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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.

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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What I’ve Learned So Far From Using Heat Maps

January 28th, 2008 4:04 pm by Vincent Flanders

(Once again, I apologize for the Daily Sucker icon appearing.)

A heat map is an important tool because it shows you where and on what your visitors click on a particular page. It’s not the only tool you should use, but it’s helpful in spotting trends and possible areas of confusion for your visitors. Online heat map services used to be expensive, but the prices have dropped to the level of If-You-Don’t-Use-Them-You’re-Stupid. I’ve been using Crazy Egg and it’s quite interesting.

So far, here is what I’ve learned from using heat maps:
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The saddest damn commercial in the history of the world (that features a dog)

January 27th, 2008 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

Pedigree makes the best commercials about dogs and it has recently made the saddest dog commercial I’ve ever seen that doesn’t involve abusing a dog. TSFW — Too Sad For Work. Oh, if you’re a sensitive dog lover and you don’t want anybody to see you cry, view it in private.

A Dog Named Echo

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