July 14, 2006

Hot or not CAPTCHA

Follow-up to CAPTCHAs from Autology: John Dale's blog

A while ago I wrote about CAPTCHAs – tests designed to prove that you're a human being, not a script running on a computer whose purpose is to flood your blog with comments advertising sundry undesirable wares.

I've just found a new one: Hot or Not CAPTCHA and it's astonishing: you're shown nine pictures of people (of the gender of your choice) and picking out the three, er, hot ones proves that you're human, not a computer. It's a mashup of the web site Am I hot or not?; it works by picking nine pictures from that site, six of which have been scored low and three of which have been scored high. You might think that there would be room for interpretation, that your choices might differ from the aggregate, but in my limited testing of it, I picked the intended three five times out of five. I'd be interested to hear if anyone (genuinely) fails the test by failing to identify the intended three.


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  1. Did you try it for men as well? It's quite tough commenting on this without sounding too shallow, but for girls it seems they're either hot or not, whereas for the men there seems to be a gradient, with factors such as holding a baby being a bonus.

    14 Jul 2006, 21:00

  2. John Dale

    Shallowly, I didn't; I felt under–qualified. But it wouldn't surprise me at all to discover that women's grading is more sophisticated and subtle than mens'.

    14 Jul 2006, 21:11


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