Hey, Captcha sometimes appears to user and it can be very difficult to guess.

Some letters are very hard to read, so I sometimes can't recognize them. But when in captcha is word I know I can guess it easier. Sometimes I have to change captcha many times to find some word I know. Many of them are difficult and not IT technical.

Couldn't the capcha be more binded with user language? F.g. in German or Russian? Stackoverflow wouldn't be then so closed for people that speak no very good English, only the technical one. And it does not make them technical weaker.

  • +1 for bringing it up, but I agree with CanSpice and Pekka's answers.
    – Pops
    Feb 4 '11 at 19:26
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    Shouldn't this be asked on meta.recaptcha.com? SO doesn't control how reCAPTCHA is implemented.
    – user1228
    Feb 4 '11 at 21:46

Stack Overflow is an English-language website, so it makes sense that the "words" in the captcha be English. That said, more often than not the words don't appear to be proper English anyhow. Just type the letters you see and don't worry about what language it's in.

As for the letters being hard to read, that's kind of the point of a captcha.

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    Well, the point of a captcha is to be hard to read for robots. There have been complaints about extremely complex captchas in the past few weeks.
    – Pekka
    Feb 4 '11 at 20:20
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    @Pekka: True. Maybe they're getting more complex because of stackoverflow.com/questions/448963/… (mind you, that's two years old, but still, technology advances)
    – CanSpice
    Feb 4 '11 at 20:29
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    @pekka - my first language is english and I have a fairly decent vocabulary, but I've had to hit that captcha refresh button 6 or 7 times recently because the letters are so badly distorted. It's terrifically annoying at the moment.
    – Kev
    Feb 4 '11 at 21:15

This is a good idea, but would be the job of Recaptcha, not Stack Overflow.

They provide Captcha services to many, many sites - they would be the ones one would have to approach with the suggestion.

  • OCR the original image, translate, re-create, WIN!
    – user1228
    Feb 4 '11 at 21:46
  • But it is stack overflow who uses it
    – FolksLord
    Feb 5 '11 at 18:10
  • @volkerjaan but Stack Overflow can't change the way Recaptcha works
    – Pekka
    Feb 5 '11 at 18:14
  • But they are not forced to use this particular captcha?
    – FolksLord
    Feb 5 '11 at 18:16
  • @volker no, but they are unlikely to switch it for this reason
    – Pekka
    Feb 5 '11 at 18:25

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