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Web site madness

There is this website, which shall remain nameless, but can be found at, they used to have these forums for discussions about stocks and such. Recently they decided that it needed to be changed.

So, instead of designing a new site, testing it in a test environment and then rolling it out to production, they decided that was all just silly and there's no reason why you shouldn't replace a working site be one that is still in beta.

But the real killer is this:
If a discussion gets past a certain number of contributions, it is continued on the next page. And if you refresh that page, you are greated with the (browser) message that it contains POST data and do you really wish it to be reposted?

Their number one genius must have thought that it was smart to keep track of the page, by embedding an invisible form.
Permalink Practical Geezer 
March 8th, 2007 12:53pm
The dumbasses at the groupthink-coordination-site Reddit recently splooged their pants about a CodingHorrors entry about distributed data sourcing (is this a new concept? Did S3 invent the idea of, uh, using different sites to store data? Cuz I've been doing that with $9.95 hosting accounts for years, splitting off larger files to distribute the load), and they rushed out and stuck their CSS' on an S3 server.

Only they forgot to set the mime type, so this cached CSS file was misinterpreted by the browser, completely screwing up the rendering.

The level of professionalism in the field has been on a nose-dive over the past five years.
Permalink DF 
March 8th, 2007 12:57pm
The reddit guys are particularly bad at this stuff, but to be fair there were only three people and they had no actual experience.
Permalink bob 
March 8th, 2007 1:21pm
You were offered a chance to help:

The comments are MUCH more interesting (or boring, depending on your POV):
Permalink trollop 
March 8th, 2007 5:39pm

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