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Requesting reversion of reCAPTCHA verification domain (from google.com back to recaptcha.net)
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Request: Previously, Miraheze used recaptcha.net as the vertification domain for reCAPTCHA 2.0. @Reception123 consulted with me and other Stewards last fall about an upgrade to reCAPTCHA 3.0, which I supported. Unfortunately, we had to go back to reCAPTCHA 2.0 due to technical issues, but adopted the google.com verification domain. Unfortunately, that's been causing registration and editing issues for users in Asian countries, particularly mainland China, so I'm requesting reversion to recaptcha.net as the status quo is simply unsustainable.

@SolidBlock has similarly concurred that they believe this to be the principle source of the user registration and editing issues.

Potential downsides: None, other than the potential for a pick up in spambot user creations, which Stewards are well placed to perform CheckUser investigations and block any web hosts/open proxies. A full resumption of spambot user creations is unlikely as in that time, we've deployed an anti-spambot user creation abuse filter globally.

Potential alternative: In the medium- to long-term, we should consider migration to hCaptcha, but in the interim, the status quo is simply unsustainable and to the significant detriment of Miraheze users globally, not to mention potential for negative reputational impacts to Miraheze

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Dmehus triaged this task as High priority.May 30 2022, 03:05
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Unknown Object (User) added a comment.May 30 2022, 03:09

I would like to note that we never reverted to ReCAPTCHA 2.0, we’re still on 3.0. The issue with using recaptcha.net is that it would always return extremely low scores for otherwise legitimate users no matter where they were. Once we moved back to using google.com, we had a huge decrease in the amount of users complaining that they couldn’t register. Moving back could potentially cause another spike in user account creation issues which would outweigh the benefits of using it.

Unknown Object (User) claimed this task.May 30 2022, 03:10