Why do I still get the reCaptcha in StackOverflow even do I have "proven" with my reputation that I´m not a robot!

I think that after a few points you should have to go through it every time you post a question!


Jeff once said that everyone, including moderators, are asked for CAPTCHAs in case their account gets compromised. With that being said you will see less of them after you reach 10,000 reputation.

Personally, I think that once you reach a certain reputation you should never see them as long as you are not posting something obviously automated such as 10 questions per second. The reasoning behind that is that while it's true that if a high rep account gets compromised the website can be spammed automatically, the CAPTCHAs are a huge pain in the ass and the relatively low chance of that occurring is not worth the hassle. Especially because all posts by a certain user past a certain date could be cleaned automatically as well, and because let's face it - it's just as easy for spammers to fill in the CAPTCHA manually.

Also, let's not talk about the "special" decision of wanting to make failed post attempts count as real posts for CAPTCHA purposes.

  • "With that being said you will see less" Really? I am at 16k and I still see them ALL the time. – NullUserException อ_อ Oct 14 '10 at 0:57
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    I'm at 60k with a ♦ and I still see a captcha if I try to do certain actions too quickly. I have noticed that lately I'll see a maximum of 1 per session. – Bill the Lizard Oct 14 '10 at 1:11
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    It definitely lessened at 10k; I used to hit it all the time and now it's quite rare – Michael Mrozek Oct 14 '10 at 3:27

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.

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