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The Cheers to Spring contest ran through May. The Wines of Chile contest was by a different sponsor (though Mother's Day themed) and ended around June 8 (no update on that winner yet). Either way, a high value gift card appealed to me!
Surfing 2017. Fall, show me the roll-out of prizes!
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Is anyone else suffering from Captcha rage?
Or do I just need a break from contesting?
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valeriey wrote:
Jun 27th, 2017 8:58 am
Is anyone else suffering from Captcha rage?
Or do I just need a break from contesting?
If you're having to start over with them repeatedly, because they "fail", then I'm in the same boat. Really infuriating!
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valeriey wrote:
Jun 27th, 2017 8:58 am
Is anyone else suffering from Captcha rage?
Or do I just need a break from contesting?
No Captcha rage here. But I do feel I need a break from contesting.
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valeriey wrote:
Jun 27th, 2017 8:58 am
Is anyone else suffering from Captcha rage?
Or do I just need a break from contesting?
yes the last few days. esp. with captchas that ask you to click all images and then its not satisfied when you do and you have to start on a whole new set
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The type of captcha where you just click the items and that's all work fine for me. The one's that "disappear" and reload a new one in the same box I have problems with many times.
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pickmepickme wrote:
Jun 27th, 2017 9:29 am
If you're having to start over with them repeatedly, because they "fail", then I'm in the same boat. Really infuriating!
Lately the ones saying choose "car" or "road" do not work for me. The image I click on fades away and is replaced by another image.

I have to keep telling it to reload until get choose "vehicle" or "street signs" or something else.
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pickmepickme wrote:
Jun 27th, 2017 9:29 am
If you're having to start over with them repeatedly, because they "fail", then I'm in the same boat. Really infuriating!
Those captchas aren't even truly checking if you're a robot, it's just a way to get free labour out of you. They "fail" so you'll do more and more for free. Even if you keep doing them wrong, you have to do just as many of them, and they end at the same point, too. Even Google has admitted they know you're not a robot but give you the captchas anyway. Typing words? You're transcribing for Google Books. Marking cars or signs? You're helping their self-driving car algorithms. Marking storefronts? You're helping Google Maps. All for free, and all a replacement for the jobs they used to have where people actually got paid to do this work. Capitalism at its finest.
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spamgirl wrote:
Jun 27th, 2017 11:47 am
Those captchas aren't even truly checking if you're a robot, it's just a way to get free labour out of you. They "fail" so you'll do more and more for free. Even if you keep doing them wrong, you have to do just as many of them, and they end at the same point, too. Even Google has admitted they know you're not a robot but give you the captchas anyway. Typing words? You're transcribing for Google Books. Marking cars or signs? You're helping their self-driving car algorithms. Marking storefronts? You're helping Google Maps. All for free, and all a replacement for the jobs they used to have where people actually got paid to do this work. Capitalism at its finest.
How do they verify the information if they don't already have the correct answer, though?

If you're marking cars/signs, for example, how do they know you're actually marking the correct photos unless they already have them marked as cars/signs?

And if so, what's the value to them of you marking it again? Verification?
Wishing everyone a lucky 2017!
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They must work on percentages. If 99% identify a photo as a car, then it will go into their "car confirmed" file.

What would be truly wonderful is if everyone were to purposefully identify a tree as a car, then they'd be screwed!
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sherlockmandango wrote:
Jun 27th, 2017 11:55 am
How do they verify the information if they don't already have the correct answer, though?

If you're marking cars/signs, for example, how do they know you're actually marking the correct photos unless they already have them marked as cars/signs?

And if so, what's the value to them of you marking it again? Verification?
I suspect it is for verification - to your point, they must already have the 'answer' and so your input is matching it up to their answer. Where the captcha fails is perhaps where either a) the user is erroneously or purposely putting in the incorrect answer or b) the user is putting in the correct answer but it doesn't match up to what Big Brother has on their end and so they look at those cases closer to make any corrections on their end if necessary.
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My annoying "fail", is that after I've done one "page" of items and am moved on to the next, I'm now often getting a window that pops up and tells me that, "cannot contact reCapcha. Please check your connection and try again". It's infuriating, because you can then choose "ok" in that box and you start all over again. This sometimes happens three times in a row, so I go through about 6 screenfuls of pictures, before I can submit my entry.
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lately I have been asked to click on the car image and all I have are signs. Funny thing is that many of the times I just click on the signs and it goes thru. Would love to know how that messes them up.
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Has anyone won on the Sugar Crisp instant win? I play every day but haven't won so much as a coupon.
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valeriey wrote:
Jun 27th, 2017 8:58 am
Is anyone else suffering from Captcha rage?
Or do I just need a break from contesting?
Several days last week, there was no Captcha on just about every contest I entered, so this could be abused on ones with unlimited entries. The ones that continually replace a picture aren't too bad and the ones that want you to select something that isn't there will say to skip it if it isn't. At that point, they confirm you can enter the contest in my experience...

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