Hey look, a rant on a blog about a world-wide-wonder-web phenomenon. Captain original, I'm not. Oh well. At least I'm on time this week.
The particular website "feature" that pisses me off the most, isn't craptastic midi music, isn't misspellings and mistales and typos, isn't even lame content.
It's roll-over advertising.
Banner ads, pop-ups, and other forms of advertising (including even blind links) are less annoying than roll-overs.
A roll-over ad activates when your mouse cursor passes over that part of the screen it occupies. No click, no hover, just touch one pixel in the reserved area, and some Linnaeus-damned script kicks in and a shyte computerised voice tells you how wonderful product X is.
You can't even ignore that shit. Banner ads are innocuous - if I'm actually looking for some product or service, they serve a useful function. Pop-ups are hyper-annoying, so there exists a wide range of blocker software for the discerning surfer. Blind links suck ass, but you can usually deal with them with a quick click on the X or Alt-F4.
Roll-overs look like innocuous banner ads - until you touch one, then she speaks. Sometimes the only way to get the Mendel-damned thing to shut up is to close the browser window. Does this not seem counter-productive to the advertising agencies? Not only am I angry and extremely unlikely to buy their shit, I've actually removed the link to their products from my sight.
Follow the above link, to the nice people who made my hit counter, for a prime example of a site that used to have roll-overs, but doesn't any more (I should check my sources before ranting, I guess). Perhaps they realized they were alienating potential customers?
Edit: This is real-post number 100. Post 101 (next) will be a Carlo-style "century of posting" retrospective. Fewer pictures, though, probably.