I fired up Yahoo Messenger the other day (something that I do far less frequently anymore) and was greeted with this puzzling dialog box:
The only good thing about the dialog box is the lack of an "Okay" button, since it's far from okay.
What's wrong with it?
- No context. I have no idea who it refers to. "Your contact" is about as vague as it gets. The title bar states that this is from "5:55pm" but I fired it up before 5:55pm on that given day. So I'm left wondering who and when this message is referring to.
- What's this about "sharing" instant messages? This appears to be another blatant abuse of "sharing." I suspect it really means "exchanging" or maybe "sending and receiving" instant messages.
- The text needs copy editing. The comma before "and wants..." is unnecessary and makes the text awkward to read.
- When I'm told that I need "the latest Yahoo! Messenger with Voice" I feel like I'm being lied to. If I had waited 9 months before seeing this, the odds are good that I really didn't need "the latest" but simply something newer than what I had. It also sounds as if the voice support is required. Was my mysterious contact really trying to contact me via voice? I suspect not.
- There ought to be an "Upgrade now" button on there instead of merely having a "Close" button. If you really want to me upgrade, make it easy! Why should I have to context switch over to a browser and do the download myself?
Yeah, all that from a little dialog box that tried to mess with my head.
Time to file some bug reports...
Posted by jzawodn at November 05, 2006 08:10 AM