ReCaptcha gets worse and worse. Often I need to solve 12 image puzzles before ReCaptcha acknowledges me as a human.

There are a lot of nice CAPTCHA solutions are out there, most self-hosted (which allows for nice data protection as well). Choose any reasonable one except ReCaptcha.

In the near future, ReCaptcha will lock out many users anyway, see How to pass ReCaptcha v3? In an informal survey, people noticed that there are many different browser combinations, which are just untrusted for Google. They seem to get a lot of ReCaptcha v2 image puzzles (what do you deem acceptable? I think 12 is way too many) and just fail v3.

So please use a different CAPTCHA. Possibly just one with old-style garbled text, which is generated serverside. Hosting your own CAPTCHA isn't too complicated, complies with data retention laws (especially GDPR), and allows setting a reasonable threshold instead of just accepting what Google thinks how many you need to solve today.

Here is the unofficial reCaptcha v3 compatibility list

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    Very much related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/153561/…. Commented Dec 25, 2018 at 11:29
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    I'm thoroughly sick of identifying buses, hydrants and traffic lights,
    – Richard
    Commented Dec 25, 2018 at 13:15
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    and road signs and company signs... Commented Dec 25, 2018 at 13:24
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    Only 12? You're lucky. I do 20+ often. Commented Dec 25, 2018 at 14:01
  • @Richard maybe we humans really suck at learning like a machine ....
    – rene
    Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 17:11


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