Dark Patterns: inside the interfaces designed to trick you

Harry Brignull, CanTech Letter, Sept 02, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I do a lot of work on the web and I'm familiar with a lot of the sneaky tactics described in this article (and they are a big part of the reason why I am so dogmatic about thinks like openness and licensing, and so sceptical about (the oxymoronic) concept of corporate ethics). What these patterns have in common is that they are ways of tricking you into giving information, agreeing to spam, paying money, or accepting open-ended contracts. Even so, the Experts Exchange scan offered a twist I hadn't found before - the answer is there, you have to scroll down past the image saying the answer is available only to subscribers. Next time (because IO this this a lot) I'll scroll down. Another nice find from Doug Belshaw (working for Mozilla looks good on him).

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