Are you a human being?

by Jeff Atwood

on July 6, 2009

Ever had one of these days?

**Are you a human being?** > > We apologize for the confusion, but we can't _quite_ tell if you're a person or a script. > > > > Please don't take this personally. > > > > Bots and scripts can be remarkably lifelike these days! > > > > Enter the [CAPTCHA](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captcha) displayed below, and we'll be out of your way. > >

If you're a Stack Overflow user, you have lots of soul-searching to do. Sometimes these requests can tell you what you already knew.

stack overflow recaptcha: reportedly geekiest

(Courtesy of Dave Webb)

Other times, they might be uncomfortably accurate:

stack overflow recaptcha: climax received

(Courtesy of Lara Eagle)

If you get a particularly great ReCAPTCHA, send it our way. (But the bar is high -- it needs to be as good as these two, at least.) Consider it our punishment for being human.