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renodino (6856)

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Wednesday November 29, 2006
06:39 PM

How to rid yourself of a user base

[ #31760 ]
I've used Yahoo's TV listings for years to keep track of the TV sports schedules (which is about the only thing I watch on TV). Initially, it was a nice, simple static grid layout. A few months ago, they decided to fiddle with AJAX, and the result was a mess, but tolerable.

So today I go to check what games are on and am greeted by this pile of shit. Careful, AJAX disaster ahead! Completely dysfunctional. And infected with the Herpes Simplex of the web, Flash, too. And apparently, there is no interest in offering a Sports only category; after all, no one actually uses TV to watch sports...

I've noticed a serious decline in the quality of Yahoo services of late. Perhaps Google has pilfered all their best people ? Or they just don't give a damn anymore ?

I suppose I don't have the right to bitch about their service, since it doesn't really cost me anything. And perhaps its a blessing in disguise, since I guess I'll have to dig up that half finished XMLTV script to get what I want.

But it is a shame that the former paragon of the 'net has declined to such a nadir.

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  • I saw that this evening when I tried to see what was on TV. I've started looking elsewhere for a simple tv listings grid. I think that was the last feature of yahoo that I used, so now I'm Yahoo! free. It didn't take them long to screw up all of the services of theirs that I used to use.
  • I agree. (1) Even over broadband, it was slow to load. I found the same thing true with the Yahoo Mail beta -- and when they asked for my feedback I informed them as such. (2) I too miss the grid. (3) I only watch/tape one show on television. I decided to enter its familiar name in the search box: "Ebert & Roeper". The result: "We did not find results for: Ebert & Roeper."