Is This the Most Horrible Newspaper Website In the World ?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Hermiod, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. Hermiod

    Hermiod Admiral Admiral

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    I am speaking of, of course, The Daily Mail.

    Yes, of course the newspaper itself is a rag but their website is just as horrible.

    There must be two hundred stories on the front page. It's impossible to find anything, there doesn't seem to be any logic to the layout at all.

    So, do they have any competition in the bad design from people who should know better stakes ?
     
  2. Coloratura

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    It's pretty bad, but I have definitely seen worse. Up until a month ago, our town's online newspaper was a mishmash of headlines and op ed pieces, all in purple and white.

    Blech.

    J.
     
  3. Canadave

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  4. Peacemaker

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    Wow! That's bad. Here's an idea, give it to a tweaker as a tina project so they can sort it all out. Yikes!
     
  5. Hermiod

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    :wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf::cardie::cardie::cardie:
     
  6. Roger Wilco

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    I don't know if it's "the worst", but Drudge Report definitely deserves to be mentioned here.
     
  7. Timofnine

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    Wow, I could not spend time looking through that site! :rommie:
     
  8. Flux Capacitor

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    Dear god, I could feel my eyes want to jump out of my head and run away screaming. What a complete assault on the visual senses.
     
  9. Jadzia

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    I was thinking this only last week. I wanted to find one story that somebody mentioned to me... so onto their webpage and 15 minutes later I still hadn't found it.

    And how long does that front page scroll on for? I take it they've never heard of the optimal 1.5-2 screen lengths. Maybe they just want to encourage wannabe reader to buy papers rather than reading their webpages?

    Well I'm going to avoid them completely until they fix up their website :p
     
  10. Australis

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    Oops, site running slow, double post.
     
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  12. jamestyler

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    That is dreadful - I think they're in the 'Lets throw as much info as possible on the screen!' camp and can't figure out how to make it pleasant to look at. Which matches them fine as I haven't read anything pleasant when I've read their paper.

    I've seen some dreadful site designs across the board lately from sites like that putting too much stuff on there to 'streamlined' sites who are trying to pack a lot of information into a handful of pages.
     
  13. Trekker4747

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    I think Drudge ranks up there in shitty page design.
     
  14. Trekker4747

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    I clicked on it my eyes INSTANTLY started bleeding.
     
  15. Mallory

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    Gets the win from me. That site's virtually unusable.
     
  16. Jadzia

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    I bet they're believing their site's traffic is all genuine readers, when in fact most of the hits they get is from threads like this one.
     
  17. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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    I believe it is the so-called Slashdot Effectâ„¢. Usually, when such a site appears on Slashdot, it gets an immense number of hits from people trying to check it out. Sometimes, they get so many that the servers get overloaded and explode, showering the host company with silicon and bits of twisted metal that get lodged in their eyes and become infected and [that's enough, you've made your point - someone] :bolian:

    That website, by the way, is intolerable. I'm getting migraines just thinking about it. :scream:


    And the less said about the Daily Mail in general, the better. ;)
     
  18. captcalhoun

    captcalhoun Admiral Admiral

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    man, the mail's site is a paragon of well designed HTML compared to that Haven Works one. my eyes still haven't recovered...
     
  19. Trekker4747

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    I like the crammed mess of icons on the left-side of the very top of the page that are links to particular areas of the site. The icons -unidentifiable on their own- have a key are the clear, far, bottom of that page.

    Seriously, that page looks like it was designed aby a 14 year-old with an AOL webpage and a dial-up connection in 1998.
     
  20. captcalhoun

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    it looks like a chimp designed it after showing a paint brush up it's butt.