Sometimes Stack Exchange thinks I'm a robot and it asks me to do some reCAPTCHA but the reCAPTCHA doesn't load and I get this in my logs:
The resource at “https://www.google.com/recaptcha/api.js?onload=onloadCallback&render=explicit&hl=en” was blocked because tracking protection is enabled.
What can I do in this case?
Please note that I don't want to disable this. I don't want to load the reCAPTCHA but I'd prefer to prove that I'm not a robot in other ways.
Also note that users in China cannot prove that they aren't a robot, since the Great Firewall of China blocks all Google resources.
Btw I get this problem whenever I use the setupVPN firefox extension. (No other website asks me for captcha when I use that extension unlike tor which usually gets me in trouble.)
This question was borne out of personal frustration, I felt strongly that this issue deserved to be discussed, hence the discussion tag. But now that I've given it some thought and some great people have made some great comments, I would like to say how I feel about it now.
- This question is not about me and my preferences.
- It is neither asking SE to change all their code now because a few problematic folks have some obsession (I have nothing against @Journeyman Geek and this is not targeted at him, it's a summary of how I see privacy concerned people getting addressed on other questions with the "tracking" tag).
It is more about why when the initial codes were being written nobody had taken into consideration that perhaps some people prefer not to be forced into being tracked by google. One might say there are so many other things like imgur etc. which I personally disagree with but that's offtopic here.
The difference, however, between imgur and reCAPTCHA is that although imgur is bad, one can still use tor and feel a little safer (although not fully because I can imagine that one might be able to discover someone's identity behind each account if they try hard enough) but at least the UX remains the same. On the other hand, with reCAPTCHA if you want to use tor your UX is ruined because it's very long and has intrusive pop ups of its own.
Everything becomes much worse if you have the feeling that google is using the "free" reCAPTCHA service to force people to label images for them so they can use those labeled images to train their neural networks. You might say it's a conspiracy theory but if you are not paying for something and you don't know exactly how that thing is being paid for and what is going on behind the scenes you are not the customer but the product being sold/or the slave working for free.
If we trust SE, it doesn't mean that we trust SE to trust other people for us and create a long chain of trust which is doomed to be broken because of the second law of thermodynamics.
What I'm asking here is not for a change in any code. But rather a change of policy. What I'm saying is that SE should care about every single member of the community that is voluntarily working to make SE better and help the rest of the community.
We trust SE and we fill in long surveys for SE because we see this company as “us” and we feel that SE cares about every single one of us. Of course SE can't make every single one of us happy but it can care about every user and it should have every one of its users in mind while making decisions.
In the case of reCAPTCHA I think SE could have chosen a different solution that would have kept more people happy without losing much.
Or maybe I've misunderstood the whole thing. Maybe SE is just another company that doesn't care about making as many people as possible safe but keeping the majority happy.