There have been at least two requests for a similar thing, this one and this one.

May I raise this question again, now in regard to submission errors.

Every now and then, I get an error when posting an answer or a question, like, the answer is too short, or I forgot to tag the question (I'm happy to get bugged about that, don't get me wrong). I quickly fix the error and submit again, at which point I every time have to face the captcha.

My suggestion: Don't show the captcha for two consequtive submissions that are very close to each other, if the first submission resulted in an error, and the second submission doesn't cause an error. If the second submission is wrong too, then no problem, show the captcha.

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    +1 quite annoying if you try to create a new tag at the SE-2.0 betas but don't have enough rep there Aug 9, 2010 at 10:41
  • Agreed ... I just posted a dup question on this.
    – Martin
    Oct 7, 2010 at 17:17

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My bug report was closed as a dupe of this, and while I'm not convinced it's exactly the same, it certainly touches the same logic, so I'm re-posting my specific report here:

User action limits should take place before robot captchas

New users with under 125 rep are not allowed to post more often than every 3 minutes.

However, when they press "submit" they are not told this immediately, they are whisked off for robot detection, then rudely dumped back at their post indicating that they must wait before posting another item.

The user limitations ought to be tested prior to the robot test so the user does not get the impression that they are going to be successful as long as they are not a robot.

Honestly it's depressing enough to be reminded that you are not an eternal automaton without adding a heaping spoonful of "you aren't good enough to post this frequently anyway" on top of that.


Assuming you are a logged in user and have >= 200 reputation:

After successfully completing one captcha, we now suppress captcha for 5 minutes on your account.

  • I'm a bit confused. This will probably be a benefit to those of us who do lots of edits in a quick succession, but it was the problem desribed in the posts I'm linking to in my question. I was asking about a problem that is a bit different, and this new rule is not solving it at all, is it not?
    – GSerg
    Oct 30, 2010 at 23:38
  • I believe you've broken your captcha timer. I'm getting it on every question I answer.
    – JimR
    Feb 6, 2012 at 22:13

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