Friday, 17. August 2012

Goodreads cookie fuckup

Goodreads does not support browsers with deactivated cookies. Even worse: they throw you in an convulsive endless loop of reloads, making at least me SICK.

Background: I turned off cookies in my browser and selectively activate them for sites I really use. Out of a weird idea that came from Marie Wallace, a friend of mine over at IBM.

So in the last week, I turned on cookies for around 50 sites. BUT two of them behaved pretty fucked up. For goodreads, I wasn't even able to fill in the complaint form, so I blog and tweet it to them, maybe they react.

Here is my message to Goodreads that I couldnt post on their site:

if you have cookies deactivated, your website is a completele broken mind-dizzying endless recursion making me sick. It keeps reloading the page every ~3 seconds, with a popup in between causing ugly-as-hell white/black changes in between.

ARRRRRRGH.

don't get me wrong here: I am a tech-loving computer geek with a PhD and love your service, but out of a quirk and inspired by a friend over at IBM, I decided to switch of cookies and only selectively activate them again for sites I actually use.

So I have a proper and sane reason to switch off cookies, and I would activate cookies for goodreads as I have done for ~50 other pages I regularly use already.

Technically, what happens is this recursvice bullshit:
http://www.goodreads.com/about/contact_us?auto_login_attempted=true&auto_login_attempted=true&auto_login_attempted=true&auto_login_attempted=true&auto_login_attempted=true

your techies will get this immediately.

BUT it makes me literally sick.

as you may know, repeatedly blinking dark/light patterns is really ugly and causes - at least for me - nausea. Luckily, it is not flashing more than 3 times / sec, which would get you sued by epileptics and get a shitstorm of bad press like here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosensitive_epilepsy

I just may note, that 95% of the other 50 webservices I used in the last week had no problem with my cookie-adversity.
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