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We need to choose a CAPTCHA image.

To clarify, what we're looking for is an amusing picture to go on the CAPTCHA page...along with the CAPTCHA. The image will just be for added comedic effect; it won't be the CAPTCHA itself (the CAPTCHA is from reCAPTCHA). Check out the "HELLO FELLOW ROBOT" image on the current captcha page: photo.stackexchange.com/captcha

I'm not entirely sure what would demonstrate the idea of a CAPTCHA well, however I recently took an image that I called "Contemplation" that might fit the bill.

It would be interesting if we could find an image that visually demonstrated the idea of a CAPTCHA. Hopefully someone has a much better image than mine, as it is rather obscure:

Contemplation http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/182/8/0/8031430db6cb59d4911c32994cdc5d6c.jpg

[Copyright © 2010 Jon Rista]

  • Please CW this. – NickAldwin Jul 16 '10 at 0:03
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I did a google image search for robot camera and found this:

robot camera

I guess we'd have to ask Russel "oddbot" (who wrote the original post) for permission to use it. The post has comments and the poster seems to be pretty active, so if this image is popular we could leave a comment on the post to ask for permission to use it. I couldn't see another way to send that user a message, but maybe if you register for the site there will be some way to contact them directly.

  • Ha! This is GREAT! – jrista Jul 17 '10 at 17:53
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    Fits well with the CAPTCHA context. – gabr Jul 17 '10 at 21:56
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The Robot II was a mechanical 135 film camera by Robot introduced in 1938.

Robot II Camera

The image is from wikipedia and has a CC-BY-SA license.

However the robot link might be a bit obscure, and the Robot logo is not that obvious.

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Robot made from camera

Robot sculpted by Andrea Petrachi Himatic. Photo by Guiseppe Fogarizzu from here. Permission would need to be obtained.

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I think the photobooth can convey the notion of robots well in our field, so we can use something like this:
(public domain picture from Wikipedia)

Another option would be a camera on a tripod with figurine holding "please smile" sign, but I guess it would be difficult to find such image unless someone is willing to shoot it.

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How does either of these pictures work as a CAPTCHA? CAPTCHA is used as a system to identify automated bots spaming sites. Breaking through a CAPTCHA that displays the same static image at all times is rather trivial.

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    I'm not sure the question expresses this properly--what we're looking for is an amusing picture to go on the CAPTCHA page...along with the CAPTCHA. The image will just be for added comedic effect; it won't be the CAPTCHA itself. Check out the "HELLO FELLOW ROBOT" image on the current captcha page: photo.stackexchange.com/captcha I edited the question to reflect this. Also, please note that your comment would be better suited as a comment than as an answer. – NickAldwin Jul 16 '10 at 15:12
  • Thanks for the clarification and yes it would be better suited as a comment – Kjartan Þór Kjartansson Jul 16 '10 at 15:19

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