The world is not perfect. But if it's going to get there, it won't be in any one grand swoop. Our march toward fixing everything will instead consist of a number of small, significant actions upon which everyone can agree greatly benefit humanity.
Captcha is getting kicked to the curb by Ticketmaster.
Cross one item off our list.
The online frustration generator, which masquerades as a site's way of identifying human visitors from spam-bots, will no longer stand between you and your NKOTB/Boyz II Men/98 Degrees Reunion Tour ticket purchase, according to BBC News.
— Jon From HLN (@JonFromHLN) January 31, 2013
And while Ticketmaster itself is no stranger to user complaints, this seems to be something which will earn the company a good amount of goodwill. Captcha "is generally speaking one of the most hated pieces of user interaction on the web," according to a user experience consultant who spoke with the BBC. They report that Ticketmaster is replacing Captcha with another human-detecting piece of software, but this one asks you to type regular, easy-to-read words or answer simple questions.
Captcha's mass of mangled, often indecipherable letters forming almost-words still exists on other sites; a "necessary evil" in the view of many developers and analysts.
But one less place asking you to re-type a curved and distorted "defint grotow" or "infibalsop baton" is one more step toward a better planet for us all.
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