“Stop shoving crap in my face, if you want me to stay on your site!”
Remember the bad old days of the Intarwebs, when we used to all get annoyed about websites that shoved pop-up windows in our faces?
I think, somewhere in the ancient bowels of this blog, I once compared such goings on to; a waiter, unannounced, shoving the wine menu between your fork and the plate you were about to eat from and demanding you give it your attention… “RIGHT NOW!!!”.
It’s that kind of level of ill manners.
Well, thankfully those days are behind us now. Most browsers have the facility to block pop-up windows and, although it’s not 100% fool-proof, it works enough of the time that most websites have given up on pop-ups and, these days, you really only see them on the kind of sites which are the dingleberries on the arsehole of the internet anyway.
So, all’s right with the world now, then?
I’ve got so irked by this of late that I’ve started “voting with my eyeballs” by instantly closing any website which does this to me. It can be a bit of a wrench sometimes –especially if I was in the middle of reading something interesting or informative. But I think we should all start doing this, nonetheless.
And here, in no particular order other than my remembering to screengrab them at the time, is a ‘Hall of Shame’ which I’ve snapped over the past couple of weeks while browsing the web. This represents only a fraction of the annoying overlays I’ve seen during that time. But if any of the webmasters in question are reading this: As soon as you threw these overlays on top of what I was reading, I instantly left your site and took my goldfish attention span elsewhere.
JS Overlay Hall of Shame
[UPDATE: Fans of being slapped in the face by a rude waiter while trying to read the menu, can find a follow-up to this post HERE]
ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE: 04 May 2015
AUTHOR: stíobhart matulevicz