I wonder how it is possible that Stack Overflow is still asking me to solve an unreadable CAPTCHA before I can post a question when I have more than five accounts on Stack Exchange, and I have more than 500 reputation on Stack Overflow.
To quote Pollyanna:
Nice try, robot.
Okay, since you want a real answer and Arjan's comment wasn't good enough for you:
I see why you feel the way you do, but capping CAPTCHAs based on rep — or any other permanent solution — isn't the way to go. In theory, your account could be compromised and hooked up to a bot at any time. There are some limits, though. According to Jeff:
Some reductions in CAPTCHA throttle thresholds, if you have > 10k rep:
- for edits — reduced by two-thirds
- for post submission times — minimum seconds halved, maximum minutes doubled
CAPTCHAs are good for five minutes for logged-in users with ≥ 200 rep.
I'll play devil's advocate here:
The idea that you should be seeing fewer captchas because you have higher rep is backwards. All that means is that there was a human behind the account at some point in the past. However, it proves nothing about the present. Your higher-rep account has more privilege, and therefore has a higher value to spammers. Even if you don't have more privileges (say, accounts past 20K), you have more credibility. If it's compromised, a spammer can do more with your account, and so it's precisely because of this rep that if anything we need to be more protective of these accounts.