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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?



 2:19 am on Nov 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

Undecipherable CAPTCHA!


 5:47 am on Nov 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

Flags as icons to pick languages. Particularly annoying is using combination of the Union Jack and the American flag to represent English.

@sevencubed, I though most browsers now ignored redirects in their history? Recent versions of Firefox do, at least. If you press the back button you go to the page before the redirect.


 8:21 am on Nov 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

If I had a page with a French version* I would put a Canadian flag icon to switch to the English version, and then users would get mad for only as long as it took them to discover that the same icon toggles them back to the French side.

Har har. Yuk yuk.

Follow-up thought: Flags can be a great idea ... if they're accurate. US flag = EN-US. Union Jack = EN-GB.

* Italian page: check. Spanish page: check. Bilingual pages: check. French: no dice, unless you count the assorted witticisms about ... oh, never mind.


 8:16 pm on Nov 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

Web forms that are in 70em Arial, any UI that looks like it's been designed by Ficher-Price with HUGE TEXT BOXES and GIANT BUTTONS.


 9:19 am on Nov 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Facebook login buttons that are bigger and more prominent than the site's own login link.

I have known people to think they HAD to use Facebook to use a site like that, and I have repeatedly clicked the wrong button on a site I use regularly.


 8:24 am on Dec 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

Got a vague feeling we're not supposed to do this, but I just stumbled across this page (again):


(I don't know what all the extra ### on the end of the URL is for; I just deleted it and the link still seems to work.)

It's a bit reassuring when a human says the same things you've been saying.


 6:05 pm on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

sites that frame all the content with ads... of course you don't know this at 1st, so when you land on a page and want to scroll.. you click, whoops i just clicked an ad!


 6:56 pm on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

Roll over pop ups.

Like on the Formula 1 main page. Damned thing pops out of nowhere.
Obviously Gurgle has no problem with pop ups on pages in their serps now...........


 7:42 pm on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

Can a robot recognize a rollover when it sees one? I'm thinking yes, if it's allowed to read the relevant javascript.


 4:33 pm on Dec 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

Obviously Gurgle has no problem with pop ups on pages in their serps now...........

they only have a problem when YOU do it.


 9:13 pm on Dec 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

problem = they can't read it
problem = they don't like it



 6:27 am on Dec 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

Over the top cookie inserts from here, there, and everywhere (and all the big players, too). And... if my Noscript is working right, still can't see the page and I ave to pick and choose between the devil and the deep blue sea to decide if I want to even view the page... (usually don't...

(Remember when the web was open and free and no cookies were required to view a site... or JS or...)

Yeah, I know, shoot me, past prime time...


 8:50 am on Dec 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

If they want to make the site javascript-dependent that's their own lookout ... but would it kill them to tell you?

:: shuffling papers ::

<p>Some elements of picture display require <a href = "javanotes.html">javascript</a>.</p>

If I can do it, any idiot can. Hmph.

:: memo to self: now that I've got all the ### pages converted to php, there's no earthly reason not to code a parallel no-script form, since I'd only have to do it once ::


 1:42 am on Dec 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

A biggie for me is:
When I go to click to open a page, there is another button or linked word right next to that first thing I want to click... and instead of my intended page, the other right-next-to-my-intended-click opens up!
Another is:
Soon as I log into a page, a 'wheeled in' ad rolls on by....ugh.


 4:14 pm on Dec 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

What I find UBER Annoying, is when I go to a site that I am not sure originates from, IE: (English) Country, city etc. and no matter how many links I hit I cannot find the ADDRESS or CONTACT info. What's the point of having a site that doesn't CLEARLY indicate the location? For instance, the best is when the location is shown right under or around the website's name, IE banner...ugh.


 9:39 pm on Dec 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

What's the point of having a site that doesn't CLEARLY indicate the location?

Are you talking about some subcategory of sites, like commerce? For most of the places I spend time at, it can't possibly make any difference where the webmaster and/or author is physically located.


 11:20 pm on Dec 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Bad forms in general, but one particular peeve: password forms with poor instructions.

This is common: "Must have at least 8 characters" which logically means that 542 characters would work. Why in the world can't people say "Must be 8-12 characters long"?


 11:55 pm on Dec 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Or no instructions at all, just an after-the-fact error message. "Must be at least 8 characters." Well, if you'd said so in the first place...


 1:26 am on Dec 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

I think the worst is filling out a lengthy form, finally getting to the bottom and clicking SEND, then finding out one of the fields wasn't done correctly but the page reloaded, clearing all data...

...or clicking SEND only to find that the database is down!

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