Web Irks #1

Those who’ve met me in person will know I’m easily irritated by the little things. If I worked in an office with other people, I’d be that guy you hear every 5 minutes saying “what the fuck…”, and then have a hard time explaining why the annoying thing is annoying.

To help alleviate some of the minor stresses of day to day browsing, I’m starting this new series in which I let off some steam about things that annoy me about the web. It’s not something I intent to do regularly – a few times a year at most.

I’m not really sure what I want to achieve here1. Maybe start a discussion about various things, shed light on small things that people forget but have an impact, or learn about new & improved ways to do things. It’s hard to have a goal when I’m not even sure what it’s going to be about.

For balance, I’m going to try and do a counter series where I list things I really like about the web. New trends which don’t deserve to be thrown into a fiery pit, specific details about single websites and so on. I want to call that ‘Web Delights’2.

Oh, and for those outside the UK, here’s the Urban Dictionary definition of ‘irk’.

So, without further ado.


  1. Very intelligent Web pages from very rich companies, that have numbers of things without proper pluralisation. 1 subscribers? It’s not hard. Even I’ve made client/server-side pluralisation functions.
  2. Websites that put all the content inside an element, add overflow: auto; but don’t add -webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch; to keep the elasticity of scrolling on a vast majority of touch devices. Granted it has its own quirks, but c’mon.
  3. Using swipe gestures on websites to go to the next and previous posts/pages. I’m looking at you, Blogger. I can only assume the Blogger developers have never used their own platform one handed.3
  4. Using some JavaScript to make scrolling appear smoother. Though it’s been years since I used anything but a Mac with a trackpad for more than 30 seconds, but it’s pretty fucking annoying knowing that scrolling which should be fantastically smooth is made horrible by these plugins. Try this, if you’re on a Mac. (Note: I’m not moaning about parallax scroll high-jacking – that’s for another day)
  1. Other than letting off steam, obviously.

  2. Subject to change. I may find a more British word.

  3. No dirty jokes, please.