Your Slow Website is Unusable
video-autoplay websites, and I hate it. Meetup.com autoplays a video
on its front page. Wordpress has some idiotic redesign that is so slow
as to be unusable (fortunately I found the
/wp-admin pages, which
are still okay, but which are losing functionality as it is migrated
to the unusable version). I wanted to download a
from the WNYC page, and it was an ordeal. The desktop Twitter site is
a sluggish mess of landmine secret links -- clicking anywhere will do
some unexpected thing like close the tweet you are reading and take
you to the main page. There is some social exploitation site called
Simbi that I am considering, but it is another sluggish mess.
You can argue that my computer is too slow, or something. Maybe you are right, but I was able to render websites with this computer in 2016. Also my computer has a reasonable processor and 2GiB of RAM, which seems as if it should be good enough for your needs. I can play video on this thing; why can't I use your webpage?
Sometimes the main versions of sites are terrible, but mobile sites
are not (mobile.twitter.com is a good example of this). Often viewing
the site in a text-mode browser like
w3m or simple browser like
things much faster. I wish I could force websites to use these simpler
modes by default.
This is not okay. I do not have the budget to get the kind of computer your sluggish website wants, and even if I did have the budget it is difficult to find computers that are in the form factors I want, because Android tablets (and to a lesser extent Chromebooks) have eaten up the market. But really the problem is simpler: I want certain information from your website. I know full well that it is possible for you to provide that information quickly while maintaining principles of good design (because the slimmed-down sites work fine). You just don't want to, because you are prioritizing other things such as surveillance. This is not okay. You are making the Internet unusable for me.
I wish I could avoid using these molasses sites. But apparently I will never get a job without Linkedin, and I cannot be exploited effectively by Silicon Valley without Simbi, so I guess I am stuck.
See also (instead?): The Website Obesity Crisis: http://idlewords.com/talks/website_obesity.htm
See also: https://1-minute-modem.branchable.com