NightGhost wrote:As I mentioned above, they would need to make the required strategy at least slightly different each time. Then the nerds can reprogram all they like, and they'll always be a Woot behind.
Why would typing out a captcha destroy Woot? Plenty of sites use captchas, and I don't think any of them have spontaneously combusted yet. In fact, it's not that different from having to type in your CVV.
You are forgetting that Woot is a DOD site, not something like Newegg, Amazon, etc. Sure, it may not cause problems most days, but Woot-Off's will suck.
The servers are slow enough just trying to get a Bucket of Candy with normal people. As you said earlier, maybe the bots didn't find the link, but the server still went to hell and was slow. I barely got mine and I don't see a CAPTCHA improving that.
I see a lot of people getting frustrated. And it is completely different from the CVV. The CVV you remember and always know what it is. It takes a few extra seconds to read a CAPTCHA. And what if you can't read it? Refresh the screen? Guess?
If they implement a CAPTCHA, I will no longer be purchasing things from Woot. I may not have the longest list of purchases from Woot, but as you know "you are unique, just like the rest of the people", so if I get frustrated and leave, most likely more will do the same.
And I was referring to the link change on the April Fool's crap.
And one more thing, to be honest, I don't think bots are as big of a problem as people make it out to be. I think it's more along the lines of normal people overwhelming the servers. At around 3:30pm, I noticed there were about 7,200 people on Wootalyzer, this is just Wootalyzer, just one tracker. Sure, they may not all be active, but for this example, just take a good portion of those. There are many others as well. I'm not sure on traffic numbers for the others, but I'm guessing the number of active people wanting to get a Bucket of Candy well exceeds 10,000 people, including the constant refreshers. 2,994 were up for grabs, that's a lot of people trying to access the same site and do the exact same activity at the same time. And we have no idea what kind of servers Woot has, so they may not support that large of a number simultaneously (smoothly at least).