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What makes you leave a site or annoys you?

     
1:43 am on Dec 5, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Quite a few years since I started one of these discussions. Where does time go?

Anyway, you click on a site and visit it... what makes you leave a site or annoys you?

I am getting fed up of constant notifications. This site needs to know your location, accept or decline? Click to decline, move the mouse pointer so you can read the content and bang, the sign-up notification because they are thinking I am leaving! I moved the mouse because I wanted to read the content. Ok, click that to close. A few seconds later, another load of nonsense... Would you leave comments on our our site/leave a review? Honestly, if you want me to leave a review, I just might on occasion. Expect a scathing, hating review. I have been wasting my time clicking here and there just to actually try and view your content while you seem to try to get me to avoid looking at it.

Recently, I searched for a product. Three websites hammered me with such an utter barrage of nonsense to view their products, I gave up. Bought from eBay in the end. Some of these had paid for adverts, just to annoy people who then leave with no interest in buying because you've put us off and we buy from a site that doesn't annoy us too much, at least as buyers.

Here are some more:

1) Javascript that does not reset pages correctly. If I click next, I expect the page to refresh and go to the top, not stay where I currently am. Further, if I use a drop-down menu to go to page 4 and then you refresh the page with javascript, when I use "page up" or "page down" keys to scroll, it changes the drop-down value and that gives me a whole new page when I only wanted to scroll the current page. Yes, people use keyboards to browse, not just mice and touchscreens.

2) Unusual one that annoys me. Companies selling Cellphones/Mobiles where their websites only work on the newest browsers. Yes, it is true that my mobile company website does not work properly on my phone. They sold the phone to me, I am currently a customer. Let's pretend this is my only connection to the internet and I want to upgrade. On a site that doesn't work on a phone they sold me! Honestly, how much more stupid do you have to be - your customers have browsers that are probably at least two years old, some will be 5 or 6 years by now. Somehow, you don't want their custom anymore? Unbelievable that a site selling new technology requires the new technology that the customer clearly doesn't have so they can buy this new technology! Honestly, this is one of the most silly mistakes I've ever seen... not understanding your customer. you won't believe the number of customers I had when I made sure my site worked on Netscape 4 when other sites didn't work or put up messages to tell them to get a different browser. They didn't get a different browser, they found a different website that worked.

What annoys you? What are the biggest things that make you leave a site?
12:49 pm on Feb 4, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Popups and sites that do not display because JS is is disable - most meltdown/spectre I have started using noscript again.
12:52 pm on Feb 4, 2018 (gmt 0)

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@tangor, how do you "no style" - reader view?
12:48 am on Feb 5, 2018 (gmt 0)

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@graeme_p FF, View, Style .... two choices: Basic Style or No Style ... kills all css, reveals the page, breaks right click restrictions, allows cut and paste, all kinds of things.
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Irritating? making me lave? bad content. I read constantly on the web, but some articles are not only way long, they also lack content, they play promising quality (intros, building "here it comes") and then nothing, I have learned to read faster than usual checking the middle and sometimes the end of articles to check if it's worth reading some more.

And I'm fed up of those websites "10 things that irritate readers, you won't believe the 2nd one", that's low quality, it's everywhere and it's pure garbage...
9:59 pm on Feb 16, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Things that I learned from traveling overseas:

I hate sites that present content in the language determined by my IP address instead of the language header that my browser sends. (Google is REALLY bad about that believe it or not. So is Wikipedia and a bunch of others.) You can't be in Germany and send a en-us header and get English. Try this yourself, get a VPN for a non US Country and try browsing for a day, it's shocking how many sites completely ignore something as important as the language header.

I hate sites that won't show me anything because my IP is not in the US. Oddly enough my bank is one of them. I set a travel notification so they know I'm out of the country, but I can't use the site without my VPN. So stupid. Stores do this too, I heard Tommy Hilfiger had a smart watch and I wanted to see it, but you can't see any details on it beyond search results unless you are on a US IP Address. You can't even READ about it, how stupid is that?

Want me to leave your site? Pop one of those full screen overlays 2 seconds after the page loads asking me (or telling me) anything. It's also amazing how many of those on mobile completely overflow the screen and can't be dismissed because the close button is off screen. I'd rather you just pop me back to my previous page!
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Want me to leave your site? Pop one of those full screen overlays 2 seconds after the page loads asking me (or telling me) anything


One reason the most recent version of Chrome is blocking by default. Or one can install their own ad blockers/script blockers and achieve the same result.
6:17 pm on Feb 28, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Sites that have a list of "Top X Whatevers" - like Top 100 Places to Live or Top 10 Mistakes Websites Make - and then have each of them on a separate page and each page loads 500 ads before you can click to the next one.
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