CAPTCHA exclusion (Was: no wonder you are UNDERdevellopped ...)

Steve Dodier-Lazaro sidi at
Wed Nov 26 15:16:38 CET 2014


> As far as the 'chapta' goes:
> (and many more). Yet all do have users who pass for this ridiculously
> hard test. Weird, right?

Let me be the advocate of the devil for a bit. This CAPTCHA:
- requires copy/pasting to a Terminal, hardly comfortable operations
for a very new Linux user (not mentioning a11y here)
- immediately excludes non-*NIX users who come to us out of curiosity
(members of the press or academics who would like to talk to a
community of practice, or Window or OS X users who want to express
worries and know key facts before they make the jump)

When I was advocating the UX surveys I had to give up posting on the
*BSD forums because their registration process was too hostile. This
puts these users at risk of under-representation in the design process
and it frankly sucks.

Our current CAPTCHA is much more enjoyable for Linux users and
probably simpler to support for the Xfce website. If we wanted to
improve the situation, we could provide not one but two CAPTCHAs, and
let users choose which they prefer. I'd like to know others' opinion
about this.


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