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I tried to post here a few minutes ago and received a Captcha that presented a box to enter my email address with a message about 'suspicious activity from 'this address'.

I just reloaded the Captcha again and it went away.

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    I sent an email to a representative from Solvemedia and here was their response:

    "Our security ratchets up dynamically based on several factors that might flag a user as a bot. This can be unusual IP activity (historical or current) and/or it can be aberrant user activity such as refreshing or failing puzzles and so on - there are several different things that are monitored to identify automated systems from humans and it is designed to do this so we can serve nice easy puzzles to known humans and increasingly difficult puzzles to bad actors.

    So our images become increasingly distorted and difficult to read - which is desirable if the user is a bot - however a real human user can get caught in this trap when we see a "false positive" for bot activity. It can/will become impossible for them to proceed and continued refreshing will only make it worse. For this reason we have instituted a 2-step authorization process so that the user can validate with us through an alternative means and avoid this frustration. Once they have authorized with us this way they will remain on our nice list for a period of time (network wide) just as if they had solved the puzzle correctly.

    In short - It's designed so that humans have an alternative way to verify with us should they need it."

    So it sounds like they are now offering an opt-in whitelist for those who may for whatever reason be acting in a suspicious manner (ex. a large number of page reloads, several incorrect captcha answers, excessive number of captcha requests, etc.). You can now register yourself (presumably via email) to un-block yourself from their network filter. If you are seeing these warning messages in the SolveMedia captchas you may want to consider doing that to avoid getting blocked.

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    That is very cool that they got back to you so quickly and explained it thoroughly.

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    I just got the same thing replying to your post. Very weird indeed.

    I took a screenshot of it and sent it to Yankidank.

    There was another problem with Solve Media about a month ago where it made me go through an entire 5 minute video before putting up the solve key. It happened multiple times. Yank contacted Solve Media about and I believe they removed it from their service.

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    I hope they remove this email validation thing. It's going to put my users right off.

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    Are you users getting it? It only happened here to 2 people. It doesn't say that everyone will be getting it, and all they have to do is to click a button to make it go away.. It's not a big deal relax..

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