Shouldn't there be a way to post to Stack Overflow without installing someone's particular version special browser?

I've seen the following happen on other sites, its probably due to code changes by Google.

Now a days, getting a proof of humanity challenge, Google's current reCaptcha code insists on "Modern Browsers"

Which means my non-mainstream browser with NoScript enabled (but allowing google) isn't allowed to complete the challenge.

Up to recently it did captchas fine

It feels like this is a play on Google's part to push adoption of Chrome

I'd expect Stack Overflow to adhere to technical standards, and insisting on particular versions of particular browser's isn't really a technical standard. Theoretically if someone created a web browser of their own, fully complant to standars for HTML and JS, they should be allowed to post with it to Stack Overflow

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    Not the first or last time Google deliberately breaks things in other browsers to push users to use Chrome May 16, 2019 at 10:52
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    Is the browser you're using one of the officially supported browsers? Browsers outside that range have no guarantees that they'll work. May 16, 2019 at 11:15
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    It's Fire Fox. Not the latest release though
    – infixed
    May 16, 2019 at 11:20
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    So you are using an outdated, likely insecure, browser on purpose?! Sep 23, 2019 at 21:17
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    Is it an indirect attack on the monopoly of google on web technologies and forcing people into developing sites accordingly? Also, @ThiefMaster it shouldn't happen that SE progresses so fast that people with old systems are left out too early.
    – anki
    Sep 24, 2019 at 4:16
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    there is absolutely no reason to support any Firefox version except for the two latest releases + LTS... Sep 24, 2019 at 4:24
  • @ThiefMaster your concept that open-source projects cannot be forked and customized, creating personalized, unique, versions is certainly different than the convectional wisdom of open-source circles
    – infixed
    Sep 30, 2019 at 14:06
  • @infixedit's very uncommon for people to fork something as big as firefox and use this for day-to-day browsing :) Sep 30, 2019 at 14:07
  • @Thiefmaster, it is very odd that you think software which incorporates plug-ins and add-ons as part of its design doesn't get changed from original flavor a lot. Do you wonder why they put in such features? Do you think everyone wants to use the same things?
    – infixed
    Sep 30, 2019 at 14:14


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