Things Sites Do That Annoy You

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by Rydian, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Feel free to come back and post whenever you find something new that's annoying.
    Maybe people looking to build a site will read through this and see what NOT to do?
    I'll start.

    • Sites that don't update shit on their first page. The first page is the first thing most visitors will see, and if you have something like THIS on it, people will assume the project died over a year ago and leave.
    • Sites that insert links with my clipboard via javascript. No "insert news site here", I do NOT appreciate you automatically inserting some text and a link back to your site into my clipboard whenever I copy any text on your site. Why in the hell would you even begin to think your visitors would enjoy that? I'm pretty sure that when Shigeru Miyamoto said that quote I copied, he didn't recite your page URL right after it!
  2. machomuu

    machomuu Drops by occasionally

    Sep 4, 2009
    United States
    The Courtroom
    Putting surveys up to download legit files. God, that really pisses me off. It's not worth going through a survey just to download a file.
  3. pistone

    pistone GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Feb 18, 2010
    in your heart...coz secretly you love me !!!!
    sites that change every 2 days
    sites that you have to scroll allot
    sites with a lot of javascript
  4. _Chaz_

    _Chaz_ GBAtemp's Official Mook™

    Sep 12, 2009
    United States
    I know it sounds shallow, but I hate when sites have mediocre, copy and paste template visuals. It just makes me so mad.

    Sites that have audio ads playing by default... One of the biggest reasons I support Adblock Plus.

    Excessive animations.
  5. 1234turtles

    1234turtles GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 1, 2011
    United States
    splash pages
  6. darkreaperofdrea

    darkreaperofdrea GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 27, 2010
    Batcave pl0x
    have shitty moderators,that get pissed real quick
  7. tagzard

    tagzard Tagzard the Crazy Dinosaur with Wings.

    Apr 28, 2010
    United States
    Chicago Illinois
    Sites thtat seem legit but isn't.
    Websites that have stupid popups.
    Websites that copy other websites.
  8. Kayot

    Kayot GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 24, 2010
    United States
    Required signup for forums to access a quick question.

    Forums that won't let me use my gmail account.

    Assume that I'm stealing if I ask about roms/game patch bypass.

    Have ITT Tech ads. This goes for any and all for-profit schools. Especially annoying if site first asks me to drop ad-block, only to remind me why I'm in debt.

    Sites that show an awesome piece of software (Chrono Trigger Resurrection) only to have the Take down notice on the download page.

    Download sites where there is an ad with the text 'Download File' that instead leads to a million pop-ups.

    Sites with a Captcha that resets if one letter off. Really annoying when it distorts the text to the point that only an AI could figure it out.

    Sites that google shows as having an answer only to load it and it asks for premium membership before it will reveal the the answer, especially annoying in that I can't block it without logging into Google.

    Yahoo, just Yahoo.

    The iPod ad on any site.

    Any site that has some d00d speaking in |337

    Linux sites that claim to be newbie friendly and arn't. Replace Linux with all other OS'es

    Linux sites that are as newbie friendly as they claim, only to fall short when things get complicated. Replace Linux with all other OS'es

    I'll think of more later.
  9. SinHarvest24

    SinHarvest24 Shiroyasha

    Oct 8, 2010
    Anywhere you think of me.
    *click here to download*


    *new tab pop-up*

    *click here to download*


    *new tab pop-up*


    *please wait 30 secs*


    -clicks download-

    *new tab pop-up*

    FUCK YOU!!!!
  10. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    Sites with popup prompts.
    Flash heavy sites (especially the ones with loading screens).
    Ad-heavy sites (especially the ones with adult-targeted ads such as dieting, enlargements, relationship-finders, or just blatant porn)
    Redirecting sites (sites that force you to be moved to another site, which often force you to yet another site, making the back-button useless).
    Sites with l33t or intrnt spk - FTL.
    Sites that want you to pay (primarily file hosting sites).
    Sites that use 8-bit colour pallets (especially "yellow" and "skyblue").

    Oh and, whilst it doesn't annoy me much, rick-roll sites should be added to the list.
  11. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Get a User Agent Switcher for your browser and set it to the google bot, then clear all cookies and turn acception of cookies off. Like magic, now YOU can see the same stuff google can (in most cases) without having to sign up.
  12. nl255

    nl255 GBAtemp Addict

    Apr 9, 2004
    Posters on forums who rely on "txt speak" all the time.

    Sites that attempt to use buffer overruns in flash and other exploits to install toolbars and crap on your computer (that is one reason why I have flashblock and adblock plus)

    Sites that require you to register before doing even the most basic things.

    Popups you can't close without using kill-9 or terminate process to forcibly shut down the entire browser and risking losing all your bookmarks due to not shutting the browser down cleanly.
  13. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

    Oct 15, 2008
    United States
    Soviet Slyakin
    Sites with screamers.

    They get to me every time.
  14. soulx

    soulx GBAtemp Legend

    Apr 4, 2009
    • Sites with auto-playing audio and video such as this one. It's even worse when there's no way to mute it or when they put the auto-playing audio/video player at the very bottom of the site or some other place which makes it hard to find.
    • Sites with pop-up ads although that isn't so much of a problem since I have AdBlock installed.
  15. Kayot

    Kayot GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 24, 2010
    United States
    Oh nice, now the site raping will begin! Muhahahahahah!


    Here's one that bothers me. When I do a Save-Shutdown with Firefox then turn it back on if any of the windows was YouTube the video will start playing. This is compounded by the number of YouTube windows opened. Imagine ten videos running at the same time.

    Something else that bothers me is Share Ratio on torrent sites. Their just not accurate when accounting for uploads. But every single byte downloaded is displayed in real time.

    While not very noticeable, I hate it when a site uses several different CSS files that all do roughly the same thing.


    MySQL for tasks that would be better suited with a txt file or heaven forbid, a mdb file. The reverse is also true. Using a clear type txt file to store passwords is just plain stupid.


    Shame this topic dosne't cover computer quarks that drive me nuts, like how MS put hardlinks into the NTFS specification but then short of using makelink or fstools there isn't a convenient way to use them. I had to write my own program since Total Commander refuses to integrate the shell into their right click menu.
  16. DroRox

    DroRox Ambassador of Ooo

    Aug 1, 2011
    United States
    The Land of Ooo
    Sites that have invisible sound-making ads while you try to watch a video.
  17. Thesolcity

    Thesolcity Wherever the light shines, it casts a shadow.

    Oct 2, 2010
    United States
    San Miguel
    Use NoScript to get rid of those "Survey" things. 'Tis what I do.


    I hate sites with too many roll-overs.
  18. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Sep 20, 2010
    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    Playing videos without my permission. [​IMG]

    The screen jerks up and down while it's loading and you accidentally click on a wrong link. (this might be a browser issue but sites can help by being lightweight)

    Oh yeah, can't believe I forgot this: "Congratulations, you won!", that's the worst thing ever. [​IMG]
  19. Sora de Eclaune

    Sora de Eclaune Baby squirrel, you's a sexy motherfucker.

    Feb 15, 2011
    United States
    123 Fake Street
    -Require you to disable AdBlock Plus to access the site
    -Survey things that can't be disabled with noscript
    -Pop-up ads that aren't blocked by adblock plus (I'm talking about you, Megaupload)
    -The menu is coded in such a way that AdBlock Plus disables it, and there's no other way to navigate the site
    -Poorly coded templates that run slower than a fish on land
    -Sites with download links that you SHOULD NOT click without first donating, but you can click it and download from that link anyway even if you don't donate
    -The spot under ads says something like "You've blocked this ad! Turn adblocker off now or donate so this site doesn't die!"
    -Facebook's page like suggestions. Say you list yourself as engaged. You'll get suggested couples counseling and wedding planning. You list yourself as married. You get suggested pregnancy test stuff and divorce.
    -No mobile version
    -If it's a forum, mobile version doesn't allow replying or making topics
    -Site was linked from a youtube profile you like a lot. Site is supposed to be homepage of that youtube profile. Site has nothing to do with the youtube profile, despite being advertised as such.
    -Have so much stuff on it that it freezes the browser
  20. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    May 14, 2006
    United States
    It annoys me to no end when sites use tables for layout instead of divs... it's 2011 people.