Error with drop down box on CNN.



  •  I was checking out how rich I will be in 40 years, and found that the CNN calculator is a little confused. Not only does the allowed range change every time I go to the page, the drop down box goes to two percent. I wonder how they managed to mangle an interest calculator so much that they can't go below a certain percentage.

    http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/savingscalc/savingscalc.html 

    Can't use below 3.5%, selection box goes down to 2%.



  • Just tried it out, and yeah, that is a horrible design.  It doesn't make much sense to use drop-down boxes because you are limiting your users to just those values.  Don't see why they couldn't just allow users to edit the value.  This is probably mug-worthy, though...



  • How does 9% become so special that it needs to be first? Is that the base rate in the U.S. Federal tax system? Definitely a horrible page though. I wonder how they come up with that 3.53.... lower limit too. Doesn't seem to be anything special about it, the way you'd assume a 2^31-1 limit if you saw 2147483647 somewhere.



  • @MarcB said:

    How does 9% become so special that it needs to be first? Is that the base rate in the U.S. Federal tax system? Definitely a horrible page though. I wonder how they come up with that 3.53.... lower limit too. Doesn't seem to be anything special about it, the way you'd assume a 2^31-1 limit if you saw 2147483647 somewhere.

    As far as I can tell, there's nothing special about any of them. Why they all have a bizarre out of order option first I just don't understand.



  •  I wonder where 21% has got to.  Putting percentages in a dropdown is just wrong.  Failure to put the numbers in the right order is madness.



  • @Eternal Density said:

     I wonder where 21% has got to.
    It took 6%'s money and ran off with his wife.



  • @bstorer said:

    It took 6%'s money and ran off with his wife.
     

    Must have been a dutch wife. I hear they are easy to steal.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    @bstorer said:

    It took 6%'s money and ran off with his wife.
     

    Must have been a dutch wife. I hear they are easy to steal.

    Yeah, well, Dutch chicks really aren't that desirable..  a fact I found out a bit too late, unfortunately.  Maybe that's why Dutch men don't bother stopping us...



  • @bstorer said:

    It took 6%'s money and ran off with his wife.
    I figured it out: there's no space for 21% after %20.

    Is 6%'s wife 9%, since she's the one who is out of place? 



  • If you go to the website you'll see that after 19% only even numbers show up, because it's absolutly rediculous that anybody would have a return rate above 19% that's odd.



  • The hardcoded percentages mean that people from my state cannot use it, unless we want a really estimated estimate.



  • @MarcB said:

    How does 9% become so special that it needs to be first? 

     

     

    I haven't looked at the site, but 9% around the long-term average return of the US stock market, so it probably is the suggested value to use.  However, they can't just lock in the 9% because then some idiot with a lawyer would claim that they had promised 9% returns somehow.

     

    As for 21%, I pity the fool who thinks that s/he will regularly see 21% returns on investments.



  • Nonsense... why with my money doubling every 4 years, I'll be rich enough to live on interest alone by the time I'm 40, bwa ha ha....



  • @MarcB said:

    How does 9% become so special that it needs to be FIST!!!!!one!1!?
    FTFY



  • Why live on interest alone when you can be rich on interest alone! 


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