Please stop asking me if i'm a robot

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#1 Posted by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -

Every post. It's annoying.

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#2 Posted by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -

Can't even change a page now without it asking multiple times, with multiple tests.

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#3 Posted by Macutchi (6392 posts) -

came here to make a thread on the same subject.

feels like every page i open - abnormal traffic detection!

can you not set a cookie or something rather than force me to do a capture on every single page?

i'm not on a vpn by the way, so it's a false positive.

i'm not sure if it's linked to my user account. i logged out and clicked around (chrome) and didn't get it. logged back in and did. i also tried in firefox logged in and out and didn't get it so not sure if it's chrome related or i was just lucky.

either way needs looking into guys

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#4 Posted by sts106mat (24727 posts) -

i think i have found a workaround that works for me.

just try refreshing the page.

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#5 Posted by dab198 (3934 posts) -

I thought it was just me getting asked all the time. Apparently not.

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#6 Posted by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -
@sts106mat said:

i think i have found a workaround that works for me.

just try refreshing the page.

^


Good advice my man.

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#7 Posted by GarGx1 (10562 posts) -

Came in to say the exact same thing. How many times do I need to fill in a Captur? It's beyond ridiculous and will result in more people leaving your site.

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#8 Posted by Macutchi (6392 posts) -

so the solutions appear to be either refresh the page (thanks @sts106mat) or to just change browser. i've gone from chrome to firefox and not had any issues.

another solid, well tested robust feature implemented by the gamespot dev team

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#9 Posted by GarGx1 (10562 posts) -

Fix this rubbish already, out of the last 4 pages I've looked at I've been asked if I'm a bloody robot three times.

Looking at your website is becoming very inconvenient.

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#10 Posted by Dr_Vancouver (1002 posts) -

@uninspiredcup: are you SURE you aren't a robot?

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#11 Posted by Jackamomo (1263 posts) -

I assure you GS I am a human. This is getting ridiculous.

Not only are you the worst website on the internet for sapping my limited resources now I have to suffer this indignity!

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#12 Posted by Solaryellow (4486 posts) -

I smell a robot, O.T.

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#13 Posted by Macutchi (6392 posts) -

it doesn't happen when i disable adblock plus extension in chrome. the minute i turn it back on - bam it's back to abnormal traffic detection.

motwyw

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#14 Posted by thehig1 (7013 posts) -

was about to make a thread on the same thing, glad its not just me and its gamespots crappy site.

I'll just hit refresh, I'm staying on Chrome and not disabling adblock.

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#15 Posted by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -

Oh I see, it's harassment messages to get you off adblock.

Na m8.

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#16 Posted by SOedipus (11195 posts) -

I don't feel sorry for anyone using Chrome. You get what you deserve, tin cans.

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#17 Posted by angerawr (149 posts) -

Thank you all so much for reporting this issue. This should definitely not be happening, we are looking into this issue

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#18 Posted by Alitmos (9 posts) -

I'm not getting this on every single post. Just the first one.

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#19 Posted by angerawr (149 posts) -

Hey All - We have fixed this issue and should no longer be happening on every single page. Please let us know if it is continuing to have this behavior! Thanks everyone for letting us know!

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#20 Posted by zacbear (91 posts) -

No,you have not.

Every page i click.

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#21 Posted by Macutchi (6392 posts) -

@angerawr said:

Hey All - We have fixed this issue and should no longer be happening on every single page. Please let us know if it is continuing to have this behavior! Thanks everyone for letting us know!

nope sorry. when adblock is enabled i get it all the time. i've just had to turn adblock off because of how frequently it happens

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#22 Posted by DaVillain- (33026 posts) -

@Macutchi said:
@angerawr said:

Hey All - We have fixed this issue and should no longer be happening on every single page. Please let us know if it is continuing to have this behavior! Thanks everyone for letting us know!

nope sorry. when adblock is enabled i get it all the time. i've just had to turn adblock off because of how frequently it happens

So that's how some are getting this effect. I had no idea on how it's asking are you a robot. I turn mines off on this site so I didn't know what's the problem here.

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#23 Posted by Macutchi (6392 posts) -

@davillain- said:
@Macutchi said:
@angerawr said:

Hey All - We have fixed this issue and should no longer be happening on every single page. Please let us know if it is continuing to have this behavior! Thanks everyone for letting us know!

nope sorry. when adblock is enabled i get it all the time. i've just had to turn adblock off because of how frequently it happens

So that's how some are getting this effect. I had no idea on how it's asking are you a robot. I turn mines off on this site so I didn't know what's the problem here.

tbf to the gs devs there's definitely been a reduction in spam bot invasions so the protection may well be helping in that regard.

but the warning is definitely triggered by adblock, meaning the only way to use the site hassle free is to disable adblock.

the cynic in me thinks that is... a happy coincidence for gs to say the least

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#24 Posted by angerawr (149 posts) -

Thanks for letting us know! Definitely a separate issue than the one we fixed. I've created a bug for our team to look at it.

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#25 Posted by rheediculous (71 posts) -

Hey guys, thanks for bringing this to our attention! Seems like the issues being reported here might be one or two separate issues. Trying to clarify the specific issue here - is everyone getting the "Abnormal Traffic Detected" page with Adblock Plus on? Or are we just getting the Recaptcha box on the bottom of the comment box?

If you could reply with your browser, if you have adblock on (and what time if you do have one), and whether or not if you have any special services that might affect your network traffic (VPN etc.)

Sorry about the issues - we are looking into it!

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#26 Posted by blueinheaven (4383 posts) -

I have Adblock on and get this robot crap almost every single time I click on anything on the Gamespot site it's beyond annoying.

Just a heads-up, if it's a toss-up between losing adblock and losing Gamespot, Gamespot does not win. Seriously, I'm gone if your site is unusable without tons of ads assaulting me every five seconds. Same applies if every single thing I click on asks if I'm a robot.

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#27 Posted by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -

Opera - Ublock - no VPN

Abnormal traffic message, usually refresh 3-4 times in quick concession.

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#28 Posted by Jag85 (12408 posts) -

I was having a similar issue, until I disabled Adblock for the site. For some reason (whether intentionally or unintentionally), GameSpot seems to confuse Adblock with bots.

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#29 Edited by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -

If it's deliberately, then pretty shitty move on Gamespots part. And counterproductive, prodding people ultimately pisses them off than promoting cooperation.

I'll assume it's an unfortunate bug, and hopefully it will get fixed than just prolonging an extremely irritating problem that serves no one.

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#30 Posted by Macutchi (6392 posts) -

@rheediculous said:

Hey guys, thanks for bringing this to our attention! Seems like the issues being reported here might be one or two separate issues. Trying to clarify the specific issue here - is everyone getting the "Abnormal Traffic Detected" page with Adblock Plus on? Or are we just getting the Recaptcha box on the bottom of the comment box?

If you could reply with your browser, if you have adblock on (and what time if you do have one), and whether or not if you have any special services that might affect your network traffic (VPN etc.)

Sorry about the issues - we are looking into it!

chrome, adblock plus on, no vpn. get the abnormal traffic / captcha thing all the time.

disabling adblock fixes it for me.

thanks for looking into it, it's an absolute pain in the arse

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#31 Posted by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -

It's been roughly 1 month.

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#32 Posted by OpenMind23 (262 posts) -

Yeah, this is getting ridiculous. The annoyance level is at critical now :(

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#33 Posted by steveeasley (38 posts) -

We are determined to get this elusive issue resolved. We did make another change yesterday. Let us know if things seem fixed now. If not, could you PM me so I can get a couple details from you? Thanks

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#34 Edited by Jackamomo (1263 posts) -

In terms of usability and efficiency, a quick inspector diagnostic reveals a very complicated page loading routine with alot of scripting.

For a company run by a big company CBS Interactive that only make big websites this is kind of surprising.

I think it would be a good idea to hire a talented programmer sooner rather than later and let him lead the team.

This problem looks set to stay until you do that.

Along with not being able to rename titles on topics and a bunch of others but the performance. Jeez.

Thats 20 seconds of scripting to load one page. I admit my laptop is running slowly for reasons but it's still the slowest web page I go on but then I avoid BuzzFeed and stuff.

I applaud that ads are at the bottom and still images but the ads that are sometimes in the sidebar are using alot of cpu too and I have adblocker on and still get loads of ads so I fear to think how many there would be with it off.

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#35 Posted by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -

@jackamomo: I didn't bring it up, because it didn't seem to relate to this, but yes. This is a fairly decent PC, with adblock on, and loading a page makes opera have a nervous breakdown. Scrolling up and down turns into a jittery mess.

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#36 Posted by Macutchi (6392 posts) -
@steveeasley said:

We are determined to get this elusive issue resolved. We did make another change yesterday. Let us know if things seem fixed now. If not, could you PM me so I can get a couple details from you? Thanks

i thought you'd fixed it. hadn't seen it after i'd opened several threads. i came to this forum, clicked on this thread and... bam, got the abnormal traffic three times in a row before it would let me pass.

so close

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#37 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58820 posts) -

Don't fix this bug. It fits with the rest of the website. Utter sh...izzle.

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#38 Posted by steveeasley (38 posts) -

I have reached out to Macutchi for some details. I will report back when I have more.

In the meantime, it would be great if anyone else has the issue could share a screenshot of the page they getting, along with what you were doing on the site when it happened.

Thanks.

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#39 Posted by Jag85 (12408 posts) -

Not sure what changes happened (whether on my front, or the site), but in my case, things have got worse. Before I was able to browse the site by adding an exception for GameSpot on Adblock. But now I can't browse the site without turning off Adblock completely... While I didn't mind making an Adblock exception for GameSpot, having to completely disable Adblock is ridiculous.

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#40 Edited by mickyfinn84 (353 posts) -

I'm faced with this a lot. It appears a lot when I launch the gamespot home page and seemingly at random while browsing articles on the site. It even appears in the middle of articles occasionally in place of an image or video. I'm not using a vpn either.

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#41 Posted by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -

As an experiment, turned Ublock off to see if it was specifically that. It's still doing it regardless. Are you a robot 4-5 times per a page with multiple refreshes, and posts coming up with a "sorry something went wrong" requiring multiple copy paste refreshes.

Turning ublock off as well, really, really chugs up the browser. It was jittery before, now the page outright can't scroll up or down for seconds at a time.

Come on man, this is shit ridiculous.

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#42 Posted by uninspiredcup (29220 posts) -

I legit can't even edit posts, at all. And even positing this took 12 page refreshes.

Holeee shit.

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#44 Posted by karloss01 (773 posts) -

I counted when coming onto these forums to complain about it; it asked me twenty f***ing times before I just started to hit F5 till it worked. Gamespot has already taken up the vile practices of rehashing old stories, click-bait titles and spamming; I assume this site is haemorrhaging money and Cnet just wants to be done with this so they can shut it down be annoying the visitors.

Which is working in my case.

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#45 Edited by Claivain (26 posts) -

Like many of the people above, I'm still having this issue. I don't post on the forums, but I'm a regular visitor to the main site: as with others I'm using Chrome, AdBlock, no VPN. I am asked if I am a robot at absolute minimum once every time I visit the site, however over the last week it's started asking me about 10 to 15 times before it lets me in. This is then repeated every time I leave the site and return, and frequently just when changing pages within the site.

Edit: the full page recaptcha one, not just below posts as asked above.

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#47 Posted by Macutchi (6392 posts) -

fixed for me now, well done guys

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#48 Posted by Jackamomo (1263 posts) -

Well done GS. Now about that scrip routine... Looking at your page source, it doesn't look good.

There's about 14 pages of inline javascript from the off and some very sloppy inline styling.

Also now when I edit a post I can't see the thread any more. :(

But well done on the bot thing!