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I think these features should be disabled by default and users should have the ability to turn them on, if they want to (maybe place the option under advanced settings in the setting panel). Simple as that for me.

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Another trend I find annoying is websites that only allow you to register using facebook

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Auto-playing music on page loading was a nice fashion for Flash, but that’s quite dead now! I found it annoying even then to find the damn mute button! :D

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I think these features should be disabled by default and users should have the ability to turn them on, if they want to (maybe place the option under advanced settings in the setting panel). Simple as that for me.

Doesn’t solve the issue for the visitor of the site, if the buyer choses to activate the feature. Also another extra option that clutters your backend :/

Its a classic example of form over function and at least to my mind you should never compromise on that if you can avoid it.

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I think these features should be disabled by default and users should have the ability to turn them on, if they want to (maybe place the option under advanced settings in the setting panel). Simple as that for me.

Doesn’t solve the issue for the visitor of the site, if the buyer choses to activate the feature. Also another extra option that clutters your backend :/

Its a classic example of form over function and at least to my mind you should never compromise on that if you can avoid it.
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I really like smooth scrolling effect on OSx – that’s why I decided to implement the same effect for Windows users. I had few issues at the beginning but I think I get rid of them and now it’s working pretty well – so windows users now can have the same experience as mac ones (especially when using parallax effects and similar stuff).

So – I’m not seing any problems in this kind of implementations.

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I really like smooth scrolling effect on OSx – that’s why I decided to implement the same effect for Windows users. I had few issues at the beginning but I think I get rid of them and now it’s working pretty well – so windows users now can have the same experience as mac ones (especially when using parallax effects and similar stuff). So – I’m not seing any problems in this kind of implementations.

- adds extra javascript to your site

- reduces the performance of your scrollbar. no matter how good the script, they always seem to lag a little behind my mouse movement

- you change a system wide setting for the user.

The last one is what especially annoying for me. On my Mac all scrollbars in all programs look and behave the same way. Those javascript scollbars always have a different easing and bounce and the speed fells different as well. Also Mac OSX hides all scrollbars by default, unless I scroll with mousewheel or touch gesture whereas the custom scrollbars are always visible. On top of that: the new vanishing mac scrollbar is much more beautiful than any of the customized scrollbars I have seen til now. It trys to get out of your way and isn’t shoved into your face :)

So the question for me is: Why do you think that you should overwrite a setting I have chosen and applied to every program on my computer for that one web page?

(I cant speak for windows users but they probably are not happy either if the scrollbar all of a sudden behaves completely different in that one browser window)

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I really like smooth scrolling effect on OSx – that’s why I decided to implement the same effect for Windows users. I had few issues at the beginning but I think I get rid of them and now it’s working pretty well – so windows users now can have the same experience as mac ones (especially when using parallax effects and similar stuff). So – I’m not seing any problems in this kind of implementations.

Well, if a page takes ages to load for example users tend to leave the site. An audio or video can sometimes be effective but only in niche markets in my opinion. So it should not be a standard. As Ivor also mentiond scrollbars. I find some designs extremely annoying. Remember the purpose of using these features. Most website purposes are actually about serving the vistor and lead them to a goal which can be purchase or information. If this will be a pain for the user they leave. So the goal of the website is not reached.

edit: and all this goes for other jquery stuff as well

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I really like smooth scrolling effect on OSx – that’s why I decided to implement the same effect for Windows users. I had few issues at the beginning but I think I get rid of them and now it’s working pretty well – so windows users now can have the same experience as mac ones (especially when using parallax effects and similar stuff). So – I’m not seing any problems in this kind of implementations.

- adds extra javascript to your site

- reduces the performance of your scrollbar. no matter how good the script, they always seem to lag a little behind my mouse movement

- you change a system wide setting for the user.

The last one is what especially annoying for me. On my Mac all scrollbars in all programs look and behave the same way. Those javascript scollbars always have a different easing and bounce and the speed fells different as well. Also Mac OSX hides all scrollbars by default, unless I scroll with mousewheel or touch gesture whereas the custom scrollbars are always visible. On top of that: the new vanishing mac scrollbar is much more beautiful than any of the customized scrollbars I have seen til now. It trys to get out of your way and isn’t shoved into your face :)

So the question for me is: Why do you think that you should overwrite a setting I have chosen and applied to every program on my computer for that one web page?

(I cant speak for windows users but they probably are not happy either if the scrollbar all of a sudden behaves completely different in that one browser window)

Unfortunately I’m a Windows user at the office and a Mac one at home. I find Mac scroll so useful and beautiful for a user interface and I doubt microsoft pay so much attention to these kind of details in the near future – that’s why I choose to implement it (until MS will do something about it) – and it works pretty well [link removed per self-promotion forum rules :) ]

As long as the scrollbar work as the default one (without compromising any of their functions) – I didn’t find annoying the changes between windows/ tabs which uses the default scrollbar.

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+1 to the trends posted by the OP. Two other trends I’d like to see less of are, Parallax and Metro based designs. Perhaps it’s just me?

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