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How to Kill the Design Community

Design, Funny, How To | Mar 3, 2010

Recently, the notion of killing the design community has come up on a few blogs (sometimes indirectly), creating many intense conversations on the direction the design community has taken over the past couple of years, and what can be done about it.

The possibility that such discussions are going to improve the design community is quite troubling.

In the interests of taking advantage of this recent trend (namely, writing about “killing the community”), I felt it would be necessary to address this issue by describing some easy-to-learn and practical tips that will help all of us do our part in killing the community.

 

Rules for Commenting on Blogs

Design blogging and commenting are inseparable. You cannot have any kind of blog without allowing a free flow of discussion and spam on each published article or tutorial.

That said, I have a number of very important suggestions for posting comments on various sites.

Don’t Use Your Real Name

Although comments are posted by human beings, there is no need to reaffirm such an obvious fact. Therefore, take advantage of the opportunity to promote your services by using a name that tells people exactly what you do, instead of who you actually are.

For example, if you are a web designer who lives in, oh I don’t know, maybe the Gold Coast, you could use the name “Gold Coast Web Designer”, instead of something overly-personal like “John Williams”, as shown in the example below.

It’s actually very helpful to receive comments from persons with such names because as soon as I see someone named “Gold Coast Web Designer”, I realize that if I’m ever in the Gold Coast area, I’ll know who to call for web design services. So, the benefits are twofold: You promote your services; and everyone who reads the article will have a web design contact in the Gold Coast area.

Of course, maybe you want to be an honest member of the community, and it would bother you to use a fake name. Well, in that case, all you have to do is legally change your name to whatever you need it to be. For example, take a look at the image shown below from the comments on a post from Webdesigner Depot:

In order to cleanse their consciences of dishonest practices, the commenters shown above have probably legally changed their names to those you see listed. This has brought them immeasurable benefits: Increased visibility, quality click-throughs (there are so many people in the web design community who want to learn to “jump higher”), and an exponential increase in sales. Those benefits can be yours if you do the same.

Don’t Let rel=“nofollow” Stop You

Don’t worry about the fact that 99% of blogs use the nofollow value for the rel attribute. That doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you inform everyone that you are a Gold Coast web designer (or an Indian Joomla developer, or a guy who teaches people to jump higher, etc). So don’t use your real name — that would unnecessarily expose personal information that is nobody’s business but yours.


Tell Them They’re Wrong, But Don’t Tell Them Why

Time is a valuable commodity. You’re a busy Gold Coast web designer responding to all the RFQs you’ve garnered through the comments you’ve posted. You can’t kill valuable time explaining to some dumb blogger why his article sucked, or why his design is terrible. You just want to tell them that they suck, to get your opinion noted (like a vote, Yay or Nay). Don’t explain why, and don’t listen to the whiny bloggers that ask for reasons.

This concept of not providing reasons for your opinion will be discussed further in another section, but for now understand that it’s best that you don’t provide any sort of depth to your stance on the topic under consideration.


Use Your Photo to Attract Attention

Your fake name is not the only way to get you noticed in blog comments. Your photo plays a large role in this area, and you should make effective use of this opportunity.

Let’s be honest, here. Babies are cute. Everyone loves them. They’re adorable, the way they drool, the way they smile, the way they talk, the way they walk — it’s all good. Take advantage of people’s love for babies by using a cute baby photo as your personal avatar. Often, the only comments I ever read are the ones posted by cute babies, because I just can’t resist!

Babies, however, aren’t the only way to draw attention to your comments. Since the majority of web design and development professionals are male, use this to your advantage by using a picture of a pretty girl as your avatar photo — even if you’re not a pretty girl. Heck, even if you’re not a girl!

Jane, Latia, Jaisa (and many more) ***LOVE WEB DESIGN***! If you love web design, you’ll want to show it too. Don’t be shy about your feelings towards your work. And don’t worry, no one will know that the pictures and names are fake. They’ll draw everyone’s attention and before you know it, your website will be inundated with quality click-throughs.

The company that’s been posting comments using the photos and taglines shown in the images above is obviously a group of marketing geniuses that knows what it takes to earn respect in the web design community. You should learn from their example and disregard the so-called integrity keepers.


The First Comment is Crucial

If you’re the first person to post a comment on a high-traffic blog, there is a requirement for the content of the first post: Your comment must consist of the following 7 characters in the exact order shown:

f – i – r – s – t – ! – !

You cannot omit the trailing exclamation points. It is imperative that you inform all subsequent commenters that you were the first one to post a comment on that article (hence, why you say “first!!”). The “first” commenter in the example below almost got it right, but he failed to include the exclamation points immediately after the word “first”:

Readers will not know that you were the first one to comment unless you specifically say so. Someone who posted the 5th or 12th comment might presumptuously use the phrase “first!!”, thus giving everyone the false impression that they were the first (who can be bothered to count to one?). So make sure everyone knows that you were first by stating it clearly and confidently.


Do Everything Possible to Get the First Comment

Of course, being the first commenter on a high-traffic blog is not an easy feat to accomplish. You’ll need to subscribe to all the popular blogs and stake them out early in the day. Don’t wait for email notifications that announce new blog posts; visit their home page and hit the refresh/reload button regularly (preferably once per minute or more).

You need to develop the Wal-Mart shopper mentality and get ahead at all costs. Therefore, don’t read the article. Just say “first!!” and follow with something that makes it sound like you’ve read the article. For example, you could say “nice post, thx”, or maybe “this is a nice” and then just repeat the title of the article (“This is a nice 20 jQuery tutorials” or “This is a nice 30 portfolio designs”).

The key is not to spend too much time formulating what you have to say; the important thing is that you get the first comment, and thus gain some quality visibility. Before you know it, your business will be booming and you’ll be turning away clients left and right.


Your Brand is More Important Than Anything Else

What does all of the above mean? It means that your branding should be put before all else.

The community must be sacrificed so that you can gain traffic and visibility. How do you think all the big design blogs, css galleries, and agencies got people to visit their websites? You guessed it: Baby pictures, photos of hotties, and fake names at the top of the comments list. Those are the principles on which all top blogs and agencies built their businesses, so its crucial that you follow their example.

 

Save, Tweet, Share — But Don’t Read!

Remember in the previous section when I told you to avoid reading an article so you can be the first one to comment? The truth is, you shouldn’t read anything. Ever. You should judge a post by its title, bookmark it in your browser, add it to your Delicious account, and save it with all your research tools.

After you’ve saved it for your own personal use, don’t be selfish — using all your social networking and microblogging tools, share what you never intend to read. Tweet it, and Facebook it. But don’t stop there. Go nuts.

Naturally, since you will be tweeting without reading, you will have no idea whether or not an article is of quality authorship, or if it promotes best practices, or if it’s something that has been repeated ad nauseam. That doesn’t matter. Don’t read any content; just share like your plane’s going down. Read the title, forward it, and move on to more important things (like posting the first comment on top blog articles).


“Design News” Feeds FTW!

One of the best ways to ensure that you’re reading as many headlines and as little content as possible is to subscribe to as many tutorials and news feeds as you can find. Your RSS reader should be 90% design news feeds (the other 10%, of course, are popular blogs that you stake out so you can be the “first!!” to comment).

 

Keep Your Content Trendy and Shallow

Many times in life you’ll be required to explain, research, ruminate, think, consider, analyze, contemplate, compare, and do a whole lot of other stuff that requires use of your brain. That’s what court cases are for! Your design blog doesn’t need that kind of so-called depth.

Nobody wants to hear why you thought it was good to make your sidebar 160px wide instead of 150px wide, and how that affected your site’s grid, and how the typography would then need to be adjusted and blah blah blah. Do I really need to know that the Gestalt principles of perception help take the guesswork out of design?

A List a Day Keeps the Web Analyst Away

Seriously, just give us the goods. Tell us your 35 favourite CSS techniques, or introduce us to 20 new JavaScript libraries, or show us 45 beautiful footers. And don’t ramble on explaining why each footer is intricately designed, babbling on about color theory, and use of whitespace. Just show us the pictures.


Compare the beautiful, graphic-filled article above with the boring one shown below.


Jason Santa Who?


Safe Content is Best

There is a fine line between sounding like you have something valuable to say, and actually saying something valuable. The problem with saying what is normally viewed as “valuable” is that many people will disagree and will express this in the comments (unless they are the “first!!” to comment).

The best way to avoid ruffling any feathers is to create safe, easy content that appears to make many profound statements without actually saying much of anything. To illustrate the difference, here are some examples of safe and unsafe statements you might include in one of your articles:

Examples of Unsafe Content:

  • “Client-side scripting can be a helpful way to enhance fully accessible content, but should be used with care so as not to harm the user experience.” (way too complex!)
  • “Logo design should be based on careful analysis of marketing goals, company image, and industry trends.” (are you kidding me?)

Examples of Safe Content:

  • “JavaScript is a very important part of modern web design.” (wonderful!)
  • “Your logo will pop if it has a cool design.” (nice!)

You’ll notice that the first two statements (the “unsafe” content) are full of depth and opinion, and will inevitably lead to long comment discussions where you’ll have to explain yourself, justify your reasons, and clarify your points all over again. That’s not what you want.

The next two statements (the “safe” content) are perfect. They are 100% true. No one in their right mind would disagree with either of those statements. The only thing they can say is “great post, so true!” (or similar). You’ll get about 75 of those comments in a matter of minutes, allowing dozens of Indian Joomla web developers to advertise their services. Thus, everybody wins (well, except the community).


Don’t Tell Us Why It’s Blue, Just Tell Us It’s Blue

Don’t give reasons for your decisions on design, and why you’re listing a particular example of beautiful web design. If you do that, then you’ll have to discuss your reasons with the people in the comments who oppose your “unsafe” view. If it’s glossy and has drop shadows, just say so; don’t explain why those features were necessary.

In fact, it’s probably best if you have no reasons for your design decisions, in which case you will never be tempted to explain why you designed something a certain way — because you won’t know! If anyone asks you why you decided to go with a particular color, you can just say “I don’t know!” and really mean it.

 

Everything You Need is Online

The only research you should ever do is online. There is no point in wasting time and money on books, magazines, or other non-internet sources. Everything in books is available on the internet — for free! (You don’t pay for internet access, do you?) Books, on the other hand, cost money. That money will subsequently go towards supporting a supposedly intelligent, educated, and experienced designer. That would mean less money for you, which is a bad thing.

Don’t Be Inspired by Anything Offline

All the inspiration you need can be found online. You are a web designer; you cannot be inspired by anything other than web design.

For example, you might want to create a pretty navigation bar. In order to do so, you need to look at other pretty navigation bars. It’s logical. How could a beautiful tree or flower inspire you to create a beautiful navigation bar? A tree or flower is nothing like a beautiful navigation bar. A navigation bar is the only thing that is like a navigation bar, therefore in order to be inspired to create a beautiful navigation bar, you must look at other navigation bars. I cannot emphasize this enough.

I know this is beautiful, but it should not inspire you.

Some people feel they need to enjoy the outdoors, breathe some fresh air, look at a sunset, or take a walk in a beautiful park or valley. They claim this “inspires” them. How ridiculous.

We are web designers, not tree designers or flower designers. Besides, you’re on the internet, so there is no need to take a walk in the park. You can look at parks and valleys and forests and trees from the comfort of your computer (or your handheld device, if you are forced to go to the bathroom or something).


What About Other Creative Sources?

Just because there are creative people involved with television, music, movies, theatre, culinary arts, and dance, does not mean that you can learn how to improve your own creativity from those professionals.

Steven Spielberg is a creative and accomplished film director and screenwriter, but you are a web designer so you cannot learn anything from him.

You are a web designer. You’re not a television writer, movie producer, playwright, chef, or ballet performer. Stick to what you know, and stay in your comfort zone. Those other so-called creative industries will only cloud your vision.

 

Conclusion

I was so disturbed when I began to read on different design blogs that the community needs to improve and that we need more in-depth discussions. But don’t worry, this “don’t kill the community” attitude is just a passing trend that will be gone soon.

The shallow, immature, anonymous, low-quality discussions that take place on internet giants like Digg and YouTube have worked wonders for them. Why can’t the same formula work for us?

I hope this article has provided plenty of useful tips that will help all of us to prevent the community from moving forward and being saved.

Please do your best to put these suggestions into practice, otherwise we’ll end up with a million design blogs that feature analytical articles full of text and informed opinions that elicit quality discussions promoting good practices and healthy exchanges of new ideas. Is that really what we want?


This post was written exclusively for Webdesigner Depot by Louis Lazaris, a freelance writer and web developer. Louis runs Impressive Webs where he posts articles and tutorials on web design. You can follow Louis on Twitter or get in touch with him through his website.

Disclaimer: The opinions posted in this article are the author’s and they may not necessarily reflect WDD’s views on these matters.


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  • http://omel.co.cc Omel

    f – i – r – s – t – ! – !

    hope I got it right…anyway, great article, as a struggling web designer I learn a lot from this site!

    • http://techloaded.com techloaded

      good one! somehow this article made me wonder what kind of comments would appear here! would they the kind that nearly always appear on articles of this type? would they be the ones that he describes in the story?

  • CodeDude

    haha…love this. a good laugh for today.

  • http://justcreativedesign.com Jacob Cass

    First comment! ;)

  • Not A Designer

    First!

  • http://lakeside.com.np/ Lakeside Techies

    First comment… as I expected ;)

  • http://www.mushroomdigital.co.uk Mushroom Website Design

    Hey im a big fan of your website thus me reading this article and seeing my name exploited as an anchor spammer. Our business loves the informative information you post on a weekly basis. The username “mushroom web design” and “mushroom digital” or usernames we use when showing thanks on blogs/communities. I can honestly say we have never received work from someone typing in “mushroom web design”.

    • http://www.iconfinder.net Martin LeBlanc

      Why don’t you just use your real names then?

      • http://spyrestudios.com Jon Phillips

        haha, good point! I’ve never met anyone named ‘Mushroom’ :)

      • http://creativeoverflow.net Jacques//An1ken

        Haven’t you heard of the Mushroom Man? haha ;)

      • http://spyrestudios.com Jon Phillips

        haha, I have, but nothing related to the design community :)

    • http://desaindigital.com jeprie

      Hi, Mr. Mushroom!

  • RyanDC

    All horrible, horrible things for an intelligent and creative community.

    Great article though, if not a little confusing to understand the view point initially.

    • Thomas

      It is a wonderful thing called sarcasm. Pretty difficult to grasp for novices. Try to look it up- the insight might help you out in future life.

  • Truemc

    FIRST! We Design Girl!
    Online Inspiration is phenomenal with so many sources and ideas packed into this great article, Thanx!

  • Truemc

    FIRST! WEB Design Girl!
    Online Inspiration is phenomenal with so many sources and ideas packed into this great article, Thanx!

  • David M

    Websites like this are brilliant, the evolve the web design community. What I don’t understand why the ‘web-site’ input field isn’t just removed? That will surely get rid of most people who spam? Alternatively you could either moderate any post that includes a website link OR code it in so any spammed website get’s banned from posting.

  • Web Factory – Lowest Price

    F-i-r-s-t-!!!!!!

    nice article. great website, just like the ones we builds for lowest costs.

  • Happy Person on the West Coast

    What a funny article! LOL! I didn’t know Design Depot was into comedy!

  • http://www.taptapdesign.com Igor Ivankovic

    f-i-r-s-t! Also like the post. Did I mention I’m a web designer. Hey, nice post!

    + funny article, gave me a nice cheer up!

  • http://www.designlovr.com ximi

    Hilarious!
    I’ll make sure to apply these principles form now on. No more comments with opinions and nothing but plain “The 50 Best XXX”-Posts.

  • http://dan.oprey.co.uk dan.oprey

    Do I detect some sarcasm?

    Let’s kill this thing.

  • http://talentosweb.com Reynosa’s web design

    Just practicing the above article :)

  • http://sneakerfox.deviantart.com Descriptive Name of Company

    LAST PSOT!!1

    In honesty – great article. I’m guilty of some of these myself (people that say they aren’t and never have been are lying).

    The quickest way to kill any thriving creative community is to devolve into a quivering puddle of “me toos” that give little to no thought as to the repercussions of their interactions, designs or statements.

    Inspiration should come from EVERYWHERE. If you’re not trying to be inspired in everything you do, you’ve failed.

  • http://blogmunk.com munkkron77

    The best article.
    Thank a lot:-)

  • http://www.creativeopera.com/ Manda Szewczyk

    This post was AWESOME!!! I was cracking up the entire way through!! I’m so glad that you called out these mainstream — and insanely annoying — practices. You might want to add to the list:

    “No reason to write your own content. Just copy and paste from your favorite design blog!! And, why not go the extra mile? Link directly to the original post images — no need to copy them over to your own server. And, don’t feel bad about taking someone else’s hard work and publishing it as your own — as long as you provide a credit line or link, the original author should be ECSTATIC that you liked their work enough to put it on your own blog.”

    :) Great article — hopefully the people that you’re speaking to will listen.

  • MyCoolUsername

    first!!
    And I HATE this article.
    And I HATE you!

    But I won’t tell you why!

    ;-))

  • http://www.bensaufley.com Ben Saufley

    This is a fantastic article, though I suspect it will only end up preaching to the choir—a big part of the problem that shows up in a lot of the things you list is that people aren’t reading, they’re just following some sort of blogging protocol to get their name onto the comments section of every blog post they can as a means of garnering exposure. The people who are reading this article are probably not going to be the people who are contributing to this problem.

    I’m also of the opinion that the design community is thriving, as evidenced by all of the original content posted every day by dozens, if not hundreds, of excellent design blogs and communities, and the concept of a “dying” community is just there because the Internet is full of idiots. You have to look past the clutter and see that there is still a thriving community interacting and contributing out there.

    That’s my hope, anyway.

    • http://www.Jhousemedia,com Zach Alig

      Ben Saufley, I’m glad I know you.

  • http://www.imarscreative.com/blog kim

    Very funny post. Great sense of humor ! Bravo!

  • CloseMouth

    f – i – r – s – t – ! – ! post for me. Love the sarcasm. Keep it up.

  • http://www.addtodesign.com Matthew Craig

    This post couldn’t be more true and I agree wholeheartedly.

    You did forget to mention the fact that it is totally unnecessary to type with proper punctuation or grammar. Who has time for that? It’s all about getting your point across in the shortest amount of time possible. We live in a 140 character world people… get used to it.

    Therefore: i lyk dis pst gud wrk thx 4 tipz u rok bbies r kute!!!!!1!

  • http://www.violetminded.com Amanda

    Genius. Sheer genius. Laughed the whole way through! A little sad that this runs rampant in our community but hey, at least you called them out on it. Sarcasm wins again!

  • Alex Magnum

    Bullshit! 90% of this article is stuff i hate about the so called design communities. … Haha there i gave u a reason.

  • http://www.AndreRyanDesigns.com San Diego Web Guy – ThatsGravy!

    Incredible Article! Totally digging it! Thank You for posting this.

  • Alex Magnum

    One more thing (insert a comment edit plugin please) how are we supposed to pick up chiks from blogs if we’re not certain that they have Girlish name Photo of a girl etc. And how can you say Jason Santa Maria’s Blog isn’t a marvel. It’s an experiment for a transition print to web. There, 2 more reasons!

  • http://twitter.com/ui_hero UI Hero

    I follow about 85 design blogs. Why so many? Is it because there’s an overwhelming volume of excellent content in all 85? Well, a certain group of them consistently feature quality content but, as a rule, no. Most of them are filled with shallow, meaningless posts or links to each other’s shallow, meaningless posts.

    Occasionally a gem surfaces on one of them, and that’s what I wait for. If I had to read each blog individually looking for good content I wouldn’t bother. A good RSS readers does most of the work for me – I don’t actually have to be bothered with the lower 90% of their content. I skim the RSS feed, pick out the quality material, and the rest I handle the same way I handle junk mail at home.

    Regarding ‘Killing the Community’, we’re never going to stop people from writing shallow, meaningless posts, nor will we ever stop SEO opportunist douchebags from peppering their comments with even more useless crap. That’d be like asking the world’s musicians to stop recording shallow, meaningless pop and asking their fans to stop downloading it. But, as with anything, when the environment is saturated with of poor-quality content, anything with high-quality content will immediately rise to the top, get noticed, and stand out from the herd.

  • http://www.jennamolby.com Jenna Molby

    Very funny post. Bravo!

    • Brad

      And you’re obviously guilty of using a photo of a hot chick :)

  • http://twmod.org Jason Hodge

    The problem isn’t limited to the web-design community, many other internet based communities are suffering a similar trend. That being said there are and always will be pockets of like minded individuals who support one another with constructive and useful insights into their own and others work.

  • http://www.workingwebcopy.com Angela West

    @Alex – chicks don’t get picked up from blogs. We get picked up from MMORPG’s.

    @Louis – loved your post. I’m going to change my picture to my real appearance, I’m sick of living a lie:

    http://scifilessons.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/jabbathehut.jpg

    • http://www.violetminded.com Amanda

      HAH! Angela, you officially win at life. <33

  • http://www.alexdarie.ro alexandru Darie

    Wow, I love this! Sarcasm! That “F**k you!” attitude! Wow, finally, the pro’s are starting to backfire! Now, maybe you can actually rally some other designers and start to do something about it, maybe shut the fuck off the “Sites that make you an alpha male designer” lists! BTW, I expect another article like this again, I like the fire!

  • http://creative-le.com Dan Le

    Nice article. It definitely gave me a laugh since I’ve seen every example of what you wrote about. Sometimes you need those type of people to generate some traffic, but it is more informative and exciting to have actual conversations with the audience.

    Thanks for lightening up my day.

  • http://parlierdesign.com bpdeeziner

    After reading this article, I can safely say that this comment will be my last. I am now too afraid to comment on any blog or social networking site.

  • http://benthinkin.net Ben Gremillion

    This post is just what I needed. It’s one thing to discuss the design process, quite another to lampoon it. Thanks for the laughs. Now we need to compute metrics on celeb avatar click-thru ratios. Average tomatometer minus number of recent scandals…

  • http://biancayvonne.com Bianca

    This post made my day complete. I usually don’t comment on blog articles for essentially the reasons your listing. Blog posts vary rarely have a lot of substance, all the list posts out there are great for quick inspiration (sometimes), but how is a viewer to respond, “Great list! Love number 108″? That thought doesn’t promote any valuable information or idea. Like Ben Saufley, I agree that you’ll probably be preaching to the choir but maybe, just maybe, some of these people will realize that they look like foolz.

  • http://www.developstuff.net/ Adcuz

    I was glad to read your bit on inspiration, I’ve never understood the whole look at some generic photos of mountains and clouds for inspiration thing. An entertaining and good read.

  • chris

    A humourous post with a serious note.
    There is far too much follow the leader within the design community methinks -
    witness the recent web 2.0 debacle.
    How many clients ask for a web 2.0 website I wonder.
    If design is about art and not about grids, then designers need to think for themselves,
    design for themselves and get off the damned wagon train.

  • http://emitgraphics.com Zak Groner

    FIRST.

    ALSO This article sucks and is lame FAIL

    -*CUTE SEXY WEB DESIGNER*-

  • http://www.deepbass.com/portfolio Brad Shaw

    While I agree with your points, they say that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. I suppose this is targeted at the people you’re looking to change the most but a whole article based off nothing more than sarcasm gets a bit tiring.

  • craig

    Surprised at all the focus on blog comments. I guess since they don’t take much effort from the commenters I never expected much from them.

    Yes, there is always a certain amount of background noise, but if you’ve said something important, I do think you will get interesting feedback.

    I have no interest in posting my full legal name on random websites at this time, and I don’t think that should be expected. I would think any well thought out response would be appreciated.

    I *am* getting tired of the “lists” posts, especially when they just recycle somebody else’s list that I just saw last week. But I think the web traffic for those will eventually decline and take care of that.

  • James

    Nice funny article, I love the sarcastic tone. And to my surprise, my “first!! nice post too!” even made it in! I’d never done that in my life and had to take the opportunity (yes I know it’s lame)…but at least it got a “Perfect”. lol.

  • http://deathlock.wordpress.com Xaliber

    Huh, why do you put “not using real names” on the list? At the very least, they give you more traffic to your blog. I once Googled for something similar to “Joomla Web Design India” and the result yields a link to some web design blog.

    Just kidding, but, seriously, why do we have to use “real names”? Because that makes us look more “professional”? Call me amateur–perhaps that’s what I am–but I’ve been using this pseudonym, this “not real name” for some times, and nothing bad happened to both me and a design community I get involved with, yet. By saying pseudonym, of course I didn’t mean names as “Gold Coast Web Designer” or “Joomla Web Design India”, but pseudonyms as mine. Xaliber, mick345, Chika, etc. By definition, those are no real names, too.

  • http://www.truenorthe.com Courtney

    This is a great article, and I’ll be sure to link back to it many times!

    Thanks for the laughs :-)

    Poulsbo Web Designer

  • Sandra

    Funny stuff

  • http://www.grumblebeestudio.com mikeo

    n-o-t t-h-e f-i-r-s-t!!!

    it’s funny because it’s true.

    .mike

  • http://www.codesquid.co.uk Grant Sykes

    Yeah, I’d pretty much agree with this article. Either say something constructive, or say nothing at all.

  • http://www.geekandhype.com Joffrey

    Ahah, so true but so funny. :)

    I have the same issue even if my blog is not as popular as Webdesigner Depot. Spams, fake comments’ names for SEO… The list could be huge, but your post says it all.

  • Luis Craik

    l – a – s – t – !

    hahaha nice article – unique!

  • http://resourcehive.com JC

    I gotta say that I almost cried I was laughing so hard when I read this. Great article and I love the sarcasm. Keep up the good work. Great content trumps all my friend….

  • Marie

    A month early for April 1st? This article still win though!

    No…I am l-a-s-t!

  • http://frostpress.com Matt

    Thank you, I really needed this… my sides hurt a bit from the laughing.

    I swear, lists of “86 pretty websites” is what makes me unsubscribe from a lot of normally good sites.

  • http://www.mkhaled.com Mahmoud

    Reminds me of the first comment on Elliot’s article “Web designers who can’t code, was like this: “I just felt the need of being the first at commenting something. Greetings from Mexico. Now off to actually read what the entry is about.”
    Mad funny!

  • http://sexidesign.com Melody

    hahahahaha Oh my god you soo beat me to writing this post..I’ve been wanting to speak about the whole fake girl photos for avatars for awhile now ..this was a good laugh though..

  • Leah

    Ummm, yeah right you guys, you know I was really FIRST!!! anyway, now that we have that settled. . . .:) Thanks for saying something that was really needed, and it could be applied to alot more places on the entire internet and life in general. I’m all for more thoughtfulness and in-depth consideration of anything that deserves it. The ever increasing trend in shallow insincerity is getting boring to say the least. I’m tired of being the sole “nerd” (in some places) who dares to say something meaningful.

  • http://twitter.com/z0r z0r

    Thank you so much for writing what others are thinking.
    I think if other bloggers could do that, they could not afford the loyalty of their readers. Why? Because there is no such blog of design community that does not “showcase” or “inspire” or something like that.
    A year ago I was surprised by this type of posts like “20 tips and tricks” or “50 best headers” – they helped me alot starting my design “career”. But now I am fed up with that.
    What’s more, there are more and more “articles” with titles “HOW TO DESIGN bla-bla-bla Premium/professional bla-bla-bla” and showing some evident stuff. That.. sucks!
    Again, thank you. Some one should have done that already, and WDD is the best place for these thoughts.

  • Allen Wilson

    This is a good article but the intent of it rings rather hallow when the author’s own site features nothing but tutorials instead of the deep discussion that he demands from others and the website it’s posted on is one of oldest who consistently post list, inspiration and tweets of the week articles.

    I suppose it’s easier to just give the orders than follow them but it sure would be nice if some of these “designers” doing the loudest bitching would help out the community a little and lead by example.

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      WDD is about finding that right balance. We publish all types of posts and we believe in a balanced approach between in depth/how to type of articles and inspirational posts.

      • Allen Wilson

        I didn’t mean to imply that ALL of the articles published here are of the list variety and I will say that you do well striking that balance for the most part. I just found it odd that such a cutting and attacking article would be posted on one of the blogs that had a hand in beginning and continuing the list and inspiration trend when said article is apparently so vehemently anti- any of those kinds of articles.

  • http://www.bensky.co.uk Ben Sky

    You forgot to add:

    Make your article so long that everybody stops reading it (even it if it is rather funny.)

  • http://sideradesign.com you win the web designs

    great stuff, I shared it on twitter, but what’s it about?

  • http://www.visualswirl.com/ Chris Thurman

    Some good comments from everyone. I think the f-i-r-s-t joke is dead by comment #10 so I’ll pass on the opportunity. Sometimes my head explodes by the overwhelming amount of junk content that is floating around. Do I contribute to it? Yes, probably more than I should. However, I am doing my best to put out some thought provoking material amongst the lists. Often times stating the truth can be humorous and I feel like you’ve hit the nail on the head (which is unfortunate because it all is true).

    It’s great to have the resources pointed out but it’s also great to use blogs for learning and thinking (and laughing like this one). Great post!

  • beans above the frank

    Not first!!

  • http://1001010010101.010101 deja who?

    The opinions posted in this article reflect my views on these matters. “Tweet This”

  • http://www.tropicaweb.co.uk McBonio

    haha! Great article!

    I haven’t read many comedy pieces here and as I was reading it I thought (briefly) you may have lost the plot somewhat!

  • http://www.garethbotha.com/blog/2010/02/9-amazing-examples-of-light-painting-photography/ Gareth Botha

    Thanks for the laugh! This was a pretty hilarious post. I really lost it at the “This is a nice 30 portfolio designs” part.

  • http://elitebydesign.com Brian Lovin

    Honestly, not a fan of this post. I agree with Allen Wilson, #62 above, it seems a bit hypocritical to be posting this on a site like WDD, considering the entire site is built on an archive of list posts.

    WDD is definitely taking progressive steps though – your latest posts seem to be more in depth. This post however, seemed a little low brow and wasn’t too funny. You’re not giving the right credit to the articles you mention in the first sentence, which are actually well thought out and thought provoking posts. They actually address the issues that are prevalent in the design community, rather than making a weak satire of the issues.

    Even reading the comments on this post: All the “lol’s” and “First’s”, even in jest, make me question why people are even commenting. About 10 out of the last 70 comments have been thoughtful. And of those about two actually are commenting on why these issues are becoming more noticeable in the design community.

    My 2 cents, sorry to rant, I normally don’t. This post seemed a little weak coming out of WDD. That’s all.

  • http://www.florinanghel.com Florin Anghel

    Irony. I like it! :)

    At the first tip, before realizing it’s ironic, I was like “Is this guy serious?”. Congratulations! These days, you rarely find articles that are both fun and educational at the same time.

  • http://www.pushpsds.com Glenn Sorrentino

    This is one of the first articles I’ve read on here that I disagree with almost completely. Don’t use your real name? So instead of seeing Glenn Sorrentino, you see some arbitrary reference to your profession? Cute avatars? What is going on right now?

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      The ‘tips’ are not meant to be taken seriously, the author is criticizing what he sees in the community by making sarcastic remarks in the article. Time to read it again. :)

      • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

        Doh Glenn!

  • http://www.pixil.info Pixil

    lol, great list for the killing!

  • http://ardianzzz.blogspot.com ardianzzz

    Ha hah, in mu country, we call first comment with “PertamaX!”

  • http://brazierwebdesign.co.uk Peter Brazier

    Haha, excellent use of sarcasm and a little dig at Andy Rutledge’s Blog

    Nice One ;)

  • http://angelobeltran.com/blog Angelo Beltran

    You know a lot of readers will have a good laugh at this even I did but in reality this is not a joke. Well done.

  • http://www.sachinuppal.com Sachin Uppal

    Thanks for writing and taking-up this cause. Liked the sarcasm, appreciate your time… and also look forward to more informative articles/discussions.

  • http://www.serenedestiny.com Nicole Foster

    I absolutely love this post! I couldn’t stop laughing because you see these people everywhere and everyone is guilty of some of them at least once. I know I have used a keyword in my name several times before. Now I just, eh, whatever.

  • Elbows Deep

    Ha! love this style of learning, sarcasm to get the point across well done! I seen another example of this from paul boag, very captivating.

  • http://originideas.com Origin Ideas

    Kill’em all!!

  • http://www.frucomerci.com Frucomerci

    Hahaha!
    Great article, completely agree with most of it!
    One day you can write about the web design/dev outsourcing spam (basically from India)

  • http://pollyfolio.com/ Polly

    Seventy-sixth!

  • http://gauravmishra.com Gaurav M

    hmm so nicely done
    Need to read it multiple times.
    Great post!

  • http://www.foundryspot.com Jack Hughes

    This was so hilarious! For the whole time I was reading this, I was getting angrier and angrier until I realized this was nothing to get my feathers ruffled over, it was scathing sarcasm! Haha! Know what’s wonderful? Going from really bad mood to really wonderful, lightheartedness. I adored this article and once I got over the fact it was all given with a nudge, I found that a lot of these tips are very useful! Telling me to be shallow and impersonal while just following trends. Ha! That one had me nearly falling out of my chair!

    I think the best point in the article (to me) was that the web is turning into a cluttered collection of useless, shallow, and unhelpful trash. It shouldn’t be trash! This wonderful invention called the World Wide Web should be inspiring and gorgeous and breathtaking as it was the first time you used it! It excites me! Why would I want it to get soiled by bad design, shallow commercial interest, and pools or flaming and pointless arguments?

    Thank you! Thank you very much for the insight! I may be just a yound college kid, but this means a lot to me!

  • http://www.origamian.com cRaZy RaNgA

    Some People Never Learn….!!!!

  • delacuadrar

    Love the fact that there were no discretionary notes at the end. I’m sick of having to design for r-tards, meaning that you have to over explain yourself 24-7. Nice to leave things open, so we can all use our “materia gris” once in a while…

  • Taha

    Eighty Seven !!! I think.
    very nice post. I think the blogging community is also needs to improve. We need information about real web designing not post about best 40 blue webdesign, best 60 footers and so on. Although it is necessary to know what good is going on the web community but more important thing is to learn how it is going and learn something. An excellent example of great post is from the same blog “The Myth of DPI”. These kinds of article increase the knowledge of every one.

  • http://my.brick7.net/ Poonit Patel

    nice post …thanks for informing

  • http://www.creatusdesign.nl/ Gert van den Brink

    Nice article and completly true, I have to admit that I sometimes use fake names on comments, but here at Webdesigner Depot I prefer to use my real name.

    I hope that this article wil wake up some people. . .

    Ps: l-a-s-t-!-! (for the time being)

  • MattS

    Hm – so ‘I’m not the only one who’s fed up with the lists? Awesome.
    Some blogs consist of almost nothing else of “25 examples of…”, “40 things that…”
    As I said, I’m fed up with those.

  • http://creativeoverflow.net Jacques//An1ken

    I loved the article mate. Gave me a great start to my day, 6 in the morning.

    P.s keep the great articles coming.

    Jacques

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk jay design

    Haha good stuff! Well written, I had to go back and read a few parts again just to re-experience the sarcasm!

  • http://www.mushroomdigital.co.uk Mushroom

    I think you need to be a bit more specific on names which you are targetting. Blogs such as Noupe and Designer Informer have posted comments back under the names of their websites and not the their actual names. Aslong as people are not putting there name as “quick loans” or “easy cash now” i don’t really think there is cause for concern.

    When a post is made on here it says “awaiting moderation”. So i’m presuming it doesn’t get moderated?

  • http://www.1stwebdesigner.com Dainis Graveris

    I laughed totally on those few points, but unfortunately they all are so true – all we can do is laugh, smile about others, while in the meantime we are doing the same from our Great MARKETING type of approach.

    List articles are easy to create, get’s attention – of course there are huge amounts of them, because everybody can do that.

    Comments? – Everybody knows commenting technique from marketing point of view.

    What am I doing now? Leaving value, getting personal contact and attention from blogger and giving no-follow backlink to my blog in case somebody thinks I said something so stupid or so smart to actually want to know more about me.

    Funny and so true! Excellent point and article!

  • http://www.imakeprettywebsitespleaseviewmypage.com Dutch Designer **I LOV DESIGN!**

    Wow this article sucks.

    • http://wbaars.nl Wouter Baars

      Seriously though: Great read.

  • http://chunkydesign.wordpress.com/ chunkydesign

    Nice article, but there are some assumptions behind it, that I don´t totally agree with. Is there really a design community to kill?… Are design blogs about design? I don´t think so… Being a designer might not be enough to put food on your table. Having a blog that has thousands of readers, and can make thousands of dollars a month in ad revenue, can be a great help. So, you´re talking about bussiness and that´s the way you should look at it. Will you make money with you blog writing great design theory articles, once a week, that only a few will find interesting, or make daily posts about nothing and everything, offering all kind of resources and inspiration, that will interest not only designers, but a much larger group of people. I think the path to follow is quite obvious. And a lot of the people that read and comments on those blogs, are on the same band-wagon, looking for exposure and promotion.
    Of course, that having all kinds of design available for free on the internet, just downgrades the designers. Why will I pay a designer anything, if there´s so much available for free, and some friend or relative that has some notions about Photoshop or Illustrator can easily adapt, to make what I want, for almost no cost at all…
    So, to end this, I don´t think anyone can kill the design community, because in fact, there isn´t one, but we can easily be killing any kind of value that´s left on design as a respectable and profitable carreer to follow.

  • Alex Magnum

    @Angela West: Hahaha :D

    Note to self: Never comment on blogs while under the influence of 4 beers. Because it will make me believe a sarcastic blog post. :D

  • http://www.suburban-glory.com/ Andy Walpole

    Very funny :)

    When I first started reading it I thought, Satirical; and then I thought, Oh my God the guy is being serious! Fortunately you weren’t.

  • Web designer from Mars

    FIRST Comment!
    I am spamming! I am spamming! I am spamming! I am no longer spamming.
    Nice article.

  • http://www.gdevelop.info GDevelop WebDesign

    Great article, but at some points you are wrong.
    (Well i think, this is a good start to follow your tipps.)

    Sorry for your website…
    I’ll be back in a while to see if these tipps are working :)

    • http://blog.mercenario.es/ mercenario

      hello! sweet chance ^^

      Sorry for your website???? are you crazy?, its good, not bad! i dont understand why you sayd this

  • http://loftian.com Michael Hoskins

    I am still cringing over how often we fall prey to such atrocities. It is such an eye opener. Thank you. Unfortunately I have had a terrible picture that i cannot figure out how to change. If any one can help with that I would appreciate it.

  • http://www.creativemash.co.uk CreativeMash

    f-i-r-s-t-!-! to comment at 13:12 on 4 March. Yes!

    Great post and some wise words. Well, great title anyway ;)

  • http://www.nopun.com Noel Wiggins

    I’ve been commenting on blogs and writing post on mine for about a year now, originally it was for SEO purposes, but since I love joining in on the conversations it keeps me fresh and is a great way to start the day, and I actually get more traffic from these commented post than any other form of marketing I do, its probably other designers just like me instead of actual potential customers but at least the web stats have gone up!

    Thanks and Regards

    Noel for Nopun.com

  • http://www,walkerstudios.co.uk John Walker

    I am having one of those days and this just made me smile. Thank you!

  • http://www.ospreye.com ospreye

    I skimmed through this article not reading much, so I really missed the point at first. By the end I was ready to “Really? Should I be doing this? But it goes against everything I practice”.

    Aaaahh, but then I read some other things in here that I did agree with!! So some of the things you mentioned are right on, and others are just plain wrong. And if you can’t tell what they are, well then try reading between the lines…

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net/index.php Jordan Walker

    A little facetious article. Great work!

  • http://www.drumania.com.ar martinbrumana

    yeaaaaaaaahhh!!!! nice post!

    L-A-S-T-!-!-!-!

  • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

    Being Northern Irish, I got the sarcasm in this article straight off the bat. I found it funny that some people didn’t, AT ALL! I love the view-point that this has been written from, but then from the comments, it shows where the view-point can fall down if people don’t realise to reverse the meaning. Maybe a little line at the end to say, “These are ways to KILL the design community, not recommended tips”, just to drive the point home…?

    Loved this article, and its obviously touched a lot of people too, from the number of comments – maybe we need more articles like this, or written in a touch-in-cheek kind of manner?

    As always, thanks to WDD for all the hard work and great articles. And thanks to Louis for writing this and making me smile.

  • http://clockwrk.com Doug Webster

    I must need more sleep. I was reading through this thinking these were serious suggestions which got me all sorts of confused.

  • http://nataliaventre.com Natalia Ventre

    The main designs blogs are changing, I’m reading much better articles today than 6 months ago. Maybe the best designers are designing (or publishing books), not blogging.

  • http://rc3media.com Utah SEO Website Developer

    All I have to say is… nice how to kill the design community article.

  • http://www.blog.divabydesign.org mydivabydesign

    Best post!!! Funny post and informative! Yes, I read it!

  • David Kaplan

    You forgot one, “Use Titles for Blog Articles that are Designed to Promote Controversy and Traffic without any Real Relevancy to the Topic.”

    Anyway, I agree with some of the article, but I feel that this article is more of a sarcastic indictment of the design community and social networks as a whole, than anything else.

    I agree that a person should use their real name, but there’s no reason one can’t market themselves creatively, either. I happen to use my real name but the name of my company IS my real name. So that’s a no-brainer.

    As far as telling designers they’re wrong, but not telling them why: I often get into debates with designers who post articles on blogs about what I think is wrong. I almost always back up my claims with evidence or rational thinking. But, I find that, universally, they would rather defend their argument then simply say, “Hey, you could be right. I’ll have to think about that.” or “Thanks for the advice!”. And, God forbid if they say, “You’re right. I’m wrong. Thanks!”

    Sometimes the arguments even degenerate into pointless diatribe.

    So, given these are public forums, I think it would behoove design bloggers like yourself to be more open and accepting of criticism.

    As far as the “shallow/trendy” thing, there is such a fine line between doing something because it’s trendy and doing something because it inspired you that the point is moot. There are tons of really talented/deep designers who build on the shoulders of those before them. Few people create a dramatic improvement in design that positively alters design concepts in one fell swoop. And, if they did, most of the time it’s because they got lucky, not because they’re some deep artistic genius. It’s usually an evolution, over time, and by many many people.

    Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Feel free to disagree. It wouldn’t be the first time.

    David Kaplan

  • http://boundbystars.com Jeff Boshers

    I really liked this article! The wit and slightly cynical attitude is missing from a lot of blog posts these days. I enjoyed this, keep it up. Advertising one’s web design service in the comments of a site that is primarily viewed by designers is moot. But if you want good service and great rates call me! lolz.

  • http://new2wp.com/ Jared

    I see my previous comment got rejected apparently.

    If only I had read this before commenting. I guess ….

  • http://www.behance.net/mug25 mug25

    One Hundred Twenty Second!!!!!

    Very funny article. The sad part is, it’s almost all true.

  • http://365concepts.tumblr.com/ **a GRAPHIC DESIGNER from INDIA. Just in case if u want to hire a cheap but good designer.

    LOL, that was hilarious and informative too.
    god bless WEBDESIGNERDEPOT….
    cheers.

  • http://365concepts.tumblr.com/ Rupinder Singh

    nice…lol

  • http://365concepts.tumblr.com/ 365 Concepts

    thanks ,,,,for the roller coaster,,,nice 1

  • http://www.orphicpixel.com Mars

    oh I missed that first comment!

  • http://www.rachelmmurray.com Rachel M. Murray

    Thanks for my morning laugh. Well done. Sadly, though, the practices you detail have infected the zombies in so many communities online, not just the ‘design’ one – although honestly, they’ve done something to blogging that’s ruined it for me. It’s bad enough when the ‘list of 50 best x’ obsessive-compulsive list mongers talk at the end of the year – that it’s happening *constantly* in the design blog sites ALL THE TIME now is just aggravating. It’s less ‘summarizing the best information’ and more ‘popularity contests for data’ which can never be a good thing.

  • http://airopia.org Tom – Airopia

    The hot girl spammers aren’t that bad on the eyes, lol.

    But yeah, I run a blog myself, words can not express my HATE towards spammers.

  • http://www.tommybrophy.com Tommy

    This article seems to have started a bit of a trend no more do people write “First!!!!” they now write “f – i – r – s – t – ! – !” and seem to think its ok? :D

  • http://interactivelogic.net/ InteractiveLogic

    Not first. But that’s OK this was an excellent read. Thanks!

  • Granger Hollingsworth

    New to the site, couldn’t get through this article. Seemed kinda snarky and puts me off as a new reader. What’s the point of it all?

  • http://3circlestudio.com/ Justin Carroll

    Hats off!

  • http://beyondeternal.com Wannabe Designer

    Haha! Cool post! Let’s troll the internet! LOL! xD

  • http://www.fusionstrings.com Dilip Kr. Shukla

    First!!! of all its great article and expresses shares my thought.

    Only difference is i am other side of scene. You talk about how community is getting destroyed and I worry about how this trend took place.

    You see initially it was a matter of pride while getting listed in articles of great design blogs but mushrooming of such galleries left an impression why can’t I blog list of my favs?

    How come this impression taken place? Because of blog titles even from reputed blogs (like list of 37 ***blah**). Title and probably content never emphasized design principles or design intellects. So? Every one has a list, a blog and Internet access.

    Later came the trend to encourage people to comment on blog and reward the lucky commenter (still going on and quite annoying probably inspired from some forums).

    Then came the trend to re-tweet.

    Options to Share among various social networks was always there.

    bottom line is bloggers and blogs always tried to put and encourage quantity of participants rather than real discussion and sharing of thoughts. I see it as “spread the word” process rather than sharing and interacting with like minded, community or intellects. Like ads in news papers.

    I don’t see any problem with using organization name if his comments are thoughtful.

    What I am trying to see is even reputed blog took the liberty and left the community vulnerable.

    The solution I see is reputed blogs needs to focus on design theories and encouraging thoughtful discussion than concentrating on quantity.

    There is a saying in India (long before it was land of Joomla Web Developers)

    Boya ped babool ka to aam kahaan se hoye. (while you are growing tree of Thorns how come you are expecting mangos).

  • http://www.fusionstrings.com Dilip Kr. Shukla

    BTW you can have a list over here. its your list and I repeat Just list.
    Howz this different?
    http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2010/02/a-collection-of-coming-soon-web-pages/

  • webdesignrawks \m/

    As a student I read a lot of design blogs to widen my knowledge, and yes a lot of them are a load of cr&p. Especially those long lists of ‘great portfolio sites’ etc. that don’t justify to the reader why that particular portfolio site is good, as a student, I’m still learning and sometimes find myself wondering why the blogger featured certain sites, it’s very useful for me to read the view of an experienced designer, you know.

    I also love reading the comments from other designers that are constructively criticizing, it’s nice to hear a different viewpoint. However those ‘great article’ comments just waste my life, seriously what is the point? If a designer has written an interesting comment sometimes I would Google their name to look at their site, so it’s worthwhile to make your comments interesting, relevant and longer than 3 words..

    I’d also like to say how refreshing it is to read an article that features humor, it makes for easier reading!
    I just think it’s hilarious that some people don’t get the sarcasm…. do they actually live in the real world?

  • http://www.alejandroperazzo.com Punta del Este Real Estate

    allright good advice, no more real name in my posts :)

  • http://www.simonday.com Simon Day (Who’s really a hot, sexy, single female web designer, just around the corner from you)

    Thank you so much for giving me a good chuckle on a Friday. It was well needed :)

  • http://notchcode.com Alan Bucknam

    Oh, crap. I used my real name. This is why I don’t get all those Real Estate SEO web design jobs.

  • http://maiconweb.com Maicon Sobczak

    Important points. That ‘first’ thing is too much dumb. Quality is the most important aspect of blogs and comment the article as important as write one.

  • http://www.thatjonjackson.com that jon jackson

    i’m ashamed to say that i read the whole article entitled “how to kill the design community”. Didn’t i learn anything?

  • http://www.billbone.co.uk Bill Bone

    You hit the nail on the head with this one, well done. Very funny! And still very informative! It’s gets your message across in a very creative way! We just have to do the opposite of everything you said to be effective.

  • http://aquent.us Greg Carter

    Great article! The Internet needs more constructive snarkiness.

  • Thiago

    it’s 2010 and just now you’ve been introduced to this cold cold world called the interwebs? let’s face it, you and your blogger friends are far away from being a community, in fact the whole internet is far away from being a community. it’s just a huge mess with trolls, liferulers and magical beans sellers, there’s no hope at all.

    a colaborative scenario can’t have the dimensions that the internet has, you gotta micro it, no matter what.

  • pisst off from brazil

    L A S T !! terrible article. comments now is a place to promote youself not the discussion. i hope not to see lot of babies out there!

    wanna know why is terrible? not gonna to telliaa

  • Stephen Bates

    Agreed. Bearing witness to the nondescript/shallow and often misinformed comments on otherwise great posts, I’ve almost exclusively started to ignore comments. Honestly I get more out of a designer tweeting a response to an article than most comments.

  • http://osura.com Anton Korzhuk @osurain

    First… of all, every time i read depot’s “how to kill” articles, I read half the article as if it’s literal. This time I was thinking shoot, I better not use my name anymore and I gotta get my baby’s pic up there.. lol I love you guys.

    Because of this article, I’m going to kill at least 75% of my news posting feeds.

    My tip is to get a http://gravatar.com account!

  • http://www.nainteractive.com Nuno Albuquerque

    This is hysterical, thanks for the laugh!

  • http://www.joseph-sims.com Joseph Sims

    What in the? What is this! Where is my facebook login!

  • http://elina-traduction.com Elina

    My best laugh for the day. lol
    Keep it up!

  • ALDO

    Are YOU kidding me?!?! “What a lame useless article!”

  • http://www.gonzoblog.nl Gonzo the Great

    I hate commenting, it’s soooooh stupid! I hate this article too, .. not funny at all!

    Don’t have a nice day ;-P

    • http://www.gonzoblog.nl Gonzo the Great

      Nevertheless, .. it’s strange there are so much ‘list-posts’ found on this blog?
      Time for some self-reflection perhaps?

      Cheers & Ciao …

  • Anthony Terrell

    This was a great read, however I disagree with most of the content.

  • http://www.mintfactory.co.uk/blog/ Tomasz Bergiel

    Some people say it is a laugh. I say it is not! It is serious and something has to be done about it.

    I’d love to change the way thighs are but….

    If you think you can prevent this from happening then you wrong!

    If you want to stop it then you have to shut down Google or Bing or any other engine. Or at least change their practices. Try to ask them to change the way they are. They are the propulsion for this kind of behaviour and there is no one else to blame as people just adapt to new environment created and run by Google. The same way as animals adapt to the environments influenced by human.

    When it comes to the search engines they’ve got as much to do with search as sheep searching for grass on a slope. They are to make money and be the gods of advertisement not for people to search for things on the internet. Searches are the thing what drives those giants and drives their income. They have created artificial competition based on money not on relevance and value of information.

    In my opinion it is good to address the problem but it is better to understand the source of it rather than the outcome.

    I’m in design business since couple of years (professionally) and my problem is lack of clients. The source of this problem is me being either to honest or not fitting well in to ‘very nice post’ thing. I’m finding it very hard to get through to potential clients without “Dumposting” that I’m struggling to comply with. Thank you Google! Google says “Don’t be evil” but they have forgotten to add “for yourself”

    Why do we have to take part in it to survive? Personally I hate it where is love and joy gone from this world?

    BTW excellent piece of work and I’m fully with you on this one!

    Always wanted to be the 1st one. That must be an amazing feeling for those who can make it.

    Cheers
    Tom

    P.S. Do really you read comments? 

    • chris

      Agree with you Tomasz – people have swallowed the whole google/seo snake oil propaganda when the reality is as you have said, google is nothing to do with search and all about sales.

      • http://www.mintfactory.co.uk Tomasz

        You know Chris… I think that google used their fair play ideas just to dominate the market so they could later dictate others what to do. This destroys The idea of the internet and creates this sick paranoia like people making comments to promote themselves rather than comment. On the other hand if you own a blog you have in mind (like here) to promote you write-up. The more controversy the better because more comments will be posted and traffic will go up. Same old same…

        If we will follow the paths set by google this will lead to the end of the internet as we know it. Deep we will become even deeper so we could call it the underground and last stance of free real information.

        P.S. Thanks for picking up the point!

  • http://michaelkpate.com/ Michael K Pate

    My only comment is that this is so true all over the Web, not just design sites.

  • http://www.bryan-kun.deviantart.com Bryan G. C.

    Great how to kill the design community tips here!

    I actually thought it was an article for real, I specially like the “don’t explain anything” part.

  • http://www.comboweb.dk Martin Hegelund

    Ha – it looks like all the crappy comments are missing. They didn’t dare commenting on this post eventually! :)

    Though I don’t think that comments alone can kill the community. In general I think we need to rethink how we use social media in order to improve our skills and find inspiration. Thank you for an interesting and (unfortunately) hilarious read.

  • katie

    This article just made my day!

    Now, to read it again.

  • http://www.webtasarimsitesi.com wt

    thanks inspirational ideas. but comments are not all about the blog or article.

  • http://thealeksandar.com The Freelancer

    Great post. Althought, I still see some blog owners don’t approve comments with anchor instead of actual name. I’m not one of them.

  • http://www.funspill.com/ Fun Spill

    Wow! I learned a lot. Thanks

  • http://jonraasch.com Jon Raasch

    Hah great article, and a great read, although I confess I was into point 3 before I was certain you were being sarcastic. (You are, aren’t you??? hehehe)

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/WeDesigners MegaFill

    166st comment! And post are very good too ;)

  • http://www.farrdesign.net Ashley

    I like my web design articles like I like my coffee…strong black and sarcastic!

  • Piyush Parmar

    first!!
    Its really nice n informative
    this post is really very good

  • http://espidesigns.com espidesigns

    #-o-n-e-h-u-n-d-r-e-d-s-i-x-t-y-n-i-n-e-t-h-!

    what a great long article! please give us more of this please! kthnx!

  • http://mikesh.ch mikesh

    great post! i loled…

    ah yeah first…

  • http://www.getgrok.com Shyam

    I think this is an epidemic happening all over the web, if fact this was the topic of my Ignite presentation that I gave last week…you can see it here: http://bit.ly/bPcazV

  • http://circleboxblog.com Callum Chapman

    Damn, I missed first! Great laugh for the morning, nice one Louis!

  • http://www.v-render.co.in Veerendra

    Very pin pointed overview on this subject. I never think that this could be a subject for a post.
    Technology is now in common hands who doesn’t even know what to do with it ? So this will happen for few upcoming years. Unfortunately I viewed few Indian commentators too, from my country. But not only design sites its growing all over internet.

    Thanks for sharing this !

  • http://elizawhat.com Elizabeth Kaylene

    Hahaha, this was great! I got a couple paragraphs into this and was like, “Is this person serious?” Then I woke up from my almost-4-pm-on-a-Wednesday slumber and giggled.

  • http://www.beginnerdj.com Murlu

    Love it.

    Snarky, right on point and witty as hell. Definitely made my night, can’t stop laughing.

    There are certainly things that need to die in the design community so we may as have fun in the process.

  • http://starqle.com raymondralibi

    Nice share. anyway, in my country we use PERTAMAX… not f-i-r-s-t-! and absolutely, pertamax much more better :P

  • http://i3mweb.com i3m

    Summed it all up nicely. No Gold Coast posts yet though….. :)

  • http://wow.com Leeroy

    LEEEEEEERRROOOOOOOYYYY JJJJEEEEENNNNKKKKIIINNSSSS!!!!

  • rezon

    hate these indians spammers.

  • jim

    Hilarious post.
    Thanks.

  • http://www.nstudios.co.cc Naga – Graphic / Web designer

    Cool Man. Keep up the good work

  • http://www.thewebsitedesigncompany.co.za DIY weB duDe

    184!!!!! >>>
    crazy post, I did appreciate the wiki list on social sites. thanks

  • http://alexwhinfield.com Alex Whinfield

    Very funny! :)

  • laur

    I completely disagree with the inspiration point. And i wont say why. *evil laugh*

  • http://www.pixelsteam.com PixelSteam

    Really like this article, very clever and very true. We all need to learn to personalize our work and our social presence…for good and bad.

  • best web designer ever

    What I really want to know is how many people took this seriously.
    I mean… this article could actually work as an incentive for more people to start acting this way.

    Anyway… that’s too complicated. Nice post!

    PS: l-a-s-t-!-! :P

  • http://fabiode.com Fabio Esposito

    nice one, lol.
    this post will reach #10000000 comments.

  • http://www.iHardik.com Hardik Shah [Guru]

    THe title of this blog is quite apt and hence also a treat to read !

    Loved every bit of it including the resplendent idea … :)

    Regards,
    H.

  • http://mynameisjay.com Jay

    While I agree with what you’re saying, I think you may be a bit too nitpicky with certain things like the user avatar and name. Sure it would be great if everyone used their real names and pics. (For example on iChat I’ve replaced everyone’s avatars with their real pics and names) But people enjoy a certain amount of anonymity online and simply don’t want to share their personal details. If their comment is meaningful, who cares what they look like?

  • http://mykefx.co.cc Self-proclaimed Wordpress Theme Developer

    L – a – s – t – !

    great article!

    so funny and true.. :D

    L -a – s – t – !

  • http://www.pkshops.com qammar

    2nd last comment ;)

    well, these are all the techniques that some so-called web developer use to
    get “clicks” and blog reader attention.

    But some time you find some useful stuff from a 89-beautiful-logos-useless-list like posts.

    we have a free e-books section on our website, so we should start a blog and start posting daily like

    12 most interesting books for free
    download 9 creative skills books
    3 books for beginner web designer
    7 lovely mistakes
    ….

    ;)

    I really enjoyed your post.

    Many Thanks,
    qammar

  • http://www.madebycube.com Stephen Kistner

    FIRST! You can’t deny I had the first post. Anyways, I really enjoyed reading this article, although I didn’t get that it was downright sarcasm until I got to the “Jason Santa Who?” part. I really think that meaningless comments are not really killing the design community if you just ignore them. Comments like those are usually due to a poor and useless blog post in the first place, something that I will try to avoid when I start my blog.

  • http://mamjed.com Slim Shaddy

    true true…

  • http://crossinghippos.com Bigchested Webdesigner

    No! You never want to be the first to comment, you want to wait for everyone else to say their piece and then agree with them so you don’t have to figure out you own opinion!

  • http://www.jagzlabs.com Jagz

    Lol … I was initially confused by the sarcasm.. had to start over before I could get my bearings right :) … great article.. ohh and by the way ..

    First!!

    hope I got that right :P

  • http://www.aboutadirk.com Dirk

    IBTL (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ibtl)

    Sweet. Laughed all the way through.

    Love how some people really just don’t get that the internet is like real life in many ways; act like you’re a person, and you’ll be fine.

  • http://www.elmanco.com ELMANCO / Stefano Ricci

    ahah L-A-S-T

    By the way the only tre rule is be honest, say what you like or dislike and don’t trasform yourself to get more traffic through comments.