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What do you hate about the web?

 5:48 pm on Jul 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Place to gripe and rant about web surfing, web sites, and Internet in general, all for a constructive purpose.

My top peeves:

1) Pop ups. I didn't ask for your ad in my face. Bu-bye....

2) Email spam. If you think I am going to buy anything from you after spamming me, you're dumber than I think you are.

3) Slow loading pages. I don't want your flash, I don't want your javascript, I want your info if you have any



 4:49 am on Jul 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

flash intro's :(


 5:12 am on Jul 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

99) an empty recent posts page.......


 6:43 am on Jul 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

(well, I actually don't hate anything)
Incorrect use of a spanned time frame (1997-2002) in the copyright notice. This just feeds misinformation to newbies who then see a correct copyright date (1997) and feel it's OK to pilfer content/files since comparatively the date looks old, unaware the copyright is in full effect for 80 years from that posted date.


 7:41 pm on Jul 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

People who use the 'gift' of being able to understand technology and write software, to create destructive tools that make the web a dangerous place for us all.


 7:53 pm on Jul 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

From a user perspective:

Sites that want me to register before I can see their content, even when the content is free.

Tiny fonts. (Oops! Wrong thread.)

Blinky, rotating, moving, flashing, flaming and otherwise obnoxious graphics.

The same stock art over and over and over again.

From a development perspective:

The fact that I can more easily remember things like "&nbsp;" "&trade;" and "&copy;" than I can remember my own phone number.

creative craig

 4:36 pm on Jul 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

doubleclick cookies


 10:02 pm on Jul 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

Can't believe nobody has yet mentioned... background MIDI music.

Also: "Mystery meat navigation" (you can't tell what a button does until you either roll over it or click it).

"The form could not be submitted because it contains one or more error. Please use your browser's Back button and correct any mistakes." (Yeah, but what mistakes? This once happened to me when I had to enter my fax number in a form. I actually had to phone the company's tech support to discover what the correct format was -- and it wasn't what I'd expected.)


 4:53 pm on Jul 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Just had someone try to use my credit card over the internet (four years ago they charged $10,000 US in 6 hours). So the $93.50 and $77.96 charges did not go through but my card is cancelled and a new one will be sent out to me arriving in a week or so.

What I hate about the web, the inconvenience caused by the crooks. I am booking a trip for my daughter et all to France and this just makes it more difficult. (Fortunately, I have another card just for these emergencies).

..... Shane


 6:03 pm on Jul 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Can't believe nobody has yet mentioned... background MIDI music.

I DO hate that. but I usually have my music cranked up so I can't hear the junk!


 10:36 am on Jul 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

There are a lot of things I hate... this will be a long long list... :)

1) Popup ads. I don't want any ads throwed on my face. My browser windows belong to me and no one should hijack them. Especially the popups advertising online casinos make me scream because casinos couldn't interest me less. Fortunately I have popups disabled when I surf the web.

2) Websites that tell me to use a certain screen resolution, font size, or otherwise change my settings. My screen and system belong to me and no one should tell me what to do with them. Why should I change my settings in order to view a website that is obviously made by a lazy idiot who doesn't want any visitors anyway?

3) Websites that tell me I'm not using IE and require me to download it before I can view the website's content. I can't even download IE because I'm not using Windows, and even if I was using Windows, I wouldn't want IE. My software belongs to me and no one should tell me what to use.

4) Splash pages or flash intros. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

5) Websites with flash in general. I'm on a 56k connection so they usually take too long to load.

6) Scrolling javascript on status bar. Another thing that makes me scream. My status bar belongs to me and no one should hijack it.

7) Scrolling things in general. Blinking, moving, jumping images and the <marquee> tag also make me scream.

8) The disable right-click script. My right-click menu belongs to me and no one should hijack it. People use the right-click for many other things than stealing code or pictures. If someone really wants to steal code or pics, it's still very easy to do itdespite the disable right-click script. People who use such a script are paranoid idiots.

9) HTML or XHTML code that isn't standards compliant. The usage of nonstandard tags is one reason why people require their visitors to use a specific browser in order to view their website. This is a clever trick from Netscape and Microsoft.

10) Netscape 4.x and older. I don't understand why anyone would use NS 4.x these days. This is the 21st century! NS 4.x doesn't render tables correctly and has problems with CSS, thus making it harder to make standards compliant websites. Why make websites that aren't standards compliant just to make them readable in an old, obsolete and broken browser?

11) WYSIWYG editors. They produce very messy code and overuse the evil <font> tag and make huge pages that load very slowly. Some WYSIWYG editors also link the pictures to the user's hard disk, causing a lot of confusion when the user uploads his/her web pages and wonder why the images don't show up.

I know I sound like someone who hates the web, but naah... I still like it. :)


 1:38 pm on Jul 18, 2002 (gmt 0)


You made me think of one more:

Pop Up windows that appear right as you are furiously typing in a password so that your password now appears in the textbox of the pop up for all the world to see.

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