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Sites featured in articles like Worst Websites of 2010 often are redesigned, which explains why some sites mentioned in my articles don't match their current look. The Daily Sucker features current examples of bad web design which haven't been fixed (yet).

If you see a site that you think sucks, email the URL to me. No personal pages (personal pages are supposed to reflect the individual's personality and artistic freedom) or web site designers (it would look like a conflict of interest), or others of their ilk.

If I think there's some merit to your selection, I may post it along with some commentary. If you know of a site that qualifies, let me know.

Search kinda sucks at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Powell’s,

July 6th, 2008 8:08 pm by Vincent Flanders

I entered the following into Amazon’s search box: How Can I Talk If My Lips Won’t Move. Amazon said:

Your search “How Can I Talk If My Lips Won’t Move: ” did not match any products.

The only mistake I made consisted of one letter — Don’t instead of Won’t. I’m sorry, but that’s just unacceptable. I tried the same search at Barnes & Noble and Powell’s, but they couldn’t find the book. Oh, Borders gets it right. Why did I search for the title? I couldn’t remember the author’s name: Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay.

BTW, it’s a great book about what it’s like to be autistic.

Posted in Bad Business Practices, Daily Sucker, Usability |

Daily Sucker for Wednesday, July 2, 2008

July 1st, 2008 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

Submitter comments: Flash-based site, Wait-For-It homepage intro, Mystery Meat (birds count as meat, right?), annoying sound effects, contrast issues, pop-
up windows (in the “press” section”. Did I miss anything?

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Not a whole lot. The lack of contrast is what drives me crazy. On the other hand there’s some “good” news on the Flash front. Here’s another e-mail I received:

I am a regular visitor to your site and just came across an article you might be interested in: Once Nearly Invisible To Search Engines, Flash Files Can Now Be Found And Indexed.

Of course I’m sure this will do nothing to stop the wide spread suckiness of web design in general, but it’s a step forward at least.

You’re right, of course. The key part of the article is:

Becoming visible is one thing, actually ranking highly is another. Google currently can find about 73 million Flash files on the Web. But until Adobe makes it easy for the average Webmaster or blogger to link deeply into those Flash files, they are not likely to appear at the top of many search results.

You just know that spammers are out there trying to figure out how they can game the system. It will be easier to game because it will be harder to figure out if someone is spamming because all the evil is hiding inside of a Flash file. You won’t be able to look at a Flash page and figure out what’s going on in the same way you can look at an HTML file.

Thomas Paul

Posted in Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design |

Which Presidential Candidate Has The Suckiest Web Site?

March 18th, 2008 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

It’s pretty simple. We have 3 candidates and 3 web sites. For Clinton and Obama, you have to skip the splash page. McCain doesn’t have a splash page because he’s won the nomination and doesn’t need to sign people up.

I made my decision on:

Here are the results of the tests.

Here are the web sites:

Hillary Clinton
John McCain
Barack Obama

Here’s Your Chance to Vote for the Suckiest Presidential Web Site and the Best Looking Presidential Web Site

Once you vote, you’ll see how Vincent voted. Political beliefs do not count (I don’t like any politician).

The Suckiest Presidential Candidate Web Site

The Best Looking Presidential Candidate Web Site

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User Skills Not Sucking As Much, Sorta

February 11th, 2008 1:01 pm by Vincent Flanders

That’s how I would write the title of Jakob Nielsen’s new article “User Skills Improving, But Only Slightly.” But that’s why this site is called WebPagesThatSuck instead of WebPagesWithProblems.

Jakob’s research backs up what we all suspected: “Users now do basic operations with confidence and perform with skill on sites they use often. But when users try new sites, well-known usability problems still cause failures.”

The dirty little secret about people who hate usability is “they hate it because it’s really, really boring. It’s not exciting like creating a Flash site or a beautiful web site or just cobbling together a site from scratch (whatever ‘scratch’ is).” Usability is also a nightmare for those of us with ADD/ADHD and for anyone who doesn’t like the rigors of project management.

User Skills Improving, But Only Slightly

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