lucy24 - 6:28 am on Aug 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have visitors that simply refuse to use the CONTACT link.
They've probably met one too many like the one I did battle with today. After getting yet another mailer-daemon 550 "no such person" message-- yes, really 550, not 511-- after clicking an e-mail link, I spent what felt like several hours (i.e., had to be at least ten minutes) trying to get the Contact link to work on a page within a directory that I think the site administrators meant to delete in 2008 but forgot. First I waited too long and I had to do the captcha all over again, and then it said my text was too long (it took up about 2/3 of THEIR non-scrolling text box) and had to re-capcha. Finally got an auto-response saying they will be in touch with me. I have reason to suspect this is a brazen lie.
I think the most recent question was about the ^ anchor. It means "beginning of text". Neither beginning nor ending anchors are necessary unless you specifically need to say "begins with" or "ends with". Or, conversely, if you're saying "does not contain such-and-such at all". Then you need anchors to force the RegEx to evaluate the whole thing, not just the part that fits your group.
But a normal visitor looking for products always puts something in the cart and then checks shipping prices. These visitors never put anything in the cart.
Y'know, I could swear there's a quite recent thread in some forum or other about people shopping with mobile devices. I think there was even some blahblah about different shopping behavior as compared to full-size computers.
(Uhm, what do you call a computer to distinguish it from the small stuff? A normal telephone is apparently now called a "land line", which always makes me think there are an awful lot of people making calls from cruise ships. I generally refer to my iPad as The Toy.)