Spam Filter? How About an IQ Filter? We're all familiar with captchas. Just in case you're not - they're basically web page modules used to verify if information is being submitted by a human and not a computer or a bot. There is an "official" captcha but there are also many variations of it (of which I think Google's is the best) but they basically aim to do the same thing.

Honestly they have become so difficult to read recently that even after really straining to figure out what the hell it says, I still get it wrong... like 3 times. Today I saw something that got my attention - it wasn't a captcha, it was a simple math follow equation (like 1000+5000) which if you got the answer right, your comment was accepted.

اسعار اسهم السعودية اليوم I don't know what I'm proposing here exactly but it seems to me that if your site is striving to serve an exclusive community of people with a certain level of "intellectual qualification" this would be an effective way to accomplish that. Basically you just make a really hard equation. I mean not like the Google billboard or the Adobe building, but maybe like some simple algebra or something. At the very least it might be a funny publicity thing.السوق-المالية-السعودية-للاسهم I can imagine someone like Mensa having a random long ass equation as their captcha system. I don't honestly think it's a great idea for the majority of sites to use because it would really be stupid to frustrate someone who genuinely wants to read your material or buy your product. Talk about a usability faux pas. On the other hand, I think this type of system is better than traditional captchas for two reasons: 1) If you get it wrong it's because you just didn't do your math, whereas if you get the original captcha wrong, it's because you couldn't read it - which pisses you off because you feel like your time is being wasted and 2) We would all do a little better to have even a little simple math back in our life let's be honest. بنك الرياض تداول الاسهم So even though it'd be kind of nice to think you were "raising the bar" so to speak for your web site's community by using a complex equation, you would really just pretty much look like an elitist jerk but using a simple equation doesn't sound like a bad idea to me. That's my two cents for the day.

  1. my response It really depends on you, your site’s community, what you want, etc.

    التحليل التقني للفوركس I would suggest using a simple math equation. Maybe just stick to addition, we wouldn’t want to shock the public by using multiplication haha.

    وظائف تجعلك تربح أكثر الأموال Seriously though I’m sure most people know multiplication.

  2. Klioreport says:

    الخيارات الثنائية معنى Nicely put Dennis. I have just a 2+2= in my blog comments and it works just fine. Simplicity is the key to everything.

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  3. YHO says: Great thoughts Dennis, looks interesting, I think you’re absolutely right about that recent captchas has become unbearable, and real hard to read.

    تداول الاسهم الكويت Cheers,

  4. laketrees says:

    read this hear hear Dennis !!!!
    don’t know how many times I have lost my comment (usually the length of mini novels) due to not seeing the damn letters….I copy my comment now to save losing it !!!
    2+2 sounds excellent Klioreport !! :D

  5. anonymous Excellent article! I agree, it is very hard to decipher some of the captchas out there today. I actually use reCAPTCHA by Carnegie Mellon University on my website. The university decided to create a program that not only protect you from spammers but those deciphered phrases are actually digitize books too. The reason I decided to use them is due to the fact that if you have a problem reading the phrase, you can shuffle it as many times needed until you find one you can read and copy. But I’m sure a captcha based on simple math concepts would be ideal!

    Again, great article!

  6. stinkypaw says:

    Agreed, we tend to do even things out for the dumb ones… Good post.

  7. shirley says:

    I am so glad to know that I’m not the only one who can’t read those dumb things. I feel so much better. I’m always surprised when I get it on the 2nd try… and I’d probably fall out of my chair if I got it right on the first try… So.. It’s good to know I’m not alone.

  8. mg says:

    Captchas annoy me immensely. So many of them are so distorted or so dark or the contrast is so poor I have to change my monitor’s settings radically and still I have to squint and most likely get it wrong the first two or three attempts. I don’t remember now which site it was but there was a blog service I used briefly that drove me insane by not recognising me as my blog’s author when I was logged in and it kept serving me incomprehensible captchas when I was trying to reply to comments on my posts. When I complained to the host service’s helpdesk they were totally stumped by the idea that I would want to comment on my own posts (they said something like “edit the post”). So I left.

  9. They’re probably right though – really what’s the purpose of wanting to reply to your readers directly? What idiots.

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