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Re: [opensuse-web] searching forum posts too difficult
  • From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 01:53:03 -0400
  • Message-id: <4C1C5B3F.7040907@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 2010/06/17 08:48 (GMT-0600) Kim Groneman composed:

Felix Miata wrote:

Whose idea was it to require captcha input in order to search for existing
solutions? That kind of nonsense, coupled with https-only Bugzilla access
for all purposes, and mousetype CSS text forum page styling (very very
rude - see http://www.useit.com/alertbox/designmistakes.html ), is almost
enough to cause a switch to *buntu. :-(

It was my idea. It's standard practice to require captcha for searchers
that have not logged in. This keeps the search engine running optimally
for real users instead of letting it get bogged down by bots. It's a very
simple process to bypass the captcha: Login before you do a search. If
the system recognizes you as a logged in user, it will no longer requre
captcha.

I do login, but Novell websites needlessly expire logins prior to browser
close, which like the captchas, and coupled with rude CSS[1], is HIGHLY
annoying, and reason to avoid them except as last resort, and means
harvesting information only, never contributions.

[1] rude: e.g. on
http://forums.opensuse.org/clientscript/vbulletin_css/style-19409e5f-00033.css
is the following:

body {...font: 10pt...

Setting size to 10pt totally disregards (ignores) user preferences, taking
into account none of user's:

visual acuity
DPI accuracy
display size
seating distance and angle
display brightness & contrast
ambient lighting
other factors affecting suitability of specified size,

all of which are presumably taken into account by the user in setting his
browser's preference size(s), and respected by CSS that does not change the
size on body and containers of primary content/paragraph text from 100% of
the browser defaults.

Related reading:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/designmistakes.html
http://tobyinkster.co.uk/article/web-fonts/
http://www.informationarchitects.jp/100e2r?v=4
http://www.w3.org/2003/07/30-font-size
http://www.dev-archive.net/articles/font-analogy.html
http://fm.no-ip.com/Auth/bigdefaults.html
http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/webmatters/essence.html
http://www.cameratim.com/personal/soapbox/morons-in-webspace
--
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409

Felix Miata *** http://fm.no-ip.com/
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