Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Oct 2012

SITE NEWS: Annoying Captcha Update

So, we've now set the site so that Premium subscribers should be bypassing CAPTCHA to post comments. We figure if the spammers want to pay us $40 a year, they can spam all they want. We've also set up the ability to tag certain commenters so that they will also skip CAPTCHA. If you are someone who posts here pretty regularly, but you aren't a Premium subscriber, leave a comment here and we'll consider adding you to that list when we get time. (Raiderjoe is already taken care of.)

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 01 Oct 2012

61 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2012, 1:55pm by solve captcha


by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 10:54am

I'd like to be decaptchatated, if that's OK.

by drobviousso :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:15am

I assure you, my long history of context free comments are not spam.

by Lance :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:17am

I'd love to be de-captcha'ed, too. I've been at FO since before you had to register and since I work in academia I have nothing worthwhile to spam.

by MJK :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:36am

Likewise, I would appreciate being off the list. Unless rampant Patriots homerism is spam...

by Nathan :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:37am

I guess decatchpa me even though I never see a catchpa?

by Dean :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:44am

Decatchpa, por favor.

by dmstorm22 :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:45am

Despite recent run-ins with the Spam Police, I would love to not have to captcha.

by NYMike :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:47am

No captcha would be lovely, please!

by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:53am

Whatsacaptchawidyou? You no lika dis place?

Um, no captcha please.

by Aaron Schatz :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 10:57pm

Do you see that "not verified" next to your name? It means you don't have an account on the site. So there's nothing we can do for you.

by James-London :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:53am

Not been caught yet, but add me to the list please.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

by PatsFan :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:02pm

I would also like to be de-capcha'd, please.

by tuluse :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:11pm

I see no reason to want captcha, so please take me off.

by Ferguson1015 :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:20pm

I would prefer to not have to input a captcha every time I comment. I have trouble enough with those things.

by Steve in WI :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:22pm

I've actually had zero problems with captcha (in fact, I can't remember the last time I saw it here), but in the last couple of weeks I've had three or four posts eaten by the spam filter, which is much more annoying. (And weird...I didn't even have any links in the posts or anything).

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:35pm

I've had similar issues. Maybe the spam filter doesn't like the name "Steve".

by FrontRunningPhinsFan :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 1:22pm

This has been a problem for me too. And my name isn't Steve real or user. I just assumed it was because I hate the Patriots, and everyone knows FO loves them.

I guess there's no chance I get decaptchapitated after that comment but I'd still like to be...

Fire Jeff Ireland.

by jimbohead :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:23pm

De-capcha me too please!

edit: in attempting to post this, i made a humorous reference to some products that are often hawked by spammers; I was blocked outright.

by akn :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:26pm

No captcha for me, please.

by Independent George :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:34pm

Me, me, me!!! Pick me!!!

by DGL :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:38pm

So in order to not have to enter a captcha when I comment, I have to enter a captcha. This is so meta.

by ammek :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:41pm

Por favor.

by nat :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:45pm

Please de-captcha me.

How the heck does Raiderjoe get by a captcha, anyway? Put him first on the list.

by jebmak :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 1:33pm

I'd like to be on the list, I've been coming to FO forever. Unfortunately, I have nothing clever to say here to make me stand out.

by rageon :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 1:51pm

I just assumed RaiderJoe was the mastermind behind the CAPTCHA.

by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 2:40pm

Being deCaptcha'd would be nice. Yes, please.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 2:45pm

Me too please

(Wondering why I don't have to do a captcha to post this ...)

by Marko :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 2:47pm

Please add me to the list. I promise that my comments will have no more spam in it than spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got much spam in it.

by Richie :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 2:48pm

Am I worthy of having Captchas removed?

Spammers suck.

by evenchunkiermonkey :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 2:59pm

If you could put my username through the FO Captcha-Free list that'd be awesome.

by billsfan :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 3:22pm

Hmmm... no CAPTCHA on this, and I almost never post any more, but why not.

(I also like the Eagles)

by Eddo :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 3:53pm

Please add me to the list.

by nibiyabi :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 4:11pm

Can I use my leverage of having won the Loser League awhile back to become captcha free?

by Sifter :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 4:12pm

Add my name to the list too please. That way those odd occasions where I do post will be so much easier.

by Jerry :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 6:19pm

I'd also appreciate avoiding the Captcha. Thank you.

by BigCheese :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 6:35pm

I just posted in another thread without getting cptchaed, and seem to be ablo to do it here as well, but just to be safe, please add me to the no-captcha list.

- Alvaro

Phil Simms is to analysts what Ryan Leaf is to NFL QBs

by Arkaein :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 7:25pm

I don't comment too much, but I'd prefer to be decaptcha'd.

Wouldn't it be possible to perform some sort of automatic decaptcha-ing process? Maybe turn off captcha-s for any account that has more than 10 comments and is more than 2 weeks old, something like that? Any account made for spamming should be decativated by that point.

by countertorque :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 8:21pm


by The Hypno-Toad :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:44pm

Look into my loudly vibrating eyeballs and decaptcha me please. Not that I actually have had to captcha since I registered lo these many years ago.

by dbostedo :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:59pm

If I get captcha free posting I'm willing to sell my login to the highest bidder!

That's right folks... open to spammers, trolls, and online vagrants of all types.

Want to hit Football Outsiders with ads that aren't even tangentially related to football? Have at it!

Do you get easily confused and want to let us know how much you enjoy football teams such as Manchester United or Real Madrid? C'mon down!

Do you think you sell only the best shxxs or hxxdbxgs online AND have only a rudimentary grasp of the English language? Then this login is for you!

Please go to http://www.thissiteisforreallygulliblepeople.com and place your bids now!


I guess I'd like captcha free posting is what I'm getting at...

(PS - In order to post this, I found that I had to type shxxs and hxxdbxgs instead of the actual words or the spam naz... er.. filter prevented my post.)

by Aaron Schatz :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 10:53pm

Just a reminder, if you are a Premium subscriber, PLEASE do not post here. We're just wasting time looking up your account and finding out you are already taken care of. Only non-Premium people. Thanks.

by Guest789 :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 1:27am

I'm not a frequent poster, but y'all aren't too busy...


“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”

by the K :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 5:53am

As much as I'd like to avoid captcha, most of what I post is probably considered spam by FO standards.

by JimZipCode :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 8:53am

I haven't noticed anything to do with captcha, but if other people are getting something then I want to ask for it too.

by Zieg (not verified) :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 9:46am

I would like to know One Weird Trick to avoid having to Captcha.

by dbostedo :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 7:13pm

Are you sure you don't just want to know the one thing that FO doesn't want you to know?

by b_crane (not verified) :: Wed, 10/03/2012 - 1:41pm

Football Outsiders hates the people who know how to avoid the captcha.

by dryheat :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 10:08am

Yes please

by Mr Shush :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 12:01pm

Intermittently having to do Captcha doesn't particularly bother me, but intermittently getting my posts blocked entirely definitely does. If getting decaptchad (liburaitid?) would help with that, then it would be very much appreciated.

by Insancipitory :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 11:11pm

Well, it is Mr. Shush. Just sayin'....

by bravehoptoad :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 12:12pm


by TomKelso :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 12:31pm

I've been posting here since the Vowel-less Wonder was running for President, and to me captcha is as annoying as Voter ID laws, so please follow the lead of Pennsylvania and suspend it for me? Thanks!

And, RaiderJoe is exempt from Captcha because he writes it -- he just thinks it's normal words anyone ought to be able to spell, so he doesn't quite understand why it works!

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 6:28pm

I'd love to be off the list as well - even if my posting frequency has dropped.

by Paddy Pat :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 10:17pm

I'm not a spammer and can't get through anymore. I'd love to be allowed to post again. Meanwhile, "New Guy" is definitely spam, and he's posting to his heart's content.

by turbohappy :: Wed, 10/03/2012 - 10:17am

Would love to not have to fill out the captcha :o)

by Zac :: Wed, 10/03/2012 - 1:40pm

It seems like it shouldn't be that hard to uncaptcha everyone who has been a member for several years, or perhaps all members who have purchases associated with their account. I have four years worth of KUBIAK and FOA 2012 available to download. I think it's safe to assume I'm not a spammer.

by tuluse :: Wed, 10/03/2012 - 1:58pm

That just what you want us to think.

by Insancipitory :: Thu, 10/04/2012 - 9:24pm

Naw, I already subscribe to his midget and donkey porn archive (dwarfburroing.com) if he was going to spam, he surely would have by now.

by dbt :: Thu, 10/04/2012 - 2:40am

please whitelist me from captchas.

by justme_cd :: Tue, 10/16/2012 - 11:13am

I don't know why I always get spam filtered. I don't comment much so I don't know if I qualify though. ughhg

by solve captcha (not verified) :: Fri, 10/19/2012 - 1:55pm

Touche. Outstаndіng аrgumеnts. Keер up the greаt sρirіt.