Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Miscellaneous/Have CAPTCHA in languages other than English

Have CAPTCHA in languages other than English

  • Problem: Have CAPTCHA in languages other than English
  • Who would benefit: All Wikimedians who use languages other than English
  • Proposed solution: Localize CAPTCHA images.
  • More comments: This is quite involved job. Once achieved, this will help a lot in improving OCR softwares as well.
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Pavanaja (talk) 14:22, 11 November 2018 (UTC)


What do you mean by "this will help a lot in improving OCR softwares as well"? --Wargo (talk) 23:30, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Hi, Wargo. You can use captcha data for machine learning. The original reCAPTCHA also directly digitized public-domain books, by asking the user to read and type one known word and one unknown word. Google bought it in 2009 and is now using it to generate proprietary data for training its driverless car software (to recognize other cars, street signs, roads, and so on). HLHJ (talk) 02:26, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I don't think other languages is very useful, and there is also a HUGE problem with phab:T6845 accessibility. I'm in favor of working on this, but probably best to find a complete alternative. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 13:53, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
    TheDJ, have thought about non-latin users who only have non-latin keyboards? Trizek from FR 13:55, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
    @Trizek: Yes I did. What I meant here is "not a sustainable solution". No matter which keyboard layout you support, there are going to be MORE people without that layout. We need something better altogether. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 14:01, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
    Got is, thanks! Trizek from FR 15:10, 19 November 2018 (UTC)


  •   Support Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 08:35, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Martin Urbanec (talk) 13:52, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Theklan (talk) 18:16, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support JAn Dudík (talk) 20:23, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support HLHJ (talk) 02:26, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Jeb (talk) 15:55, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Joalbertine (talk) 17:39, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support and they should be accessible. Trizek from FR 10:47, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support«« Man77 »» [de] 13:18, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support With reservations. I support this but only on non en sites. there should also be a fallback option to english keyboards where non-english is principally offered. Lostinlodos (talk) 19:21, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Novak Watchmen (talk) 01:36, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Vulphere 04:42, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Elfi (talk) 07:18, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Neutral A prominent Wikimedia Foundation engineer recently demonstrated that the CAPTCHA system we use is easily crackable by machines anyway (I don't want to reveal the details for fear of stuffing beans up my nose) so overhauling it so that that isn't true any more would probably be better than expanding it to other wikis. --Deskana (talk) 12:23, 22 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Adithyak1997 (talk) 10:22, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Arbnos (talk) 23:05, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Victorgibby 03:04, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IKhitron (talk) 19:40, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support — AfroThundr (u · t · c) 03:22, 26 November 2018 (UTC)