Brooklyn College WTF



  • So my old college, Brooklyn College finally updated their website. Sure it was bad before... to get anywhere you had to use a drop down menu somewheres on top of the page. The drop down had 200 entries, and none really helped you find what you need...

    They finally redid the website. Great. Woohoo... you still can't find what you need, it just looks "prettier". WebSIMs (where you go to register for classes, check schedule, see grades, pay bills) is still the slowest freaken' web server I have ever seen. It is down most the time during registration and to pay your bills... you better have a Credit Card and 2 hrs to kill. Because all those 2 hrs will involve waiting for pages to load, logging in, waiting for them to time you out, logging in, prayer, frustration, coffee (you need it), getting kicked out, getting pissed off, and finally calling their phone-service caz its at least faster, and hope that the phone system won't kick you out randomly.

     


     



  • It's not that bad from my point of view.
    Some funny stuff though: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/pub/php/request_information.php - dropdowns (country, state) are javascript generated. I don't know why... maybe it's asking server for new list every couple minutes, in case of some political changes while you're browsing the site? Can't find other explanations...



  • No, that's not bad. This is bad: http://www.mf.uni-lj.si/mf/english/index.html (the webpage of my faculty... we actually have to use it xD)



  • @viraptor said:

    It's not that bad from my point of view.
    Some funny stuff though: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/pub/php/request_information.php - dropdowns (country, state) are javascript generated. I don't know why... maybe it's asking server for new list every couple minutes, in case of some political changes while you're browsing the site? Can't find other explanations...

    Hah, wonder how many information requests they get from residents of the glorious republic of UnKOWN.



  • @mare said:

    No, that's not bad. This is bad: http://www.mf.uni-lj.si/mf/english/index.html (the webpage of my faculty... we actually have to use it xD)

    It's ugly, but it functions; does it not? 



  • @mare said:

    No, that's not bad. This is bad: http://www.mf.uni-lj.si/mf/english/index.html (the webpage of my faculty... we actually have to use it xD)

     Nono, WebSIMs is necessary to register... there are 3 ways:

    1) Register on WebSIMs

    2) Register via. phone

    3) Register at the registrar.

     

    Lets go over each... in reverse order...

    3) You rather shoot yourself in your d**k because it won't hurt as bad! My friend was charged with assault and battery because he had a "dissagreement" with registrar (he told[with words] them that they made a mistake and they promptly filed assault charges)

    2) If you are LUCKY you will get connected. It will take at least 30 minutes to register. Very annoying. Chances are you won't get what you wanted. And you may get kicked off.

    1) The most user friendly mechanism... pretty good actually... problem is when you need it its either: (down) or (takes 10 minutes per http request)
     

    Take your best pick. 



  • I forgot to tell you another thing about option 2:

    When your class is not available you need to quickly decide what class to replace it with. Shit happens... So you quickly fling though the book trying to find the class. If however you don't circle the system with queries in 30 seconds it will time you out and you hear "GOOD BYE!". Then you call back and its busy (WAH-WAH!)



  • Back, before I dropped from Uni, we switched from tried old system for exam registration (2 IBM PC XTs with green monitors in the hall and a bolted-on web interface so that you could actually register from home - but only after enabling this on one of the XTs, and figuring out that the "web access password" wasn't actually used anywhere) with this new all-in-one eStudent project. I had to go to the city office to register for a certificate, and once I got that installed, tried logging in to the new system. Except that I only got a blank page. I wasn't using Internet Explorer, so I kinda expectd things to not work, but I at least expected something to show up. So I took a look at the page source. On the first screen I could see 4 <html><head><meta... elements, and it got worse when I paged down. I still have no idea how IE was able to render anything from that soup of tags.


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