If you're not logged in and open up reddit.com on mobile, the first thing you will notice is a footer asking for you to open in their app, and your choices are "No", or a prominent "Continue" .
So if you click no, you're still not done, not even halfway on their dark pattern for getting you to install their app. When you now try to open a post it will stop the page, darken it and ask you to again open it in the app . Now "Continue" means continuing to seeing the post so you click that.
Okay after twice as many clicks as necessary and 2 prompts you're finally looking at a Reddit post, but you're still not done! When you load in the post you will see a huge bottom footer _again_ asking you to open it up in the app . And now you have the two choices and the worst dark pattern of all. You see a huge "Continue" button, which now means continue to open it in the app, or a really small link that says "or go to the mobile site". The thing is, is that you are already on the mobile site, and clicking that link just removes the footer, you won't actually "go" anywhere... So here they are tricking people to thinking that clicking continue will let you keep looking at the post as normal (as they taught you on the previous prompt), and by clicking the the small tiny link that is easy to miss, you will be brought to somewhere else. But the case is actually the opposite.
Reddits mobile page is just the worst collection of dark patterns I know of, in line with the fake download buttons littering shady sites. It's almost unusable now, and I'm sure that is their intention. Make the mobile website experience so horrible that you are forced to download their app so you don't have to spend half your time clicking away prompts.
Their efforts this year to make the desktop site look and work more like 9gag unless you plug "old.reddit.com" into the url bar was pretty fun too.
It's been for the best though. It's helped me cut my time on that site down to almost nothing, which has improved my overall mood quite a bit.
Annoying AF & pretty sure it's not accidental
I've used reddit for almost a decade at this point. What makes the new changes similar to 9gag?
I disliked the redesign for 5 minutes, after getting used to the modal behavior I would not want to go back to the old reddit site.
Hallmark of something designed to be additive is generating short term euphoria and a depressed baseline mood.
I used to have the Reddit is Fun app installed, which works really well. The problem was that I spent way too much on time on reddit. When I realized this shortly after the new mobile page was released, I uninstalled the app and now use reddit from the browser. The experience is much worse, but this means that I don't open reddit all the time, and thus my time spent on it was reduced to a moderate amount.
When they rolled out their "new" interface they provided a link to "old reddit.com", but clicking this took you back to the reddit home page, not the page you are on.
They fixed this for subreddits but it still happens for posts, so if you are at a post and click "old reddit" you don't get the same post in old reddit, you just lose the post. (which is available, just replacing www.reddit with old.reddit gets you there, and it did at one point work that way).
No doubt they have some metric to reduce people viewing in old.reddit.com but it's very hostile the way they have done this.
Another change toward the dark: On their sign up page they used to advertise that you could sign up without an email address so you could remain anonymous. I can no longer work out how to sign up without providing an email address. (Although they don't validate, I would rather not provide false information).
I tried twice to buy a part from them, then gave up and went to a competitor. On the compeitor's site, I was done in five minutes, and the part arrived today.
Fandango, the movie ticketing service, has a similar problem. If you go there, you either want to buy a ticket or find out what's playing. They keep shoving trailers and popups in your face as you try to get to the desired movie and the ticket ordering page. And they keep trying to get you to install their "app". I've stopped buying tickets on line from them; I just go to the theater and pay cash. It's faster.
I was thinking this when trying to navigate altium.com.
Hint: we have a license for their software which we spend about $5-10 grand a year on and it's behaving like an ad sponsored clickbait site, throwing one pop up after another. Click on video, pop up shows up with a tiny ill placed dismiss button.
Elsewhere, I seem to have taken note that there's been a significant decrease in modal usage across the web. Seeing a lot less popups and other crappy widgets.
Nothing more juicy than a brigade of 3-5 popups moments after loading a page. /s
which is just a link to Twitter
Isn't this a dark pattern itself? :)
It's just repurposing Twitter as a CMS for their Hall of Shame. I don't see what would be the dark pattern here?
Darkpatterns.org can still be useful, I haven't RTFA, sorry. :)
I think the most egregious instance of this I have seen is the allegation that Facebook displayed fake notification badges during the GDPR flow, which pressures users into quickly accepting the terms so that they can see the notifications: https://www.dailydot.com/debug/facebook-gdpr-notification-la...
I hope whichever product manager and UX designer contributed this are cursed to a life of either scalding or freezing showers caused by incomprehensible taps in every hotel they visit.
I do wonder though to what extent these patterns are being introduced on purpose (or even A/B-tested for maximum 'efficiency') or just a result of 'form over function' or, in some cases, just an indicator of missing technical prowess (scaling the buttons with the font size, for example).
EDIT: So the part that could be improved is that it's on Twitter. But I guess it's easier to maintain it that way.
Gyms are notorious for this. Almost any staff member can sign someone up, but if you want to cancel theres only one guy in the entire gym authorized to do that, and they are frequently "out to lunch".
Either that or you have to print a cancellation form and send it by snail mail with 30 days notice. And if you dont send by certified mail they will claim they never received it.
Seriously. Every single article on the front page is usually a paid article. Every single article in the email digest is usually a paid article. And in all cases, actually figuring this out is pretty hard, since you have to know the tiny star icon stands for 'paid' rather than any of the four million other meanings it may have.
Let's not forget how hard they push you to register either. Those giant modals and bars can be utterly obnoxious.
Other examples I've seen recently are:
Twitter and its absolute obsession with getting you to view tweets in 'non linear' order. Every time you set it to 'chronological order' or what not, it seems to revert back to their algorithm the next time you load the site or app. No, I don't want this. Why is the idea of a simple timeline so scary for social media sites now?
As well as YouTube and its attempts to smuggle content you don't want into your notifications list. Again, if users click subscribe, they want to do just that, not get spammed with promoted content so you can make a quick buck.
It's annoying how bad most large sites nowadays seem to be about stuff like this.
Oh yes, Twitter, that very Twitter that shows me full-screen modals  after  every  other  scroll  on  its  mobile  website .
I wonder if websites are legally required to prove user clicked on "I agree".
Hiding elements with ublock is my favorite anticlutter activity on my phone.
We didn't get into all of them, but covered a lot of them.
This is problematic from a UX point of view because whenever you _do_ show relevant information, it might get lost in the noise.