I asked a question with a title that was too short. I was informed of the minimum title length so I fixed my title and clicked "Post Your Question" again. I was then sent to the 'are you a human' page with the CAPTCHA. This seems to be an instance where the auto spam-filter shouldn't be triggered.

  • What makes you think it was inappropriate? Jul 16, 2010 at 1:18
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    @Mike Sherov: I made an error, the system told me what I did wrong, I responded. To me, this sounds like the opposite of spam or bots.
    – Dinah
    Jul 16, 2010 at 13:25
  • the spam thing probably goes off if you try and do things too quickly, as that is indicative of 'botish' behaviour. you get the same if you edit a post too many times in rapid succession. you just fell fould of posting the question too quickly i suspect. Don't take it personally.
    – Sam Holder
    Jul 16, 2010 at 17:27

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The "spam" filter is the same as Stackoverflow. On a recent Herding Code interview, Jeff Atwood talks about how they had to block 2 Universities because students were consistently posting inappropriate questions.

As @Sam Holder suggested, I've had the spam thing go off for me when I try to do too many things at once.

(I don't know this for a fact) but I am pretty sure the whole spam thing is quite complicated. At first, it tries to slow you down and eventually you get blocked.

For what it is worth, I don't understand how someone can down vote this question without a reason why.


I don't see the captcha as being a large enough inconvenience to code in exceptions for relatively unusual cases like this.

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