The real shame is that quite often I’m visiting the site because I’m actually interested in the content they’re preventing me from viewing. Oh well. I guess I’ll find a different source if I can. For further reading on this topic, see Brad Frost, Andy Beaumont, and Tab Closed, Didn’t Read.
This may be the most common of the three that I now refuse to play along with. In these cases, a site will take a simple list of often interesting content, and rather than presenting it on a single page that’s easy to scroll through, they’ll split it up onto ten pages forcing the visitor to click through each item.
While this is great for the site (more page views == more ad impressions), it’s a distraction and inconvenience for the visitor. The fact is, scrolling is easier than clicking. So even if it’s a great list, I’m not going to play along.
Are any of these REALLY that much of an inconvenience? Am I perhaps being a bit overdramatic? Sure. What’s the big deal right? Just click the “X”! I’ve just gotten to the point where I won’t give my time, attention, clicks, or pageviews to sites that think hijacking the user experience is ok. An no, I don’t want to hear the argument that without these techniques the sites will go out of business. The internet has survived this long without them, it can do so again.