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2017-11-15 Announcement: Visitor statistics

Post 61

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

This is the time of year to be gracious to robots. smiley - hug


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Post 62

Recumbentman

Bah Humbug


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Post 63

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

smiley - sheepsmiley - antsmiley - xmaspud


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Post 64

Dmitri Gheorgheni

Stop now, or you will be edited...sheep may safely graze on all the *other* threads, so go there, please.


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Post 65

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

minorvogonpoet said: "Is there any evidence of people being put off by the robot trap? I've misidentified things - eg failing to count a car because I thought it was a van. Maybe I'm a robot!"

I know what you mean - sometimes I have to identify the squares with roadsigns in, and wonder if 0.02% of a sign counts as yes or no, so I've had to do quite a few layers of the captcha before it will let me in...

I've checked the Google Analytics for the login page and see that stats-wise there hasn't been a change recently, but on average people are taking 45 seconds to log in. I can't tell from the stats if actual people are being put off by the captcha, because the captcha is designed to put off bots so a number of 'put offs' happen each month...


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Post 66

Dmitri Gheorgheni

I'd like to add that h2g2 isn't in charge of those Captcha pics. If we were, we'd make up ones like, 'Which of these alien creatures is mentioned in The Book?' followed by images of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, a floopy mattress from Squornshellous Zeta, a Vogon, and a Banta from 'Star Wars'.

An alternative Captcha might involve clicking on places you might find Nigel...or 2legs...

We are waiting for the day that bug...er, feature is customisable.

smiley - nur


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Post 67

Pierce The Pirate ~ in Hotblack Desiato mode ~

Yes. Just like Icy and Sasha - and probably quite a lot of other researchers I have sometimes had to identify squares with roadsigns or cars 4, 5 and 6 times before I am being let in.

And even after that I may have to click F5 several times to get where I need to be.

And I'm 42 inches away from af 25'' screen - so a small smart phone screen is not the problem smiley - erm

smiley - pirate


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Post 68

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

Dmitri, I hope your alternative suggestions wouldn't make it harder to log in. It's hard enough as it is. What Pierce said about identifying cars 5 times is true for me, too. Not to put too fine a point on it, Captcha doesn't seem to be as smart as Pierce and me. smiley - smiley


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Post 69

Dmitri Gheorgheni

You have to learn not to overthink these things...smiley - rofl


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Post 70

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

Precisely! Bots are no match for us overthinkers. smiley - biggrin


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Post 71

You can call me TC

Who is Nigel?


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Post 72

Dmitri Gheorgheni

The Post Editor is deeply hurt by this question. smiley - cryA49246491


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Post 73

Baron Grim

Fortunately, I have yet to encounter this new Captcha so I didn't really appreciate the frustration SashaQ and many others are feeling.

But I just saw this [NSFW:Language] video about it being the hardest game ever. smiley - laugh

http://youtu.be/BVFYFr4Vy8I


Holy smiley - bleep, that's insane.


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Post 74

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

I would ban Captcha for life! smiley - grr


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Post 75

Still Incognitas, Still Chairthingy, Still lurking, Still invisible, unnoticeable, missable, unseen, just haunting h2g2

I was expecting an announcement..smiley - erm


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Post 76

ITIWBS

On the captcha system, I finally just gave up, decided its busted, found a way of bypassing it.

I don't sign out, reset to 'My Space' when I bring up h2g2, then refresh twice.

If the machine signs me out, back up a page and/or refresh.

To get back into Brunel from Pliny, back-page till Brunel comes up and refresh.

While this works for me, logging on almost every day, I'm sure the captcha system must be discouraging for occasional and casual users.

Reminds me of a passage from Stanley Coblentz's "The Moon People" in which a Lunarian advising Terrestrial visitors mentions there are places where sometimes one can get a few drops of water if one twists the pipes just the right way.


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Post 77

Pierce The Pirate ~ in Hotblack Desiato mode ~

I only sign out/log out once every two to three months when I need to clean up my computer (which by the way is never turned off unless I really really need to)

smiley - pirate

PS: I hope this is still relevant in this thread, but if not I trust the smiley - hamstersmiley - hamster will know what to do smiley - zen


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Post 78

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

"The Post Editor is deeply hurt" [Dmitri]

smiley - hug

I hadn't heard about Nigel until you provided that link. The most any of us can do is learn something new on a daily basis, and then go forward. Who doesn't have gaps or lacunae in his/her knowledge? Spending inordinate amounts of time or energy regretting the past saps our ability to enjoy what is good about the present. smiley - zen

And if I *still* forget something I ought to have remembered, I pour another cup of smiley - coffee and cut another slice of smiley - cake.


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