An Internet Website Design Philosophy Thing # 1

For being an anime site, I’m going to have to jury rig the reason why I feel like I want to talk about website design. When one visits a site for something to read, you want an unobstructed view of the information. So if you want lovely animu boobs/dfc, you don’t want any censorship. The current modern censorship technique in anime is a blinding shaft of light that gets in the way of the scene. It can be hilarious, but it is also incredibly stupid as it destroys the presentation. It’s a definite mood ruiner. The only exception is when the censorship is part of the anime, meaning it is obviously intentional.

I recently visited a couple of Livejournal-esque pages with their content squished in narrow columns barely larger than 400 pixels, on either side of the screen. Instantly closed the browser tab and didn’t bother. On my widescreen monitor (1680×1050), that is over a thousand horizontal pixels wasted. This is a thing that I get angry over, and by you visiting my site, you’ll already notice I love using up the horizontal space. Sure, I understand the need to frame the text. Centering the content, or being considerate to those with small monitors. That is something I don’t mind.

But to those whose content is any smaller than 500 pixels and squished to either side of the monitor: fuck you.

An Internet Website Design Philosophy Thing # 1

Akismet. Does it work?

I honestly don’t know. So far it’s blocked 85 comments and I’d feel bad that some of those were people trying to tell me something. Like “Please buy my extra stock of viagra and custom tube amplifiers so that my homeland’s princess can go to the moon!” or something else to that effect. That kind of comment I don’t need. It’d be nice if someone disagreed with me, or is just as passionate as I am and just felt they had to say something. Then we can participate in intellectual discourse!

Ah, well. Can’t do much about it. I both want site traffic, but not enough to the point that I have to reign in my own comments. Certainly sucks when working hard and putting in effort has some drawbacks. Good enough reason to be lazy? I certainly think so.

Akismet. Does it work?