If you want to learn about bad UX design, look at every GDPR-compliant cookie alert on websites. The dialogues generally follow this pattern:
* Highlighting "Accept all" instead of "Reject" to bait you into habit-clicking.
* After clicking "Reject", you'll be redirected to an infinite list of usages. There is never a "deselect all" option. You need to opt-out everything manually.
* Sliders use some ambiguous coloring scheme without labels, which means you never know if you turned it on or off.
* Instead of "Reject", there is an "Other options" button. Clicking it redirects to a EULA document, with at the end... no other options.

Everything looks compliant, but they are still boobietrapping everything so you just wouldn't be able to opt out. Fucking data-vendoring assholes.

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    I bet it's done that bad on purpose
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    Thats not bad UX, it is bad moral compass but the UX is doing exactly what they intended it to do, get you to explicitly agree to cookies.

    Bad or good UX must always be evaluated in the context of what it is designed to achieve.

    A shopping cart that repeatedly trucks you into giving up the right to return items is, from the perspective of the seller, probably a good thing, unless the seller is focused on returning customers of cause ;)

    But do not make the mistake of assuming UX is for the benefit of the end user.
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    Those things are completely on purpose

    These regulations are fine and well needed but simply not thought through

    What if instead we had some sort of switch in the browser, that tells all the websites to not use tracking, so only functional cookies get set, and make that switch legally binding?
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    All those websites work even if you don’t accept cookies. I just set up a browser extension to block all cookie popups and that’s it
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    @LotsOfCaffeine We already have that switch in browsers... "Do not track".
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    @LotsOfCaffeine @Voxera @iiii I know that is the intention of it all. But its still bad UX. It's not what the user wants to do, its what Mr. Cashgrab requested.
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    @kescherRant Yep, and that switch is currently as useful as this gate:
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    @HerrNyani that's basically what you get when the world course is full on capitalism.
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    @kescherRant I know and that's what I was referring to
    But I doubt any web server actually follows that
    If the gdpr regulations actually made that binding I'd actually see some use in them
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    @iiii Capitalism, communism, dictatorships, corruption, whatever-ism. I think we can simplify it all to "Encouraging greed without constraint", because lining your own pockets is a world-wide phenomenon.
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    @HerrNyani well, I believe humans became humans because of greed, so it's basically ingrained in us by being humans.
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    What you describe seems nothing like GDPR-compliant. Having worked on GDPR compliance with a barrister and reading up on it more, I've seen several of those examples which are considered bad practices in regards to GDPR compliance; a notable example being the one where the "I consent/accept" checkbox is ticked forcing users into an opt-out experience instead of the opt-in.
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    Let's be honest, if you really care about cookies and data you wouldn't be using normal browsers, you would be using Incognito modes/browsers with disabled cookies or even using Tor...
    GDPR was and is just another way for some companies to make money, because now they can really sell your data because you accepted it anyway 👍
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    There are good ones out there. The best ones you don't even see because they don't do anything GDPR requires them to ask your permission for.

    @Voxera bad UX is bad UX even if done on purpose without any mistakes.
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    Just use PrivacyBadger and adblocker of your choice. You can add list of gdpr providers to adblock, ot should remove most of that crap.
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    > What you describe seems nothing like GDPR-compliant.

    And yet the majority of the websites do it. Google for example gives you the option to agree or navigate through countless menus to toggle what you want. And at the end? You still have to press the same "I Agree" button at the beginning, which may or may not consent to all activity.

    I haven't heard anyone file a complaint against Google so far.
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    @sneaky2x I know. I am currently researching and setting up something that works for me.

    Incognito and disabled cookies do next to nothing, because you're being tracked by a html5 canvas fingerprint anyway. Hardware spoofing seems to be the only way to go these days.
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    @HerrNyani Not really the case from what I've seen but yeah too many sites do it badly.
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