No. What appears in the image itself is, currently, not configurable.
Colin from reCAPTCHA here. We're definitely aware that there were
some issues with non-English and other weird things being sent through
reCAPTCHA in the last few weeks. The root source was: we tried to
digitize a batch of books that were labeled as "English"...
incorrectly; as it turns out, these books had many foreign words.
We removed these books from the pipeline last week, which has already
cut down significantly on the number of unreadable CAPTCHAs out there.
This week, we're continuing to remove some other bad ones that have
gotten through the system.
Sorry everyone for the inconvenience.
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reCAPTCHA: stop spam, read books
It's not very productive to rant about past problems here. We're
aware that there's a problem, we've already taken significant steps to
fix it, and are working further to remove any of the remaining
un-typeable words that are out there and to prevent problems like this
from happening in the future.
To clarify: all of these books *were* marked as English books ahead of
time, by librarians or other people who did exactly what you
suggested: opened to a couple random pages and checked that the words
were English. It turns out that some of them were marked incorrectly,
or were books which contained some English and some words from other
languages. We've been using the same exact process for determining
English books as we have since March, and only recently did we happen
to hit a batch of books that were badly marked. We've since made some
changes so that we're more stringent about which books we add to the