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  • Autoplaying music or video. I tend to have lots of tabs open, and it's very annoying if you can't tell which tab the noise is coming from.

  • Flashing/scrolling text, especially if it's an advert.

  • Pop-ups, especially ones that are
    1. Advertising;
    2. Excessively needy - "sign up to my newsletter! Go on, PLEASE!", and/or
    3. Have the close button in an unusual place or an unusual colour
    Seriously, if you're GOING to have needy pop-ups, it should have a HUGE red "bugger off" in the top right hand corner...

  • Articles spread across multiple pages. The New Yorker is a particular offendor in this regard.
This list is not exhaustive. I bet you lot can think lots of stuff to add to it, can't you? Any really good ones I shall edit in and credit you.

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://www.nickbarlow.com/blog/
Agree on the pop-up 'sign up to this and that' ads, which are even more annoying on mobile, where I often find zooming in to find the X causes the whole ad to recentre itself and leave the X off-screen.

Even if it's not in a pop-up, the whole 'sign up for my newsletter, which I won't show you an online copy of for you to decide whether you want it or not, but it's really good, promise!' annoys me no end.

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
Whenever I share a multi-page article, I always share the version found at the 'print' link (which sites like the New Yorker almost always have). That not only puts everything on one page, but it also cuts out most of the other problems from those articles.

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
I find being asked to complete a survey about use of the website particularly special when I've not been able to see the website yet cos of a stupid pop-up asking me to do a survey.

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
Oh, and stupid cookie policy notices.

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] sallycandance
Yes. This. And what I find truly weird is when you click on the X to close the tab and the page asks you to CONFIRM you really want to leave. It's like a little pop-up saying, 'We're watching you, we know you normally spend more time on a simgle webpage, so why would you leave early, why don't you STAY?'

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
Having to sign in with Facebook, and then having to spend ages working out how to stop the site from spamming my Facebook feed. Yes, Goodreads, I love you, but unfortunately I am very much looking right at you on this score.

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
Ditto. I sometimes wonder if everyone who signs up to facebook thinks they are the very last person to do so. (And pray that it's not very long now before one of them is correct...)

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] antisoppist
I was recently looking up the name of an EU project referred to mostly by its abbreviation and the only place the website showed it in full was one letter at a time as if being typed on a typewriter, with sound effects.

I'm a translator so am frequently looking at foreign sites to find official names in English or to compare terminology. So I hate:
Arty designery pages that take forever to slowly do their creative thing before you get to the actual information.
Change language buttons that you have to hunt for.
Change language buttons that automatically go to Google Translate without telling me first.
Not a problem for me, but other languages only being provided under a link that says "other languages" in Swedish can't be that helpful for foreign visitors.

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)

Date: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 07:10 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://www.nickbarlow.com/blog/
ObOatmeal: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/restaurant_website

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
I find this browser very useful indeed (and occasionally, for similar reasons, this one, or Opera Mini on a phone) as a litmus test. If it won't render a page in a way I can at least make sense of, then it's likely there's nothing on that page that will interest me. (Console-mode browsers are just a bit too spartan for me, though. Even with a separate image viewer, trying to look at lolcats is a bit pointless in text mode.)
Edited Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)

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