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Sblv  (Level: 195.4 - Posts: 337)
Sun, 2nd Mar '08 11:08 PM


I have been wondering if anyone can explain to me one thing.

Sometimes, when I would sign up for a new password in some sites, or buy ticketmaster tickets or in some other cases, I am asked by the site to retype word or phrase given to me in italics or some other strange font.

If I have explained this properly, anyone knows what purpose does this serve?

Thank you.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sun, 2nd Mar '08 11:23 PM

Know exactly what you are talking about but am cluesless as to why one has to do that....

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 2nd Mar '08 11:31 PM

I believe its because there are computer programs that can get into sites like ticketmaster and buy out blocks of tickets, or computer programs that can get into other password protected sites and do other things. However, the different kinds of squiggly letters that we, as humans, can read, cannot always be detected by the computer programs, thus preventing them from doing whatever it is they do in the site.

At least that's what I remember being told.

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Sun, 2nd Mar '08 11:34 PM

They are trying to prevent automated programs from accessing the website. The programs can't read the strange shaped letters like you can, and can't get in to ticketbastard and buy up the whole front row of the willie nelson concert.

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Sun, 2nd Mar '08 11:35 PM

Yeah, like she said.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Mon, 3rd Mar '08 12:02 AM



Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Mon, 3rd Mar '08 6:26 AM

I'll file that in my information that is nice to know because it makes me fell smart-thanks-Linda

Kaufman  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 3rd Mar '08 7:48 AM

Although the scalperscum still seem to get the front row seats, we can at least make it hard on them. It's too bad when they disrupt a perfectly good punch line, such as "The front row at a Willie Nelson concert" used to be.

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Mon, 3rd Mar '08 1:46 PM

The affectionate nickname for the legalized scalping corporation goes back to my concert-going days, when I truly resented paying their larcenous service charges. Now that most big musical concerts seem to cost fifty or a hundred bucks anyway, I seldom make the effort.

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Mon, 3rd Mar '08 1:49 PM

Someone should start a thread consisting of joke punchlines. Could be called "The Aristocrats!"

Jburgin  (Level: 11.9 - Posts: 5)
Tue, 4th Mar '08 5:06 AM

These images are called CAPTCHA codes. From Wikipedia:

"The term "CAPTCHA" was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas J. Hopper (all of Carnegie Mellon University), and John Langford (then of IBM). It is a contrived acronym for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart", trademarked by Carnegie Mellon University."

Scifidwarf  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 12:03 PM

I have a different question. I posted a quiz early yesterday afternoon and there were 51 quizzes before mine. This morning there were still 51 so I thought I'd redo it. I copy and pasted the quiz and deleted the original. This was a couple of hours ago and there is still no change. I have two quizzes pending and the review queue still has the same amount. What would cause this? I would also like to know if there is an easier way to relaunch a quiz.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 12:23 PM

I don't know how one goes about relaunching a quiz at all. Once it is listed as "PENDING" I have found it impossible to change it in ANY way-sometimes a cause for frustration-but believe it is as it has always been-Linda

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.8 - Posts: 3839)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 12:43 PM

Many sites, not just ticket sites, so this. Automated programs will get into them and wreak various forms of havoc, unless prevented by items like this. They are a good thing for honest people.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 2:52 PM

I was hoping to find out a little more. It still shows that there are 71 quizzes ahead of mine. I launched it at about 8:00 this morning, it is now almost 2:00 in the afternoon. If anyone can help me I would appreciate it. Thank you.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 3:01 PM

For whatever the reason quiz launch is ultra slow. It is nice when you have one on 30 most recent-but a bit of a drag if you are waiting for one to launch. The only consolation I can offer is that everyone is in the same boat=Linda

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 7:23 AM

Wow, I just checked this morning and there are quizzes on the most recent list that have been out there two days, yet the queue has more than 90+. Something must be going on behind the scenes. 2.0? she said hopefully.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 8:37 AM

I just received a message fro the support team and they said they are working on a big project and editing has been slow. They are working on it. I just thought maybe I did something wrong. Thank you for your help.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 9:29 AM

I really do hope it is 2.0, The slow launch in many ways has been a godsend to me keeping my quizzes on the most recent list for an interminable period- without a doubt causing the high number of them to be on the most popular list-folks will take any quizzes out of boredom LOL. For the last day or so have been on the opposite end of things. Yesterday about noon launched one which was returned for a minor correction. The editor could not have sneezed in the time it took me to fix and relaunch-but has been in the nether world since. Still hate the policy of an editor "owning' a quiz but know that is the way it is sigh...

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 12th Mar '08 7:24 PM

No editor owns a quiz. If one is returned to you for correction, you can always anter the title, and then launch for another editor to read.

Zeedee  (Level: 234.3 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 13th Mar '08 11:37 PM

I assume you mean ALTER the title, but I believe that is the one thing about a quiz that you cannot change once it is submitted. When it is re-submitted after making changes, it usually goes back to the same editor that had it before.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 11:26 PM

and back to the original topic.. I am a HUGE live music fan.. love going to concerts big or small and have more than a bone to pick with ticket'bastard' and other ticket selling sites. I'm actually quite amused by the survey they ask me to fill out occasionally about my level of satisfaction and one of the questions is 'would you choose ticketmaster for your next event ticket purchase?'.. like I have a choice! If I want to see a show, for the most part, my choice is ticketbastard or 'il'legal ticket resellers (yes, in Canada, it IS illegal to resell tix - except for 3 provinces including B.C.) who buy tickets from hackers and resell them for astronomical mark ups.

Computer geniuses strike again! They have discovered ways around the CAPTCHA, scooping up blocks of the best seats, seconds after they go on sale, therefore making it impossible for us regular joe to pick up decent tix... grrrr

Here's some reading if you are so inclined:

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Tue, 18th Mar '08 6:40 PM

As long as ticketbastard gets paid, they don't care who gets the tickets. It's just that they don't want another scalper adding to the extortion without ticketbastard getting a cut. The whole system stinks and I don't participate any more. If I go for live music, it's where I can buy my ticket from the venue or the artist or some direct way, and leave the scummy parasitic scalpers out of it. I don't get to see the Stones, or any big arena shows. I see local talent, struggling bands, and visit the small halls and venues, and I like it like that.

Except once in a while I go for a Jimmy Buffet show, but that's different.

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Tue, 18th Mar '08 6:44 PM

I mean Buffett.

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