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Irritating Things on Websites
What irritates you the most?

 12:02 pm on Nov 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

There are websites out there that have irritations, some which are quite modern. What are your most irritating things that webmasters should avoid?

Pages that pop-up a box asking you to like them on social media or to take a survey about their site on the first page you look at annoy me. Why would I like you on Facebook when I haven't even been able to see your any pages on the site yet?

What annoys you the most?



 8:58 pm on Nov 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Overly-clever nested menus that you have to follow with your mouse like an old fashioned fairground wire loop game.

Heaven forbid you let your mouse slip outside the menu area or it will all disappear and you have to start again.


 9:23 pm on Nov 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Pop-up saying... "You are attempting to leave our site. Do you really want to do that?"



 10:58 pm on Nov 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

"I wasn't sure before, but I am now, thank you for asking."


 1:56 am on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Whenever I'm on my Thai IP, Google keeps presenting me with the Thai language version of google.co.th. My system is English, so either their content negotiation is going wrong, or they just don't care. That's a minor annoyance though.

Without a doubt, automatic audio ads are truly infuriating, particularly when you've opened multiple tabs and can't identify which one is the source of the audio. Stupid, stupid, STUPID webmaster. STUPID.


 2:32 am on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

{overflow: hidden;} in conjunction with forced window width. To read the body text, you MUST expand your browser window.



 5:40 am on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Tel. No: As compulsory form-field.
No chance Mate, I only use email, have a pocketful of wons.

To then really wind you up, the form insists on a 10 figure number. So they get 10 wons.


 7:24 am on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Asia_Expat, I think the reason Google do that is that a lot of people have the wrong language settings - same as my complaint.


 8:41 am on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Oops, forgot one.

Doing things that you KNOW will annoy the user ... and then posting to {insert name of forum} asking how you can prevent users from overriding your carefully crafted settings when they refuse to understand that you-- the designer-- are more important than them-- the users.


 11:26 am on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

I had forgotten that one too although on the help forum of a company that I used to host a small site with they seem to have stopped getting questions on how to change the colours of the visitor's scrollbar.


 11:57 am on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)


Even if the designer makes their site to annoy the users, the users are not supposed to modify the website or override settings, as designer's website is considered a work of art, huh? as in "Can I has a different background with Mona Lisa?"


 1:58 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

auto-translated webpages in my native language - high in the google serps, especially cheapo american howto-portals and tech forums. i really feel insulted as a user when i'm supposed to read that crap.

talk about google "semantic search" and quality content detection.. doesn't work.


 4:59 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

A site that is for something that has a physical presence that people need to get to - that does not display their street address. If your virtual I totally get the lack of street address. But if i'm on the road, and running late (which I have been known to be from time to time) and trying to find a certain establishment the most important thing I need is a street address.

I have a GPS and if I have the address i'm golden - but I cant begin to describe the number of sites that give email addresses, twitter info, facebook links, and all kinds of totally useless stuff when all I want is a simple street address.


 5:14 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Huge images... small size on the SRC... pages taking lots of time to load. Also, gargabe code and comments on html making sites big, slow and fat...


 5:22 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

sites that redirect me from the correct full URL to the mobile homepage because I'm on my phone...


 6:19 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

I do not like to have to look for a menu or options.

A menu should always be on the left, that's all and everything else is stupid.


 6:21 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

I'm uncomfortable with ecommerce websites that default checkboxes or radio buttons to options that can end up costing a shopper more unnecessarily. It's a practice that I see increasing by leaps and bounds in a very unhealthy manner. One of my recent experiences was when registering a new domain on behalf of a business person. The domain, $9.99, the potential add-ons if I had left them as default selected, would have tallied a final invoice of close to $500 -- no exaggeration.

And, of the options being offered, they were crafted and worded in very deceitful ways that if a non-technical user were making the purchase they would have probably been compelled to keep a few of the suggestions in the cart (unnecessarily).

My reply is based on the assumption that the OP is trying to figure out where we as a community of internet developers should be heading. I interpret it as the regulators are not capable of understanding technology enough yet to be able to effectively protect consumers. Therefore, we as the developers of such technology, should have a level of maturity to regulate ourselves until the next generation of regulators can step up to meet us on our level, or even help the current crop understand what best practices should be put in place.

A very elaborate 30 minute presentation of the subject can be viewed in a slide presentation at Dark Patterns [DOT] org


 6:25 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

A five minute video to explain a query that could be explained in five lines of text.


 9:51 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Big brand sites that require you to jump through pages and sub-pages of faq's to find a simple email address or phone number to contact them.


 10:44 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Site that post events, but don't give the country or even the city. Hey, this is the world wide internet... just saying at the park or on 55 street doesn't really do it for me.


 5:17 am on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

when you press back....but the site doesn't let you go, and instead reloads the page you are TRYING TO LEAVE.

15 rapid back presses later....


 7:12 am on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

@carguy, what about sites that redirect you to the mobile version even if you are using a large, high resolution tablet!

Of course the same sites show you the desktop version if you are on a netbook.


 3:45 pm on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

when you press back....but the site doesn't let you go, and instead reloads the page you are TRYING TO LEAVE.

15 rapid back presses later....

Oh yeah. That one is very irritating. I learned early on that to get out of it I could press and hold the back button to expand the list of recently visited sites and select the one to get me out. I'm on FireFox, I don't know if all browsers have that feature.


 7:06 pm on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

e-commerce sites that tout FREE SHIPPING only to find during the checkout process there is very, very fine print saying "on orders over x amount." This is especially annoying in shopping search results. Of course, I never visit that site again and they lose my business because they were misleading and wasted my time.



 8:46 pm on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

wasted my time

That's a factor in nearly every issue listed in this thread.

If I could beam one thought into the minds of web developers everywhere ... and the CLIENTS who hire them ... it would be to have respect for the user's time.

Do whatever you're doing in a way that respects the user's time.


 9:18 pm on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

There is a recurring theme here about pre-emptive unwanted redirects, whether language or mobile. I hope site designers are taking it to heart.

I personally know* several Germans who have explicitly set their computer's language to English because they got so tired of getting (badly) translated versions of websites. How much worse it must be if your language isn't a widely studied living Indo-European language.

Someone, somewhere, must like sites that start playing background sounds even before you've switched to their tab.**

If you say "I'd like my site to do such-and-such" and someone points out that this is likely to annoy the user, what's your answer? Does the answer change according to whether it's a personal site vs. one that is intended to make money?

* Yes, OK, "personally" = online.
** Because if nobody anywhere liked it, sites wouldn't do it. RIGHT?


 9:42 pm on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

That's the very reason I stopped being for hire, Lucy.
Freaking clients wanting what they want, and don't wanna hear why it might not be a good idea to, for example, make the whole thing in Flash, with amazing effects........ :(

Since there are so many web designers (?) prepared to do just that, I walked..........


 4:57 am on Nov 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

For me it's arriving at an article from a search and not having the date posted visible on the page. Makes it tricky to work out how up to date/relevant the piece is.



 7:53 am on Nov 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

everything on the page below the

"comments" section :-)


 10:55 pm on Nov 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Pin it buttons
Facebook comments
Menus with flashy animation
Antiquated forum software like WebmasterWorld, haha.


 11:26 pm on Nov 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

everything on the page below the
"comments" section

Viable alternatives:
-- find a congenial forum
-- email the site author directly
-- grab the nearest human and say "Will you look at what this idiot posted!"
-- sit on your hands

Does a Comments section actually increase readership of your own content, or does it just result in people spending time reading and adding to the comments?

:: rewind ::

I read that as "Everything after the 'comments' header". Did you mean "Everything after the end of the comments?"


 2:19 am on Nov 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

Undecipherable CAPTCHA!

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