"We don't make that choice. If we did, it wouldn't be happening. Go away and stop talking at us...."
- Web Dev
theuser507023dSorry, not my problem domain. That is a UX designer concern.
halfflat227023dThis is why we need universal basic income (again).
People in jobs are asked to do shitty things, and they then do them, because the consequence of not doing it is that they lose their job, can't pay the rent, can't afford healthcare (USA! USA!), can't afford food.
Given a choice between mildly unethical behaviour and penury, it's not surprising we see the magnification of psychopaths' shitfuckery exercised through the wildly disparate power between employers and employees.
A UBI which allowed people to survive without work would partially address this power imbalance.
Autoplay video on a website is a tiny, shitty example. But it's a difference in degree, not kind.
Wisecrack407623d"here let me annoy you with a 'ping' sound and annoy you by flashing the tab title until you click on the help-bot in the corner!"
The problem is that it sometimes actually makes sense to autoplay, so it is not convenient.
Thinking here of WhatsApp Web (using notification sound on new message) or YouTube (if you get sent a link, the video autoplays). When you click on a YouTube link, you will most likely expect the video to play and not expect to click an additional time.
halfflat227023d@N00bPancakes If a site chooses to offer service A, or service A and shit sandwich B, it's a choice. A choice to make visitors less happy, mutatis mutandis, is unethical, because it makes people more miserable for no real gain.
I know we're talking piddly stakes. But the principle still stands.
uyouthe1419923dFF prevents that. I just flipped a switch in settings and no autoplay whatsoever even on garbage sites like mirror or the verge
M3m35terJ05h68623d@halfflat If I had a choice between basic income or a programmer's salary, I'm putting the goddamn autoplay video in.
And I don't agree with your definition of ethical. I would be very happy if my electricity provided chose not to bill me. But it's not unethical to charge someone for services you provide. Not under any useful definition anyway.
theabbie59423dYoutube Doesn't count views on videos set to autoplay, So, If the reason is to increase views, Your plan has failed. I have seen few sites with autoplay, Developers hate them too, but it's not our choice mostly.
Inxentas53623dMy job mainly revolves around doing what is possible. I'm expected to be truthful about what is possible, which always overrules what is good. Tell my idiot clients that request such dumb but ultimately possible features.