What is minimal set of browser features required to ask a question on security.stackexchange.com without a user account?

Specifically, I use Pale Moon portable as an ephemeral browser (it has no persistant data). I was attempting to post a question on security.stackexchange.com without logging into my user account, but I was unsuccessful.

Instead I received "Oh tin of pink meat / I ponder what you may be / Snout or ear or feet?" at https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/ask/submit Am I SPAM?

Some browser settings:

Tools->Options->General->Manage Add-ons...

enabled 'Block pop-up windows' no exceptions
disabled 'Load images automatically' no exceptions
enabled 'Enable JavaScript' 

"Podcast" 'Preview in Palemoon'
"Video Podcast" 'Preview in Palemoon'
"Web Feed"'Preview in Palemoon'
all remaining are 'Always ask'

Pale Moon will: "Never remember history"

enabled "Warn me when sites try to install add-ons" no exceptions

disabled "Remember a password for sites"
disabled "Use a master password"

enabled "Warn me when web sites try to redirect or reload the page"

Offline Storage
"Use up to 0 MB of space for the cache" 
enabled "Tell me when a website asks to store data for offline use" no exceptions
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    I have no idea for an answer, but I want a screenshot of that spam screen!
    – AviD Mod
    Jul 26, 2011 at 18:19
  • @AviD ask and ye shall receive
    – this.josh
    Jul 26, 2011 at 20:12
  • aww... was hoping for some cool pic :(
    – AviD Mod
    Jul 26, 2011 at 20:25
  • Still kinda cool though...
    – AviD Mod
    Jul 26, 2011 at 20:26

1 Answer 1


FYI, JavaScript being disabled will hurt you a lot. This is one of our primary "you are a bot" tests.

Also I STRONGLY suggest you log in, as the tests are far stricter for anonymous and unregistered users, too.

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    Thanks for your reply. This question does not describe my normal usage for stackexchange sites. I have several browers configured differently. My ephemeral browser on Windows is as described in the question. I was using it on stack exchange to see what the minimum set of required browser features is. For security profesionals who are interested in a high degree of anonymity, I would like to be able to describe a minimal browser configuration. Asking questions anonymously seems a lower bar than answering questions anonymously, so I started there.
    – this.josh
    Aug 7, 2011 at 21:52
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    I actually frequently browse web pages without JavaScript, Java, flash, cookies, automatic redirrection, images, cache, etc. Often I find the information I am looking for faster. Sometimes a website is unusable without all those features. My typical reaction is usually to go somewhere else, although on occasion I will enable the required features to see if the information is there.
    – this.josh
    Aug 7, 2011 at 21:59
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    Requiring Javascript is unfortunate, particularly on a security site, given how many security practitioners use NoScript. (It is one thing to say "We encourage you to enable Javascript to get a better user experience"; it is another to say "You can't post questions to our site if Javascript is disabled".) If requiring Javascript is necessary to avoid spam, then that's just the way the cookie crumbles -- but it is still unfortunate. ... Recommending that users log in seems like good advice. If logging in removed the need for Javascript, that seems like it would be a great way to resolve it.
    – D.W.
    Aug 11, 2011 at 2:57
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    What sites do we need to be allowing JavaScript from, for minimal (i.e.: login, post Q&A/comments, vote, chat, flag) functionality? Currently on this site, my NoScript has whitelisted stackexchange.com, googleapis.com, and sstatic.net. Are any of these superfluous?
    – Iszi
    Oct 6, 2011 at 17:13
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    @iszi I would add stackauth.com to that as well Oct 6, 2011 at 21:43

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