• qasr (unregistered)

    This has <span style="text-decoration: underline;">GOT</span> to be a joke. Gold star to anyone who posts the url. :D

  • Will (unregistered)

    print "Damn you idiots\n" if ($message =~ /fist|first/);

    The real WTF is that I used Perl :)

    And besides, with all that high-tech stuff - scanners, cameras, this guy is clearly so rich from selling this enterprise technique that the punters must keep coming :D

  • tigertiger (cs)

    It would only be a real WTF if he put the image in a Powerpoint file, then a screenshot of this in a Word file, and have Word generate the HTML file...

  • fist rulz (unregistered) in reply to Will

    print "Damn you idiots\n" if ($message =~ /print "Damn you idiots\n" if ($message =~ /fist|first/)/);

  • Artist (unregistered)

    Couldn't this just have been a wayward attempt at artistic style?

  • thomas (unregistered)

    our new lossy compression?

  • Avenger (cs) in reply to fist rulz
    Anonymous:
    print "Damn you idiots\n" if ($message =~ /print "Damn you idiots\n" if ($message =~ /fist|first/)/);

    Invalid flag "f" at line 1.

  • lizardfoot (cs)

    Oh yeah baby... it has frames... it's just this kind of technology that will win us a Webby award.

  • FunnyMan (unregistered)

    So... we're seeing a photoshop of a screenshot of a scan of a printout of a digital photo of a printout of a flyer made in Word?

    ...

    How'd he stumble upon framesets?

    -FM

  • Justin (unregistered) in reply to tigertiger

    Unfortunately, this is not a joke.

    In the screenshot, notice the shadow in bottom-left corner of the bottom-right frame.

    It really is an html frame, with a jpg, of a scan, of a print, of a digital picture, of a print, of a word document, of the information that needs to go on the web.

  • Mexijew (unregistered) in reply to FunnyMan

    Oh.
    My.
    God.

  • OneMHz (cs)

    I'm having trouble even saying I'm speechless. Crap in a hat that's awful! Best WTF in a while. My brain is spinning.

  • Sj (unregistered)

    I feel so foolish. I've been doing it very wrong for a long time.

  • codeman (cs) in reply to FunnyMan

    Anonymous:
    So... we're seeing a photoshop of a screenshot of a scan of a printout of a digital photo of a printout of a flyer made in Word? ... How'd he stumble upon framesets? -FM

    Wait, someone might want a hard copy of the web page, so they'll have a printout of a photoshop of a screenshot of a scan of a printout of a digital photo of a printout of a flyer made in Word.

    Then they can scan it back in, and work on it in photoshop, or powerpoint or word or ... wtf?

  • Anon (unregistered)

    I can believe that someone went through all the steps to do this, but I can't believe this was not done as either a joke or a demonstration of lossiness.

  • Aaron (unregistered)

    It really isn't that bad, as a school assignment.  I mean, the whole thing is rediculous, but for a basic computer familarity class, it requires the student to demonstrate a whole lot of skills that - on their own - are useful.  However, I hope by putting them together this way, they haven't tricked anyone into thinking that this is a good way to make web pages.

  • Martin Helon (cs)

    Why is the screenshot blurred and url not visible? Is it illegal today to post urls of stupid websites?

  • chuck (unregistered) in reply to Will
    Anonymous:

    The real WTF is that I used Perl :)

    I think that's legal Ruby syntax too, so not to worry ;)

    (CAPTCHA: algebra)
  • Ron (unregistered) in reply to chuck

    Common people, give the person a break. I am sure they were not aware of the best way to do this. Atleast they got the website up and running.

    No WTF here.

  • chuck (unregistered)

    I know of a guy who did his band's website by drawing stuff in his wide-rules spiral notebook, scanning it at full size, and just putting up the images on weh pages... but this beats this by miles.

  • FunnyMan (unregistered) in reply to Anon

    Y'know, with a second person, it almost could make sense...

    A creates flyer, the only way he knows how, Word. He wants a wood border, so he takes a copy of it to B on a disk, having seen B use an awesome wood border. B does what he did before, printout, digital photo on his wooden table. But the photo's too big for the disk, so B gives a printout to A, who scans it back in at home.

    Convoluted, but sorta, almost logical.

    -FM

  • naterkane (cs) in reply to chuck

    who found my portfolio!?

  • Richard Nixon (cs) in reply to Ron
    Anonymous:

    Common people, give the person a break. I am sure they were not aware of the best way to do this. Atleast they got the website up and running.

    No WTF here.



    "Come on" != "common"

    Common is what people of your intellect are. "Come on" is the phrase you were looking for. Your mistake is a sign of someone who does not read many books.

    sincerely,
    Richard Nixon
  • pjabbott (cs)

    I like how there is not even an attempt to center and/or crop the flyer.  I guess Photoshop was not part of the publication workflow...

  • Scott Stroz (unregistered) in reply to chuck

    I cannot believe at some point during this process, they didn't stop and think, 'There's got to be a better way.'

  • John Hensley (unregistered)

    But what about browsers that don't support frames? It would be more compatible to load all the different frame combinations in a browser, make screenshots of them, and turn those into image maps. And it would be a faster site, because you can compress images!

  • pjsson (cs)

    How can you tell that the image is a scanned photo and not just an image directly from a digital camera?

    Maybe the guy didn't have the electronic format of the flyer so taking a picture of it and putting it on the web as jpg is a quick and simple way. Of course he could have cropped the image somewhat.

  • Mr. Awesome (unregistered) in reply to FunnyMan

    Take a screenshot of this WTF, print it out, take a picture, scan the picture, and then put that picture up on the web as your page.

  • R.Flowers (cs)

    I hate to say it, but... this one is kinda lame. As Alex admitted, WTFs by amateurs are rarely used because, well, we expect them to still be getting their crap together. Also, there's not enough information presented here for us to really enjoy the WTFiness. As one user said, maybe it's an art experiement; we just can't tell. I would think it's good Side Bar material, but not good front page material.

  • Mr Beeper (cs)

    The real WTF (tm) is that the "border" only covers the rigth side and part of the bottom of the paper.  Unless the books are covering the border, then I guess it's not a WTF - but why is this web site forcing me to guess?!?

  • HitScan (cs) in reply to Richard Nixon
    Richard Nixon:
    Anonymous:

    Common people, give the person a break. I am sure they were not aware of the best way to do this. Atleast they got the website up and running.

    No WTF here.



    "Come on" != "common"

    Common is what people of your intellect are. "Come on" is the phrase you were looking for. Your mistake is a sign of someone who does not read many books.

    sincerely,
    Richard Nixon


    I think you'll find that they were made equivalent in the MySpace English Stupification Act of 2006. It's a common misconception that they are still two different concepts.
  • richardchaven (cs) in reply to tigertiger

    Screen shot ?  We know they have a camera; they can photograph the monitor, can't they?

  • Monday (unregistered)

    Mmmm Cyan and  Black as your primary colors.  Good choice.

  • ammoQ (cs)

    It's very dangerous these days to question the motives or skills of an artist. IMO, no WTF today. Just a piece of art, hardly more scurile than 80% of all artwork created after 1900 that made it to a museum.

  • Ford351-4V (cs) in reply to codeman
    codeman:

    Anonymous:
    So... we're seeing a photoshop of a screenshot of a scan of a printout of a digital photo of a printout of a flyer made in Word? ... How'd he stumble upon framesets? -FM

    Wait, someone might want a hard copy of the web page, so they'll have a printout of a photoshop of a screenshot of a scan of a printout of a digital photo of a printout of a flyer made in Word.

    Then they can scan it back in, and work on it in photoshop, or powerpoint or word or ... wtf?

    After you've scanned it back in, can you send it to my email accout? I want to print it out so I can scan the image and send it to my friends.

  • Joost_ (cs) in reply to ammoQ

    I think it's a cool web site. It reminds me of http://www.kidkoala.com (caution: ninja tune). Can't wait to see what web 0.2 will be like.

  • Sj (unregistered) in reply to Ron

    hmmm... sounds like a confession that you might be the one who owned this process.

  • andrew (unregistered) in reply to Ford351-4V

    I ran into this once, too!  It was one of the first things one of my bosses gave me when I started working there, more as a joke.  He couldn't belive it, and neither could I.  In this case though, the guy had made a very nice and clean scan of his flyer, so without looking at the source you really couldn't tell it was all an image to easily. 

    Him : "What's wrong with this page"
    Me: I don't know... looks fine to me
    Him : Well, we need to change the layout a little, so just copy the text and..
    Me : hmm... wth is going on ... holy $#%! you can't be serious

    * this was a while ago, before everything was flash ugly and all sorts of no-rightlick scripts were floating around.

  • asdfdffasf (unregistered) in reply to Ford351-4V
    This is not a WTF.  It's simply an application of paper reuse.
  • jimatjude (cs)

    so, years ago, an "in version" of this I ran into was to create the site page in Publisher, and then allow publisher to create the html. This essentially took your publisher flyer and turned the file into a huge jpeg.  Saved the need to have Word.  And in those days scanners on the low end did not scan very well and the digital cameras were very expensive.  Sounds like someone who did not like the size of the Publisher file and decided to find a work around, only then fell asleep for five or six years before finishing the project!

  • GoatCheez (cs)

    There's no way!

    I know that 99.9001% of the people out there are complete dolts, but COME ON! Who in their right mind would do something like this? Who in their WRONG mind for that matter! WTF MAN! Alex, COME ON D00D! When something THIS OUTRAGEOUS is posted, you HAVE to provide more information. I simply CANNOT believe this crap! WTF MAN!

  • mrsticks1982 (cs)

    I bet this website was from 1998 and some 8yr old and their mommy made it!

    My day has been ruined by this crappy WTF!

  • Mark H (unregistered) in reply to Artist
    Anonymous:
    Couldn't this just have been a wayward attempt at artistic style?


    Wayward? Nah, ingenious

    In high school, we had an assignment to build a web site presenting out physics projects. Most of us did simple, clean, claris home page type of sites. Some people were ambiitous and tried to make more professional looking sites with lots of graphs, menu bars, and all that.

    But the best site of all was by my friend -- his website was designed by a fictional, middle-aged Japanese family man with poor engrish and a penchant for gawdy web style, e.g. yellow text on black background, using the "blink" tag, including pictures of himself (which were also obviously faked) etc. Totally brilliant, but way over the head of the teacher.. who gave him a C. This friend went on to attend RISD tho
  • Charlie Williams (unregistered) in reply to R.Flowers
    R.Flowers:
    I hate to say it, but... this one is kinda lame. As Alex admitted, WTFs by amateurs are rarely used because, well, we expect them to still be getting their crap together. Also, there's not enough information presented here for us to really enjoy the WTFiness. As one user said, maybe it's an art experiement; we just can't tell. I would think it's good Side Bar material, but not good front page material.


    Agreed.  Even if you accept the premise that the intention was to simply to get the information on the flyer onto the web (which I don't - I'm thinking it's simply the design of the site), there are several possible scenarios that would severly reduce any possible WTF-ness.

    For instance, it's assumed that the same person completed each of the steps to get the picture on the site.  Is it not (extremely) possible that the flyer was the deliverable?  You can't do File->Save as Web Page from a piece of paper, after all.  The WTF then becomes not asking for the original file.

    I'll leave the other possible scenarios to your imagination, but I'll stick with the most likely case of this being the design of the web page in question.  The fact that the flyer does not take up all of the frame, the fact that it's not squarely placed, and the fact that it's not even flat on the table make it too hard for me to believe otherwise.
  • jspenguin (cs)
  • fist rulz (unregistered) in reply to Aaron

    Anonymous:
    It really isn't that bad, as a school assignment.  I mean, the whole thing is rediculous, but for a basic computer familarity class, it requires the student to demonstrate a whole lot of skills that - on their own - are useful.  However, I hope by putting them together this way, they haven't tricked anyone into thinking that this is a good way to make web pages.

    Well said. The specific problem/task list makes the student demostrate numerous sklls. Perfect for a general computer familarity class. In fact these specific rules require the student actually do the assignment becuase the teacher could require the original flyer to be handed in (preventing someone from simply finding a picture on the web).

     

    Again I hope the teacher made or makes the point that this is not the way to normally place content on the web and that this was merely an exercise to demostrate skills/abilities/understanding.

    The University I attended required ALL students to take Computer Science 101  (Unless you took CS 120 instead (an actuall intro to programming course) which was actually very general/basic computing. What I didn't understand was that they were trying to teac these students (art majors, business majors, etc) how computers actually work by making them write pointless programs in a language (that's interpreted) called STOP which is suppose to be like machine code. What the general public needs to know about computers most is: Email hoaxes/chain letters/etc and what they waste in time and money, how to prevent and eradicate spyware, the importance for virus protection, phishing and the computer security.  Glad the kids can add 1 and 2 in STOP but few know how to check the URL of "Bank" emails to determine if a scam is occurring.

  • kipthegreat (cs) in reply to jspenguin
    jspenguin:

    That made it worth it.
  • Bus Raker (cs)

    I think this is a case of the 'parents doing the kid's project and trying to make it look like the kid did it' technique.

    The parent is skilled enough to set up the framed website, but needs to make it appear like the kid did it, so they go through the scanning deal.

    But cmon!  I can't sit and make fun of a kid on this site, especially when there are computer 'professionals' creating atrocities far more poorly designed than this every day.

    No WTF here

  • John Smallberries (cs) in reply to Aaron

    Nice.
    This works better for analog browsers.

  • fist rulz (unregistered) in reply to fist rulz
    Anonymous:

    Anonymous:
    It really isn't that bad, as a school assignment.  I mean, the whole thing is rediculous, but for a basic computer familarity class, it requires the student to demonstrate a whole lot of skills that - on their own - are useful.  However, I hope by putting them together this way, they haven't tricked anyone into thinking that this is a good way to make web pages.

    Well said. The specific problem/task list makes the student demostrate numerous sklls. Perfect for a general computer familarity class. In fact these specific rules require the student actually do the assignment becuase the teacher could require the original flyer to be handed in (preventing someone from simply finding a picture on the web).

     

    Again I hope the teacher made or makes the point that this is not the way to normally place content on the web and that this was merely an exercise to demostrate skills/abilities/understanding.

    The University I attended required ALL students to take Computer Science 101  (Unless you took CS 120 instead (an actuall intro to programming course) which was actually very general/basic computing. What I didn't understand was that they were trying to teac these students (art majors, business majors, etc) how computers actually work by making them write pointless programs in a language (that's interpreted) called STOP which is suppose to be like machine code. What the general public needs to know about computers most is: Email hoaxes/chain letters/etc and what they waste in time and money, how to prevent and eradicate spyware, the importance for virus protection, phishing and the computer security.  Glad the kids can add 1 and 2 in STOP but few know how to check the URL of "Bank" emails to determine if a scam is occurring.

     

    Eff! Sorry for the awful spelling/grammar/typing.  But you get the drift.

    Oh! AND! I really was the first person to post today! I just didn't have time to register. It's such an honor! 

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