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Increase captcha threshold for post editing

Make human verification appear less often in frequent editions for users with a certain rep.

Human verification appears every time I make two or three editions in a very short time. Sometimes I'm just retagging, like right now, from moderator-election to moderator-nomination.

It gets too much in the way. It effectively discourages me from making more useful edits.

Update: "status-completed". Well. I have 7,817 reputation points right now. I was going to retag four or five c# questions about var to add them the var tag. And the robots appeared again. I stop retagging every time I see the robots.

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    I run into this all the time.
    – Gnome
    Jan 15, 2010 at 11:08
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    I've very rarely seen this. Strange.
    – alex
    Jan 15, 2010 at 12:00
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    I get this all the time, too.
    – Pekka
    Jan 15, 2010 at 15:13
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    I believe this is already the case for 10k users. I haven't seen a captcha on SO in months.
    – mmyers
    Jan 15, 2010 at 17:44
  • While this is very close to a duplicate, the use case was different. Jan 15, 2010 at 19:29
  • By the way, I saw it last here, on Meta. I am very far from 10k in this particular site. Does this mean I can't edit four tags in a row without seeing this page turned into a capture from Zombieland. Jan 15, 2010 at 19:32

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I agree wholeheartedly. I am getting quite annoyed, since I ask myself how often I will have to prove my humanity again.

What the system currently does is saying "Bad boy, don't edit so often" and "Bad boy, you took too long to edit".

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    My feeling is rather "Bad boy, you were too quick". I get it always when I make a quick edit.
    – Pekka
    Jan 15, 2010 at 17:44
  • +1 to your answer and +1 also to @Pekka's "too quick" comment. That's what happens to me all the time. And for meaningful editions, it may just be the same tag in four different questions so I can be really quick without messing up as the site is implying. Jan 15, 2010 at 19:26

It's already in place, just get to 10,000 reputation.

  • Ah, I was looking in the human-verification tag rather than the captcha tag. No wonder I couldn't find it.
    – mmyers
    Jan 15, 2010 at 18:22
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    Thanks for pointing this out. However, I am discussing about the usability of the site. And I will have used the site in the "low usability" mode and seen the PITA human veritifation page hundreds of times by the time I get to 10,000 - or, when I get tired of it, I will just stop tidying up the contents. Jan 15, 2010 at 19:24
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    I do not understand why a user isn't considered "trust worthy" until 10,000 rep. I think that by the time you can edit questions(2000 rep) you should be considered trust worthy enough to not spam the site
    – Earlz
    Mar 1, 2010 at 14:43
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    @earlz There have been users that once they had edit powers spend a lot of time trying to re-organize the site to their liking. There is (rightfully) inertia against that. Mar 1, 2010 at 15:30

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