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?

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

  • 5
    didn't you mean to write "Please let me know if you see any cat pictures"?
    – gnat
    Commented Dec 7, 2014 at 16:43
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    This user appears to have had issues but was using an extension whitelisting 3rd-party domains. I've updated the 'requirements' FAQ here to include gstatic.com and apis.google.com as they were not yet part of the list. Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 10:19
  • Hm, still get illegible ones on old-ish browsers.
    – mirabilos
    Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 14:57
  • The ?captcha=1 didn't work, I got to see it by loading a questio, pasting answer from clipboard within a second and submitting right away. Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 21:36
  • You can also visit: stackoverflow.com/nocaptcha Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 21:37
  • @Geoff meta.stackexchange.com/questions/245657/a-box-is-now-a-captcha
    – Tim
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 21:55
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    Looks like it's the same old same after all - as bad as before. Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 14:44
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    Error occurred while submitting captcha. Great.
    – bjb568
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 0:55
  • @GeoffDalgas I officially ask for a captcha that asks users to chose all the Fluttershy faces among the other ponies. Commented May 14, 2015 at 12:13

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