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Message 7133 - Posted: 9 Feb 2008 | 19:03:52 UTC

Congratulations to arkis for more than 32K reCAPTCHA solutions. Truly amazing.

Actually, I'm impressed with everyone who's been able to do tens of thousands of these. But I also have to admit that I find it a bit soothing some evenings just typing in words, sitting here while the snow is falling, with a fire in the fireplace, and nothing but re-runs on the TV. Am I strange, or anyone else agree?


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Message 7135 - Posted: 9 Feb 2008 | 21:19:42 UTC - in response to Message 7133.


Both. (I am strange myself, hehe...)
And I agree except for the snow part, haven't seen more than a few flakes yet. ;-(
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Message 7137 - Posted: 9 Feb 2008 | 21:32:15 UTC


Guess I'm a bit strange, too. Typing in the words was definitely a relief when taking a break from grading student papers (and sadly, too often easier to decipher).


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Message 7139 - Posted: 10 Feb 2008 | 12:28:45 UTC - in response to Message 7137.

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Guess I'm a bit strange, too. Typing in the words was definitely a relief when taking a break from grading student papers (and sadly, too often easier to decipher).



LOL. Amen to that. My favorites are the students who think they can put their writing in Korean through BabelFish and come out with decipherable English AND think that I won't notice.
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Message 7143 - Posted: 11 Feb 2008 | 19:33:11 UTC - in response to Message 7137.

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Guess I'm a bit strange, too. Typing in the words was definitely a relief when taking a break from grading student papers (and sadly, too often easier to decipher).

After working until nearly midnight grading the first problem set of the new semester, I have to agree. I'd much rather type words into the Turk.

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Message 7144 - Posted: 11 Feb 2008 | 20:11:28 UTC - in response to Message 7143.

So rewrite the Turk for grading the papers then. ;-)
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Message 7145 - Posted: 11 Feb 2008 | 21:29:04 UTC - in response to Message 7144.

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So rewrite the Turk for grading the papers then. ;-)

Maybe I should just let RoboCodeDwarf grade the papers.


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Message 7148 - Posted: 12 Feb 2008 | 10:06:14 UTC

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Message 7173 - Posted: 18 Feb 2008 | 16:51:57 UTC - in response to Message 7145.



I like using the "Stair Method" of grading...

Label five ascending steps from 'F' to 'A'; stand at the top (or on the sixth step); toss stack of papers/assignments into the air; collect papers/assignments by step an apply grade!


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Message 7191 - Posted: 21 Feb 2008 | 17:25:18 UTC
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ARRRGGHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 10.000 Turk and I was now Number 5 of the TOP TURKS.

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Message 7193 - Posted: 21 Feb 2008 | 21:23:03 UTC - in response to Message 7133.

... Am I strange, or anyone else agree?


Aye Cap'n, ah tend to agree but ah've been much too busy shovelling snow to do such but once spring returns...
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Message 7202 - Posted: 25 Feb 2008 | 14:56:23 UTC
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Something major seems to have happened...I am missing 150 turks done over the weekend, and this appears to be the case for several people on the turk list. Indeed, SEARCHER had posted about breaking the 11,000 mark over the weekend, but now has only 10,800 and the post is nowhere to be seen?

Was a restore made that wiped out the last day or two?
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Message 7203 - Posted: 25 Feb 2008 | 15:01:28 UTC - in response to Message 7202.

Wormholio put in a new hard drive in the server over the weekend. Last night, after he finished moving lots of files over, the database crashed. So we lost some 20 hours as he put a backup back from before that time. I lost 134 turks, myself.

But he told me earlier today that he still has the logs of what transpired over the weekend and that he will try to write a script that will take out any mention of who did what to the Mech Turk and update the DB with that. So the work may not be lost. Just have patience. :-)

I'm sure he'll be writing something about it when classes are finished, later today.
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Message 7207 - Posted: 25 Feb 2008 | 17:38:01 UTC
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WHAT TO THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE ???

I think as I come Home now and I see my Credit Stats on my Profile. But then I see here by the Message Board the last 2 Postings.
So I Thank you very much Scott Brown for your Post and you see this so quickly here.
And Thank you too for Stainless Cutlass for the quickly Answer of Scott Browns Post.
Now I feel better and I wait for a while, that the Credit Stats become a new Update. Thank you Crew.

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Message 7209 - Posted: 25 Feb 2008 | 22:45:33 UTC

Thanks to Stainless Cutlass for reporting the status of the problem. I was out all day away from the computer. We made the transition to the new disk drive last week, with no problems, but this weekend I was moving some things to larger partitions, and the DB partition got trashed, so we had to fall back to the last snapshot. A few forum posts were losts, and about 1000 turk credits. But since I have a separate log of the turk credits I belive I can bring them back. Just give me time to write a script to do that. Which likely means next weekend, not anytime this week. Whew.

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Message 7210 - Posted: 25 Feb 2008 | 23:17:20 UTC - in response to Message 7209.

In the mean time you can just add to the Turk without any problems. What Turk credits you lost will eventually be added again. There's no need to wait until that is fixed, unless you did your last turks over the weekend of course. ;-)
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Message 7211 - Posted: 26 Feb 2008 | 3:15:47 UTC


Thanks Jord and Cap'n. Glad to hear that it was the transition to the new hard drive rather than the continuing (and possibly) worsening demise of the old one.

Anyway, I got to gather my 10th 'piece-of-eight' again, which by the logic of some of the graduate student statistics exercises that I graded this evening means that I got paid twice???...which of course brings us back on topic regarding enjoyment of the Turk! ;-)

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Message 7214 - Posted: 26 Feb 2008 | 9:50:52 UTC - in response to Message 7211.

Scott Brown wrote:

Anyway, I got to gather my 10th 'piece-of-eight' again, which by the logic of some of the graduate student statistics exercises that I graded this evening means that I got paid twice???...which of course brings us back on topic regarding enjoyment of the Turk! ;-)


I just finished grading a bunch of spelling tests over the months and days. I've seen more strange spellings of February and Wednesday than I can count. And we won't even talk about the weekly journals I just finished. Now I get to write a welcome letter to the parents of new students. I'm not sure why I'm writing because the vast majority of the parents can't read English. So that's why I'm turking right now instead of doing my work.
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Message 7219 - Posted: 26 Feb 2008 | 22:37:42 UTC

Something is slowing the turk down enormously. At times I am either waiting for the solutions to go away, or waiting for the new solution to show up. I also have times where it first draws the recaptcha window, then goes waiting for the words to come in.

So I don't know if it's Pirates being slow or the recaptcha site being slow, or a combination of the two.
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Message 7220 - Posted: 26 Feb 2008 | 22:48:52 UTC - in response to Message 7219.

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Something is slowing the turk down enormously. At times I am either waiting for the solutions to go away, or waiting for the new solution to show up. I also have times where it first draws the recaptcha window, then goes waiting for the words to come in.

So I don't know if it's Pirates being slow or the recaptcha site being slow, or a combination of the two.

The server can be really slow today. My initial test run generated over 75,000 trickle messages which did not get properly processed. They are being drained out now, which is putting a load on the database server and thus the server as a whole. I may delete the stragglers, but I wanted to see how the system would clear before starting another run.

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Message 7221 - Posted: 26 Feb 2008 | 22:52:19 UTC - in response to Message 7220.

So that also counts for the "Database is unavailable" messages we get from time to time?

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Message 7223 - Posted: 27 Feb 2008 | 0:20:55 UTC - in response to Message 7221.

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So that also counts for the "Database is unavailable" messages we get from time to time?

Yes, likely. But the system load is going down as these old messages are being cleared out of the database, so conditions should improve.

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Message 7270 - Posted: 2 Mar 2008 | 8:01:18 UTC

Hello Cap`n,
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I want only know, when the Problem from last Week is finished ? I not see now my loosed 200 Turks from last Week and I think by Scott Brown was same, he missing 150 Turks from last Weekend. We can become this Turks back or loosed this Turks now ??. Thank you for Answers.

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Message 7277 - Posted: 3 Mar 2008 | 1:32:51 UTC

The missing turk credits from last week should now be restored.

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Message 7279 - Posted: 3 Mar 2008 | 3:44:55 UTC - in response to Message 7277.



Thank'ye Cap'n!

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Message 7283 - Posted: 4 Mar 2008 | 2:49:09 UTC

Thank you Cap`n,
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for restored the loosed Turks and your many Work for do that.


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Message 7290 - Posted: 6 Mar 2008 | 17:55:25 UTC

AARRRGGGHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 12.000 Turk and I was now Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.


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Message 7294 - Posted: 7 Mar 2008 | 3:22:40 UTC - in response to Message 7133.

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But I also have to admit that I find it a bit soothing some evenings just typing in words, sitting here while the snow is falling, with a fire in the fireplace, and nothing but re-runs on the TV. Am I strange, or anyone else agree?

You are strange. Try to find a job.
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Message 7308 - Posted: 11 Mar 2008 | 18:32:42 UTC

AARRRGGGHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 13.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.


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Message 7326 - Posted: 16 Mar 2008 | 9:57:04 UTC
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AARRGGHH, SEARCHER busted now the 14.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.


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Message 7328 - Posted: 17 Mar 2008 | 2:09:09 UTC

Currently it appears there are 150 people who have solved the Mechanical Turk. If you look at the "Top Turks", when you get to page 3 with entries 101 to 150, there is a "Next Page" link at the bottom. If you select the link, you get:


Unable to handle request

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Message 7330 - Posted: 17 Mar 2008 | 9:17:44 UTC
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Hello Ian Burns,
now the Page is okay same before, and you can look this TOP TURKS too.
Number 149 was Mark Gallaher from USA and Number 150 was Jason from USA too.

Have a nice Day and Greatings

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Message 7336 - Posted: 18 Mar 2008 | 14:59:28 UTC - in response to Message 7330.
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Actually, the underlying code is still not correct. Currently there are 151 users with Turk credit. If you change the link to be: http://pirates.spy-hill.net/top_turks.php?sort_by=turk_credit&offset=101 so that you get the last 50, you still get the "Next Page" link which still gives the error I mentioned.
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Message 7338 - Posted: 19 Mar 2008 | 0:07:43 UTC

Any reason why my Turks don't count?
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Message 7340 - Posted: 19 Mar 2008 | 2:10:59 UTC - in response to Message 7338.

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Any reason why my Turks don't count?

When I use Internet Explorer the Enter key doesn't do the job, gotta click Submit button.
(Firefox & Opera work as expected using Enter key).
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Message 7343 - Posted: 20 Mar 2008 | 18:50:14 UTC

AARRGGHH, SEARCHER busted now the 15.000 Turk and I was now Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.


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Message 7552 - Posted: 24 Apr 2008 | 18:27:05 UTC

AARRGGHH, SEARCHER busted now the 16.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.


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Message 7564 - Posted: 29 Apr 2008 | 16:20:40 UTC

AARRGGHH, SEARCHER busted now the 17.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS and I become my 12 Silver " Pieces of Eight " Coin. My Dozen Silver Coins " Pieces of Eight " was full now. Very very big Smiling.


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Message 7584 - Posted: 11 May 2008 | 8:20:29 UTC

AARRGGHH, SEARCHER busted now the 18.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.


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AARRGGHH, SEARCHER busted now the 19.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.



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AARRGGHH, SEARCHER busted now the 20.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.



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AARRGGHH, SEARCHER busted now the 21.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.



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AAARRRGGGHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 22.000 Turk and I was now, the new Number 3 of the TOP TURKS.



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AAARRRGGGHHH, SEARCHER WAS BACK,

and busted now the 23,000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.



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AAARRRGGGHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 24.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.



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AAARRRGGGHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 25.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.



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AAARRRGGGHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 26.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.



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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 27.000 Turk and I was now, the new Number 3 of the TOP TURKS.




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AAARRRGGGHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 28.000 Turk and I was Number 3 of the TOP TURKS.




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Arrrgghhh Cap'n. Would ye be toying with the Turk? Twer but 14 of me mates on the top list just now? Maybe just blokes like me who'd turk'd abit recently?


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Maybe just blokes like me who'd turk'd abit recently?

I be a'wondering this too...
And I knows I've put a bit of polish on my turk score within the past week- indeed, within the past day...
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It's impressive that Rusty has been interested enough to sniff around and collect 2 'Pieces of Eight' .-)

Wonder when will he fall out of the table.
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Maybe just blokes like me who'd turk'd abit recently?

Indeed that is the only change. The top turks list has been modified to only show those who've been active recently, but no credits or pieces of eight have been lost. Anyone who does even one turk task will have their full total scores shown on the list again, at least for a while.

Some of the scores are truly amazing, but perhaps also truly intimidating. It seemed like this might be a way to promote more use of the turk, which as you know is doing something useful (digitizing texts for the Internet Archive).

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It's impressive that Rusty has been interested enough to sniff around and collect 2 'Pieces of Eight' .-)
Wonder when will he fall out of the table?

That's a good idea you have there. Let us know what you find. P-)


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The top turks list has been modified to only show those who've been active recently, but no credits or pieces of eight have been lost. Anyone who does even one turk task will have their full total scores shown on the list again, at least for a while.

That's the question, what is the meaning of words 'recently' and 'while'. I've been polishing my Pieces while testing the Turk's behavior 10-12 days ago, but am not (more) in the top turks' table. Nor is there the SEARCHER, who recently got it to the new Number 2 of the TOP TURKS two weeks ago. So it is probably rather a week.

I've solved some 10 more unknown words, let's see the table in 1-2 days...
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I've solved some 10 more unknown words, let's see the table in 1-2 days...

true, already there. Now let's wait for how long...
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I dont' know if anybody has been watching the Mechanical Turk scores lately, but you may want to take a look. Woody Woodpecker is getting close to his 14th piece of eight, which is an amazing feat.

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13 piece of eight brings me bad luck so I need one more...

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2^16 turks!

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Nice work Woody Woodpecker, congratulations!

/me thinks you should go for #15 ;)

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Nice work Woody Woodpecker, congratulations!

/me thinks you should go for #15 ;)


/me thinks he's so addicted to it that he cannot not go for it.

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I might go for #15 if somebody else goes for #14 ;-)

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I'll eventually get 14, but it'll be quite awhile. Congrats on getting there!!

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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 30.000 Turk and I was Number 4 of the TOP TURKS.



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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 31.000 Turk and I was Number 3 of the TOP TURKS.


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P.S. Number 13 Piece of Eight I was coming for crab you.
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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 32.000 Turk and I was Number 3 of the TOP TURKS.


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P.S. Number 13 Piece of Eight I see you.
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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH, SEARCHER grab now the 13 Piece of Eight.


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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH, SEARCHER grab now the 13 Piece of Eight.

Congratulations! And well done.

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AYE CAP`N,

so let`s start to the next Work and to the next Piece of Eight.


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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 33.000 Turk and I was Number 3 of the TOP TURKS.


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15 Pieces Of Eight, not so bad :-)!

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I am truly humbled by your accomplishment...and your fingers must really hurt at this point! :)
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15 Pieces Of Eight, not so bad :-)!

Congrats Woody Woodpecker, nicely done!

As long as you've come this far you might as well go for an even 16 pieces of eight.

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Message 8308 - Posted: 19 Jan 2009 | 5:28:17 UTC

The Turk got mentioned over at the SETI.USA forum and suddenly, the Turk listings look like a small piece of home. Congrats Woody, you're incredible. And congrats to MaryMother, for finding something more in Turk than most of us did.
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Just curious. Is the turk case sensitive? I'd hate to be bothering with the shift button if I don't have to.

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Just curious. Is the turk case sensitive? I'd hate to be bothering with the shift button if I don't have to.

No, it is not case sensitive [cite]. Go as fast as you can!

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I noticed it's tolerant of a few mistakes, too. Which is good because some of those things look like incoherent chicken scratch.

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After looking at the purpose of the turk, wouldn't it be better to type it in with the proper case? Wouldn't that help for converting books? Or, would the software be smart enough to use proper case?
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Wouldn't that help for converting books? Or, would the software be smart enough to use proper case?

I thought part of the point was helping the software become smart enough to determine the proper case.

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I thought part of the point was helping the software become smart enough to determine the proper case.

Since the point is to help with books, I've started taking the time reproduce as accurately as possible. I even put in underscores when I know a space was intended on what should be two words. I use "*" for dots and paragraph symbols. I make sure I put in ) and - when used. As much as possible I use the given case. Sometimes, I'll put in an entire word if most of a letter, but not all is cut out. I go as fast as possible, but not at the expense of accuracy.
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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH, SEARCHER busted now the 35.000 Turk and I was Number 3 of the TOP TURKS.


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Congratulations SEARCHER!

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A lot of names have dissapeared from the Top turks list. As of right now there are only 27 listed, even Wormholio is missing. Does this clean up inactive users? Or is something fishy happening on this ship?

I'm still there.

But as you guessed, it does not show inactive users. You have to stay active on the Turk to get on the list.

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I have noticed that the puzzles for the reCAPTCHA are now slightly more complicated. They superimpose blobs of contrasting color to make it more difficult. But while it makes it more difficult for a human to solve the puzzle, I wonder if it really makes it harder for a computer?

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where is the counting of whether the answer was right or false?

And I miss my 99 silver in the Top-score list....

Why the 'machine' is not counting?

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Not sure about that...but unfortunately, it seems that there may be two patterns to correctly solve the reCAPTCHA's without completing the entire word set:

1) Numbers appear to always be the unknown element. When a word and numeric (or monetary) figure appear together as the two items, typing the word will always be correct.

2) Typing only the longer (i.e., most letters) word appears to yield the correct entry most if not all of the time.

Anyone else notice this (or other) pattern(s)?




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where is the counting of whether the answer was right or false?

It only keeps count if you are logged in. It will happily let you solve the puzzles even if you are not logged in, but they won't count for your total.


And I miss my 99 silver in the Top-score list....

Only those with recent activity are listed in the top score list. You need to come back regularly to stay on the list. And the list is cached, so you won't see your name return right away when you come back after a break. You'll have to wait an hour or so...


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Not sure about that...but unfortunately, it seems that there may be two patterns to correctly solve the reCAPTCHA's without completing the entire word set:

1) Numbers appear to always be the unknown element. When a word and numeric (or monetary) figure appear together as the two items, typing the word will always be correct.

2) Typing only the longer (i.e., most letters) word appears to yield the correct entry most if not all of the time.

Anyone else notice this (or other) pattern(s)?

In the spirit of testing things, this is great. The reCAPTCHA is one of the strongest CAPTCHA's but if it has a 'tell' then it would be good to know. Can any body confirm these observations? Has anybody noticed any other patterns that represent a weakness in the CAPTCHA?
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Can any body confirm these observations? Has anybody noticed any other patterns that represent a weakness in the CAPTCHA?

Partially. I've noticed that up to two characters (one in each word) can be mistyped in the response, in order to be still valid.
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Scott Brown wrote:

Not sure about that...but unfortunately, it seems that there may be two patterns to correctly solve the reCAPTCHA's without completing the entire word set:

1) Numbers appear to always be the unknown element. When a word and numeric (or monetary) figure appear together as the two items, typing the word will always be correct.

2) Typing only the longer (i.e., most letters) word appears to yield the correct entry most if not all of the time.

Anyone else notice this (or other) pattern(s)?

In the spirit of testing things, this is great. The reCAPTCHA is one of the strongest CAPTCHA's but if it has a 'tell' then it would be good to know. Can any body confirm these observations? Has anybody noticed any other patterns that represent a weakness in the CAPTCHA?


Okay...done some follow-up on this and I am almost certain of the following:

1) I have had continued success for #1 above--numbers are always the unknown element. I have never had this fail.

2) The longer word scenario noted in #2 above isn't exactly true (or at least universal). The more specific pattern is that words with 2 or 3 letters are never the correct answer. I have tested this by both ignoring the 2-/3-letter words, and typing only the longer word always yields a correct solution. Likewise, typing only the 2-/3-letter word while ignoring the other entry always yields an incorrect solution. Also, I never encountered a matched pair (i.e., the 2-/3-letter words never appear in tandem).

3) Although quite rare to encounter, it appears that entries with punctuation may also be the unknown elements (not completely sure about these).


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Scott Brown wrote:
Wormholio wrote:
Scott Brown wrote:

1) Numbers appear to always be the unknown element. When a word and numeric (or monetary) figure appear together as the two items, typing the word will always be correct.

2) Typing only the longer (i.e., most letters) word appears to yield the correct entry most if not all of the time.


Can any body confirm these observations? Has anybody noticed any other patterns that represent a weakness in the CAPTCHA?


1) I have had continued success for #1 above--numbers are always the unknown element. I have never had this fail.

2) The longer word scenario noted in #2 above isn't exactly true (or at least universal). The more specific pattern is that words with 2 or 3 letters are never the correct answer. I have tested this by both ignoring the 2-/3-letter words, and typing only the longer word always yields a correct solution.

3) Although quite rare to encounter, it appears that entries with punctuation may also be the unknown elements (not completely sure about these).


I'm adding my few bits again:

1) Never noticed any number .-(

2) I could successfully ignore 2,3,4 (and even a couple of 5) character short words, while completely typing in a much longer second word. I've even tried to successfully ignore a couple of 2/3 char words while intentionally making 1 char error in the longer word (out of a couple of attempts, just one was Incorrect, but I could also mistype more than just 1 char).

3) I've encountered just one word with punctuation - "don't", it was accepted, but there was no other error in what I've typed in, so hard to draw any conclusions.

4) Maybe others could comment, I've solved just a couple of words, but I remember having encountered a lot of word combinations multiple times...

5) It is still true that I can make up to one character error in each word, to get it still accepted.

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so glad i can read upside down and what do i do with all the mathamatical, chinese and russian words? Ignore them?

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That's what I'm doing...just a decent way to kill time, although I don't have much to kill. >.<

I'd like to crunch some actual numbers sometime, too. For now, captchas are fine. At least it's helping something.
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I assume that Recaptcha has changed something, but in the past when the Mechanical Turk page appeared, the cursor would automatically select the text input field, that doesn't happen any more. I have to click the box every time, slowing down my quest for Silver Pieces of Eight!


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Message 9243 - Posted: 14 Jul 2014 | 14:49:15 UTC - in response to Message 9242.

I assume that Recaptcha has changed something, but in the past when the Mechanical Turk page appeared, the cursor would automatically select the text input field, that doesn't happen any more. I have to click the box every time, slowing down my quest for Silver Pieces of Eight!


More bit-rot on this old bucket.

I looked into this and tried to fix it, but there is no quick fix. It seems that sometime in the past year Google (who now run the ReCAPTCHA service) got many complaints about how the captcha was taking the focus on any page it was in, even if it was just at the bottom to allow people to add comments to a news site or similar. So they made changes, which don't just take the focus, but specifically unfocus that input box. There may be a way around this, but my initial attempts at it were not successful. Sorry.
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Message 9244 - Posted: 15 Jul 2014 | 11:40:02 UTC - in response to Message 9243.

I looked into this and tried to fix it, but there is no quick fix. It seems that sometime in the past year Google (who now run the ReCAPTCHA service) got many complaints about how the captcha was taking the focus on any page it was in, even if it was just at the bottom to allow people to add comments to a news site or similar. So they made changes, which don't just take the focus, but specifically unfocus that input box. There may be a way around this, but my initial attempts at it were not successful. Sorry.


I figured I would ask, just now slower to gather my Silver Pieces of Eight.
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I figured I would ask, just now slower to gather my Silver Pieces of Eight.


I like tricky puzzles, and this was certainly a good one. I was able to solve it by adding a function to focus on the input field, and having it invoked 1 second after the page loads. If the 1 second delay slows you down we can try shorter, but this shows that the functionality can be restored.

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Message 9246 - Posted: 17 Jul 2014 | 11:59:18 UTC - in response to Message 9245.

I like tricky puzzles, and this was certainly a good one. I was able to solve it by adding a function to focus on the input field, and having it invoked 1 second after the page loads. If the 1 second delay slows you down we can try shorter, but this shows that the functionality can be restored.


Works great for me. Thanks!
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Message 9316 - Posted: 15 Jan 2016 | 2:52:37 UTC - in response to Message 8988.


I'd like to crunch some actual numbers sometime, too. For now, captchas are fine. At least it's helping something.

Me, too.
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I'd like to crunch some actual numbers sometime, too. For now, captchas are fine. At least it's helping something.

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