Rosetta Code:Village Pump/CAPTCHA problems

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CAPTCHA problems
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CAPTCHA problems are not being attended to.


(1) It is August 2019 and I see an issue being raised in 2016, "There are still/again problems with the captchas, when saving an article with a new link." I can confirm this problem either still persists or has reared its ugly head again, with the possible difference that right now, solving the CAPTCHA problem eventually results in a timeout, and that this behavior has been observed using BOTH Google Chrome and Safari. Peak (talk)

(2) Original Description.

I've recently come across problems with the CAPTCHA. When you use something that needs you to pass the CAPTCHA (e.g. editing anonymously, or after you enter your password wrong when you login), the CAPTCHA displays correctly, but when you enter the response and submit, you get a mostly blank page with just the words "Could not open socket". The case when you enter your password wrong is particularly annoying, as you are stuck in a Catch-22 (you normally don't need to pass a CAPTCHA to login; but once you enter your password wrong, you can't even login by entering your password correctly anymore, as the CAPTCHA won't work). I don't know if this is just me. Thanks. --Spoon! 05:38, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Likely not. Mwn3d reported that the Twitter feed on my user page was reporting similar errors. I'll look into it. --Short Circuit 18:47, 15 March 2009 (UTC)
Looks like there was some sort of server glitch going on. I don't know if it was Slicehost-related, or if it was a problem with my version/configuration combination for Apache and PHP. I upgraded all the distro software, reloaded apache a few times, and it appears to work. --Short Circuit 19:43, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

There are still/again problems with the captchas, when saving an article with a new link. It looks like google just times out before displaying the graphic, so nothing to solve, so the edit cannot be saved with the link (see here).
I tried with different browsers (Firefox/Palemoon, Opera, Mozilla/Seamonkey), but the problem remains the same with all of them. -- Hajo (talk) 13:32, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

I keep getting "...contains new external links..." even though I haven't added any. Then the "captcha" process begins, first with the message, then the display is adjusted to allow space for the images, then nothing. I note "waiting on" is shown and then finally the box for the images appears with "Sorry, something went wrong" and a retry does it all again. This has happened in the past (I'm using Firefox) except that the process has also worked in the past. Blocked for a day, now. Later, another try with the same result but then I noticed "Privacy Badger" was muttering (for instance, "red" for and "orange" for, so I set its barriers to "green", and tried again. This time the final message was "Please upgrade to a supported browser", except that Firefox is one of those declared approved. And the "About Firefox" reports version 52.5.2 (32-bit) and that "Firefox is up to date" Similarly, I have just tried via gnuLinux (Mint) on the alternate use of the same computer, with the same prod "Please upgrade to a supported browser", and this is Firefox 57.0.1 (64-bit) There is no badger on this system. So, should I try moving the rodent with my other hand? Dinosaur (talk) 00:00, 24 December 2017 (UTC)

And then I tried clearing Cached Web Content and Site Data, and on logging-in afresh the captcha stuff manifests, and endlessly requires another trial (and the blue tick appears even for squares obviously not involving the described feature as well as for dubious images, so I suppose that trial&error won't work, ha ha) and after robotically slogging onwards, eventually it is allowed that I'm not a robot. Ho hum Dinosaur (talk) 09:06, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

This seems to still be a problem. I'm getting Captcha confirmation sections both *before* and *after* an entry, and sometimes I have to perform *both* of them. Also, I often have to jump through 3-4 hoops (traffic lights, then buses, then bicycles, then crosswalks) before I'm allowed to continue. Furthermore, the images that fade away and reappear are very, very slow. I can understand that behavior if I failed the captcha, but I didn't. Zonker (talk) 09:59, 13 June 2020 (UTC)

I also have had the problem of having to solve the before and after thingy,   and when it happens, the rendering and re-showing/re-filling seems to be slow.   On some occasions, I just make a small change (such as fix a typo in a comment), and "it" says that I've added an external link and thenceforth I have to go through the Captcha confirmation game, and this version/reason also seems to talk forever, that is, I have to solve at least five or six versions of traffic lights, bicycles, crosswalks, buses, and fire hydrants.   It may be due to having numerous amount number of cookies that have been created unbeknownst to me, so I usually try to elide unnecessary/unwanted cookies.     -- Gerard Schildberger (talk) 18:38, 13 June 2020 (UTC)

Recently, this was added to my talk section, so I copied the text and my response here.

~~ Inability to add new sections to certain pages ~~

I'm hoping you might be able to help resolve the following problem, e.g. by notifying whoever is maintaining RC:

There are two serious problems which together are preventing the editing of some pages.

(1) When attempting to edit a page such as Sequence:_smallest_number_with_exactly_n_divisors one is typically confronted with a spurious message about the addition of new external links, even if the only edit is the addition of a new header.

(2) The reCaptcha system does not work. On Firefox, for example, after seeing the green checkmark in the "I'm not a robot" box, nothing happens except eventually for a timeout message. On Google Chrome, the popup appears, but then there's a timeout.

Thank you. Peak (talk) 19:10, 3 July 2021 (UTC)

I also have the same problems.   The (1) problem (above) is certainly annoying,   and I just have to bear it and go through the monkey-works business of clicking on buses, fire hydrants, traffic lights, bicycles, crosswalks, chimneys, and occasionally, tractors or stairs.   Even though I've been through all of those before, reCaptcha (Captcha) insists on presenting me with multiple screens (trials) and I have to then play that game.   I haven't found rhyme nor reason for the superfluous trials.     -- Gerard Schildberger (talk) 20:06, 3 July 2021 (UTC)
As for the reCaptcha system, as already mentioned above,   I have found out that on a slow PC (the slowness most probably caused by insufficient real storage),   that FireFox likes to use both of my engines (cores) such that on my old Windows system, the Microsoft Windows is trying to compete with FireFox's consumption of both (CPU) engines,   such that I had to limit FireFox to a single engine (by using AFFINITY).   One reason of the excessive use of the CPUs by a browser is the number of cookies,   when the number of cookies is large, CPU consumption increases dramatically by a browser, making the browser to become   non-responsive.   I usually just end up deleting a bunch of cookies and that clears things up.   Other people have complained about reCaptcha on Rosetta Code's Village Pump (see the link below),   but as far as I know,   nothing has been done about it,   or more to the point,   I haven't read about anything being done about it.     -- Gerard Schildberger (talk) 20:06, 3 July 2021 (UTC)