Monday, September 04, 2006

Stupid website tricks, part III

Here we have a 2-bagger. First, an old and very popular stupid trick. The given URL shows only a transfer page that redirects to a more complicated URL. So, typical unsuspecting user bookmarks that page. And without fail, in a few months, someone will redesign or just update the site, and change the landing page, and boom! All bookmarks are broken.

Second, another popular stupidity (well, you think the state government is going to show any creativitry?). To register at this site, you must first enter your soviet socialist security number. Which is logically illegal, as I'm not talking to socialist security here. But anyway, while I live in a totalitarian country, I would like to avoid torture and imprisonment for now. So I entered the number, like this: 999-99-9999. The way it is always printed. For good reasons. This bone-head webform just clears it out, and spits out an error:

Please correct the following validation error(s) before proceeding:

  • SSN must be filled in

Yeah, I can guess what they are expecting. But why should I? If their incompetent web programmer doesn't know how to process hyphens out of an input field, can't he at least spit out a meaningful error message? Can't he at least put some information on the form?

How can it be that so many websites are managed/programmed by dumbasses? I realize that this is a government operation and therefore they have no need to care what I, or anybody thinks about it.

Remember, "What government does, government f**ks up."


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