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I've never written a meta-diary before, but I guess there's a first for everything.

My main beef can be summarized as follows:

  • Those splash intro take action screens don't often render well on an iOS device, and they're annoying to get rid of on those devices.
  • As a result,  I, and probably many others don't actually read them.
  • And because they appear all the time - every time this site is visited fresh, they actually undermine their purpose.

Let me expound a bit more:

  • The bad rendering part is simply inexcusable in today's mobile internet environment. Enough said.
  • I'm not against the idea of organizing people to take action at all, obviously.  I'm not even against the idea of using splash screens in principle; but I am against the idea of bad, inefficient, and ineffective design.
  • The idea that the same splash screen appears multiple times on multiple devices is simply silly; nobody's going to be nagged into doing the right thing...you want vitriol directed in the right place.
  • The designers of this site should take a cue from slot machine designers.  If the splash screens came on pseudo-randomly say, once every 5 times, they'd probably get more response.  Naturally this depends on a certain extent to how frequently dailykos.com is visited...but it's not rocket science to experiment with frequency of splash screens and responses.
  • Finally, having responded to various other calls to action from this site  I get far too many e-mails from Democratic politicians and others.  Yeah, I unsubscribe to their lists, but I suspect that the political action spam and calls for donations dissuade others from responding.  Like I said, I'm pretty active in contacting political folks to let them know where I stand and what-not, but there's way too much after-spam.

Oh, and apropos of the design of this site...how come you have to switch back to desktop view to login on a mobile device?  Or is this Ph.D. missing something obvious?

I realize that Meta diaries often generate lots of heat, and as I said I do want people to be encouraged to organize on the internet for action.  I just think the current way is self-limiting for at least some reasons that can easily be corrected.

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  •  I love meta diaries so thank you for this offering (2+ / 0-)
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    Mumon, phenry

    however I am somewheres between sad and distressed that I don't seem to have been subjected to any of the "take action" horrors that you describe.

    Do the DailyKos Powers-That-Be deem me to be harmful to the cause, or something like that?  (not that they'd be wrong!).

  •  Scroll back,scroll back to where you once belong'd (4+ / 0-)
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    buddabelly, Mumon, MPociask, eztempo

    By the time the splash screen comes up, which is after some delay, I've already started scrolling down to read the diary, often trying to get past the story break.  When the splash screen comes up, it puts me back at the top of the page and I have to start again.  It's fatiguing to my overused carpals.  Since the screen is often delayed, it sets me back, and forces me to change attention focus abruptly.  It fucks with my vestibular system.  It makes me feel as though I'm being forced to do something that didn't come from free choice.  And no matter how important the cause, it strikes an animal part of me that wants to flee.

    •  yup, splash screens are almost as annoying as (3+ / 0-)
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      Mumon, MPociask, eztempo

      those little jiggly ads or the ads that track down the page covering half of what you want to read...Luckily I have a subscription so I don't see them except when logged out but from my exp on other sites, it's annoying enough I will click away and find the story elsewhere......

      Seems counterproductive to me...kinda like the damn email spam for every ridiculous thing wanting money.....I finally just unsubscribed from all lists I could find and am still unsubscribing......including the dkos lists....

      Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
      I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
      Emiliano Zapata

      by buddabelly on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 10:19:05 AM PST

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  •  Extremely irritating and ineffective (4+ / 0-)
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    MPociask, Mumon, quill, mslat27

    Agreed, the pervasive 'take action' screens are a pain. And the few times I've felt strongly enough about the subject matter to actually click through (and I would estimate that might occur once in perhaps 40 times) I am immediately inundated with at least 3-4 emails - thank you for acting, don't forget to keep acting, hey we heard about your action, don't you think you need to act again, and oh by the way, SEND US MONEY.

    So my reaction - and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this - is to just ignore the damn things. Never, never click through.

    So I'd guess these offensive glaring beacons are getting far less action than the perpetrators would hope. And I can always hope someone will figure out that it's offensive and unhelpful and not working.

    And by the way, I can only afford to read and comment, since my social security check is barely enough to cover food and shelter. That means that I will never send money to any of these causes/organizations anyway.

    I would like for my voice to be heard, for my opinion to count on so many issues. But if the price for voicing that opinion or stance means that I am subjected to innumerable messages, pleas and solicitations, I'll just shut up now.

    •  thanks for taking (0+ / 0-)

      the actions that you do.

      Do you recognise that there is often a numbers barrier?  Only if a politician feels that a sufficient number of people care about an issue will they give some priority to it.

      So I can understand that people who want a petition to be successful will want to have some way to keep track of and build up the numbers.

      Show me the diary that shows that Bill Clinton won due to his right-wing positions

      by GideonAB on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 11:04:34 AM PST

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  •  Sign the petition! (2+ / 0-)
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    MPociask, eztempo

    To fix the Take Action Screens.

    And yes, please keep me on your email list to inform me of the many atrocities conservatives attempt to pull.

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 11:10:02 AM PST

  •  I act as I please. (0+ / 0-)

    I subscribe to the spam only because the top line is the number of subscribers to the email action list. It's a small price to pay.

  •  I routinely click past them. (0+ / 0-)

    I suppose that there are numbers somewhere to evaluate if they are indeed effective or ineffective.

    I wouldn't suppose that my own personal behavior in response to them represents any kind of meaningful data to evaluate them.

    Is that what a "meta diary" is? Just an opinion with nothing to back it up?

    "You don't have to be smart to laugh at fart jokes, but you have to be stupid not to." - Louis CK

    by New Jersey Boy on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 07:17:51 PM PST

    •  Okay. I just read the definition of "meta." (0+ / 0-)

      Diaries that are about the site, the community, etc. are "Meta."

      So, does the community have any numbers to justify the splash screens?

      I'd guess that they cost nothing and generate some positive activity.

      I don't engage them for the reasons listed, so maybe I agree that the aren't really effective for me, but I'll bet they generate some return on the minimal investment.

      One of the weird things about on-line advertising is they automatically track their own usefulness, unlike, say print or T.V. ads, where you never know if the audience was effected by them. It doesn't seem to produce better quality, but the effectiveness can be measured, where previously they (print and T.V. ads) were just kind of valued on appearance - no lost points for being annoying.

      "You don't have to be smart to laugh at fart jokes, but you have to be stupid not to." - Louis CK

      by New Jersey Boy on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 07:36:44 PM PST

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  •  The take action screens don't work well on (0+ / 0-)

    android devices either.

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