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Does that red blinking seem slightly hostile to anyone else?

Asked by arnbev959 (10893points) June 28th, 2008

When you click ‘Login’ on the main screen the username box on the right pulsates red. The same thing happens if you click ‘Ask a Question’ on the right in the ‘Question’ box when you’re logged in.

Does anyone else think the red throbbing is somewhat threatening, or just a little too aggressive? I’d feel better if it was blue or green.

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marinelife's avatar

That does not happen to me. Is it an IPhone quirk?

jrpowell's avatar

It is probably the pot.

arnbev959's avatar

Not an iphone thing.

and I don’t think it has anything to do with marijuana.

marinelife's avatar

I don’t have a red blinking light anywhere so I am confused . . .

arnbev959's avatar

If you log out and hit “Login” on the main screen the place where you put your name to log in pulsates red for a second.

lefteh's avatar

Hostile? No.
A pretty badass AJAX indicator? Yes.

jrpowell's avatar

It is a variation of the yellow fade technique. Read this for some info on it.

phoenyx's avatar

You can avoid the hostility by never logging out.

marinelife's avatar

Right. That is what I do.

Or think of it as the welcoming red light of a brothel—a cultural brothel.

arnbev959's avatar

I usually don’t log out. I don’t know, it just seems like the site is yelling ‘Over here, over here, you idiot, this is where you log in!’

Maybe I’m just crazy. Maybe it is the pot.

jrpowell's avatar

That is what they want. It uses AJAX to update the page. The page never refreshes when you click on login. Without the blinking it would be easy to sit there for a minute wondering why nothing happened. The blinking is the page yelling “look at me” since it isn’t obvious that something changed.

shrubbery's avatar

I agree with you pete, I do indeed think it’s a bit aggressive!

andrew's avatar

I’m glad we didn’t stick with the original “Over here, stupid!” status text…

Trustinglife's avatar

You know, the rare times I’ve seen it, I actually appreciated the red flashing light. It just seemed to say, “Over here! This is where to login! Over here!”

Could seeing the light as hostile be a projection, perhaps? : )

Knotmyday's avatar

Does paranoia annoy ya?

scamp's avatar

I never saw anything blinking here.

vbarton24's avatar

its. Super groovvy cool

jo_with_no_space's avatar

No, not at all, it’s useful to help navigate the site.

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