Heads up, friends: This post is part of ENGINE’s decade-closing blogsplosion. Click here to witness the rest of the damage. The aughties!
It’s time for the exhaustive list of the Worst _____ of the Decade lists.
We try to be positive. But come on. When Pew concludes it was the worst decade in 50 years, and Time drops the 10 Worst Things about the Worst Decade Ever, it’s hard to forget this decade kicked off with Y2K — not just a fail fail, but the biggest fail fail ever — and has only gotten more and more bailouty and wardrobe malfunctionous since.
Would love to list nice things; just filling a void here. Kottke’s already got the best lists list covered. It has some worsts too, but isn’t nearly as horrific as what you’re about to endure Also, Fimoculous has the 2009 list of lists up and running — perfect for those getting the shakes at staring down the barrel of all ten years at once.
Our next entry in our series will be as pleasant as can be. But it’s darkest before the dawn. Wade into the shock and awful.
It seems the Cash Free Tax Bonanzas For Clunkers Arbitrarily Doomed Property program was a success, if by success we mean lots of people took money that was given to them. The program’s website (Cars.gov), however, doesn’t have a very high MPG rating. So to speak. Masses of dealers are unable to enter their reimbursement claims due to the website’s awfulness. Pressed for comment, The Man said, “Oh boo hoo hoo.”
So, we recently completed a small site for paintless dent repair expert, Mr. Wayne Hicks. His situation was pretty common. He needed an online presence, but the content wouldn’t be changing regularly. He wanted users to be able to fill out a simple form to request a free estimate. No problem. He also wanted to show up in local business listings on search engines. Again, no problem.
We have no complaints; ENGINE stepped up to the challenge. For example, during our 2008 site project it took some extra steps to marry ENGINE’s code with our museum’s website. But with Ben’s assistance, this process was very smooth, and in turn, made the 2009 site project even better.
– Armistead Booker, Associate media designer
American Museum of Natural History