Bad Design Example: Inquirer.net

Truth be told, picking on Inquirer.net is a little like bullying. It’s got tons of issues that seemingly change on a daily basis so it’s almost like beating up on a little kid. But I take special exception to this one because it looks like someone took pains to make such a bad idea:

The yellow RSS button on the right appears only when you mouseover that area. So in other words if you were just looking for the RSS feed with your eyes as you normally would, you will NOT find it. Rather, the designers expect that you find it by mistake when you try to click an article.

I know that RSS readers auto find the feeds, but the logic is strong here: If you want something clickable to be clicked on, it’s a good idea not to hide it.


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