Click on hover

18 November 2016

I stumbled across a nasty little anti-pattern today where a web ad hyperlink triggers on a mouseout event as the cursor moves off the ad.

You spin me right round baby right round

No one really likes ads, but I think we generally accept their presence as a reasonable price for quality content, and we expect them to leave us alone unless we intentionally interact. Sidestepping the expected interaction barier breaks an implied contract and robs the user of their agency in the transaction. Pretty gross.