benx, avatar

I've already said this before but I'll say it again...

One change I'd like to see in the World Wide Web, is the emergence of websites that can't be accessed 24 hours a day.

Maybe that's a website that's only available from 9-5 each day.

Or maybe it's a web forum that you can only post on for a one hour period every week.

Too much UX design is about pushing people to stay on websites as long as possible.

I won't need to tell you that this obviously encourages unhealthy behaviour from the people using a web service but also...

Also, it means that if a web service goes down at any time of day or night, some poor bastard has to stop whatever they are doing and spend an indeterminate amount of time trying to fix it while the whole entire userbase cries murder.

Maybe, just maybe, we can set boundaries.

Maybe an admin doesn't need to be on call at any time of day or night.

Maybe that thing that you really want to post at 3am can wait until the morning (at which point you might end up being glad that you didn't post it).

I dunno, just an idea.

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eyrea, avatar

@benx This would be great for sites where the intended audience are all in the same time zone. Otherwise, the constraints would have to be different, but there could still be constraints. (I'm not even going to get into geolocation because VPN services).

One side effect I can see is that it might encourage people to go to more sites, instead of the stereotypical going on one of four platforms to cross post from the other three.

benx, avatar


Thanks for bringing this up.

I have already thought a bit about the timezone aspect of it myself.

Already, on social media sites for example, the time of day will change the demographic of people who are around and who is posting.

I definitely think there can be value to be gained from forums and social media sites being open 24 hours and how that can allow for positive exchanges to emerge between people who otherwise would not connect. I definitely don't think 24 hour availability should be wiped out entirely on every site.

But yeah, like you say. There could be more than one site. Each can have their own open and close times.

And if you really want to, you could switch to a different site at a different time of day - with the different vibe at that time of day being a more pronounced aspect of the website, helping to shape the character of the space.

eyrea, avatar

@benx Definitely. My location (and default language) is usually determined incorrectly, just because a lot of sites pick up my ISP's location and default language, which is not the same as mine. It makes for some interesting online situations.

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