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Otherkin-friendly CAPTCHAs, revisited

A fake screenshot of a checkbox-type CAPTCHA, with the text reading 'I am a robot' and the box checked.

This is an updated version of a blog post by mavica. All credit for this idea belongs to byte.

For some reason, CAPTCHAs have a bit of a thing for telling the user they are human. I mean, it’s literally in the name: “Completely Automated Public Turing (test to tell) Computers and Humans Apart”. CAPTCHA.

I reject that label. I am not human. Stop telling me that my ability to click a box, type some letters, or know what a traffic light is automatically makes me human. I’m pretty sure a capable machine learning algorithm or a decently intelligent vole could do the same things.

In yesterday’s post about userstyles, I made note that I use them to replace the text on CAPTCHAs with identity-affirming equivalents—erasing that unnecessary little microaggression from my day.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I know a lot of folks who feel the same way and have asked how to do it, so here’s the userstyle code I use, adapted from the code by mavica. Replace the text with something more appropriate to your species or form!

 * Override the text of CAPTCHAs. Don't be rude to robots.
 * Originally by mavica:
 * Updated by beeps:
 * Covers:
 * (1) Google reCAPTCHA
 * (2) hCaptcha
 * (3) Cloudflare Turnstile
 * (4) Microsoft CAPTCHA

/* 1 */ #recaptcha-anchor-label,
/* 2 */ body > div#anchor > div.label-container > label-td > label-tc > div#label,
/* 3 */ #cf-stage #challenge-stage .ctp-label,
/* 4 */ #root > .box > .box > p[data-theme="home.instructions"] {
  font-size: 0 !important;
  line-height: 0 !important;

/* 1 */ #recaptcha-anchor-label::before,
/* 2 */ body > div#anchor > div.label-container > label-td > label-tc > div#label::before,
/* 3 */ #cf-stage #challenge-stage .ctp-label::before {
  content: "I'm a robot";
  font-size: 14px;

/* 4 */ #root > .box > .box > p[data-theme="home.instructions"]::before {
  content: "Solve the puzzle to prove you are a robot.";
  font-size: 1rem;
  line-height: 1;

Apply the code according to your browser’s requirements. You can see if it’s worked by going to the reCAPTCHA demo or hCaptcha demo pages.

If there are other CAPTCHA systems that aren’t included yet, let me know! I’ll try and update this style to account for them.

Thanks again to mavica. Why not check out bytes Netizen link cache? It makes me wanna make some 88×31 pixel buttons.