Costly Website Crashes in 2014 to Learn From

In a single week in September 2014, eBay, PayPal, FaceBook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Apple all either had significant performance issues or saw their sites go down completely. posted an interesting article covering this, which also accuses many of these tech giants as being repeat—in some cases even serial—offenders for application failures throughout the year.

Honorable Contributor: George Wilbur


Reddit Misbehavior

Ever try to post something meaningful on Reddit? Even if you haven’t posted anything for several days, and try to post a useful link, they make you run a gantlet of TRYING to verify your tried-and-true email address. I am still waiting for them to send me their “real soon now” verification email that I initiated two weeks ago.

Reddit cluelessness

Honorable Contributor: Wild Bill

WordPress cluelessness

It is amazing that any mere mortal would have the patience to set up a blog, given the paucity of understandable documentation and the many obstacles. Additionally, the software does things that are normally verboten, e.g., sending a login and password in the same email.

In addition to all of its other vagaries, WordPress apparently also behaves like a pouting child. When you attempt to make such things as the “Author” field consistent, it thoughtfully deletes all of the previously-posted Authors. Nice going, WordPress!


Honorable Contributor: Bill