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Someone at Google needs to be fired today [Jun. 10th, 2010|10:15 am]
Douglas Spencer
Amongst my specialties are such diverse elements as advising companies on the usability and accessibility of their websites, and explaining to them how making changes to their website which lead to the website being less usable and less accessible is really really stupid.

Today, Google is being really really stupid.

Changes which destroy usability and accessibility need to have a usable and accessible opt-out which is easy, which is quick, and which actually works.

Google, today you fail.
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[User Picture]From: hawkida
2010-06-10 09:45 am (UTC)
While I agree with you to some extent - that's a way too busy background and detrimental to the page, and not opt-out, I find it really frustrating the way that we now have a culture of calling for firings over every business mistake anywhere.

People are people, they fuck up. Sometimes they fuck up monumentally, but screwing something up one day doesn't negate all the good stuff they did, or stop them from doing better stuff in the future. In fact, if you get a good enough explanation of what you did wrong it's one of the best ways to guarantee that you'll do better in future if you give a damn. Sacking people does not help. It means the position needs to be filled by someone else, someone, somewhere along the line will therefore end up in a position they're not familiar with, meaning they're more likely to make a mistake at some point in the future. It also means that the employer gets a reputation of not giving a shit about its staff and just stomping over anyone who makes a mistake. That does not breed good working practice in the employees, it makes them stop giving a damn and wrecks morale.

Someone at google needs to be educated.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2010-06-10 10:07 am (UTC)
I pretty much agree with Hawkida here, but want to stress another point.

The culture at Google is one of "just go ahead and try it". Being able to try something and having the right to make mistakes is vital. If we all held back because of fear of making a mistake then there would be no progress at all.

(But yeah, that image is pretty annoying)
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-06-10 02:46 pm (UTC)
And anyone dealing with live web pages fucks up in public!
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