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Please solve the CAPTCHA

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I like to have my Cookies deleted at the end of each Browser session, guess I am not the only one.

Because of that (I assume) every time I want to login to geocaching.com, currently I have to do one of those photo-CAPTCHAs. Very annoying.

I understand that CAPTCHAs may be required, but is there a technical possibility to avoid them repeating in a case like mine, usually sitting at the same PC from where I made the last successful login yesterday?

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1 hour ago, Ionspy said:

I understand that CAPTCHAs may be required, but is there a technical possibility to avoid them repeating in a case like mine, usually sitting at the same PC from where I made the last successful login yesterday?

Yes, it is technically possible to store all the information you need, for example, from where you last logged in, by using cookies. I have never seen CAPTCHAs when I log in, but practically,  because I am using cookies to store this information, I never need to log in at all. I was so curious now that I tried to log in by using anonymous browser, which is meant to be used when the user does not want to give or save any information about his visits. I managed to log in without a trace of any kind of CAPTCHAs. I must suspect that you have been personally selected to have this feature or your setup has something suspicious which gives cause to doubt that you are some kind of robot. :)

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Some browsers allow a person to make exceptions in their cookie handling. It might be possible to make the geocaching. com cookie one of those exceptions that stays in place when cookies are deleted.

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Likewise, I've never been presented with a Captcha when logging into this site. Is there maybe something "different" about your internet connection, like a proxy or VPN?

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I'm like "longspy", I delete my cookies at the end of each browser session.  The CAPTCHA pictures on all three of my computers are small, fuzzy and not clear to see what I'm looking at (I do have a fancy dual computer screen on one of my computers).  Some pictures I can't tell what I'm looking at.  As a result, at a minimum I have to go through at least 6 CAPTCHA pictures sessions and on some days I just can't log in because after going through almost 20 of these picture sessions, I give up.  Geocaching's use of these particular CAPTCHA is awful.  I'm at the point that I hate having to log into their "dadgum" site.  I've sent messages to their "help", but they never respond.  I'd love to know what I'm doing wrong.  How come Google and others sites have migrated away from these annoying pictures and still been able to prove that I am not a "robot".  Geocaching is behind the times.  When people ask me about geocaching now, I don't encourage them anymore to try it for two reasons:  the cost and the annoying CAPTCHA pictures.  When Geocaching catches up to everyone else that has moved away from CAPTCHA, then I may start promoting again and that's assuming I haven't quit altogether.  Because logging on to geocaching.com is impossible for me some days.

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That odd, I also delete all cookies (and do a disc cleanup) every time I leave the pc.  Never seen a captcha when logging back in yet...

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18 minutes ago, GeoGatesHunter said:

I'd love to know what I'm doing wrong.

Try to avoid deleting cookies. It may help a lot.

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On 4/20/2018 at 3:21 PM, arisoft said:
On 4/20/2018 at 2:58 PM, GeoGatesHunter said:

I'd love to know what I'm doing wrong.

Try to avoid deleting cookies. It may help a lot.

I have to agree - this seems to be a self-imposed hardship.

On 4/20/2018 at 2:58 PM, GeoGatesHunter said:

When people ask me about geocaching now, I don't encourage them anymore to try it for two reasons:  the cost and the annoying CAPTCHA pictures.

I disagree.  The Geocaching app is free.  Basic membership is also free. 

We have found it convenient to maintain our premium membership since we started in 2007, but that is still only $30 US a year - $2.50 a month, or 8.2 cents a day.  Less than a tank of gas.  Certainly less than a decent bottle of scotch, and while both have their way of lowering my stress level, the geocaching membership definitely lasts longer than the bottle of scotch.

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Captchas are a necessary evil thanks to a popular but rogue phone app that robotically scrapes the website. Called "c:bad" or something like that.  Direct your anger in that direction, and if you know cachers using that app, try to convince them to use an authorized API partner app instead.  The latter are much gentler on the servers.

 

EDIT to clarify:  the captcha I'm thinking of is on the search page reached by the "all nearby caches" link on a cache page.  That's exactly where I'd focus my attention if I was writing a c:bad-type app.

 

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35 minutes ago, Viajero Perdido said:

Captchas are a necessary evil thanks to a popular but rogue phone app that robotically scrapes the website. Called "c:bad" or something like that. 

I don't think that's the reason for the captcha because as long as you accept the cookies and stay logged in you don't see the captcha, and I assume c:bad must do that because once you've logged in you don't have to keep logging in and don't see the captcha and c:bad "just works".

 

I suspect the captcha is there to stop bots signing up and logging in. If GS really did introduce the captcha because of c:bad then they did a woefully bad job.

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On 4/23/2018 at 11:22 AM, hzoi said:

 Certainly less than a decent bottle of scotch, and while both have their way of lowering my stress level, the geocaching membership definitely lasts longer than the bottle of scotch.

:D ... yup!

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5 hours ago, pieter en ineke said:

I always delete cookies.

 

You can save the cookies before you delete them and then restore the saved cookies when you continue using the service.

 

You need to load  "Export cookies" extension to get this feature into your browser and get rid of captchas.

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Same as April, still deleting everything at end of the day and have yet to see a captcha when logging back in.

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