I posted a question this morning and got this beauty of a Captcha:

Can you read that?

Can you read that? Go ahead, get your glasses. Still no?

We can fix this: Google announced a new reCaptcha API that is captcha-less. It looks like this:

No words

Instead of staring down some distorted words and numbers, we could be clicking on cat pictures (When they "can't confidently predict whether a user is a human or an abusive agent" checking the box):

kitten war, but to replace a captcha

Since I -- among others -- receive the human verification dialog often, I ask the following:

Will Stack Exchange implement the new reCaptcha API?

  • 21
    We are looking into it - don't forget, it was just rolled out.
    – Oded
    Dec 4, 2014 at 12:15
  • 8
    +1, we need moar cats!!!1!!eleven!!!1!
    – Scimonster
    Dec 4, 2014 at 14:06
  • 7
    These cats were not paid for their modeling work. I don't support that catastrophe! But I do support your proposal. +1
    Dec 4, 2014 at 14:09
  • 5
    object classification seems more fun than OCR. Let me in! Dec 4, 2014 at 15:13
  • 8
    @Scimonster we (google) need(s) more unicorns!!!
    – Jehof
    Dec 4, 2014 at 19:12
  • @CRABOLO Nice meme Aug 22, 2016 at 20:10

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This is now live network wide. I have yet to see any cat pictures though, so I'm a bit disappointed.

You can add ?captcha=1 to any question and edit it to test it out. Please let me know if you see any issues!

If the ?captcha=1 does not work, go to http://[site].com/nocaptcha to trigger the per-site Captcha, e.g. https://stackoverflow.com/nocaptcha for Stack Overflow.


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