I am no longer able to download files from CurseForge due to the new CAPTCHA feature.
First of all, clicking the download links from the file's page does nothing. If I turn off plugins (Flash) and reload the page, I get plain text links which I am able to click, but clicking them brings me to a page that informs me I must pass a CAPTCHA before I can download the file... except I can't see the CAPTCHA.
I have verified that all other features are enabled, and that all content blocking is disabled, and the most I can get to show up is this:
The audio CAPTCHA link does not work; it speaks instructions that reflect the text instructions to type the two words, but then speaks a full or partial sentence (way more than two words) that is very difficult to understand. Even after playing it a dozen times, getting a new one and playing THAT one a dozen times, I can't figure out what every word is. All attempts at typing any two adjacent intelligible words result in "Incorrect. Try again."
Opera 9.64, Windows XP x64 Edition.
Edit: I also posted a ticket on CurseForge, but so far I've gotten an official response for 2 of about 30 tickets, versus a much higher success rate posting things here. :(
Yeah, while I agree that something needed to be done, I do not agree that CAPTCHAs are an acceptable solution. They are famously terrible for accessibility, and while having to pass one to register with a site is doable, having to pass one every time I want to download an update for an addon is simply ridiculous... especially when it isn't even possible to pass one on my system.
If it's going to be a permanent addition to all sites on the Curse network, I'm going to spend a lot more time pestering other addon authors to maintain release pages on WoWInterface. :(
I haven't either, and I think that is the problem. I get the flash link, just no captcha. Skips straight to unauthorized. :-/
Ah well. It'll probably work before I get home from work anyway (assuming the servers are up by then - will probably be into the rolling restarts at that point), and it's not like I can't live without addons.
Ah well. WoWI's working fine, just can't update from here and Curse.
Info, if anyone wants:
Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52 ) Gecko/2009032811 Iceweasel/3.0.7 (Debian-3.0.7-1)
OS: Hrm...since it's not Windows, I'm not sure if you want a kernel, a distro, or what would be useful here. (And I'll try windows this evening.)
The way I see it: If you've registered, and are logged in, you shouldn't have to provide a captcha. If you are downloading anonymously, then hell yes.
Wowmatrix signs up for a dummy account they'll never actually post on, so it won't be discovered. They program their downloader to log in as this user and get it's download. WM is back in business with curseforge.
I think not. Deal with the craptcha, it's not the end of the damn world :P
If this recaptcha.net/whatever CRAP to download files from wowace.com is not removed I will never ever use the wowace repository again.
Why? Because I want to download the addons I submit/support with fixes/update locales!
Sure, I make only small addons for a small user base, so I am not critical nor important for the whole curse/wowace-system. I am just a small cog in the wheel, but I liked the way the wowace repository worked in the past:
- check-in stuff (eg. svn)
- it's packed (nice zip with changelog and eg. libs)
- and than I can download exactly the same packed zip every user can download
This is not working anymore. Not for me, because I will not send anything to recaptcha.net via wowace.com!
In other words: I can check-in stuff (via svn), but I can not download my own addon!!!
Sorry, but this is plain stupid! This is by far the worst idea ever.
The only solution for me is to skip the whole repository thing and just use the forum with an attached file. Not a good solution...will you add the recaptcha.net/whatever-authentication thing to forum attachments too?
Or is it better to forget wowace and move to a better place?
From the wowace.com Homepage: (Announcements)
Curse and WoWInterface working together to help protect our authors and other site-users
Please protect me from recaptcha.net/whatever-authentication!
reCaptcha isn't exactly bulletproof either. I've had it running on forums and it's been cracked by spam bots.
Clever metrics could catch an account if it was used for something like WoWMatrix though. Very few page impressions, a lot of direct downloads, no favorites? Suspicious, activate captcha on that account for a week.