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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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