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  • The "random question" makes it impossible to sign up!

    I just spent about 20 minutes trying to sign up - I'm new to equines and equestrianism, and I must say I've never had a worse experience registering for a forum!

    The questions are extremely difficult (yet easy to put the answers to the 10 questions in a spam script if someone really wanted to).

    My theory with these types of questions is that it should be easy for a human, but impossible for a computer - not the other way around!

    Perhaps have a look at something like this if you don't want to go with the "classic captcha": http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10204300-1.html
    Last edited by marcosb; Jun. 19, 2013, 12:21 PM.
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  • #2
    There are questions? It's been a long time since I signed up... they must be new.


    • #3
      I didn't remember questions either, so I logged out and started to register just to see.

      I got this one- pretty easy

      . If Mr. Ed had come off of the track, we might have seen one of these when he was flapping his lips with Wilbur.


      • #4
        There's random questions for the search function too, if you're not logged in. Kinda annoying.


        • #5
          Btw, welcome to the COTH forums!


          • #6
            I have got to admit that the few times I have been logged out (like at work) and needed to search I gave up because I couldn't figure out the random questions.


            • #7
              There's a Help Forum under the main Forum link, which would be a good place to post your observations/concerns about the sign-on process. Count me in as another who despises "recaptcha" or whatever the heck it is called!


              • #8
                I've never dealt with the question, but I know that on most websites, I struggle with the "prove you're not a robot" section. I'm starting to think I actually am a robot/cyborg/etc.

                Welcome to the board, OP!
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                • #9
                  Cool, I did not know there were trivia questions to sign up.

                  I can see how it would be frustrating though.


                  • #10
                    Wow It has been so very long since I joined I don't think there were questions.
                    Anyway Your in! Welcome to COTH.. It's and adventure!


                    • #11
                      You should try registering at the Steampunk forum- you have to tell time... with a clock with a dial... and three hands... and they aren't all connected at a center point- nor are they pointing at points on the clockface. After about ten tries I gave up. I know I know how to tell time.


                      • #12
                        I've had the same problem when trying to do a search while logged out. The question was something like "there are two horses in the barn. How many frogs are in the barn" and I didn't make the connection for an embarassingly long time
                        Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**


                        • #13
                          *laughing* I find captchas frustrating too. No idea how I get the word wrong, but I always do. I do know that it is really really hard to prevent spam sign ups on message boards and am so grateful that COTH tries so hard to keep them away!

                          I am amazed, however, that spammers have still gotten in despite trivia questions such as these!


                          • #14
                            The COTH Powers that Be had to revert to super-duper security questions due to the HORRIBLE influx of riff-raff spammers.

                            Glad you perservered... welcome to COTH. WARNING: Resistance is futile. You wil be assimilated.
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                            • #15
                              Now that you mention this I am noticing that we have not had spam attack in a while

                              number of frogs in a barn is a pretty subtle question
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                              • #16
                                Well, I just sat here for 10 minutes trying to work out the frog question. What messed me up was that two days ago there was an actual frog in my barn -- a tree frog clinging improbably to a door -- so I started thinking, dang, are frogs-in-barns a thing and I just never noticed it for like 50 years?

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by The Crone of Cottonmouth County View Post
                                  Well, I just sat here for 10 minutes trying to work out the frog question. What messed me up was that two days ago there was an actual frog in my barn -- a tree frog clinging improbably to a door -- so I started thinking, dang, are frogs-in-barns a thing and I just never noticed it for like 50 years?

                                  I would do the same thing.
                                  I would then wonder if it is one of those math problems that only seems like it does not have enough information to answer and over think it.


                                  • #18
                                    ok i give up: what's the answer to the mr. ed question?
                                    Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.


                                    • #19
                                      Charismaryllis - I would think a [edit]
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by hoopoe View Post
                                        Now that you mention this I am noticing that we have not had spam attack in a while

                                        number of frogs in a barn is a pretty subtle question
                                        Depends on how many horses!