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January 23, 2015
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Game: Elevator Saga (javascript)

Inside office of World Wide Elevators, Inc
“Hey, something’s up with one of our elevators.”
“Mechanical or…?”
“Looks like a programming issue. I can’t get hold of any of our engineers – did we give them all a day off today or what?”
“Yeah, afraid so. Can it wait till Monday?”
“Nope. You get anyone around who can have a look?”
“Everyone’s out. Only person in today is our web developer.”
“Well, can you see if they can fix it?”
“I’ll ask. Not sure a dodgy elevator is really something that can be fixed with a web site and crowd sourcing.”
“Crowd sourcing?”
“Never mind. I’ll ask.”


c/o ‏@hellojc


July 25, 2013
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Metacritic - carousel

Metacritic – carousel

Den Of Geek - carousel

Den Of Geek – carousel


I hate carousels. Metacritic recently introduced one on their homepage, as has Den of Geek, and they’re a pain: either a distraction as you try and read something else or an irritation as you spot something you want to read that disappears before you can. I end up scrolling down so the carousel is above the fold.


If your good content is getting drowned by crappy content – as I demonstrate on this very site – perhaps you should ditch the crappy content rather than try and rescue the good content with a carousel?


Or if you really want to make sure people see an old post make it sticky. It will stay at the top and new readers will be sure to see it. Regular readers will probably visit, see that same old post and move on figuring you haven’t posted anything new, but hey – it’s better than annoying them with a carousel.


Den of Geek - Multiple links to post

Multiple links to post


Or, if you haven’t got enough content and want to look like you have by posting links to a post in three different places – as Den of Geek does – well, perhaps it might be better to just post more content?


Should I Use A Carousel? has advice on using a carousel. Don’t.


Update: Den of Geek’s carousel – or any carousel for that matter – would be better if at least it paused when you moused over it. It’s frustrating to go to click a story and it changes underneath you.


Update 2: Den of Geek’s carousel seems to have been updated to be user activated which is great. No more auto-rotation. Or I have a plugin that has disabled it. But I love the site, so I like to think they’ve got even better.




July 1, 2013
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Twitter delayed new tweets page load

Anyone get a delayed load when Twitter shows new tweets? I click “30 new Tweets” which loads new tweets, then a moment later it loads a bunch more shunting whatever I was reading down the page. Hardly the end of the world, but bugs me every time it happens… as recreated completely unnecessarily in this animated gif.


Twitter delayed page load

Twitter delayed page load


December 31, 2011
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Enough (#1 in a series)

Can we agree the Gawker javascript pages are a failure? Lifehacker, io9, Gizmodo – how often have I had to refresh top see a page that failed to render? Lost count. I don’t even bother with Fleshbot anymore – too frustrating. Can we svn revert and pretend it never happened? Please?

Cool - failed to render

Cool - failed to render

November 15, 2011
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October 6, 2011
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