Pet peeves about the
(and some suggested
Right, that's it! I've just looked at one
badly-designed web site too
many. I mean, I know mine isn't
brilliant but at least I'm not deliberately trying to ruin it.
The following is a list of things that really piss me off while
I'm surfing. If you do any of the following on your own site, be
assured that you will be among the first against the wall
when the net.revolution comes.
Aforementioned badly-designed site had this on its front
page when I pulled it up:
either turn it on and reload the page or click here to goto our
crashes my browser regularly, because it has nothing to do with
Java (it's even worse for a start, which is saying something) and
- Changing fonts and/or colours (badly): Why
not add a note saying, "These pages best viewed with Netscape, a
40" monitor and fucking infra-red vision!!"
- Changing hyperlink colours: UI 101 -
Consistency. That means you,
- Extra pop-up windows: Bloody JScript again!
Treble irritation when they only contain adverts - stand up and be
counted, Geocities ... aim
- Images with no ALT text/Images containing
text: I don't want to view your rotten graphics. Why
would I want your graphics? They're crud. They take hours to
download because your web server is so busy serving megs and megs
of JPEGs. Half of them are banner ads anyway. Give us some
- "Shortcut" menus: ...With no "GO" button and
no alternative navigation methods. Fine, I'll just go browse
someone else's site instead.
- Frames: I have enough windows on my desktop
without you adding more. Frames often have nifty scroll bars. They
need these because they usually end up as teeny-weeny boxes that
can just about fit an eighth of one of your crappy icons in. Try
bookmarking a frame or emailing its URL to someone...such as the
author, along with a note saying, "You suck."
- "Click here": Hello? I might be using
Lynx. Why not change this
to "Punch me".
- Registration forms: ...Otherwise known as
"Click here to receive free SPAM and a password you won't bother
to remember". Fastest way to improve performance of your server,
by stopping all traffic to it.
- Intro pages: "Click here if you can be ARSED
to proceed past this pointless, huge graphic."
Mansun - great band, once
you get past their picture.
- Links that bring up new browser windows: Uh
hey, would you also like to change my colours and reconfigure my
mailer while you're fucking around with my desktop??!
Ultimate Band List? Arse.
7th October 1998