Re: Taking advantage of "reflexive" responses in users

Subject: Re: Taking advantage of "reflexive" responses in users
From: "Sharon Burton-Hardin" <sharonburton -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 11:05:20 -0700

When these first scripts started appearing, a friend of my brother reported
them to MacAffee as a virus or trojan. I think it is. I hate few things as
much as I hate the redirects and the script that open new instances of my
brower. A very nasty thing to do to your users.

I was teaching a class on online design a while back and had read that the
porn sites were pushing the envelope of web technology. Despite the warnings
and hype to the contrary, I have never just encountered porn on the web. I
went looking one evening to see what is happening in that world. I was
shocked at the browser takeovers - I wound up with over 30 instances of IE
open. I felt like I was being taken over. It was awful.

I reported to the class that week about the hostile takeover situation and,
ribbings from the students aside, reported that without a credit card, I saw
no technology that was not all over the place on non-porn sites.


Sharon Burton-Hardin
Anthrobytes Consulting
Vice-president, Programs of the Inland Empire chapter of the STC

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, 04 October, 2000 9:53 AM
Subject: Taking advantage of "reflexive" responses in users

| While waiting for a Web search to complete and for the results page to
| finish displaying, a banner ad popped up--only I didn't realize it was an
| ad, because it resembled the sort of Windows dialog box you often see when
| page tells Internet Explorer to open a second browser window (e.g., a
| popup). The contents of the faux-window didn't interest me, so I
| clicked on the Close box to banish the window from my screen. To my
| simultaneous horror and delight, I ended up on the advertiser's page.

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