Does anyone else feel like the Github signup human verification is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

My eyesight isn’t nearly as good as it was a few decades ago. The human verification test, to sign up for Github displays 6 fuzzy pictures of dice and asks the user to identify the picture that contains dice that total 14. I am perfectly capable of identifying the correct picture, it just takes me a little while to identify the numbers on the dice. And that would be fine, except the test is timed. If you don’t identify the proper images, 10 times in a row, in the required amount of time, you fail the human verification test. I failed the test at least 1/2 dozen times before I gave up and had someone else assist me in identifying the values of the individual dice.

My eyesight has been slowly fading over the last couple of decades and I’m dealing with it to the best of my ability. But this type of timed test is insulting. It implies that because my eyesight isn’t what it once was, I shouldn’t be allowed to access Github repositories.

Hi @SYaeger-RED, welcome to the community

Sorry to hear of your experience and I am in sure in no way are GitHub intentionally trying to disadvantage you from accessing their products.
I know from working in the industry the tests themselves are only intended to prevent bad actors creating accounts through non-human means, ideally all products would not need them, but with so many malicious actors out there now it is becoming the norm, as you illustrate this is most impacting for users who may have visual and/or hearing difficulties.
An alternative option to do a sound verification is normally available on most registration systems if that happens to better for a visual test (I checked and the option exists on the GitHub join page also), but that could equally be a problem for some also.

Really pleased to hear you found a friend to assist you and in getting an account setup, and hope you can enjoy your use of GitHub going forward.

As a company I am aware GitHub make efforts in relation to general style and web accessibility of their products as this is something I had to check for with our companies use of GitHub products. Some details links below
https://primer.style/css/principles/accessibility#user-support
https://government.github.com/accessibility/

I don’t work for GitHub, just sharing what I know, welcome once again and hope you can enjoy your access now you have an account configured.

:wave: Welcome!

Thanks for bringing this up.

Sorry you had the dice game - it’s the hardest level of captcha and it’s typically deployed when we’re seeing an uptick in automated mischief.

That said, our captchas typically have an audio option for specifically this scenario. You look for a speaker icon :speaker: and then it will play a sound file of some letters and numbers. All you have to do is listen and type what you hear (or speak them if you are using transcription software) into the text field.

I’ve asked the security team to confirm that audio is available on all captchas just in case!