[clug] Re: Using a forum system for CLUG

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Mon May 4 03:45:57 GMT 2009

Andrew Janke wrote:
>> Here's an example of an attack on recaptcha - they had to resort to
>> streamlining human interaction.
>> http://musicmachinery.com/2009/04/27/moot-wins-time-inc-loses/
> I though that recaptcha was only added into the times voting thing
> after the initial 20million votes were added?  You are right though,
> after that times added recaptcha and from logging apparently some of
> the people involved were spending 40hours +! typing in captcha's...
> Wonder how many books were digitised as a result of this?
> Yes, captchas do not stop all SPAM, but they are an easy to implement
> first-hack that is not too imposing (as compared to having to sign up
> to a forum -- I usually don't and move on) and at least in this case
> you are doing something a little good.

The source is archive.org scanned books, and techcrunch claimed the
other day that archive.org is scanning "only 1,000 books a day" [1]. I
assume only a fraction of those need recaptcha's support as well. So, I
assume based on limited data that the answer is "not many".



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