Modern Web Woes - I'm mad at the internet

Smaug's Smokey Hole

no corona
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I’ve noticed reverse image searching has become less useful over the years. Recently I found a cool fantasy battle pic, so I put it through the usual to find out who the artist was so I could check out more of their work.

Nothing but page after page after page after page of wallpaper sites, people posting it to some social media or other and people who’d used it to represent something from their fucking dnd campaign which for some autistic reason they’d made an entire wiki for. Not a single mention of who the artist was.
I searched for, found and installed an extension that allows me to block Pinterest from the search results. Google reverse image search have become spottier in general, put in a painting to find the artist and the result might be "best guess: painting", a wikipedia link to "painting" and then assorted paintings in the search results.

Some time ago I plugged in an image from the cursed pictures thread to see if I could find out more about it. "Best guess: Brienne of Tarth nude" - strange and not even close, maybe Google thinks it knows something about me and tailors the search results. So I tested a different browser without being logged in, "Best guess: Brienne of Tarth naked". Tested Edge, a browser I have never even started, "Best guess: Brienne of Tarth sex scene".

Yandex gave me relevant results, as did Bing and Tin Eye. I've found myself using Yandex a lot more over the last year, Google pushes products to aggressively and the new layout for image searching is just atrocious.
 

He Who Points And Laughs

Flavortown Refugee
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Google changed how their search results are presented, now it looks like a torrent search page and it's really hard to visually parse for some reason I can't put my finger on.

Thanks, I hate it.
 

Coffee Shits

Good morning!
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Google changed how their search results are presented, now it looks like a torrent search page and it's really hard to visually parse for some reason I can't put my finger on.
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Compare to the old one.
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Thanks, I hate it.
Ah, yes, the two infallible tenets of modern web design:

- Increase line height
- Decrease font weight

You'll be trendier than your competition as you're burning out the retinas of your users. Guaranteed.
 

meme mule

seventh singularity entity
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Google changed how their search results are presented, now it looks like a torrent search page and it's really hard to visually parse for some reason I can't put my finger on.
The decision to change the color of the URL from green to the same color as everything else on the page is what really fucked it up. It's still navigable, but everything blends together more than it used to especially when you're just skimming through the results.
 

Duncan Hills Coffee

Awakes you from a thousand deaths
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I miss those flash games Nickelodeon had on their website when I visited it in my youth. Some of them were just downright bizarre, like that one where you beat the shit out of a bully or you played as a nutcracker beating up the sugar plum fairies or you threw stuff at a horrible standup comedian.

I wouldn't think about it so much if they weren't basically lost to time. Now it's a part of my childhood I can't even access anymore, and any attempts to search for them lead me to these weird sites that I'm pretty sure are just malware repositories.
 

ScatmansWorld

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I miss those flash games Nickelodeon had on their website when I visited it in my youth. Some of them were just downright bizarre, like that one where you beat the shit out of a bully or you played as a nutcracker beating up the sugar plum fairies or you threw stuff at a horrible standup comedian.

I wouldn't think about it so much if they weren't basically lost to time. Now it's a part of my childhood I can't even access anymore, and any attempts to search for them lead me to these weird sites that I'm pretty sure are just malware repositories.
Apparently some of those flash games were actually commissioned by people who specialized in making them, and you can still find them around on their websites. Like here:


Also, Disney has some old pages left on their domain that you can still access if you go to Google and type "site:http://disney.go.com/blast/" ;)
 
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Duncan Hills Coffee

Awakes you from a thousand deaths
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Apparently some of those flash games were actually commissioned by people who specialized in making them, and you can still find them around on their websites. Like here:


Also, Disney has some old pages left on their domain that you can still access if you go to Google and type "site:http://disney.go.com/blast/" ;)
Holy shit I actually forgot about that SpongeBob game.
 

Peddler9822

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discord is like the final boss of bad web design and software engineering in general.
Discord and Reddit pretty much destroyed gaming clan/community websites and forums. Which I don't mind. It's been a lot better.

It's been easier and better for gaming communities and clans to stay connected, get updates, and announcements.

But I do miss the times of owning your own server and running your own website.
 
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Kikkoman

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Fuck "hamburger" menus. Especially on desktop but mostly in general. Either I'm stupid and blind or they make everything awkward to navigate.

Discord and Reddit pretty much destroyed gaming clan/community websites and forums. Which I don't mind. It's been a lot better.

It's been easier and better for gaming communities and clans to stay connected, get updates, and announcements.

But I do miss the times of owning your own server and running your own website.
Basically anything with a fanbase now has at least one discord server, and if it also has a subreddit, the same people probably moderate both.
I'm surprised that there arent distributed blocklist bots that automatically ban people from large swaths of communities for their actions outside of them yet.
 

Gangster Talk

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remember when youtube didn't have you scrolling through comments or playlist and shit was divided by pages?
Infinite scroll is one of the most annoying modern mobile optimized web cancers to me. It just encapsulates the shitty attitude.

"Pagination, which has existed as long as print, was too confusing and intimidating for exceptional individuals, normal people don't want to see anything older than a day or anything our infallible algorithims doesn't determine to be important, so who cares if we make it as difficult as possible to see more than 5 pieces of content at a time?"


Also, while we're bitching about Google, does anyone remember when Google's image reverse search actually worked? It was extremely useful for finding visually similar images, but at some point Google forced it to associate with keywords, I assume to train their Chinese dissident hunting AI or something, and completely ruined it. Search for a picture of someone and it will tack on a useless keyword like "person" and return to you a gallery of stock photos of people, with no way to tell it to ignore the query term.
 
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vertexwindi

Diddy in space, even though he's not
Supervisor
True & Honest Fan
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Also, while we're bitching about Google, does anyone remember when Google's image reverse search actually worked? It was extremely useful for finding visually similar images, but at some point Google forced it to associate with keywords, I assume to train their Chinese dissident hunting AI or something, and completely ruined it. Search for a picture of someone and it will tack on a useless keyword like "person" and return to you a gallery of stock photos of people, with no way to tell it to ignore the query term.
Yandev Image Search is pretty good in comparison.
 
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