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A couple of times I've been asked to enter a Captcha when posting on MO. The thing is, it never works properly: there is no actual Captcha to be found anywhere on the page. Here is a screenshot:
Maybe the test has become more lenient with time and now will accept simply clicking on the «I'm a human» button as a proof of humanity?
Has anyone else experienced this? This seems like the sort of critical bug we should report upstream.
@Mariano: it will not, I tried that of course.
We may want to try to figure out whether this is a rendering problem or a problem that the server is not sending the Captcha. Some minimal diagnosis will probably help upstream sort out what is wrong.
@Emil J: It looks like you're using the AdBlock Plus extension. On the off-chance that this might be what's happening, have you checked that a runaway filter isn't blocking the captcha image?
@Willie Wong and jc: thanks for suggestions, I'll try to investigate it the next time it happens.
Jason: I don't think that works. Because I so often have trouble reading the stupid captchas, I very often hit the back button and either hit forward or hit the Post button to refresh the captcha, sometimes repeatedly until I can finally decipher it.
Jason, I haven't tried to track how frequently the captcha calls, but one in every 3 or 4 posts sounds roughly correct.