I've had severe difficulty all day posting to Stack Overflow. I'm behind a firewall at a state agency. I frequently get timeouts and other problems. I post and it says there was an error posting. I submit again, same thing. I found if I copy the text to the clipboard, refresh the page, then paste and submit immediately, it usually works.

Then comes the next difficulty layer. It asks if I'm a robot. I check the box, try to decipher, and click ok. I usually can't figure out what the letters are. I refresh several times for new letters. I call people to my desk to help, and together we often don't get it right.

The final problem is, I often get an error saying it cannot get to the CAPTCHA server. At that point I have to start over.

Today I spent over half an hour trying to post an answer and was unable. I have work to do. I can't spend all day playing with this. When I post a question I try to answer two or three others so I can give back. But I can't! I can't make it work!

After half an hour and time to leave, I emailed the URL and verbiage home. Now I am home. I CANNOT MAKE OUT THE LETTERS ON THE CAPTCHA TO POST MY REPLY. This is extremely frustrating.

I do a lot of web stuff. This is the worst capcha I've seen. I can't believe it's so hard. Please help if you can.

  • The capcha prompt does not seem to appear for new questions, only replies I make to other questions. Jan 3, 2015 at 0:33
  • Thanks for helping with my issue. Apparently someone saw my issue. I was just now able to post my reply to stackoverflow and the capcha only asked for three plainly visible digits. Jan 3, 2015 at 0:50
  • We pretty much just serve what Google gives us and post it back to them for verification. There's not much we can do if your firewall is that restrictive. We did implement the new CAPTCHA, though, which should help with illegible letters... although I'm not sure off the top of my head if we're serving it everywhere or just on questions/ask.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jan 3, 2015 at 4:56


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