website made by someone who describes themself as "a dipshit who doesn't know how to use computers" and hosted on a raspberry pi or some random VPS: loads instantly, well designed, easy to navigate

website made by fortune 500 company, with teams of designers, programmers, and servers in 8 countries: takes a full minute to load, layout shifting around the whole time, breaks if you have 1 browser add-on, the page you want can only be accessed via a third party search engine, gets worse every year

I blame advertising companies moving from print and TV into website design.

@dpl I've come across this before but it's worth rereading. This sentence jumps out at me:

"We're in a stupid situation where ads make huge profits for data carriers and ad networks, at the expense of everyone else."


Imagine a regulation that obliges any ISP who measures and charges customers' according to their net traffic or time, has to pass on a standard royalty (eg 10%) to the providers of whatever net service the customer is paying the ISP to access. What consequences might that have for the way internet business works?

@dpl @agafnd


This one too:

"Sites target novice users on touchscreens at everyone else's expense."

... and ...

" feel like designers are just waiting for us all to stop using laptops."

@dpl @agafnd

@agafnd It's also because they have different objectives. A simple user just makes a website to share content. Large companies make websites to track users and shove ads in their faces - the objectives will impact tools and performance.

@boilingsteam @agafnd also, as someone who has to work with a billion different intranet sites for work, a fair chunk slow as hell and awful to navigate? Not the only reason.

@agafnd Both case works on mobile ! The second would just require you to install a <2.5 noted app, but eith a minimum of >5 trackers built in. Which has last been updated a year ago with a "We care about the app functionality so we fixed bugs" as a copy pasted changelog.


Bad take:

We need more dipshits who don't know how to use computers working at large corporations.

@agafnd You can't underestimate just how much work it takes to make a website that bad.

@agafnd far from being surprising, the number of people involved and the inferior quality of the outcome are causally linked (C.N. Parkinson, Fred Brooks, ...).

Firstly, these days prefer to use 'newsboat' with 'lynx'.
Secondly, have noticed the increased frequency to change firefox view to 'no (page) style' to view content quickly and minimised distractions.
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