I've noticed that I get prompted and asked if I'm a robot every time recently. I'm curious if this was due to my machine or the site flagging me. And this has been on multiple machines, on different networks with different ISPs (AFAIK).

I guess the only correlation I can figure out so far is I've used Chrome on all these machines.

I know I can't ask how the feature is implemented because that defeats the whole purpose of the feature, but what might be causing me to get it so frequently?

  • Looking at the logs, I'm betting you have some sort of ad blocker installed that interferes with some of our spam prevention mechanisms. Do you?
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 8:34
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    @balpha: Yeah, my ad blockers are pretty aggressive. I should probably think about whitelisting some sites. BTW, you didn't have to dig through the logs just for something like this. I appreciate the effort though.
    – surfasb
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 16:02

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How are you posting?

If you compose your post off-line (in your text editor of choice) and then simply paste the text into the input box and hit "Post" you will, more often than not, trigger the robot Captcha.

You are using the site in exactly the same way that a robot would use the site.

Humans, in contrast, take their time. They typing into the input box and then it "Post" some 10's of seconds or even minutes later.

There are probably other rules of which I'm not aware but this seems to be the one that trips me up most often.

  • I find it comes up when you keep trying to edit your newly created answer as well.
    – paradroid
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 15:38
  • I compose in the input box. I'm not fancy, nor do I need to compose in a text editor. Although I do with the add comment box was a little bigger by default.
    – surfasb
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 15:41
  • @surfasb - don't know then. Sorry.
    – ChrisF
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:12
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    I don't get the prompts now. The robot guards must have the Wednesdays. . .
    – surfasb
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:19

It turns out your ad blockers were blocking some things that they shouldn't have been -- and this made you look a lot more like a bot to us.

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    Maybe I really am. . . Clank Clank.
    – surfasb
    Commented Jul 29, 2011 at 2:23

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