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web design rant: down with big sliders

Dear web designers: remember splash screens? You'd go to a web page and instead of seeing the content, you'd see a giant logo to get you mentally ready for all the awesome you're apparently supposed to get ready for and a tiny text that says "click here to enter our page"? Splash screens were bad for everybody's experience and quickly went away.

Well they've been replaced with something even worse: the big slider!

You know what I'm talking about... giant images that take up most of the real estate on a home page that transition between one another in a slideshow sort of format. So if I as a visitor do see something that catches my eye, it's usually gone by the time I realize I have to click on it. Then I'm either waiting for it to come back or clicking some tiny arbitrary dots with no text to help me find the right one again.

stooooop for the love of all things friendly.

Do web designers think that we want to just sit and stare at a home page? Immerse ourselves in "the experience"? Do they think we have nothing to do?

Show me the gdamn headline and let me click on what I want. I am not enticed by your giant rotating images, I am inconvenienced and annoyed.

Last summer I had to email a local church because I couldn't find the date for their kids summer bible school event. I found the signup page, and the place to pay for it. I didn't know when it was happening - seems like crucial information. They replied that I was supposed to wait for the 5th big slider on their homepage and the dates were on the graphic. Oh that's nice. So, not googleable, not on the signup page, not copy/paste-able... just wait for it?

Big sliders deserve to be sent to web design hell right along with splash screens, popups, the blink tag, and animated GIF backgrounds. They are painful and need to go away.

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vvalkyri
Aug. 19th, 2015 02:10 pm (UTC)
Good gravy yes. The church thing is egregious.
excentric397
Aug. 19th, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
I do so agree. Sometimes I think they sit around trying to think up ways to make us crazy. 'What's the worst thing you can think of when reading a webpage? Yeah, let's do that.'
I also hate when every page has 90% ads, and one picture or paragraph of the actual article. Click, click, click. I've read it's because more clicks on the site put you higher in google search or something, but it is so annoying, I almost always just skip the whole thing.
lookfar
Aug. 19th, 2015 03:10 pm (UTC)
I feel that way too! I hate those slide shows because I want to decide if, and how long, I want to look at an image. Maybe they are excited because they can do it.
astrogeek01
Aug. 19th, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
I hate these so much.
lavenderspark
Aug. 19th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
Slides are the worst. I always end up clicking the wrong one because it's changed between the time I saw what I wanted and the time I clicked on it. :(
luzclarita
Aug. 19th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking this the other day really. They will be gone in a few years. Until then. Annoying!
mrs_dragon
Aug. 19th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
HATE those things. It's fine if it's just to highlight content, but as the only way to access it? Just no.

Can we also ban the content windows with the secondary scroll bars? Not only do they never seem to work right, but it's confusing to know which scroll bar I need to tug on to scroll. I HAVE a scroll bar in my browser already. For the love of Pete, just use that.
excentric397
Aug. 20th, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yes! See, it's like I said, they sit around thinking of ways to annoy us. Like the whole computer thing isn't annoying enough already. 'Work, damn it' is probably the thing I say most often when using one.
jennyrhill
Aug. 25th, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
spacefem
Aug. 26th, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
brilliant.
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