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I'm actually planning to put the button on just about _every_ page of my own website(s). Maybe I should have kept my yap shut here.
I don't know if I came up with the overall notion on my own (probably not) but the first iteration would have been in the early 1990s. I do know that I created all the escalating message pages from the space between my ears. It was fun reviving it in WebHelp (smaller scale) a decade later, until the jackboot of young-and-insecure authority came down.
It would take five or ten minutes to make the first page, and once you have it as a template, only the messages (one line of text) need to change for each successive page, and of course the link on the button needs to be changed by one number - all the don't-touch pages are named the same except for the sequenctial number.
For the final page, how hard is it to make a big rectangle of black? Go as nuts as you care to, with it opening a new window at full-screen, no nav-bar, etc., or maybe a full-screen video of blackness with sounds of somebody blundering about in a kitchen, but be prepared for the joke to fizzle if people have pop-ups blocked.
I dunno. Should I offer a prize to somebody who's /d/u/m/b/ ...er... persistent enough to wade through all twenty (or 50 or 75 escalating-crankiness) pages? Has anybody ever written a book "Following Instructions for Dummies"?
If you are doing any SEO, I recommend putting the NO-FOLLOW metatag in your keywords for those pages, or Google bots will get cranky.
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> You don't still have a copy of that, by any chance? I have a
> space at the
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