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What's Your Biggest Web Annoyance?

What's Your Biggest Web Annoyance?

MSN recently did a reader poll about the Ten Biggest Web Annoyances (beyond the nagging problems such as e-mail spam, phishing lures, viruses, and spyware) that really got me thinking. The annoyances were categorized by an Annoyance Factor, as in the percentage of readers who were either very annoyed or infuriated by the issue. Predictably, dubious privacy policies ended up with an aggravation factor of 69 percent, beating out difficult online forms and the over commercialization of the web by a landslide. What bugs you the most?

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ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
My ULTIMATE annoyance is the roll out ads that roll across what I am reading. I cannot even tell you how many times I have been reading a news story only to have an ad roll out across it and NOT shrink back. I am constantly having to revisit pages to read things. I hate it. Yahoo! is the worst by far. My second is people using bad grammar. It just really bugs me. I get that sometimes there are typos and things like that, but people who use the wrong words to sound smarter and interchange your/you're too/to/two, etc. in forums.... ugh. It makes me want to reach into the screen and fix it!
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I love my Mozilla and will never willingly switch back to IE whether it be version 6 or 7. Considering there are several different web browsers out there ... sites should be able to be viewed in any of them. I will NOT go back to a site that forces me to use IE - except Windows Updates ... bastages.
jennhokie5 jennhokie5 9 years
sound, sound on most sites obnoxious
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
when you are registering on a new site (usually to buy something) and you pick a password that has already been taken the site erases the whole FREAKIN PAGE that you just soent 10 minutes filling out. after 3 max of this i will not pruchase anything/register with that site. AHHH!
jazspin jazspin 9 years
Like the rest of you, bad spelling and 1337-speak annoy me, a lot - it's the worst when you see all sorts of spelling and grammatical errors on a site that is for business/professional purposes, though! To me, that is the equivalent of wearing wrinkled sweats to an important meeting or interview - yes, technically you're still the same person with the same skills, but poor presentation like that leads to a negative impression. But I digress. Let's see, what else irks me? All the search engine optimization and paid listings that have made a lot of search engine results pages kind of useless or annoying - particularly when you are shopping or looking for product reviews. I guess I can't begrudge the SEO types for trying to game the system, but I can still be annoyed by it! At least there are people trying to fix this problem - it's been termed "search engine fatigue" ( Also, spam and such irritates me, of course, but I've found that using gmail and Wordpress (Akismet anti-spam, yay!) for my blog cuts down on this problem a lot. Those captcha comment things sometimes bother me too, but that is more because it can be hard to discern what letters/numbers you need to type with some of them. They are kind of a necessary evil though. Okay, clearly I have a lot to bitch about...time to think happy thoughts! Time for me to head over to Cute Overload and look at adorable-ness.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I hate that I have to keep 3 browsers on my Mac and 2 versions of IE on my VM of XP to ensure I can navigate all pages on the web. LAME.
Marci Marci 9 years
I've been job hunting and that is now done online 100% across the board. The number of online forms to be filled out that take 20 minutes each that don't go anywhere when you finally finish it and hit 'Send' is mind-boggling. Not to mention a %$#@!% annoying waste of my time!
tom_ato tom_ato 9 years
Captcha codes can be killer. So annoying ¬_¬ The only good thing about them sometimes is if the website owner puts a funny little message like "I know you're not a robot but just in case you are.."
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I'ma does, and hearing the word "prolly." What can I say, my mom is an English teacher, and when you get corrected for everything, you become extremely conscious of it. It's not my fault, it's hers! And I agree, the new hotmail sucks. I got a mac account instead, and I'm never going back.
Saturn9 Saturn9 9 years
One of the best things about using Firefox as my browser is a plugin called Flashblock. It prevents Flash content or ads from loading unless I click on them. One of the greatest things since sliced bread.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
When things take a LONG time to load. Usually my computer is fast but some sites are way slooooower and it drives me NUTS!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
And that is what I meant by figure out. My eyes can't read screens as it is, when there is too much jumbled text on a site I can't "figure it out"
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
We do say "prolly" down here. Lazy-tongued Southerners...
DigitalAngel DigitalAngel 9 years
I don't think the W3C's website is hard to figure out, there is just way too much text on the main page.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
w3c's website is like impossible to figure out. They really should have hired a designer.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
The new hotmail Poor grammar and spelling. I speak the way I type. Who says "Prolly" I could pull out the pittsburgh "yinz" on you if you don't watch out!
DigitalAngel DigitalAngel 9 years
1) Lack of W3C support in IE6. Microsoft helped develop the standards, stick with them. Ok, I know IE7 is a little better, but the general population hasn't made the switch. 2) Data mining from social networking sites. I guess this falls under dubious privacy policies.
pouvoir pouvoir 9 years
Yea, much like everyone else here I loathe pop-up ads.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Ooo, does "I'ma" fit into that head-bashing category as well?
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Wow, Nikko, that article is heavy but does seem interesting. I'm all about the psych so I'ma have to read it.
murmurkibbies murmurkibbies 9 years
I'm in the web development business myself, and let me just say, my biggest challenge in making a functional website for you all to enjoy is 1) Internet Explorer v6.0's lack of adherence to W3C rendering standards, and 2) The LARGE MULTITUDE of you that, for some reason, won't update your version of IE to 7.0, which is somewhat improved.. It has been out for OVER A YEAR! You have NO IDEA HOW MISERABLE YOU ALL MAKE ME EVERY DAY!!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I just wanna defend prolly. I sometimes use neo-words like that to help my text convey my tone. I want to type my speech the way it would sound if I spoke directly to you. More annoying than prolly and wanna are excessive use of emoticons and LOLs. But thankfully at least most people now know that posting in all caps is a big no-no.
NikkoBlues NikkoBlues 9 years
My biggest web annoyance is adult cyber bullies. While the majority of cyber bullies are juveniles, I've encountered a lot of adult cyber bullies in the local forum I frequent. I'm often on the receiving end of a lot of rude language, nasty name calling, and lately threats. In doing some research on the cyber bully phenomenon, I found this online article titled "The Psychology of Cyberspace." Definitely an enlightening read.
outofhere outofhere 9 years
Definitely the over commercialization of the net. The whole flashing ads, blinking ads, ads taking up every conceivable space on a page - Pop ups are the worst!!!! If I go to a site and they have pop ups or ads that you have to press "skip" well I skip their site altogether! I will purposely give my business to a website that has the least amount of annoying ads. :)
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