to appear by going to the sandbox question and posting an answer by pasting in some content then submitting immediately. – Martin Smith Nov 30 '13 at 14:07
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    @MartijnPieters - I did link the screenshot? The URL is http://i.stack.imgur.com/0JK8S.png I pasted the content of your question here though so maybe that is the confusion. JS Console shows an error in "recaptcha_ajax.js" – Martin Smith Nov 30 '13 at 14:18
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    I probably mis-tapped the comment link instead (on my smartphone). Thanks for the screenshot, @Martin! – Martijn Pieters Nov 30 '13 at 14:25
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    Stack Overflow simply finally recognizes that all Marti?ns are Robots. Feature not bug. – Pëkka Nov 30 '13 at 14:29
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    That regex of yours would explain why Martin and Martn would have @pro​blems, but not Martijn, Pekka. ;-) – Arjan Nov 30 '13 at 14:47
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    @Arjan: that's a glob pattern instead :-) – Martijn Pieters Nov 30 '13 at 14:54
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    01010111 01100101 01101100 01100011 01101111 01101101 01100101 00100000 01101000 01101111 01101101 01100101 – apaul Nov 30 '13 at 15:45
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    @apaul34208: 01010100 01101000 01100001 01101110 01101011 01110011 00100001 00100000 01001001 00100000 01100001 01110000 01110000 01110010 01100101 01100011 01101001 01100001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01110011 01100101 01101110 01110100 01101001 01101101 01100101 01101110 01110100 00101110 00100000 00111010 00101101 01010000 – Martijn Pieters Nov 30 '13 at 15:49
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    01000111 01110010 01100101 01100101 01110100 01101001 01101110 01100111 01110011 00100001 00100000 01001001 00100000 01000011 01101111 01101101 01100101 00100000 01101001 01101110 00100000 01110000 01100101 01100001 01100011 01100101 – Pieter Geerkens Dec 1 '13 at 4:14
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    @PieterGeerkens: e2 99 a9 e2 99 ac 20 20 53 68 6f 6f 74 20 74 6f 20 6b 69 6c 6c 3b 20 53 63 6f 74 74 79 2c 20 62 65 61 6d 20 6d 65 20 75 70 21 20 e2 99 aa e2 99 ac 20 54 68 65 72 65 27 73 20 4b 6c 69 6e 67 6f 6e 73 20 6f 6e 20 74 68 65 20 73 74 61 72 62 6f 61 72 64 20 62 6f 77 2c 0a 73 74 61 72 62 6f 61 72 64 20 62 6f 77 2c 20 73 74 61 72 62 6f 61 72 64 20 62 6f 77 2e 2e 2e 20 e2 99 aa e2 99 ab 0a – Martijn Pieters Dec 1 '13 at 10:01
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    @Martijn, 01000101011101100110010101110010011110010110111101101110011001010010000001101011011011100110111101110111011100110010000001110010011011110110001001101111011101000111001100100000011001000110111101101110001001110111010000100000011010000110000101110110011001010010000001110100011011110110111001100111011101010110010101110011001011100010111000101110 – jmac Dec 2 '13 at 8:18
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    data:text/plain;base64,Q291bGQgZXZlcnlvbmUgcGxlYXNlIHF1aXQgdGFsa2luZyBpbiBkaWZmZXJlbnQgYmFzZXMgYW5kIGVuY29kaW5ncz8gSXQncyB0ZXJyaWJseSBkaWZmaWN1bHQgdG8gdHJhbnNsYXRlLg== – michaelb958 Dec 2 '13 at 10:43
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    I exhausted all my comment upvotes today on a wonderful "conversation" going on here – gnat Feb 10 '15 at 21:32
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The captcha was broken only in one of the places where it is used.

Fix is rolling out in the build - rev [object Object].1698 on meta and [object Object].1185 on sites.

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    ['c', 'o', 'o', 'l'].join('')! – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 2 '13 at 7:35
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    <?xml version="1.0"?><methodCall><methodName>stackexchange.issues.confirm</methodName><params><param><string>Fix confirmed, the CAPTCHA works as intended again. Thanks!</string></param></params></methodCall> – Martijn Pieters Dec 2 '13 at 11:26

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