BCGS Website Update

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Today we’ve started adding a CAPTCHA box to each of our website forms. This is necessary to help us combat SPAMbots. CAPTCHAs ask visitors to prove they’re human by answering a challenge question – reading, then typing numbers and/or letters shown into a text box. 

This should be easy to do. But if you can’t read the letters or numbers to type them into the space provided, you can ask for a new set by clicking the reload arrow icon. Or, you can listen to a verbal challenge by clicking the speaker icon. If any questions, there is a ‘ question mark’ help icon, or you can e-mail webmaster @ bcgs.ca

CAPTCHA imageDid you know that CAPTCHA stands for – Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart ? Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954), computer science pioneer, experimented in the 1950s with artificial intelligence experiments and proposed a standard to prove a machine’s intelligence. The annual Loebner competition offers a prize for a machine that can meet Turing’s standard. While none has yet won the top prize, in 2013, for instance, Mitsuku, a chatbot created by Steve Worswick won a bronze medal. Chatbots create conversation, never spam.

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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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