Criticism from Ms. HACK-ett

closePlease note: This post was published over a year ago, so please be aware that its content may not be quite so accurate anymore. Also, the format of the site has changed since it was published, so please excuse any formatting issues.

Whoa, whoa, whoa… Back up the short bus. What the fuck is this? How come this chick didn’t tell me about this? You know how I found this? Good old Google. I was just messing around and seeing if I could find my site on Google and I found this! Excuse me, but I’d like to rebut. First of all, I knew that Ms. Hackett was doing a research project about web design, but I did =not= give her permission to reprint any or all the e-mail I sent her (in reply to an inquiry from her). I am somewhat offended to read what she has to say about my site and my comments about my site, especially since she didn’t tell me how the information was to be used. She did not invite me to view her page before or after she wrote this ‘research essay’.

As for Shorn.com, that site blows ass. I’m sorry, but it is definately not “a much more easily navigated and visually appealing site.” How else was she wrong? “The mystery navigation that exists on the Minimum Wage Productions is not used on Shorn and the links are easily recognised.” This is 100% not true. Do you know how long it took me to find their damn links? Shorn is =much= too messy. The “dirty look that is becoming more and more popular on the web” did not appeal to me in the least. In fact, I don’t know why she thinks it’s so popular. I certainly haven’t seen many sites emulating that style. Shorn is not well coded, either. The links weren’t very descriptive, and some of the links I tried didn’t work properly. Shorn may have “tastefully used flash”, but if you don’t have flash (or a decent connection to the Internet), then you won’t be able to view the site. It is my personal belief that if you can’t see my site that’s your problem, but that doesn’t mean I’m not always trying to find ways to make it work cross-browser (by the way, if you =can= figure out how to get my site to work in Netscape, drop me a line. “Some webpages may suffer from an overuse of flash, but this page has tastefully used flash so as not to annoy the user.” So wait, how does this site not suffer from the overuse of flash? I’m pretty sure the entire site is flash. “There are many rollovers that use sound and image.” So wait, why then is my “rollover of a yin-yan” unnecessary (Note: I know it’s a yin-yang, but that’s how Ms. Hackett spelled it)? Becuase I’m trying to entertain the user? Do you know how many people have offered praise because of the yin-yang? Ms. Hackett is the first person I’ve ever heard compain about it. “I think the look and feel of [Shorn] is appropriate to this audience.” If that’s the case, why are you comparing Shorn and my site? I clearly stated in my e-mail that my site is a personal site for people to whom I give the address personally (And I quote from the e-mail I sent her, “I give [the address] out via word of mouth to people who I know will be able to view it properly.”). She should have realized that Shorn and my page have 100% (well, maybe 99%) different audiences and therefore cannot be compared. Apples and oranges. “The Minimum Wage Productions website on the other hand needs to rethink its use of navigation, cross browser/platform problems and use of type, colour and image.” Why? The only people who have complained about my site are Vince Flanders, Carla Hackett, and the mystery person who submitted the URL to webpagesthatsuck.com. Obviously it did not come across to Ms. Hackett that HOD Squared has a colour scheme. Black and white are the base shades with green being the primary colour of the site. Of course “the links are lime green”, that’s the fucking point. I would also like to know which images are the “ugly images” because they’re (mostly) original. That’s better than a lot of personal sites which tend to steal images from other sites. “I don’t think he justifies the cross platform/browser capabilities very well by saying he thinks about it and then chooses not to care.” What she needs to understand is that A) I have a lot of things to do in a typical day, so sitting around coding a separate version of my page for Mac or Netscape (or Lynx) users is not too high on the list of priorities, and B) I said that I only tell “people who I know will be able to view it properly.” Of ALLO, Ms. Hackett says, “It is a whole lot of very ordinary pictures that take too long to download and there is no explanation of what these pictures are about.” Duh. Didn’t she read the main page? I do believe it says that it’s a page by me for me and if you can’t see it, tough. And the pictures aren’t ordinary if you’re the intended audience. Since I’m my own intended audience, I find the pictures to be very interesting. If you don’t like them, don’t look at them.

I could write for another hour or so about how Ms. Hackett’s page is poorly structured, devoid of any interesting content, =very= poorly coded, riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, et hoc genus omne… I won’t, however, do that because (apart from not having the time), I don’t want to stoop to her level. Suffice to say, the only person who needs to rethink their use of type, colour, and image is Ms. Hackett herself.

Perhaps now would be a good time to let you know about some future plans for the site (some of which will, undoubtedly, please Ms. Hackett). I am going to move to a new URL (stay tuned for deatils), update HOD to work in Netscape (as soon as I figure it out. I’ve got an idea, but I’m not sure it’ll work), and =really= give ALLO a kick in the direction of web media (assuming I can find my copy of Flash and remember how it works). On top of all that, I’m thinking about starting a site to rival Studentfilms.com. Those are just the propsed ideas, anyway. I don’t actually know how much of it I’m going to do. I’m going to change the URL for sure. That will be happening in February (at which point I hope to have the new version of HOD up and working).

EDIT: Removed dead links. After much searching, I =FINALLY= found her critique of my site. I also added a link to what my site used to look like so that you can get an idea of what she’s talking about. Expired pages available thanks to the Internet Archive. -TJB 24 September 2004

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