Understandably there are far fewer people working on scraping data. Many people left out this year probably don’t want to put in their effort – that is understandable. However, we need people to keep scraping. The CEAC data is critical to understand the progress toward the quotas, without that data we are guessing blind.
So – please take a few minutes and solve some capthchas on Xarthisus’ site https://dvcharts.xarthisius.xyz/login.html
Scraping is easy, but boring. If everyone reading my blog can go and spend 20 minutes solving captchas we can get an update to the data. We have not had an update for almost two weeks – so 20 minutes of your time shouldn’t be too much for me to ask….
July 31, 2018 at 16:50
I will do 50 capchas i promise!!! But soon
July 31, 2018 at 16:54
how they scratch me I don’t understand
July 31, 2018 at 16:58
100 is ok ?
July 31, 2018 at 17:54
If everyone who read my post did 100, that would certainly be OK.
August 1, 2018 at 01:36
I did 300
August 1, 2018 at 14:13
I did it until it showed: all done…
August 1, 2018 at 19:18
July 31, 2018 at 18:37
You are right Simon;
I think most of us get interrested when we are still waiting for 2nls but let us not firget that this dv thing is not yet over; we still nees those data as Simon said. So guys wake up and scrap/solving captchas
July 31, 2018 at 18:46
Hi sir please explane how is scraping i am not understand
July 31, 2018 at 18:51
Click the link. Enter your name/nickname – anything you want. You see an image and you type the characters you read in the image. Then do the next one. That’s all.
July 31, 2018 at 21:43
I will do 100 now and 100 at night
July 31, 2018 at 21:56
What’s it going to be?
July 31, 2018 at 22:40
What’s what going to be?
July 31, 2018 at 22:00
Since we are no longer programmable for an interview
August 1, 2018 at 06:55
BritSimon, Thanks for a great source of info. I have started solving capthchas, but do not fully understand how that helps with scrapping data. If you have time, could you let me know how this works. More than willing to help (and are helping) – just want to understand why capthchas and how solving them scrapes data.
August 1, 2018 at 18:43
There is a public system called CEAC wityh the case status of every case. You can check the cases one by one, but each time you check a case the system asks you to “solve” a CAPTCHA. A smart guy called Xarthisius wrote a program that presents those CAPTCHAS from their system and captures the case status, so each time you solve a captch on his site, one case is checked in CEAC by his program.
August 1, 2018 at 07:36
https://ceac.state.gov/IV/Login.aspx says “Your request cannot be processed at this time.”
August 1, 2018 at 10:24
Hi I’m struggling to help. It keeps telling me to try again later. Does the fact that I’m using my phone have any effect.
August 1, 2018 at 18:50
Possibly. People did a great job though and we have an updated file now.
August 1, 2018 at 11:14
Hi sir yesteday i did scraping easily but today not show characters
August 1, 2018 at 11:27
Hello dear Britsemon
i think all the scraping CEAC codes are solved.
so we will be expecting a new updates soon right?
thank you for your great job.
have a good day sir
August 1, 2018 at 18:55
There is a new file.
August 1, 2018 at 16:51
100 done. More to come.
August 1, 2018 at 17:30
Yes now solving easily
August 13, 2018 at 15:32
I did almost 200
August 22, 2018 at 15:39
Hi Brit, I’m sorry to sound clueless, but I just don’t understand. I don’t know how to log in to CEAC. I want to help, but really don’t know how.