Dickbars

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Medium seems to continue to grow in popularity as a publishing platform, and as it does, I’m growing more and more frustrated by their on-screen “engagement” turds. Every Medium site displays an on-screen “sharing” bar that covers the actual content I want to read. This is particularly annoying on the phone, where screen real estate is most precious. Now on iOS they’ve added an “Open in App” button that literally makes the last 1-2 lines of content on screen unreadable. To me these things are as distracting as having someone wave their hand in front of my face while I try to read… More at DF.

I was trying to show my son a funny video the other night which was remarkably not on YouTube. I ended up jumping through a few sites I do not normally visit and almost every one has pop-ups, auto-play videos and all sorts of other crap that ruined the entire experience.

As someone who does not like ad-blockers because I believe they strangle those of us trying to do the right thing, I also wonder if they are what causes crap like this to occur. The overall friendliness of websites seems to only be going one way. Less friendly.

2 thoughts on “Dickbars

  1. This is exactly why some of us use ad blockers. Unfortunately, it’s easier to exclude the well-behaved sites from the ad blocker than it is to include the annoying ones. I have no problem excluding sites that show they are well-behaved. Most of those ask that you remove the ad blocker. Interestingly I can’t recall any of the misbehaving sites asking.

  2. I was previously tormented by these things and got sarcastic arrogant remarks back from the developers and I was only asking for an option to hide them.

    It is nice to see one for Ios/Safari.

    I found some good Chrome extensions available to manage this behaviour. One “Sticky Header hider” Emoji which works very well and the other which is named “Make Medium Readable Again” by Matt Baer which I only just found. I see they refer to it as “dickbars”. Maybe somebody should write a Wikipedia page about referring it to fixed elements that cannot be closed.

    It was only when I changed my search term from “Sticky header etc” to “dick bars” I started to find more articles against this growing trend. I thought I was the only person getting annoyed but it seems like there others.

    I started to use Adblock years ago, not for the adverts but to block this kind of stuff and making the fixed element absolute years ago.

    It is wrong that they deny the user a preference they once had with absolute positioned elements which being able to scroll the page without the harassment of bars and widgets. An option would have been good enough like with Archive.org but others chose to ram the bars in the users face/fixed part of vision.

    It is nice to see something done about it.

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