Paginated articles: don’t patronise me

I hate paginated articles.  I hate them with a passion.

Don’t get me wrong.  I understand why sites create them.  They give the user the “opportunity” to load another page, allowing more, and varied, advertising to be served to me, thus increasing your revenue.  And in days gone by, bandwidth might have been a driver.  In appreciation of my 28.8kb connection, the site might have shown some mercy, loading pages in bite-sized chunks to allow me to start reading as soon as possible.  (I doubt it, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.)

But bandwidth is no longer an issue in this context.  And surely the world of Web 2.0 allows adverts to be changed on the hoof without loading a new page.

So please stop patronising me.  Please stop making me hunt for the Page 2 link.  And serve me the content in its entirety that I’ve chosen to read.  Thank you.


2 Responses to “Paginated articles: don’t patronise me”

  1. Floss Agency on May 5th, 2009 13:58

    As someone who’s done a bit of web surfing on PDAs and now phones, my motto is not “hunt for the *Page 2 link*” but “hunt for the *Print this page* link”. That all most always gets you all the content without most of the advertising and crap.

    We should find or make a Grease Monkey* script that does this automatically.

    *not that GM works on mobiles.

  2. Buddhadev on January 26th, 2010 00:03

    Thanks for blogging this! For the longest time, I thought I was the only person who absolutely despised this!

    I’m of the mind that when I’m pulling up an article all I want to do is READ it once the page has loaded. I don’t want to have to “go” somewhere else to finish the experience of reading it.

    The previous commenter has a great suggestion, but more and more often the websites out there are making printer-friendly options as UNFRIENDLY as possible – e.g., clicking them opens the print dialogue on your machine, printer-friendly article opens in a pop-up instead of in the same window/tab, only lets you print the article rather than letting you view the printer-friendly version, etc.

    Finally, I kind of disagree about this having been better during the modem days. Back when I was on dialup, I’d hit all of my news sites at once and open everything I wanted to read, then I’d log off in order to read them. If I had to reconnect to load the next page, then nine times out of ten, I’d say “f it.”

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