Wed, 20 Dec 2006

CAPTCHAs Don't Work?

Maybe it’s just because I’m a blogger who never posts (okay, that’s almost certainly it) but recent arguments that CAPTCHAs have failed as a means of stopping blog comment spam befuddle me. Honestly, I used to get dozens of comment spams a day (sometimes hundreds) and since implementing CAPTCHAs I get maybe one a month. It’s true that I get almost no legitimate comments either, but like I said, that’s mostly because I wrote maybe a dozen real entries in all of 2006…

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Ever since prehistoric times, wise men have tried to understand what,
exactly, make people laugh. That’s why they were called “wise men.” All the
other prehistoric people were out puncturing each other with spears, and the
wise men were back in the cave saying: “How about: Would you please take my
wife? No. How about: Here is my wife, please take her right now. No How
about: Would you like to take something? My wife is available. No. How
about …”
— Dave Barry, “Why Humor is Funny”