CAPTCHAs can be a real pain in the rear end, and often feels like a poor solution, even if the flip-side is letting the Internet vomit all over your comment section. Now there's a new option, which measures your sense of human empathy by asking you to give the correct answer to a moral question.
The Civil Rights Captcha poses a question about a modern day situation, and then asks you to choose between three options about how you feel about it. For example, it will say "Serbian police has cancelled the Pride parade in Belgrade this Saturday due to threats from extremist right-wing-groups. How does that make you feel?" The you have to choose between "crushed" "proud" and "truly glad."
Of course getting the answer right assumes that you're not some twisted sicko with corrupted morals, but even if you are, I suppose you can guess what the politically correct answer should be. Still, I'm not sure if everyone will appreciate CAPTCHAs that make moral assumptions. Then there's the problem of having just three options to choose between. Isn't a spam bot simply going to to try again until it hits on the right answer?
The Civil Rights Captcha was developed by a Swedish group called Civil Rights Defenders, and is available as free code for anyone to use on their website. While it might be one interesting alternative to trying to decipher illegible words and numbers, think I like that game playing CAPTCHA we saw earlier this year a bit better.
Check out the gallery to see some more Civil Rights Captchas.