Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Postie petition to PPP: Change the Captchas system

I almost had a $500 opp!!!! In PPP's Special '1k Tuesday' that seems to have started today, Wednesday, I had a chance at the only $500 opp of the day!!! It came up white, took too long to load, then I got stuck at the captcha screen, AGAIN!

We are all too familiar with captchas. I use the blogspot captcha setting on the comments here, myself. They certainly aren't our best friends, but we understand the need for them and rightfully appreciate the idea behind them. That being said, having a captcha that is not even a real word sometimes, with a thick black line through wavy and fuzzy black lettering of the same thickness, sometimes hyphenated words and now I've seen number sequences including a hyphen and a parentheses at the end!?!?!?!?!?

I have been reading a lot of posts from the PPP forums and many people have reported problems with this. Some say they are getting characters on letters that we don't even have buttons for on our keyboards, they type the letter without it and it goes through. Some people say they don't even bother with the space between the 2 'words' and it goes right through. Still other people are saying they type in the two words as best as they can make em' out to be, up to 12 times and it simply doesn't work at all!

Do you agree the current captcha settings need to be changed? If so, please join me here with a comment to PPP. They need to hear us that the current captcha service really needs to be more user friendly. We are the users, and we all say: MAKE SOME CHANGES!


BeccaGirl said...

I feel very strongly about this, and plan to notify PPP of the results from this post. So please be specific to what you would like to see changed or if you have suggestions for making it better. Thank you!

Tee said...

Count me in.

Even when I'm in a no pressure situation with the PPP captchas (like a $5 opp that no one wants - LOL), I have to sit and stare at that thing to figure it out. Even when I take my time, sometimes I have to guess and I'm wrong.

I usually have no problem with the captchas here in Blogger. They should be more like that.

C. R. Morris said...

I had the same thing happen to me last Tuesday with a $50 opp. First of all, I'm positive that everyone is sitting there clicking refresh like I am and it slows the server down.. but then to have to deal with typing that little string of words in, well, I personally hate it. I love PPP and have made money that has kept our family afloat. So last Tuesday when I saw that opportunity smiling at me, I got excited, clicked the link and there it was..UGH! The captcha! I had to type in words that I could barely see while buzzing on adrenaline. And then, it was gone.. stolen by someone much like myself... Refresh, refresh, refresh.... Bless my heart.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

the EXACT same thing happened to me on the exact same opp!!! the dreaded hour glass thinking...

smiles, bee