Recently I've been thinking of captchas, those little tests you often have to pass in order to prove to a webserver that you are not a robot. The occasion was a couple weeks back when I inadvertently posted a comment to a blog not realizing that my little one-sentence expression of my opinion was going to lead to invective and ridicule from the blog owner and regulars of that blog, who seemed to be all of a quite distinct way of thinking from mine. If only I'd known that I was expected to conform to a particular standard, I could have saved myself the trouble right at the beginning and found another place to leave my mark.
Traditional captchas are simply to determine whether you are human, a pretty low standard, I think. What about some challenge questions such as these:
- Type the atomic weight of bismuth
- Choose the accurate statement: (1) Time has inertia. (2) Iraq was responsible for 9/11. (3) The Jews run Hollywood. (4) Global climate change is far from proven.
- Which mole do you want to whack?
Selections have been deleted, see the reason below.
I think it could save a lot of trouble and confusion.
By the way, I am not going to link that blog on which I had that contretemps, sorry!
Update (June 2008): Linkrot at Flickr? Oh well, here is the one of the three images I linked which has not been deleted from the system: