Saturday, February 09, 2008

What not to do with a ROKS website

When I was in AIESEC, I asked a lot of questions, some out of curiosity and others out of necessity.

I'm not totally sure where this one would fall, but WTF is with the ROKS2008 website?

The pop-ups, AdSense ads, banner ads, and search boxes are completely irrelevant, destroying the load times and credibility of the site.

For the love of god someone ask the web designer:

1) WTF are you doing?
2) If someone clicks on an ad, who earns the affiliate payout? Do you?
3) What exact value do these ads provide the newbie who is going there to sign up.

This is an atrocity and completely opposite anything I would want a new member to experience in their first days in the LC.

Thanks for listening.


Blogger Molly said...

they probably needed to get it hosted somewhere for free.

which comes along with all of that other sweet stuff

that's not actually so sweet

1:07 PM  
Blogger Preston said...

Perhaps the SoCo RoKS website builds and maintains to your specifications:

10:56 PM  
Blogger mp said...

i second what molly says

10:29 AM  
Blogger Arcadiy said...

(1) There are places you can host your stuff for free that don't suck. I suppose it might be up to me as Infrastructure LIGER to come up with a list so this crap doesn't happen.
(2) Honest self-reflection time -- would you have had the same impression of that site that you do now before you started your job at MindValley?
(3) Trying to get people to pay attention to things like this in AIESEC U.S. is roughly akin to swimming uphill. On land.

Though really this is applicable to much of the population. Why else is evite so popular despite being a worthless piece of shit site?

1:12 AM  
Blogger Mix said...

In retrospect, I might have been a little harsh. Maybe "atrocious" wasn't the finest choice of nomenclature, but I think I was close.

In any case, I still would have known this before MindValley because I still had a deeply rooted disdain for irrelevant pop-up ads, and also a minor inkling of designing a site with the user in mind.

I probably wouldn't have reached the Rage level, but would have been mildly uncomfortable.

And I understand the epic difficulty of this conversation within the organization. It's sad really, but this is your chance to be Braveheart... and ladies love Braveheart.

8:44 PM  

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