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I suggest we add a new CATCHPA to improve the quality of edits.

--Chronarion 02:43, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Seconded! --stillwaters/Talk 02:46, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
I suggest we add a CATCHPA to prevent unsolicited page moves. --General Insineratehymn 02:45, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
Oh noes! I fail at maths! The Proofreading Service will crumble!!! ~ Dame Ceridwyn ~ talk DUN VoNSE arc2.0 02:48, 04 June 2007

For another site I run (phpbb) I hacked in an actual "answer questions" catchpa mod. So far, none of the spammers have answered the questions about the best way to kill spammers. At least one or two humans did, and correctly determined that the acceptable answer to more than one of the questions was whichever one kept the spammer alive the longest amount of time, and caused the most pain. One of the non-pain based questions is:

If three sticks of dynamite were forcefully inserted into the chest of a spammer and detonated, would a spammer from Russia splatter better than a spammer from the US? (Remember, any dead spammer is a good spammer.)
(acceptable answers)

In the last month since I added this mod (and the questions), our daily spam count has dropped to zero. Bone_F_clear.png Sir Famine, Gun Petition » 06/4 03:03

  • (feels stupid) What is a CATCHPA? (looks it up for himself) OH, of course. But instead of differentiating between humans and computers the proposed CATCHPA differentiates between cretins and creatives? So you would randomly generate something like --
There once was a writer named Shaw
Who thoroughly enjoyed a good chaw
He felt happy and loose
With his lip full of snoose
And ______________________________

--and the respondent would have to come up with a proper last line? ----OEJ 03:35, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

I think that would effectively reduce our user-population to about 10. ~ Dame Ceridwyn ~ talk DUN VoNSE arc2.0 04:13, 04 June 2007
Oh come now, even a computer knows that the last line is And wound up with a spoon in his craw. --The Acceptable Thinking cap small Cainad Sacred Chao (Fnord) 05:37, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
We aren't computers. They aren't funny anyway. It's all binary, so it takes forever to tell a joke. Plus the punchline is always something about hexidecimal. Sir Modusoperandi Boinc! 05:57, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
1101001000011010!!!! :) -- Sir Mhaille Icons-flag-gb (talk to me)
BINARY SOLO! 000000100000011000000100000011-- Tinymooose.gif » Sir Savethemooses Grand Commanding Officer ... holla atcha boy» 06:57, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

It's spelled CAPTCHA, you nidderlings

It's an acronym, you know! It stands for "Completely Automatronic Pictorial kind of Turing test for to distinguish Computers and Humans for make benefit glorious website Uncyclopedia" or something. --L 07:45, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

ln(2). In case anybody was interested. --Strange (but) Untrue  Whhhy?Whut?How? *Back from the dead* 10:44, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Yes, but if you Google CATCHPA you get plenty of hits. I wonder if -- despite the correct acronym -- English-language use will migrate toward CATCHPA because it's easier to read, write, and remember. ----OEJ 13:59, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
Not to mention it sounds adorably like a game of tag played with one's father... --Strange (but) Untrue  Whhhy?Whut?How? *Back from the dead* 09:51, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
That was a geek test. Congrats, you passed. We'll mail out your flood pants and graphics calculator shortly. Hmmm, we don't have your address here...which locker are you stuffed in? Sir Modusoperandi Boinc! 03:00, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
Mmfggffm. --Strange (but) Untrue  Whhhy?Whut?How? *Back from the dead* 09:51, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

I didn't even notice it had been spelled wrong the entire way through, I just read it as CAPTCHA. I think CAPTCHA is easier to read, write and remember anyway, as I just think "capture", as I'm sure the acronym makers intended. Spang talk 02:45, 05 Jun 2007

Yes, or Kaphtka if you replace some letters with some other letters. You Nibelung -- di Mario 14:27, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

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