12 Ways to Irritate Your Visitors

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I remember a thread griping on the quality of digg lately...since I still check it from time to time and on occasion find some good stuff, I thought this one was worth a post, if only for the entertainment value:12 things to do to irritate your visitors

All nice reasons on why you shouldn't let your webmaster make your business decisions.

The first commenter also added a nice #13

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13. Splitting content into three pages when one will do.

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And another of his own "sins"

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Putting a ‘digg this story’ link in your webpage just so you can try to collect enough diggs to make the podcast.

The article has them all the way through, but he must have made it if that's where stuntdubl found it

server logs on the digg effect

the webmaster made a follow-up article the next day, explaining how he really wasn't trying for the results he achieved.
http://www.siliconcloud.com/internet/23/the-life-of-a-digg/
He got 35,000 page views in 4 hours, much to his server's surprise ;)

Useful analysis of results - he breaks down the numbers, diggs, hits, CTR etc. Also the del.icio.us knock-on.

the Digg spamming story (above) is more interesting...

12 Ways to Irritate Your Visitors is a perfect example of spamming Web 2.0.

A nice little case study. Digg looks to be very vulnerable.

As for the pointers, they are all recycled Jakob Nielsen.

If you use Vbulletin...

There is a bad ass plugin called miserable user:
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=93258

Which does the following to a user you want to get rid of:

When classed as miserable, a member suffers ;
1. Slow response (time delay) on every page (20 to 60 seconds default).
2. A chance they will get the "server busy" message (50% by default).
3. A chance that no search facilities will be available (75% by default).
4. A chance they will get redirected to another preset page (25% & homepage by default).
5. A chance they will simply get a blank page (25% by default).
6. Post flood limit increased by a defined factor (10 times by default).
7. If they get past all this okay, then they will be served up their proper page.

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