Originally posted Monday, July 25th, 2005, on LJ:
1) ADS WITH SOUND. “Ooh, I’m Mr. Clever Marketing Man! If our web ads make noise, then the consumer will have to pay attention! Yay!” Wrong, you loser, you only make the consumer hate you more, because you ruined a song I love when your ad started buzzing. This is especially idiotic on music sites, where one would assume they’d use a least a LITTLE common sense, but they don’t.
2) PRE-LOADER ADS. These should qualify as consumer fraud and be illegalized globally. The link I clicked on said “www.website.com“, and when I pressed it, I expected to go to www.website.com, NOT to omgadvertising.redirectdeception.com. Yeah, I’m looking at you, IGN.
3) PAGE-COVERING ADS THAT YOU HAVE TO CLICK ON TO GET RID OF. Every time I’m reading something and an ad suddenly appears over it, I die a little more inside. I’m not talking about pop-ups, I mean ads that are actually part of the page script and won’t go away until you click a special button on them. This should also be illegalized globally, because those things can virus/spyware you up the wazoo without a good shield program.
(I actually don’t mind pop-ups or banner/tower ads, as long as they don’t make sound, because they don’t magically force themselves underneath my pointer just as I’m clicking something else.)
4) LYRIC SITES WITH VIRUSES. Another way to describe this would be 99% of all lyric sites in the world. Seriously, if the artists themselves don’t have lyric sections on their own sites, you have to wander into a digital minefield to find the words. Kinda sad, really.
5) LYRIC SITES WITH ERRORS THAT DON’T TAKE LEGITIMATE CORRECTIONS. Seriously, there’s only two sites on the entire internet (that’s an exact count, not an exaggeration) that have the lyrics to Fiction Plane’s “If Only”, and both of them are horribly wrong. One has no correction process whatsoever, not even a contact email. The other allows users to submit corrections, but they never put my corrections on the page. Really, really, annoying. *coughLyredcough*
6) BANDWAGON TRENDS. Less than 16% of the world’s population are atheists (Source: Adherents.com), yet for some reason it seems that a good 50% or more of the Internet’s population claim to be atheists, and violent, zealous ones at that (Source: Observation). The same goes for a lot of things, and it kinda seems to me like people are often pretending to be something they’re not. Of course, I realize that’s the whole point of the Internet, but when you can already hide behind a false identity, there’s no need to lie about your opinions. The former precludes the latter; when people don’t know who you are, you should feel completely safe about being yourself. (NOTE: I am not attacking atheism; it’s just one of the more prominent examples, and I had that actual statistic to back it up with.)
That’s all I got for now, but I can assure you there will be more.
As for next time, get ready to feel the wrath of the Theories of Idiocy.