You may have noticed that I have added reCAPTCHA to my blog for all comments. I know, I know…everyone hates those tricky buggers. Half of them I can’t even read (and I’m human – last time I checked!), some are sideways or upside-down and all of them are annoying. But maybe this will change your mind about the reCAPTCHA service.
reCAPTCHA is a free CAPTCHA service that is digitizing books, newspapers and radio shows every time you fill one out.
Old books, newspapers and radioshow transcripts aren’t in a digital format. They can be scanned and rendered into text using OCR software (“Optimal Character Recognition”) however there is usually some text that is unable to be rendered by computers.
reCAPTCHA takes this text, turns them into CAPTCHAS (those distorted images we are all familiar with) and allows for humans to decipher the words.
You can find out more about how reCAPTCHA works here.
Other cool CAPTCHA factchas:
– A CAPTCHAs is a program that helps determine whether a user is a human or a computer by generating tests that only humans can solve. They are used frequently to block computer-generated spam on blogs, prevent fake registrations for websites, and protect users from a whole lot of spam.
– The term “CAPTCHA” comes from the word “capture” and is an acronym that stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”.
– As computer AI catches up and is able to solve more and more of the tests provided by CAPTCHA programs, CAPTCHA must also evolve into more complex tests while also maintaining its accessibility for the visually impaired.
– Sometimes CAPTCHA fails. Look at these funnies from the Internets.
What this means for my blog:
So because I value books and literacy and the act of archiving pre-Internet human knowledge, I have added a reCAPTCHA plugin on the site. Kind of a pain, because I don’t want you guys to be turned away from commenting, but come on! It’s for a good cause! You should leave a fun comment or emoticon and solve the CAPTCHA on this post just to help unrecognizable text from old books and newspapers be solved! You’re commenting AND solving a mystery all at once folks 🙂
Right now, reCAPTCHA is working on digitizing old copies of the New York Times and Google Books.
Also, do you know how hard it is to write CAPTCHA so many times to write this blog? I spelled it like, 18 different dyslexic ways while writing and had to edit each time.