Bob Goodlatte replies about email verification

Dear Mr. Gavaler:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the email verification process found on the contact page of my website. I am sorry to hear that you found this process complicated.

Following an October 2016 directive from the Information Systems Security Office, U.S. House of Representatives’ websites are required to “implement a CAPTCHA or similar device to help prevent false en masse subscriptions from being submitted by a non-human agent.” These measures, such as the “I’m not a robot” checkbox, are to appear on web forms, like the contact page, in order to meet security setting standards. Occasionally, in addition to the “I’m not a robot” checkbox, visitors will be chosen at random to complete additional verification processes.

The goal of these measures is not to impede communications from constituents, but to ensure that the system is secure and “robots” are not able to access the system. I appreciate hearing from all Sixth District constituents, and thank you for your comments.

Sincerely,

Bob Goodlatte
Member of Congress

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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