07-13-2015, 02:00 AM
Moderator Hardware Team
Join Date: Mar 2005
OS: Win7-64, BunsenLabs
Viewing TSF when not logged in means the viewer has to put up with an autoplay full-volume video embedded into the page. It must be incredibly annoying for any potential new members if they have to click the pause or mute button every time they open a new thread. We're not going to gain any new members or keep the ones we've already got if we carry on using autoplay full-volume videos on every page.
- The screenshot below shows a recent thread with a 3 minute video that looks like it has been posted by a member, but is put there by the forum. It's in their reply box, but can't be edited out from their post by moderators. The same happens on every other thread when the user is not logged in.
From 9 User Experience Pitfalls That Repel Website Visitors
5 Reasons Your Website Should NEVER Autoplay Sound! - Web Propelled
Hereís a quick way to send someone away from your page:
1. An interested prospect comes to your site.
2. A video starts playing a few seconds after they enter.
3. Their speakers are turned up, the visitor becomes startled and cannot find the mute button.
4. Visitor leaves your site never to return again. They go and buy from your competitor that offered a quiet, non-forceful shopping experience.
Videos are not a bad thing to have on your website. Videos that play automatically are. Thereís a lot of unknowns that the website creator has Ė they donít know how loud it will be for the visitor, they donít know if the visitor wants or needs to see a video, they donít know if the visitor knows where the mute button is, and they donít know if the visitor even has their speakers on.
One of the great benefits of shopping online is that there is no salesman to bother you (generally). Why introduce this into your customerís online experience?
Have a video on your site, but donít force it on the visitor by playing it as soon as the page loads. Let the user control how they want to use and view your site.
1. It is an arrogant abuse of the visitors browser
2. Donít assume you know that your visitor wants to hear it
3. It is against all the rule books
4. Youíre forcing data down somebodyís connection
5. Youíre driving people away from your website
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