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Star Tribune de-paginator: Round 2

In less than 24 hours, the Star Tribune programming wizards defeated the de-paginator I wrote about Thursday.

But the author, doodledee, has fired back with a De-paginator 2.0.

Hey Strib folks, if you’re rapid-response to knock this down in day, could you please fix your staff directory that’s been buggy for over a week?

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Matthew Steele on 02/20/2009 - 01:06 pm.

    I think I owe doodledee a Jucy Lucy

  2. Submitted by Erik Granse on 02/20/2009 - 01:25 pm.

    Not to turn this into a one-stop hack-the-Strib shop, but I should mention that if you use the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox, there are available here two handy Strib-specific extensions written by a gentleman named Scott Dier.

    One is designed to put the entire article on a single page, and the other is even more useful at making the site pleasant to use: it hides user comments.


  3. Submitted by scott schultz on 02/20/2009 - 01:34 pm.

    This is a news story how? You must have a lot of time on your hands today. Or you are upset over the audience the Stribs website gets vs. your own.

    Try decaf! Ha ha!

  4. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 02/20/2009 - 02:11 pm.

    If I weren’t so lazy, I’d google up the last 50 Strib articles/reviews that mention customer service just to see how frustrating your readers fits into our new service-based economy.

  5. Submitted by Chris Johnson on 02/20/2009 - 05:21 pm.

    The StarTribune website is by far the most annoying, stupidly designed and user-hostile site I return to. They are unfortunately my hometown paper, so it’s hard to avoid them and be informed. Any other site that badly designed never sees me as a visitor again.

    Periodic page reloads while a user is in the middle of reading an article? Stupid. Wasting their own resources, reducing the user experience for all users at once.

    Fly-out menus, teasers and ads packed so tightly on the page that I cannot simply scroll down to read further without hitting 1, 2 or 3 of them? Annoying, aggravating and exasperating only begins to describe it.

    Poorly paginated stories, which would fit above the fold on one page, stretched out over 5 pages? Ridiculous and pathetic. Do you think I’ll read and act on more ads because of this? Actually, I filter out all the Flash-based ones precisely because the page is so crammed with them.

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