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LiveJournal and Captchas

A public post for the sake of education...

LiveJournal once has a usable audio Captcha alternative for people who are blind and use screen readers. This is no longer the case. If you don't know what I am talking about, go to a page where it requires you to enter the two words for security verification and click "get an audio challenge." Try to figure out the words from that whole sentence. It cannot be done.

So if you use this feature on your journal, no blind person can leave you comments--and there are a lot of us who use LJ because it was once the most accessible blog site. It would now be impossible for a blind person to sign up due to this silly Captcha problem.

If this bothers you, please make sure that your comments do not require filling out a CaptchaDropping a note to LJ expressing your views would also be nice. . Also, if you friend me and would like comments from me on your entries, please make sure that your comments do not require filling in a Captcha. Otherwise, you will not get comments from me.


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Jan. 19th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I had not seen this other than when I was getting my LJ and had Sue read the capture to me. This is crazy and it seems like more and more sites are doing this and it makes it almsot impossible for us to access these sites.
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Good for you. Audio captchas help me diddly-squat. LOL! I write somewhere pointing this out, especially new LJ Idol contestants when I come across the captcha on their pages.
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
How do I make sure the Captcha isn't on my page? I came across it on someone else's page once, but I hope it isn't on mine.
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
your pages
Your pages are good. :) No trouble commenting. I didn't even know that LJ had set up this feature for comments until I started coming across it on pages of people I was interested in friending. I suspect it would be somewhere in account settings and you would have to enable it.
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I don't think mine have them, but I'm not exactly sure. I went through a phase where I got really paranoid about people seeing my stuff and so I upped all my privacy/security settings.

Sometimes Facebook makes me enter captchas on my own posts. WTF? LOL
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