Poll 2014-03-31 Pet peevs of website design
Pet peevs of website design
Fixed page width that looks fine at 800x600 but ends up pillar-boxed on any screen from this decade
31 votes (9%)
JavaScript for everything, even trivial stuff
33 votes (9%)
Ads covering over half the screen; pushing it to the breaking point
34 votes (9%)
Self-playing audio or video
42 votes (12%)
Custom wingding fonts that end up being shown as an unrenderable hex block
22 votes (6%)
Comic Sans font
17 votes (5%)
Obnoxious colors
17 votes (5%)
Excessive whitespace
24 votes (7%)
Blink text
16 votes (4%)
"Best viewed in" and "Powered by" gifs
19 votes (5%)
Privacy statement saying "we read your email, analyze your shopping habits, and share it all with our advertisers"
28 votes (8%)
Terms of service saying "we own everything you submit"
34 votes (9%)
After a substantial portion of your user-base tells you that your new redesign is terrible, then post an official message saying "suck it, this is the future, classic interface is going away"
44 votes (12%)
Reply 21 comments

Beta hate much (Score: 5, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-03-31 13:38 (#WC)

I don't know what the last option is referring to. Can anyone help me?

Re: Beta hate much (Score: 1)

by nightsky30@pipedot.org on 2014-03-31 14:10 (#WE)

Whatever could you be referring to?

Re: Beta hate much (Score: 5, Funny)

by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2014-03-31 15:55 (#WF)

For me it's clear.
Unless devs want user backlash, they need to listen.
Commonly they choose business motivation over engagement of their core users. It
Kills the site, every time.

Sloppy coding habits, excess reliance on javascript and other
Lame technologies like Flash, not to mention ugly banner
Advertisements can lead to total
Suckage if they're abused. LinuxToday was another great site before some
Ham-fisted attempts to bring in more revenue led to more ads than articles and the
Death of the community that so
Often had interesting conversations on
That site.

Before you start making a site flashy you've got to get the basics right.
Even relatively complex things can be done simply, and if you choose flash over substance
The readers that have an
Alternative will flee your sucky site like rats abandoning a sinking ship.

Re: Beta hate much (Score: 2, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org on 2014-03-31 17:16 (#WJ)

ROFL. At first I was wondering if you where speaking in haiku, or maybe you where still lost in Usenet with the manual line breaks, but then I read the Capitalized vertical letters.


Re: Beta hate much (Score: 2, Insightful)

by fatphil@pipedot.org on 2014-03-31 22:18 (#WQ)

Same here. I wish there was a +1 Flamebait moderation, as this deserves it!

Re: Beta hate much (Score: 1)

by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2014-04-01 11:18 (#X2)

Glad to have a laugh. My favorite part was squeezing in the word "Suckage." Not sure it's in the dictionary.

Hey, Happy April 1st. The site looks great! But knowing what I know now I think I'd like to back and vote again. Is it too late to recheck the box 'garish colors?'

This is the only site carrying on the noble tradition of trashing itself visually on the 1st of the month. Probably because it's the only site with a decent CSS scheme that permits doing so with little effort! MUST HAVE MORE PONIES ...

Re: Beta hate much (Score: 2, Funny)

by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2014-04-01 11:20 (#X3)

I should add: had you used Comic Sans in the body text I'd probably have had to dig out my own eyeballs with a spoon. Catastrophe averted!

Re: Beta hate much (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org on 2014-04-01 14:15 (#XD)

Is it too late to recheck the box 'garish colors?'
You can recast your vote as many times as you like. Simply click the vote link. Your old votes, obviously, get replaced by the new ones.

Check, check ... check (Score: 5, Funny)

by songofthepogo@pipedot.org on 2014-03-31 16:20 (#WH)

I was most of the way down the list before I realized I was essentially ticking all of the boxes.

Re: Check, check ... check (Score: 1)

by songofthepogo@pipedot.org on 2014-04-01 17:18 (#XJ)

I see today that everything I checked has been used against me. Oh, that I had stayed my hand!

For me it would be the (Score: 5, Insightful)

by computermachine@pipedot.org on 2014-03-31 22:47 (#WR)

Show more idiocy on results pages. Because there is no pagination, there is no easy way to quickly move forward among the results, so you have to repeatedly scroll down and click Show more . If you leave the page you often lose your position and have to start all over again. Stupid UI trend which has no place in anything other than simple interfaces. There should at least be a simple way of setting the offset.

Re: For me it would be the (Score: 4, Insightful)

by bryan@pipedot.org on 2014-03-31 23:24 (#WV)

Oh, or the abuse of scrolling to animate the page. I'm not really sure what you call it, but here is an example: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/os/

Re: For me it would be the (Score: 2, Informative)

by nightsky30@pipedot.org on 2014-04-01 11:52 (#X6)


Re: For me it would be the (Score: 1)

by nightsky30@pipedot.org on 2014-04-01 11:54 (#X7)

But seriously, that site is awful. Given the size of that project, I expect better from them.

Re: For me it would be the (Score: 1)

by pslytelypsycho@pipedot.org on 2014-04-04 02:56 (#Z8)

It would be perfect if the little Firefox left a brown streak when you rubbed its ass back and forth over the screen.
It would be such an apropos statement.....

Netscape Navigator Button (Score: 5, Funny)

by tempest@pipedot.org on 2014-03-31 23:17 (#WT)

I'm always tempted to put best viewed in Netscape Navigator 3 on my pages, just for the "get off my lawn" power it has.

Re: Netscape Navigator Button (Score: 3, Interesting)

by fatphil@pipedot.org on 2014-04-01 12:26 (#XB)

I know what the perfect browser is. Unfortunately, it doesn't exist.
Join the Campaign for a Nonexistent Browser!
(And she's serious, even though that page is mostly a joke.)

The devs? (Score: 2, Insightful)

by nightsky30@pipedot.org on 2014-04-01 12:05 (#X8)

From the developer side of things, can we just say Internet Explorer X, where 4 ≤ X ≤ 11? I've never used anything below IE4. Metro and lack of standards compliance get double votes.

Fuck Pipedot Beta (Score: 5, Funny)

by hombre@pipedot.org on 2014-04-01 20:03 (#XP)

Seriously, WTF? I come in here with my morning cup of joe and see this pink slime all over the place and a poll asking my opinions on craptastic website design where it seems that the full suckfest has already been implemented. Look, change it back, or I'm leaving. We are not your "customers" or your "audience." We submit stories, we edit them, we moderate them and we discuss them. The community IS Pipedot. We are not here for you to monetize us.

I move that we start a new site, AllPipedot, and prove that the community can take back what's ours. In the mean time, I urge everyone to stop submitting new stories, and all mod points should only be spent on Fuck Pipedot Beta posts. We need to send a strong message to our evil, if benevolent, overlord, Bryan.

Re: Fuck Pipedot Beta (Score: 1)

by jack@pipedot.org on 2014-04-02 10:30 (#Y3)

As a server owner I agree. The community must split. My site has been Pipedotted far too many times.

Re: Fuck Pipedot Beta (Score: 1)

by pslytelypsycho@pipedot.org on 2014-04-04 02:48 (#Z7)

Yeah, quite a shock when the page refreshed and OH MY GOD MY EYES!

The doctor says I should regain full vision by sometime next week......