Text captcha v1.1

Release Notes

This version contains some bugfixes

  • Mike, I will test it tomorrow. 

    Another small question:
    Can I also add in this way (array in in model.php)?

    1 * 3 + 1 = ?


  • Tom, yes, you can add those results freely. In fact, you can add even equation eg:


    where answer would be 2.


    It's not advised but technically possible ;)

  • Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the plugin. Works fine so far. I have one question. I have entered three different questions but it only asks me one question when registering. Is it meant to be like that?

    Cheers, Chris

  • Hekolo, plugin should ask questions randomly. Please check wether all your questions were saved succesfully in plugin settings and wether they're in proper format.

  • @Mike: Yes, it does...randomly is actually fine...i don't want to make it to hard for my users ;-)

  • Hi Mike,

    Just tried to use your plugin. When testing I'm getting this message on input of the correct answer:

    error message scrn sht




    The Q & A has been saved in this format:

    What colour is a cabbage? | green

    Could the problem be because I'm using Elgg v1.6. & not 1.7? Or is the way I have typed the Q & A into the text editor incorrect?



  • BigG, please don't put spaces before and after |


    This plugin should be compatible with all Elgg versions

  • Thanks Mike -

    I've edited the error message wording anyway in the en.php file. So is this plugin working OK elsewhere? If so, then it has to be something specific to my site that does not agree with it.

    I've got good news and bad news so far. The good news is the Text Captcha plugin seems to have stopped the auto registering spammers. The bad news is - genuine humans can't register anymore neither! :-(

    Do you intend to fix this problem or shall I wait for the new plugin version? Roughly how long will it be Mike?



  • BigG, yes, plugin worked on a few installs. It didn't work on a few others which reported your bug. We use new version with success on Elggdev.com although we need to test it on a few other installs before releasing. It can take up to two weeks before we release new version.

  • Brilliant - thanks Mike!

    Be sure to let me know when it gets released.

    I can hang on for a couple of weeks :-)


  • As an aftertoght Mike - send me the new beta plugin that is being used at Elggdev.com and I'll try it out for you, I'll let you know the detailed resuls.

    As my site is running Elgg 1.6 and was one of the ones that showed up the bug, it would be a good candidate to try out the revised plugin.

    Drop me a line & I'll give you my e-mail address.

    All the best,


  • BigG, please send me your email in PM or via contact form on Elggdev.com and I'll send you the plugin.

  • Thanks Mike - it's on it's way to you!

  • I'd be interested in testing the beta version, since the actual one doesn't work on my server :

    Elgg 1.7.7

    PHP 5.2.6

    Mysql 5.0.5

    Debian Lenny

    Capcha configuration : Quelle est la capitale de la France ?|Paris

    Plugin says answer is not correct when I try.

    Thank you

  • I had the same bug that didn't accept my correct answers. I disabled the 'captcha' plugin and moved the 'text captcha' plugin up to the top of the tool admin list and IT WORKS NOW!

  • it only works if you disable captcha plugin

  • Thank you for the tip. I had forgotten to disable Captcha plugin. Now it works :)

  • I am using same captcha without any problem on royallooops.com it never show any kind of problem.


    Thanks a lot to MIKE

  • Sorry, for my stupid question. I am newbie. What are the files I have to change to use this plugin in the blog? What I mean I want to use the captcha before someone publish or comment in the blog!

    Thanks a lot!

  • Can someone tell me which css file to change the text and background colors for the question and answer box? The plugin installed and seems to be working fine.  I just white text on a white background.

    Using 1.7.8 with RedFashion theme.

  • Hi,

    My Installation is not working with latest elgg. Can you please help me???

    Check Issues at:



    it has also some spelling mistake

  • Hey mike, this plugin works with 1.8 elgg version??

  • Seems like this fine plugin is not compatible with elgg 1.8.4. Pitty. Also I do not get any text displayed on the register form other than the answer box (can be related to the following issue):

    I get on the settings page:

    Deprecated in 1.8: settings/vazco_text_captcha/edit was deprecated in favor of plugins/vazco_text_captcha/settings Called from [#8] C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\htdocs\elgg-1.8.4\engine\lib\views.php:503

    Define additional tasks:

    Deprecated in 1.8: You should pass $vars['name'] now instead of $vars['internalname'] Called from [#11] C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\htdocs\elgg-1.8.4\mod\vazco_text_captcha\views\default\settings\vazco_text_captcha\edit.php:19
    -> [#10] C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\htdocs\elgg-1.8.4\engine\lib\views.php:503


Mike Zacher (vazco)

I'm an Elgg expert and CEO of vazco.eu - the first plugin store for Elgg. We focus on development of highly scalable and highly customized Elgg websites.


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  • License: GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2
  • Updated: 2014-11-17
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