• Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Over. (cs) in reply to HitScan
    HitScan:
    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.

    I think your post would have been funnier had you done it this way:

    I think you'll find that they were made equivalent in the MySpace English Stupification Act of 2006. It's a come on misconception that they are still two different concepts.

  • Whoa (unregistered) in reply to jspenguin
  • Volmarias (cs) in reply to Whoa

    jspenguin is the clear and indisputed winner of today's comments.

    Too bad I can't quote it. THANKS, COMMUNITY SERVER! (Alex, fix this shit to work with opera)

  • TomCo (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.

    <FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #7fffd4" face=Garamond color=#ff0000 size=6>I think you meant "C'mon".  Also, I do not consider myself "Common".</FONT> [:P]

  • Volmarias (cs) in reply to Whoa

    Heck, lets just remind everyone what happens.

    jspenguin:
  • Volmarias (cs) in reply to Volmarias

    Thanks, community server!

  • codeman (cs) in reply to jspenguin

    I can kind of see how this might have been a school assignment. I long time ago (pre-web), I used to teach computer science in college. One of the courses I taught required numerous, seemingly unrelated, skills to be learned. I had two choices; 1) give lots of dinky trivial programming assignments, or 2) give something bigger, that would force the students to think a bit.

    The problem was that there was no meaningful way to put all the different items together, so I followed the path that the professors in some of the other classes used: I made up an assignment to perform a ficticious nonsensical task, that would force the kids to put a lot of skills together in a certain sequence. I even told them that it was nonsensical, and mostly that it illustrated how one might transform data from form A to B to C, etc.

    Afterward, (most of) the comments I received from the kids indicated that they began to get the bigger picture and how the different steps might be used (independently) in real-world situations. As a side effect, although it hadn't yet been covered in the curriculum, they seemed to pick up on the concept of piping data from task to task.

  • WebArtist (unregistered)

    I've seen this sort of thing before.  It has to be the author's attempt at artistic style.  Check out

    <FONT color=#606420>http://www.afrotechmods.com/</FONT>

  • shockedandappalled (unregistered)

    At my work I sent an excel file to a coworker - he was going to fill in some information I did not have and send it back.

    Instead, he:
    - filled in the sheet
    - printed the sheet
    - scanned the sheet (crooked I might add)
    - converted the sheet to PDF
    - emailed the PDF

    I tried to be friendly and suggest a faster/easier way of doing things but I just got a blank look and a comment about how we always do it this way..

    stranger than fiction I tell ya...

  • RoKe (cs)

    What I love is that the flyer is obviously folded in half, and it's arching up the way folded paper often does.

  • Satanicpuppy (cs) in reply to kipthegreat
    kipthegreat:
    jspenguin:

    That made it worth it.

    You just got conned. A true Web 0.1 jockey would be able to tell the difference between a TABLE and the FLOOR.

    //Don't want none 'o that, if there ain't table.
  • Remco Gerlich (unregistered)

    Jspenguin is funny.

    Anyway, I sort of like this. I imagine that it's an image map, with the text on the flyer working as a menu.

    Then hopefully, he's made a few different prints of the same flyer, with different menu items highlighted with a marker. Then made and scanned photos of the different flyers in identical positions, switching them on mouseover. That would be so stupid it'd be pretty cool.

    It's probably not quite like that, but a man can dream :-)

  • i am sceptic (unregistered)

    the thing is... are your sure that the printing of the original document and the photograping of it were done by the same person?? the one that took the picture of tthe paper on the table maybe had only access to this printed copy of the flyer...


    and the same applies for the scanning of the print of the photo of the flyer on the table...


    This is only a WTF if all the steps were really done by one person (or by many but which had access to the original document).

  • its me (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    One policy that I strictly follow is that the examples I post here come from professionals. I believe it's important to let the learners learn and, therefore, consider school assignments, messageboards, and hobby projects to be "off limits." But really, how fun are rules if you can't break 'em every once in a while?

    Then again there are times to just stick with the rules.... Yeah, this seems like a waste, but we just don't have enough context to know what's going on here. This could be art, this could be a school assignment for specific reasons. This could just be someone screwing around... I'd really only see this as a WTF if we knew the creator was bragging about how great this work was, an how this was such a good way to convert Word documents to web pages.... Out of context we have nothing....

    -me

     

  • Sean (cs) in reply to its me
    its me:
    Alex Papadimoulis:

    One policy that I strictly follow is that the examples I post here come from professionals. I believe it's important to let the learners learn and, therefore, consider school assignments, messageboards, and hobby projects to be "off limits." But really, how fun are rules if you can't break 'em every once in a while?

    Then again there are times to just stick with the rules.... Yeah, this seems like a waste, but we just don't have enough context to know what's going on here. This could be art, this could be a school assignment for specific reasons. This could just be someone screwing around... I'd really only see this as a WTF if we knew the creator was bragging about how great this work was, an how this was such a good way to convert Word documents to web pages.... Out of context we have nothing....

    -me

     



    Why does every WTF have to be some horrible design that was not intended to be horrible?  Even if this was some guy screwing around, it's still pretty damn funny.
  • jvancil (cs)

    Isn't it obvious?  This came from an automated Web Site Generating tool...[pi]

  • Flatsy McNoboobs (unregistered) in reply to jvancil

    sexp? t!



    NIL.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)
  • Cooper (cs)
    1. This looks like a perfectly valid design technique and I am not seeing any evidence that it is intended as anything else.

    2. Frames notwithstanding, as a learning excersize, this seems to me to be valid.

    3. NOBODY has provided info on who the budding designers are or how long ago this is from. Good web mockup is challenging, even with modern tools.

    The only part that is over the top is the scanning of the digital photo - but all it implies to me is a slack of proper interface to xfer the camers image directly to computer.

    WTF? not even close, as presented.

    Maybe if it was an Anderson or EDS project, but not as presented.

    Frankly, I salute the person who documented this method - I certainly have clients that I need to use similar techniques with.

    I guess all the good WTFs are taken already.

  • blah (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous

    <FONT face=Arial>Is this what they mean when they say table-based layouts are evil ?</FONT>

  • Gene Wirchenko (cs) in reply to Joost_
    Joost_:
    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.


    I like the quote "nowhere to run / nowhere to hide / nowhere to CLICK", but they ruined it by having a clickable menu at the bottom.

    These are nothing compared with the Interface Hall of Shame though.  It shows plenty of bad interfaces done by real professionals^W^Wpeople who work^Wdo stuff in the industry.

    Sincerely,

    Gene Wirchenko

  • foo (unregistered) 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?



    That's the beauty of this system.  If you press the Print button on the website, he just mails you the table with all the stuff still on it.  After you look at it, you send it back.

    Anyway, its better than this site, since you can at least preview.
  • Gene Wirchenko (cs) 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).

    True.

    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.


    Very important.

    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.

    I can see why they did it though.  Too many people really have no clue how computers work.  Even a bit would help take the magic away.  Do you want to try designing a system for someone who does not know the basics of how a computer works?  I have done it, but time has to be allowed for education.

    Sincerely,

    Gene Wirchenko

  • codeman (cs) in reply to foo
    Anonymous:
    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?



    That's the beauty of this system.  If you press the Print button on the website, he just mails you the table with all the stuff still on it.  After you look at it, you send it back.

    Anyway, its better than this site, since you can at least preview.

    LMFAO - O...M...G... :)

  • Gene Wirchenko (cs) in reply to shockedandappalled
    Anonymous:
    At my work I sent an excel file to a coworker - he was going to fill in some information I did not have and send it back.

    Instead, he:
    - filled in the sheet
    - printed the sheet
    - scanned the sheet (crooked I might add)
    - converted the sheet to PDF
    - emailed the PDF

    I tried to be friendly and suggest a faster/easier way of doing things but I just got a blank look and a comment about how we always do it this way..

    stranger than fiction I tell ya...


    Too true.  At work, I just turned over a lot of the data entry that I was doing.  I had documented most of it.  The way things are going, I can see most of my documentation effort will likely be wasted.  I came up with some tips for doing things faster, but they will probably be ignored.  Now, they want a short two-page version.  I suspect that that is about the only thing that will be read.

    Sincerely,

    Gene Wirchenko

  • ParkinT (cs)

    <FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00">What.  No XML?</FONT>

  • Otto (cs) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:


    I cannot see this ending well.

  • .? (unregistered) in reply to pjsson
    pjsson:
    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.

    Near the bottom of the image, you can see the border of the page.

    IMO, the WTF here is taking the picture on the table, and then printing that. Why not just scan the flier directly?
  • ParkinT (cs) in reply to Gene Wirchenko

    I tried to print this WTF.  I want to share it with my 'computer savvy friends'

    How can I make a Carbon Copy of the printed document?

  • xrT (cs)

    <font face="Tahoma" size="2px">employee1:  Hey, why are you cutting out that paper per word?
    employee2:  I'm constructing our web site's menu system...</font>


    [:|]

  • FunnyMan (unregistered) in reply to fist rulz
    Anonymous:
    It really isn't that bad, as a school assignment.

    Eh... Am I the only one who interpreted it as the solution by one student to a perfectly normal assignment?

    -FM

  • htonl (cs)

    At my university, the people running the main first-year pure mathematics course did something disturbingly similar to this WTF: the question papers for all our tests, tutorials and so on were typeset in LaTeX (and then photocopied for distribution). Then, when they were supposed to be uploaded to the course website for future years, this was done by scanning a paper copy and then putting it on the web as a series of GIFs, one for each page.

    However (and this is the real WTF), that's not all. After about five years of doing this, they decided to completely stop putting old tests on the web, because (and I quote) "students have been complaining that the tests on the website are difficult to read." The difficulty was, of course, entirely a result of the loss of quality in the printing-photocopying-scanning process, along with the fact that they were created as transparent GIFs on a page with an obnoxious turquoise background. Now, they instead photocopy something like 700 paper copies of each past test for the last two years and hand them out.

    How can someone with the knowhow to do fancy layout and typesetting in LaTeX, not know how to turn it into a PDF and upload it to a website?

    So much for the digital revolution!

  • cconroy (cs)

    <font size="2"><ring> "Hello, Shenanigans?  It's me calling."

    This has got to be either an assignment of some sort, or a ransom demand.

    </font>

  • Judah (unregistered) in reply to jspenguin

    lol @jspenguin

    Anyone care to take that a step further?

  • Call Paula Bean! (unregistered)

    Someone call Paula! I want to see the Enterprise version of this!

  • blah (unregistered) in reply to Otto

    Otto:
    Anonymous:


    I cannot see this ending well.

    [image]

  • JulienC (unregistered) in reply to Call Paula Bean!
  • foobish (cs) in reply to HitScan
    HitScan:
    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.


    That made me laugh.  But I would have laughed harder if you would have said "It's a come on misconception that they are still two different concepts."
  • Zlodo (cs) in reply to JulienC

    What would have made the whole thing awesome is a server-side OCR written (entirely) with some scripting language, and setup so that when requesting a page, it OCRs the picture and outputs the text.

  • Tin in Australia (unregistered) in reply to blah
    Anonymous:

    Otto:
    Anonymous:


    I cannot see this ending well.

    [image]



    Oh dear... I so badly want to print this one out and take a photo of it to say "I agree"... But with no digital camera, and no good wood grain table handy, I can't  :(
  • tim (unregistered)

    See, an elaborate system done by MIT or such would be an automated process involving robots arms to turn the pages then a webcam to take a picture of the page and then transfer the image the web server and back to the requesting page. Hmm, that sounds alot like a project for the weekend...

  • anon (unregistered)

    I submitted a really good wtf, it was a table id with a huge critical region error.

    This is some kid's project, It's a neat idea for non-programmers. The kids could even use a image map to have clickable links in it.

    If they were my students I would find it creative but advise against it for real projects.

    What about my critical region wtf?

  • HawkEyes (unregistered)
    "Upload the scanned image to a frame on your website "
     
    I'm just asking here, but: How do I upload an image to a frame again ?
     
    WTF
  • I'm Using Opera (Uh Oh) (unregistered) in reply to chuck

    me@mycomp:~/Desktop$ cat fist.rb #!/usr/bin/env ruby

    $message = "fist p0st!!" print "Damn you idiots\n" if ($message =~ /fi(r)?st/); me@mycomp:~/Desktop$ ruby fist.rb Damn you idiots me@mycomp:~/Desktop$

    (hmmm... non-WTF post-box on Opera 8.54 Linux, now watch it mangle this)

  • Foo (unregistered) in reply to HawkEyes

    Looks like everyone understood today's wtf, which must be a 'fist'.

  • Andrey (unregistered)

    Maybe they trying to ensure that any messages embedded into the fliers using steganography were wiped out before putting up the images on the Web, post-9/11 thinking and all that...

  • New Media Guy (unregistered) in reply to Andrey

    <FONT face=Arial size=2>Ah, your all missing the point......from the looks of this I would guess that its experiemental FrontPage 2007 beta testing in progress.

    I mean thats all it could be with the highly optimised development process, the designer only had to do 6 steps to get a full functioning page with F/S...........</FONT>

    <FONT face=Arial size=2>WTFrontPage</FONT>

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  • Phil (cs) in reply to Phil
  • RJTECH (cs)

    Was the paper-shredding step omitted?

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