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2008-08-20 #1

Created by dave. Last edited by dave, 15 years and 200 days ago. Viewed 2,990 times. #2
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Auto-run Video/Audio

Just pausing today to hate sites which have a video or audio set to run automatically when a visitor lands on them.

Most well-behaved sites will at least post a cookie which will reduce the chance that should you return to said site the video/audio will blast you again, but you shouldn't bombard your visitor with potentially unwanted media.

This is from a politeness standpoint, as well as (for some viewiers) a bandwidth standpoint.

Do I really need to download 500K of flash garbage to watch you welcome me to your site? I've clicked on it, I'm reading your content, you've hooked me -- don't be so eager to chase me off.

More understandable, yet still annoying, are web bloggers who embed a video into a post which automatically plays.

Today, I'm looking at >>this page(warning! auto-run video!!) which showed up in my RSS reader. This one was especially bad, since the video auto-played in my RSS feeder, when I hit the page, and then after I submitted a comment! And irony of ironies, he has a link to a Google Video which doesn't auto-play!

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