Count the WTFs



  •  Rather than explaining to you a WTF and then arguing about it for the next 6 months, I thought I'd just paste an image and you list the WTFs that you see... 

     Here goes the first one:

     


    EDIT: gave you an overflow:scroll using my limited css skills.  -btk



  • France... a city ?

    Awful and outdated look is really too common to be even noticed for this kind of websites.

     But at the bottom of the source code... TRWTF is of course php.

    [QUOTE]PHP Warning:  Module 'curl' already loaded in Unknown on line 0[/QUOTE]

     



  •  Lessee, there's the cryptic "Type" dropdown (be nice if the values were things like "Courier New" and "Times Roman"), the city of France that's already been mentioned, the too-small-to-have-any-reasonable-content "Area" field, the Search button that isn't a button and the buttonlike "Property Type" that probably isn't a button, and the broken link to the picture of the three-bed-one-bath place.  Be nice if the "Sales:" and "Rental:" email addys were clickable mail links, but I'll bet they're not.

     



  • 95% chance that Danny's email address isn't even copy-and-paste-able.



  • No, the email addresses are not clickable. 

    The "Search" button actually is a button, even though to most people it didn't look anything like a button. It took me a while before clicking it and noticing it did actually work. I really didn't expect that behavior. 

    Here's a good one: "specialising in Sales and Rentals of properties throughout
    Stoke-on-Trent". Stoke On Trent as in, Staffordshire, UK. So why is
    "France" the default "City" ? 

    It certainly doesn't give any credibility to "Arc IT Solutions" (I'm assuming they designed the site and not just provide "IT support", else thats another WTF)



  • They used a jpeg with text in it.



  • @da Doctah said:

    Lessee, there's the cryptic "Type" dropdown (be nice if the values were things like "Courier New" and "Times Roman"),
    Alas, it's just a perfectly reasonable-looking list of house and apartment types. :(
    the city of France that's already been mentioned,
    I was curious, so I checked: FYI, the other values are "Newcastle Under Lyme" and "Stoke-on-Trent".
    the too-small-to-have-any-reasonable-content "Area" field,
    That's hardly a WTF, though, just typical crappy form design.  It gets filled in after you change the value of the "City" field, if you have JavaScript enabled.
    the Search button that isn't a button and the buttonlike "Property Type" that probably isn't a button,
    Turns out they're both submit buttons, just for different forms. The second form (the "Property Type" one) has no other controls except for the button.  I didn't try clicking it to see what it might do.
    and the broken link to the picture of the three-bed-one-bath place.
    Actually, all the images did load for me eventually.  It just seems their image thumbnail script has guaranteed same-day response time.  Maybe it rescales the images for every request?
    Be nice if the "Sales:" and "Rental:" email addys were clickable mail links, but I'll bet they're not.
    The image of an e-mail address at the top is (and bonus points for the subject line).  The plain text ones aren't, though at least one could copy and paste them.



  • Did anybody proofread this:

     Danny Collins Estates are a local firm of estate specialising in Sales
    and Rentals ...

    Grammar, and missing the word "agents" perhaps?

    Register with us and receive new properties via email ...

    Do they zip that townhouse before they attach it to the email?  How many bytes is that?

     - Dave

     



  • @dmearns said:

    Danny Collins Estates are a local firm of estate specialising in Sales
    and Rentals ...

    Grammar, and missing the word "agents" perhaps?

    Outside of the US, a group or company is generally referred to in the plural.

     

    @dmearns said:

    Register with us and receive new properties via email ...

    Do they zip that townhouse before they attach it to the email?  How many bytes is that?

    Now you're just being overly-pedantic.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    Outside of the US, a group or company is generally referred to in the plural.
    To me in the UK, it doesn't make sense either. I think it was bad editing without proofreading when someone added the "France" 'city'.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    Now you're just being overly-pedantic.
     

    Here?  Unpossible!



  • What I see before reading the rest of the posts:

    First though upon seeing the site is "WTF? Why am I at a domain squatter pag... oh it's a TDWTF post."

    France is a city now.

    Area is empty, suggesting they'll populate it with a script when you select a "city". Probably there's no way to search without scripting enabled.

    Is that "Search" a button or link or what?

    What's the "Property Type" button do?

    Email addresses probably unprotected, but also not clickable.

    Redundant period (or truncated ellipses?) in header.

    "local firm of estate" seems misworded; did you mean "local estate firm"?

    "Sales and Rentals" are not proper nouns.

    Missing images; I assume nobody else can see them either.

    Redundant-looking links at bottom.



    Reading them explains one or two, and now I'm tempted to go there just to see what stupid things I can get the image script to do.



  • @Mole said:

    @morbiuswilters said:

    Outside of the US, a group or company is generally referred to in the plural.
    To me in the UK, it doesn't make sense either. I think it was bad editing without proofreading when someone added the "France" 'city'.

    Maybe I don't understand your whore-tongued gutterspeak as well as I thought.  Try replacing parts of the sentence:

     

    Microsoft are a local firm of convicted monopoli$t$ specialising in evil.

     

    Isn't that how you rotten-toothed, inbred hicks talk?



  • Weight of house listed, as if that has anything to do with it.

     Rental email address is 'lettings', which makes no sense, rather than 'rentals'

     Email address does not end in .com like a real address, but in some vanity TLD.

     And the the suble mispelling used to disguise some very perverted stuff as "Stoke-on-Trent".

     

    Did I get them all?

    Edit: Oh, wait, missed a TRWTF!  France IS a city, in the country of Yurop.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    Outside of the US, a group or company is generally referred to in the plural.
     

    Further proof of our overwhelming betterness.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    @dmearns said:
    Danny Collins Estates are a local firm of estate specialising in Sales and Rentals ...
    Grammar, and missing the word "agents" perhaps?

    Outside of the US, a group or company is generally referred to in the plural.

    I know what you mean, Morbs, but not in this case.

    You're presumably thinking of a usage such as 'The company which built the site said that they were proud of it.' Am I right? That would indeed be correct UK usage (and I [i]think[/i] it is correct US usage as well, but I'm not certain of that).

    However, you can't write '[b]a[/b] local firm …' and precede that with the verb [b]are[/b]. The object is clearly singular, so the verb must agree with that, and should indeed be [b]is[/b].

    PS: There's no such thing as being overly pedantic.

    PPS: 'Overly pedantic' is [b]two[/b] words, not one [i]hyphenated[/i] word. Unless you're the sort of lazy, brain-dead pervert who would write (for example) 'slightly-damaged' as one hyphenated word and think it is correct usage? I would guess that you're not.

    PPS: Please remember which country [i]invented[/i] the English language before you start bandying words like 'gutterspeak' around. At least we in the UK use the language properly, unlike you wretched Colonials. And as for inbred whores, I would judge that Arkansas has a greater percentage of those within its populace than the UK does.



  • @Cad Delworth said:

    PPS: Please remember which country invented the English language before you start bandying words like 'gutterspeak' around.
     

    According to Wikipedia, it was Roman troops and settlers from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.

    Or am I being over-ly-pedantical?

    @Cad Delworth said:

    And as for inbred whores, I would judge that Arkansas has a greater percentage of those within its populace than the UK does.

    Out of curiousity, do you look down on them because they're inbred or because they're whores? What if we measured the relative population of whores who aren't inbred, would that make a difference to your analysis?



  • @flipperanubi said:

    Weight of house listed, as if that has anything to do with it.

     Rental email address is 'lettings', which makes no sense, rather than 'rentals'

     Email address does not end in .com like a real address, but in some vanity TLD.

     And the the suble mispelling used to disguise some very perverted stuff as "Stoke-on-Trent".

     

    Did I get them all?

    Edit: Oh, wait, missed a TRWTF!  France IS a city, in the country of Yurop.

    I <3 U.



  • @Cad Delworth said:

    You're presumably thinking of a usage such as 'The company which built the site said that they were proud of it.' Am I right? That would indeed be correct UK usage (and I think it is correct US usage as well, but I'm not certain of that).

    I meant it more as in "The government is..." versus "The government are..."; "Microsoft is..." versus "Microsoft are..."  I think you people talk like that.

     

    @Cad Delworth said:

    However, you can't write 'a local firm …' and precede that with the verb are. The object is clearly singular, so the verb must agree with that, and should indeed be is.

    Compare:

    "Buttplugs Unlimited is a great success since opening a store in Cad Delworth's neighborhood."

    "Buttplugs Unlimited are a great success since opening a store in Cad Delworth's neighborhood."

    Or to use an example from Wikipedia:

    "The Clash is a well-known band."

    "The Clash are a well-known band."

    I suppose both are technically valid in American and British English, but stylistically the first is American and the second British.

     

    @Cad Delworth said:

    PS: There's no such thing as being overly pedantic.

    QED

     

    @Cad Delworth said:

    PPS: 'Overly pedantic' is two words, not one hyphenated word. Unless you're the sort of lazy, brain-dead pervert who would write (for example) 'slightly-damaged' as one hyphenated word and think it is correct usage? I would guess that you're not.

    In my defen(c|s)e, I started out writing something like "you are an overly-pedantic dick-muncher".  When I excised "dick-muncher" I forgot the hyphen.

     

    @Cad Delworth said:

    PPS: Please remember which country invented the English language before you start bandying words like 'gutterspeak' around. At least we in the UK use the language properly, unlike you wretched Colonials. And as for inbred whores, I would judge that Arkansas has a greater percentage of those within its populace than the UK does.

    A whore may have invented the blow job1, but that doesn't mean I want your wife's2 snaggletooth rubbing up against my dick3.  And Alan Turing invented the computer4, but I'm not going to ask him to recompile my kernel for me.  Not least of all, because you guys already killed him5.

     

     

    <font size="1">1. Apocryphal. </font>

    <font size="1">2. Here I am implying that she's a prostitute.</font>

    <font size="1">3. Although it never has stopped me in the past.6</font>

    <font size="1">4. Verifiable fact.</font>

    <font size="1">5. Where the hell the British get off declaring someone too gay is beyond me.</font>

    <font size="1">6. Here I once again imply that your wife is a prostitute and that I have made use of her services on several occasions.</font>



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    Compare:

    "Buttplugs Unlimited is a great success since opening a store in Cad Delworth's neighborhood."

    "Buttplugs Unlimited are a great success since opening a store in Cad Delworth's neighborhood."

    <font size="1"></font>

    Neither sounds right to me, try "Buttplugs Unlimited has been a great success since opening a store in Cad
    Delworth's neighborhood.".

    "Is a great success" sounds too Borat-like. 



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    And Alan Turing invented the computer, but I'm not going to ask him to recompile my kernel for me. 

     

    I think you'd be the one recompiling his kernel.



  • @Someone You Know said:

    I think you'd be the one recompiling his kernel.
     

    He likes to vary a little.

    Sometimes, while compiling, a bit of kernel comes out, but that's just poor timing.


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