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Tried setting up an account on www.odesk.com which is a freelance site. I can't file a feedback request there either due to captcha. I am not switching browsers, and I am tired of running into job sites with inaccessible captchas. I am not surprised by this on little mom and pop stores, but sites that run big freelance networks need to get with the program. I shouldn't have to go through all kinds of hoops just to fill in one form field. We may as well not even have section 508.

I am getting really tired of this as it is keeping me from finding contract jobs I could do.


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Jun. 23rd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
The only way you can solve that is is using webvism, but that would force you to cahnge to Firefox and it works well most of the time with JAWS, but have found some web sites where it does not do well at all. I hate that capcha crap and you are right, if all of this is going on and people will not be flexible with us, then why do we have all of the access laws that we have and then not being able to have the access we are blind people need. Trust me when I say this that sighted people just do not have a clue.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
All of that went so far over my head, but in general, I get the impression that you are annoyed by bits of the internet being stupid, so I would like to offer you a cuddle and hopes for relaxation and better luck next time. Or better-working stuff. As the case may be.
Jun. 24th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
You use qwitter, correct? I know this shouldn't have to be how it is, but a thought so you wouldn't have to change browsers is to create a solona account and then set it up as a session in qwitter. Then at least you only have to use one quick keystroke when you run into captcha.
Jun. 24th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
I totally get why captchas exist, especially on freelance work sites, because the ones that are not scams, which are few and far between, need to be able to avoid the bots and spammers but still; it would be nice if there was a work around somehow.
I've noted that the scammer sites do not have them. Not surprising. :-)
Jun. 24th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Also no point in switching browsers now or even installing firefox since webvisum (probably our best and most accurate and reliable captcha solving service,) has gone bye bye thanks to not enough coders and folks who wanted to use the service but not donate to keep it running. Now the solona folks will have to step up to the plate. hopefully they will.
Jun. 24th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I misinformed. Webvisum was down but apparently it is back up though the issues still apply so it could go down potentially again. You really could use that without "changing browsers." Tons and tons of people use IE and firefox for various things; reason being that lots of sites respond better to firefox captcha solving not included.

You are correct when you say we might as well not have section 508, that is a very true statement. Since most of it deals with government agencies etc, (having read up on it as well as spoken to specialists) it puts lots of holes just like the ADA does, so that sites such as elance and odesk can have a very easy out. Really there's nothing "requiring" such sites to have accessible captchas.

What kills me are not so much the captchas, because I've always found some sort of a work around independently, but the fact that people misuse them.
Sirius for example, use to require a captcha (even after you were logged in,) to change account details. what's the point if you're loged in already?
In some cases it makes perfect sense, but i'm really not sure what they're hoping to achieve in instances like that where if you already have a user account set up and are logged into that account, that it requires captchas to solve. Stupid!
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