CAPTCHA, what is it good for?07 Mar 2011 | Comments
When CAPTCHA is implemented, the end users are often neglected and not surpraisingly the following are often sacrificed:
- Accessability - although the use of common solutions such as reCAPTCHA will address this issue.
- Usability - most CAPTCHA solutions that I have seen are difficult and frustrating for end users this include the aforementioned reCAPTCHA.
I certainly can sympathize and wholeheartedly agree with the Tim Kadlec’s sentiment on Death To CAPTCHAs:
Spam is not the user’s problem; it is the problem of the business that is providing the website. It is arrogant and lazy to try and push the problem onto a website’s visitors.
Before jumping to the trap of “if Google does it - it must be good” kind of thinking and implement CAPTCHA blindly, consider a couple of things first:
- Is there a real need for it? Are your site really constantly being targeted by spammers?
- What are the alternatives? The article above did discuss a few alternatives, honeypot method looks like worth trying.