A Conversation for Technical Feedback

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Post 21

Icy North

I'd happily offer my recovery management skills, but I'm not sure your technical guys would appreciate it.

Milla, it sounds as if you're the active researcher that's more across this than anyone else. To chase this one through, it would help for you to speak to the technicians to understand a little about the technology components involved in the problem and the plan for recovery (who, how and when). You don't need to share everything on site with us, but you could at least chase the technicians up on the plan. smiley - smiley


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Post 22

Digital Led . . ignorance is bliss

Was just testing Paatey's suggestion
Have on system getting a Captcha for changing a byte. The other I can change the entire (same) entry. (this also defies somewhat of the Captcha counting and IP smiley - huh)

Captcha is not skin dependend.

Testing. . . Yes XP gets a hit at first byte
Debian can change and change back at will


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Post 23

Gnomon - time to move on

There could be something in that. I've tried it on Firefox and Chrome on both Windows and Android. I'll try it on Debian when I get home.


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Post 24

Cool Old Guy (ex-SockPuppet) Trying not to post for the next 200 days !

Cool Old Guy smiley - cogs on his head
"Using same IP ? "


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Post 25

Gnomon - time to move on

I don't know. It will be on a different computer, but I don't know what IP address my provider presents it to the world as. It's possible that all the computers in the house appear as the same IP address to the internet.


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Post 26

Cool Old Guy (ex-SockPuppet) Trying not to post for the next 200 days !

Cool Old Guy smiley - cogs falling off his chair
"All solid wire/fibre Providers give you a single IP per physical address.

Presuming you use a single internet access point at home they will.
The phone is another story.





I am out of words.

Gnomon, you wrote 'I don't know.' the mighty pointer to all what is true. (Still bowing in admiration).



Editors, this is Really Serious, this Captcha thingy is breaking our mighty pillar of knowledge! smiley - sadface"


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Post 27

Bluebottle

"So the content delivery system thinks someone's trying to spam the site? Check the content. Does it include text strings like "Isle of Wight"?"

*Now inspired by a cunning plan to make any entry that does not include the words 'Beatles', 'Doctor Who' or 'Isle of Wight' automatically classed as spam...*

<BB<


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Post 28

paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

smiley - lurk


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Post 29

Cool Old Guy (ex-SockPuppet) Trying not to post for the next 200 days !

Cool Old Guy smiley - cogs on top
"That was a test for the unprofanities 'Doctor Who', 'Isle of Wright' and 'Beatles'

The XP edit keeps coming up with the Captcha, while the DebIan edit happyly continues. (I use diffrent skins each edit to prevent major cache evaluation errors)"


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Post 30

paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

Somewhere I read a comment that editors were "whitelisted" so they wouldn't get bitten by Captcha. Could that courtesy be extended to researchers like Gnomon, who are writing guide entries?


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Post 31

Gnomon - time to move on

I would love to be whitelisted. In fact Pastey suggested this many weeks ago, but it was not done.

But it seems odd that a system which is supposed to be for people to write entries does not allow people to write entries without special measures being taken.

Traveller in Time has confirmed that he got hit by the Captcha less than three days after rejoining the site. So if he encounters it, then we can take it that any newbie will also have their work deleted by the Captcha. Combining this with the bug in Pliny, the default system that a newbie will see, which automatically deletes their work if they don't submit it quick enough, and we have a classic system for discouraging writers.

No wonder we have no new talent here!


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Post 32

Cool Old Guy (ex-SockPuppet) Trying not to post for the next 200 days !

Cool Old Guy smiley - cogs asking smiley - tit
"Not very likely, as I did more work on 7 entries in (72 hours), less time then most researchrs will do in a month. Besides I was also posting a lot.

submit(data) >> refresh cache

Somehow glad I had the experience, now I can 'play' with it. "


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Post 33

Pastey

I will state I don't agree with having Captchas. More hassle than they're worth.


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Post 34

paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

I agree with you, Pastey. See how quickly they became a problem here.


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Post 35

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

>>Somewhere I read a comment that editors were "whitelisted" so they wouldn't get bitten by Captcha.<<

Not true I'm afraid. I am still getting caught and I have lost updates. I don't know if any of the other editors have this "whitelist" but if they have, I haven't been told.

GB
smiley - galaxysmiley - book


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Post 36

paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

I'm sorry to hear that, Galaxy Babe. smiley - sadface


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Post 37

Gnomon - time to move on

I found today that I could get past the Captcha on one entry by removing the name of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk from the entry. (Well, not actually removing it but disguising it.)

There may be other trigger phrases. I'll continue to search for them.


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Post 38

SashaQ - happysad

"Not true I'm afraid."

Indeed - I think I was added to a list a while ago, but it didn't stop the captcha biting...

Whatever the problem is, it must be more tricky than anticipated, otherwise all the fixes that have been tried in the past would have worked... Frustrating all round, to say the least, but efforts to beat the captcha carry on... I have a few techniques for sidestepping it, but it is sort of impressive how the captcha strikes hardest at the most crucial moments...

smiley - tea


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Post 39

Pastey

The whitelist seems to be another one of the things that did work, but no longer.


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Post 40

paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

Ouch! smiley - bruised

Is Captcha the only option for keeping hackers and spammers out? Aren't there other competitors in that field?


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