I require my students to write responses to their reading assignments on blogs so that we can all read and comment on everyone’s thoughts during the week. Some of them are using Blogger, and to leave comments, I must decipher the CAPTCHA security. These have become much more difficult as of late, and I’ve found myself requiring two or three tries because the letterforms are too distorted to make out.
The distortion in this one isn’t too bad, but I took the screenshot to point out the photograph that they are now pairing the distorted “word” with. The instructions say to “Type the two words”, but what exactly am I supposed to type? Should I enter “mmec STREET 6 ssuickd”? That’s more than two words. As it turns out, the only thing I was supposed to enter from the photo was the 6.
When it becomes a challenge for people to figure out, it’s no longer serving its purpose.