I was playing catch up on a blog entries I had been meaning to get to over the last few weeks and I stumbled across this blog entry from Aaron Parker where he describes a ridiculous Oracle Forms error dialog that simply tells the user the please acknowledge the message by clicking Ok. There’s no cancel dialog, there’s no information passed to the user, just a stupid dialog box with no meaning. I lol’d for some period of time before remembering my own encounter with a really dumb dialog box recently. Here it is in all of it’s condescending glory:
I mean what exactly did the software developer think was going to happen when a user saw this message? Don’t all untrained users have the ability to damage an application (as in ANY application)? Heck, I’ve seen trained users that seem to possess this elite skill. I guess they were hoping that a true boob would see this message and say “Oh jeez I didn’t know I couldDAMAGE the system, I better click No until I go through proper training”. Congrats software developer, you’ve just caused me to lose untold numbers of brain cells. UGH!