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Re: Superfooter survey
I avoid the news part of this site because of that footer, and only go to the forums. Something, I am not sophisticated enough to know if it is just the superfooter, makes the page load unbearably slowly. And if I am careless enough to let the visible page dip into the footer, God help me! It may take 5 minutes for me to get back to something I can use, because my browser bogs down and stutters and freezes.
And what is in that footer that I might want to read, any way?
Ads for stuff? Okay, I probably won't buy it, but that belongs there.
Top threads? I'll go to the forums for that. The thread titles are rarely so compelling that they would inspire me to join a forum.
More forum stuff? Seriously, a simple link to the forum (which is already on the top of the page) is plenty.
A picture of some poster? Vaguely creepy, but okay with the other forum stuff, I guess.
More ads for the forum? I had no idea they were even there until I loaded the footer just to write this post, but, um, okay.
"Like" Android forum on Facebook? I HATE those thing, but they are popping up everywhere. I guess they are good for something. I find it especially creepy when it shows me photos I people I know. Yeah, there's no privacy on the internet. Your site knows who all my Facebook links are. Rub my face in it. It's just creepy. Since I never use Facebook at work, and I'm writing this from work, at least it's just random faces today.
Something about Twitter that is almost completely obscured by the next box? Well, that can't be adding any value, since I can't even see what it is.
Meet the team? A page showing off the staff would be nice, but I certainly don't need to see them every time I am there.
Links to your sister sites, with sample articles? Seriously, if I want to know about that stuff I will go to those sites. I suppose a simple link to each site (like PreCentral has at the top of each forum page) is handy -- that's how I found this site. But I have zero interest in Blackberry news, and it's not worth slowing down my browsing by showing me a bunch of sample articles.
The bar at the veeeery bottom, which I would never have found in all the clutter if I hadn't written this, is good stuff. Handy links to site support, advertise here, terms&conditions, etc. are always needed somewhere.