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Subject: Re: UKNM: More webwashing
From: Charlie.Williams
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 16:30:41 +0100

Charlie Williams@ECSOFT
17/05/99 15:19

Alex wrote:
>why would an ordinary user want to block ads anyway? they're often the most
>entertaining / colourful thing on a site ...

So ordinary users only look for sites to be entertained and see nice

Take a look at www.deja.com. Dejanews started off as being a site purely
for the searching and viewing of Usenet. That is, users used it purely for

Of course, they added banners as they went along, but recently they
underwent a complete face-lift on the site. It seems to have crossed the
line that seperates info sites with an acceptable number of banners from
banner sites with a bit of info at the bottom of each page. Before the
re-design it looked fairly okay, ie: nondescript as a text-based info site
should be, plus a couple of easily-ignorable banners. Now it just looks

This is what happens when web designers assume users don't mind ads.

Just my 2d.


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