Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Hate Group's Web Site Not So User-Friendly

When Jack L. Cullen of Biscayne, Florida, recently stumbled across a Web site for "Purify America," a leading hate group, he found much of the content interesting, and wanted to share it with friends who don't have Internet access.
But after numerous clicks, he was unable to locate the familiar icon to make the articles "printer-friendly."
"The pages kept coming out with the words going over the margins," complained Cullen, 33, who admits to being bigoted against just about everyone. It was therefore impossible to produce ledgible printouts of such articles "Seal Our Borders Now" and "Nuke Them All."
"It was almost like no one gave any thought at all to making a visit to their site an enjoyable and informative visit," said Cullen. "Don't they care about having their site bookmarked and referred to other people? I don't think I'd forward this link to anyone."
Michel R. Peters of Hatewatch.com, an expert on Internet hate sites, says that a majority of them don't take the time to make their pages easier to use. "The more racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic you are, the less likely you are to care if you are user-friendly," he said.
Cullen said he was unable to find the familiar "Contact Us" icon to address his complaints. "It ruined the whole experience of Internet hate for me," he said. "It's just sad."


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