If 10% of web developers used Tor on weekends, no website would use reCAPTCHA because they'd realise how painful it is to certain users. I run a Tor relay (non-exit) at home, and now I get more reCAPTCHA even though there's no possible reason to assume my home IP is "bad". I'm still going to run my Tor relay -- I just think it's interesting to note that users are being punished by a giant MITM-as-a-Service company for trying to help other people use the internet anonymously.
I imagine it's partly because I don't block cookies (I whitelist sites that get to store them across sessions and everything else is then session only).
Picture captcha every time.
I'm not sure why they bother, since I'd find it more suspicious if say someone is coming from a Russian IP address but has UTC set and not a Russian timezone...
I would happily pay a monthly fee to get around these ridiculous captchas, even though it's absurd to have to do so.
Of course, the Tor folks told the CloudFlare folks about this many years ago and CloudFlare still acts as a giant censorship machine and continues to block anonymous users from reading content on the internet. Not to worry though -- you can install their extension[+] to "protect your privacy" to bypass the reCAPTCHA that CloudFlare themselves erected in front of other people's websites! It's definitely not in any way comparable to an arsonist selling fire insurance as a side gig -- at least with fire insurance you actually got something out of the exchange!
[+] Which does have a paper that explains the security of the cryptosystem, but a single paper does not make a protocol secure by default. I'm not a cryptographer, but the Tor folks did raise some concerns in the issue where PrivacyPass was discussed, and there's no doubt that combining Tor with a system that is nowhere nearly as battle-tested should be a major point of concern.
Do I wish there was an alternative to aggressive ads and tracking? Hell yes. Do I want to pay every website individually for what I view? Nope, and companies don't either because it would massively hurt their growth for people coming in new.
I would argue a "better" framing designed to emotionally manipulate would be "why are you trying to block people in oppressive regimes from being able to read about the outside world and organise themselves, putting them in danger of being murdered by their government"? But it would be dishonest to make the discussion about "why do you want to kill people", just as it is dishonest to make the discussion about website business models.
Advertising is related here because recaptcha's use of tracking, primarily used for advertising, as a factor in determining their score for users and also because blocking ads/tracking is part of the cause behind people's issues with recaptcha.