On 4/13/2012 6:12 AM, Andy Levy wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 08:15, Arthur Schwarz<aschwarz1309_at_att.net> wrote:
>> This goes back to the comment about clearly marking advertisements. As much
>> as I like and enjoy TortoiseSVN the statements stating that Carolyn Hogan's
>> actions are her responsibility seem to be self-serving. Her actions were
>> made on the assumption that since the button was there and not otherwise
>> marked, that it was the intent of TortoiseSVN to have users click the
> This is preposterous. Only a small amount of critical/logical thinking
> is required here, and taking a little responsibility for one's
> Ultimately, you as the operator of your computer are responsible for
> what gets downloaded& installed.
Well, yes. It's true that, as a user of the internet, it's safest to
treat every link you ever consider visiting as a trap designed to trick
you into installing a botnet onto your own computer. However, it's a
fact that many users do not do this.
As a designer, it's very easy to shout at your users that they are too
stupid to use your magnificent creation. To throw up your hands and say
"ah, it's so sad that there are so many unwary, uneducated people in the
So if a website is confusing and misleading, and as a result many new
users end up downloading and installing something that is at best not
what they wanted, and at worst is some kind of malware... the website
designer shouldn't try to make the site less confusing? It's entirely
the users' fault for letting themselves be misled?
Personally, I think a better approach is to accept responsibility for
making the design better if it is proving to be confusing. But that can
be a lot of work. Fortunately in this case, many people have suggested a
simple solution to improve the design: add an "Advertisement" label and
box around the ads.
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Received on 2012-04-14 01:33:45 CEST