One reason that I do not like using SE is third-party elements that track me and invade my privacy: specifically, Google captcha, which I am forced to use even when logged in. I use various blockers in Firefox and can prevent most other third party-trackers, but not Google captcha obviously. It was a brilliant invention by Google to track people across the internet who did not want to be tracked.
My question is simple. Are there others who are concerned about this mandatory third-party tracking, who would prefer an in-house / on-site captcha?
People are increasingly and rightly concerned about being tracked by third parties. California just introduced legislation to start to protect residents' privacy better.
I understand that bots are a problem. However I run a popular website that has been online 10 years, and am able to hold them off with a simple, static question/answer captcha that does not involve Google and therefore most importantly protects my users' privacy.
Surely SE, with all its smart software developers, could create a captcha that would be appropriate to its scale - and perhaps perform some useful task for SE that cannot be easily automated.
Working in a matter that is respectful of your contributors and users' privacy matters and is important to future business success, I believe.