If anyone wants to view a catalogue of this sort of thing, there is a
litany of inventive manipulation posted over at /r/assholedesign,
entertaining and disheartening in equal measure.
On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 2:44 PM Lawrence D'Oliveiro <ldo(a)geek-central.gen.nz>
“Dark patterns” is a term coined to describe user
to manipulate people into giving up time, money or personal data that
they didn’t intend to. A common example is the obstacle course you
often have to go through to cancel a subscription to something online.
Another example is the use of countdown timers to rush buyers into
hasty decisions. They may not be out-and-out deceptive, but they do
Now, the US states of California and Washington are looking to pass laws
to restrict this practice.
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