I think one way to make CAPTCHA be more acceptable is to make it funny, but for some reason most CAPTCHA do not do this. Would this be seen as unprofessional or could this be a good way to make a necessary annoyance more engaging and amusing?

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    But Captcha are funny knowyourmeme.com/memes/inglip
    – Ben Brocka
    Dec 5, 2011 at 15:21
  • The CAPTCHA here in StackExchange sites is funny... Dec 5, 2011 at 15:40
  • @MattRockwell I can't quite tell if you're a human. Please fill out this form...:)
    – Ben Brocka
    Dec 5, 2011 at 15:44
  • @Matt Rockwell good to know, thx for that! could you explain in details all the jokes? it would be very useful for normal people (not from US or whatever you guys are)
    – 0101
    Dec 5, 2011 at 15:45
  • The basic humor I've seen on Captcha pages is to poke fun at the user saying we don't know if you're a robot, which is what SE does. I don't know if anyone has a screenshot of it though.
    – Ben Brocka
    Dec 5, 2011 at 15:46

2 Answers 2


The CAPTCHA used on the UX.SE(and most likely other SE sites) is brilliant. It is light hearted and gives a chuckle instead of annoying you. This might not appease everyone, but it sure attempts to make light of an annoying situation. Also while being funny, it gives context to why you are being asked to enter the CAPTCHA text, to prove "I'm a Human Being".

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It also goes on to explain on the right side:

Are you a human being? We apologize for the confusion, but we can't quite tell if you're a person or a script. Please don't take this personally. Bot and scripts can be remarkably lifelike these days! Enter the CAPTCHA displayed, and we'll be out of your way.

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    it was funny in the beginning of SO, its just boring.
    – 0101
    Dec 5, 2011 at 15:57
  • @0101 It seems you are hard to please :) Dec 5, 2011 at 15:58
  • You missed the copy at the side! That's the best part i.sstatic.net/9m7uI.png
    – Ben Brocka
    Dec 5, 2011 at 15:58
  • @BenBrocka Added it to my answer, thanks for that! Dec 5, 2011 at 16:02
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    The human verification above is great!!!! I like it!
    – sysscore
    Dec 5, 2011 at 16:04

I think Captchas should be simple. The user has no interest to decode cryptic pictures. But I don't know how secure are some simpler captchas...

Examples for simpler Captchas: http://serie3.info/s3capcha/demonstration.php


  • what should be and what it is is not the same ;) look at SO, it should be praecursor, but its worst than facebook.
    – 0101
    Dec 5, 2011 at 16:37

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