The Monday Peeve 52

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Today’s peeve is about those annoying website warnings. I understand that it’s the law to tell us about privacy and yada when we go to a site. Got it. But I go to the SAME SITES and the warning repeatedly pops up, sometimes EVERY TIME I visit, even multiple times per day! It’s so irritating, especially for news type sites because not only do you have to (yet again) agree to their privacy policy, but then you get the pop-ups asking you to please subscribe or get updates in your email, etc. etc.

JUST LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME READ THE THING!

Take WordPress, one of the worst offenders imo… I am constantly getting the privacy/cookie message on my laptop when I have stayed logged in for months. WHY? It doesn’t happen on the phone app (though it does on the phone browser), which is another great reason (#758) why the app is better than the website.

I hugely resent giving up these precious two seconds a hundred times a day because that adds up to um well 200 seconds that I didn’t spend “working on my novel.” I could have been finished by now if it weren’t for these horrible time-wasting clicks. RAWR!

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19 responses to “The Monday Peeve 52

  1. What I hate is those sites that I go to when I Google something and they tell me that I have to subscribe to continue reading. They seem to let you read some articles for free and then they hit you with the subscription being needed to continue. For example, the New York Times want you to pay $8 every 4 weeks for one year. I found this article which seemed perfect for what I was writing about one day and I actually signed up and subscribed for 6 months, but I found that I wasn’t using it that much and that whole login and password thing was annoying. Later as I kept searching, I found a better article someplace else and it appeared like the NY Times had copied from this article.

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    • I subscribe to the LATimes and it’s so nice just to read without a hassle!

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    • I think Google News should separate those links from others–or clearly mark them as having a paywall. One thing–I use Chrome browser, and its “reader view” extension, or app, or whatever, when clicked on, grabs just the text of the article and displays it with background and font of my choosing. That’s handy in itself, but it also works to get around SOME paywalls if you click it fast enough. We do have subscriptions to NYT and WaPo and a couple of the local “rags,” and I found I can stay logged in, and we do use them a lot, so probably worth it. Maybe.
      It’s annoying to click on a link to an article from the Des Moines Chronicle, or some such, and hit a paywall. Like . . . ri-iiight . . . hang on let me find my credit card.

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  2. Pop ups in general are annoying. Whether it’s ads or subscribe to a newsletter prompts, if I have to click a bunch of buttons to actually see the damn page, I’m not impressed.

    As to what newepicauthor mentioned, I’m okay with subscription-only content. I think part of why we’re so bombarded with ads everywhere is that all the “free” content that everyone expects still has to get paid for somehow.

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  3. Heh heh. I fully and wholeheartedly AGREE! Rawr! It’s especially annoying when those damned warnings pop up on one’s OWN SITE. I get the ‘disclaimer’ every time I try to read one of my own posts and answer someone’s comment on the post. And having me sign in when I’m responding to a comment on my own post? That’s just dim-witted. But we’re dealing with WordPress, who is fast becoming the ‘special needs’ child on the blogging block. (no insult to special needs individuals anywhere. Let that be known).

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  4. I agree, the line pop to agree, accept is annoying. I basically stop reading any sites that have pop ups asking for whatever…it is super annoying and I’m just here to enjoy, not buy.

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  6. I don’t blame you. That’s more than three minutes a day!

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  7. WP keeps prompting me to try the app. I have the app, I use the app for some stuff.
    Silly WP doesn’t know what it’s doing.

    It’s great that they have to TELL us they’re selling our stuff, instead of just doing it. But, yeah… we got it! Rawr indeed!

    I don’t mind paywalls, but dont let me read half the article and then prompt me to pay. I’m LESS likely to go to that site. I don’t mind paying for journalism but be up front about it!

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  8. You can blame us Europeans for that. I do appreciate seeing them, though, especially on US sites since you aren’t subject to the GDPR like European sites are. As for being reminded for the same site: Do you have “wipe cookies upon leaving a site” as standard? That’d backfire in these cases.

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