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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Logo - 8th Ring of Design HellI’m going to hopscotch across a couple rings of Designer Hell and pop into ring #8 – click bait websites or as Dante would label them – fraudsters.  You’ve likely landed on one of these dreaded sites and thought “WTF” and tried to zoom away at top speed.  These are pages that are so loaded down with ads and wonky scripts that your browser grinds to a halt or crashes,  leaving you whimpering in some corner screaming "make it stop ... make it stop". Nothing says good web design like leaving your reader in a fetal position.  

And all too often the promised content just doesn’t exist. The web designer created a teaser ad loaded with fake images to draw you in.  That’s pretty much a good description of bait and switch. Fraud by any other name is still fraud.

 Here’s an excellent example -> Click bait example

Obvious click bait because the young man in the photo is alive and well. The unwary click because they wonder if they missed the news and are promptly sucked into a rabbit hole of ads, ads and more ads, accompanied by so many tracking scripts, the reader has no choice but give up in despair and chuck their laptop over the balcony to escape the endless cycle of pop ups, “WAIT DO YOU MEAN TO LEAVE” nags and script errors... it's exhausting just writing about it.  The few (un)lucky readers who make it through the initial barrage of script errors and ads are left trying to figure out where the content is. It’s usually squeezed into a small piece of real estate surrounded by, you guessed it, more ads.  How about those F8cking ads that slide out and cover up 1/3 of the content and no way to click the ads away?  Now that's proving the web designer values the content!  So yea, Ring 8 of Web Hell is the virtual host of all click bait websites.

What clickbait site do you relegate to the dustbins of Hell?


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I've left some content in their old categories. Instead of having readers hit the dreaded 404 Not Found error, I'd rather leave the pages where they lay. Here are the pages:
- Poster Design 2 - breaking out of a rut
- Something a little different - a poster for the site
- Slide show confusion - another candidate for Ring of Hell
- First Ring of Web Hell - the never ending slide show

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