January 5, 2010

Green Links: Worst Blog Feature Ever | Take the Poll!

You know, crap like this:


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It's pervasive and it's the most evil thing since the "blink" tag. Watching it arrive on a blog is like watching the blogger suck pennies out of a subway turnstile.

Multiple choice. Vote early and vote often.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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Now you've hit my hot button.

This is Number Two behind malware downloads. And you can interpret my use of "Number Two" in whatever way you wish. Of course, somewhere in the top three there needs to be the "Congratulations, you have just won two free iPod Nanos" lady, who has been blessedly absent.

And then there's shoot-the-bandit, run-over-the-frog, slap-the-bartender, which is all the same stuff. "Text me the results of my IQ test" should bring down some jail time for somebody. (If you agreed to the terms of service so you could see them, then they don't matter, you failed.) Bringing up the rear, of course, is all the crap on my own blog that brings forth whiny complaints from my more whiny readers -- which is just first-time comment verification. I suppose that might chafe, although not as badly as the spam it traps. Captcha verification. Configuration errors that send the perfect comment into oblivion. And for Government sites there is the "YOU ARE NOW LEAVING THE XYZ SYSTEM..."

Dang Gerard, that's yet another task for me at beer o'clock tonight, I have to go start another one of my obsessive-compulsive lists. Might even forget to feed the purse-dog.

Posted by: Morgan K Freeberg at January 5, 2010 1:31 PM

right on!

Posted by: reliapundit at January 5, 2010 2:07 PM

One word that consigns those that buy the popups that it engenders to HELL:

NETFLIX

Posted by: vanderleun at January 5, 2010 3:14 PM

Wasn't able to vote.

Nothing more revolting, boring, disgusting, and loathsome than the choices provided.

However, I can nominate:

"More heinous than Al Gore's roomy knickers after a hard day's moist farting."


Posted by: Lance de Boyle at January 5, 2010 3:15 PM

I voted yes on all of the choices.

I am surprised that 'will this annoy the living daylights out of everyone' isn't a design consideration.

This should be placed as a definition of 'how do you turn people from neutral to hating you with the passion of a thousand white-hot suns'.

If the pop-up would just fade fast! The same to those stupid 'digg this/whatever' multi-colored doo-hickeys at the bottom of a post.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at January 5, 2010 4:47 PM

Thanks for that wonderful image Lance.

Posted by: vanderleun at January 5, 2010 7:32 PM

For those who are into serious discussions of interface design and usability, I highly recommend Jakob Nielsen's excellent newsletter, Alertbox.

Posted by: WWWebb at January 5, 2010 8:02 PM

If it's bad enough, I'll disable Javascript in the preferences.

Posted by: katzxy at January 5, 2010 8:56 PM

Gerard has NO sense of humour :)

Posted by: Dawn at January 6, 2010 4:32 PM