What are the most annoying website design decisions made by developers?

MrsMith

Website design is not something that I am great at, but I see some sites that clearly have been put together by more accomplished people than me with what I consider terrible design decisions. Example, I was just reading the LA Times, and clicked the tab to the tech section. Having a second, I thought I’d check my email in another browser tab. Suddenly, …..and loudly, some woman starts talking about something being great for children. After a few stress filled moments under the glare of my co-workers, I get the LA Times site closed and shut up. Auto-play video strikes again. I HATE it! Does anyone think this is actually a nice feature? Auto-play video ads are even worse, whenever one pops up, which is rare thanks to AdBlock, I instantly navigate away from the site. If it wasn’t for things like that I wouldn’t even use AdBlock, but because some advertising techniques are so invasive, I am essentially forced to block all advertising. Am I alone on this sort of thing? What else do sites do that is generally counter-productive?

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jimlynch
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I agree with Heyfoxe. I hate autoplaying videos or sound. Ugh. I'm out of there as soon as that crap starts. The slideshow thing is also really annoying.

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The whole auto-play ad thing would be more of a poor choice of who or what to use for advertising than a poor website design, but still very annoying. As for annoying website design I would say anything with flash or splash page before any actual content is displayed. The next annoying design are site that the sub-pages that don't fit the same theme as the front page or just overall theme. I use Firefox with NoScripts, along with AdBlock. NoScript takes some skill on what to allow or not, but definitely cuts ads and adds a bit more security.

henyfoxe
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Autoplaying video or audio are right up there with me too. Another one that I think is a mistake is click-through slideshows with no option to view all. I understand the desire to get more page views, but the result for me is that I'm likey to simply leave the site instead, therfore there are actually fewer page views. I would like to see some analytics with the same website trying both click-through and click-through with a “view all” option and see which was actually more effective, instead of relying on my personal likes and dislikes. 

diyakapoor
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I am agree on it that unusal videos and audio on a website or a background music that automatically starts, many a times annoy to the visitors. There should be a manaully controlled button on the website if having any video or audio. What to avoid while designing a website? read here http://blog.pixelcrayons.com/web/some-web-designing-mistakes-you-should-...

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