Hate, pet-peeves, whatever you want to call them there are a few things that really annoy me, some enough that I don’t bother returning. This is really for mainstream web-sites not really blogs but can be for them too if they are bad enough.
- Pop-ups. Not quite as annoying now that browsers have had pop-up blockers for a while but still a pain. Pop ups come in many flavours: entry pop ups, exit pop ups, delayed, small, large, multiple, flying, scrolling, always on top, browser stopping, surf interrupting, must be cleared to move on…arrrg! Even mainstream sites like, say, bigpond.com and major news sites have them.
- Extra software needed to view site. Flash is fine but I am still not a fan, no right click to copy things etc. But some site want other software..go some some video sites and you are meant to download their specific viewer, go to a news site and you need their magazine viewer. Nick off, I am not going to do that.
- Registration required to visit the site. C’mon, some sites think that their shit don’t stink. They think you should register and login to see anything beyond the home page. Once again, nick off, a company and site has to build trust before me, a random visitor, is going to cough up a name and email address.
- Slowwww Pages. If I have to wait more than 5 or 6 seconds to begin viewing your site, I am gone – never to return. If the site has loaded it’s pages with Flash, MIDI, audio, video, or other files that load with the page, dump them please or put up links instead. Let me choose if I want to read or watch the video.
- Outdated content and dead dead dead links. One huge advantage of the web is the ability of heaps of sites bypassing traditional media and post news online instantly. I have been to sites after info on say PCs or printers (IBM Australia back a few years ago had absolutely no up to date info on models for sale – crazy for a tech company, I bought something else) If they haven’t updated their site in ages, and these days a month is ages, what does that tell me about the company. A continuation of this is not out of date info but no info. Nothing bugs me more than finding a spot on text link that goes nowhere.
Thanks to Jim for recent comments in previous posts.