Annoying On-Line Forms That Don't Work!
a rant by
August 25, 2008
I filled out THREE on-line customer
forms today from three separate companies and I noticed three things they all had in common.
- They ALL don't work properly!
- Because the form didn't work, it was an annoying waste of my time.
- It was hard to contact someone to let them know their form was not working correctly.
I find this amazing because, not only are these big name companies,
you would think someone would notice they are not getting any responses and
check the on-line form. I suspect a lot of apathy here.
Another problem is the programming part of it. One would think the writers
of these customer forms would be professional enough to check their work
before inflicting it on the public. Evidently, they did not test their work.
Let's go over the three on-line forms. The companies supporting these forms
should know better. Hopefully, they will read this webpage and correct their forms.
Purpose: Drawing for an HD Entertainment System
This was advertised in the current edition of Wired magazine.
After you fill in the fields and click submit, it shows several errors for fields
that were not filled in. However these fields do NOT exist in the original form!
So the user cannot successfully submit the form.
One would think a high tech company like Wired would hire better people
to check their work. One would also think someone at Wired
would check up on this form once it was clear no entries were coming in.
The form had no email address to report a problem. I had to go to the main page
and clicked the "Contact Us" link. Then I had to go through 2-3 webpage layers
before I finally found an email address to report general problems.
Purpose: Survey form for a 30% off coupon
I received this email on 8/22/08. I filled out the form on 8/25/08 which is 3 days later.
The on-line coupon was set to expire that same day! The only problem was it was past 9pm PST
and the local Borders store is closed. So the coupon is useless to me.
If you are offering a promotion like a coupon, it makes sense to give your customers
time to take action on it. Having the coupon expire the same day just annoys them.
I am sure the on-line coupon could be set
to expire a week from when it was first generated.
Galt House Hotel
Purpose: Customer Survey
I received this email on 8/20/08. The Galt House Hotel evidently outsourced their on-line survey to unifocus.com.
The only problem is the survey form fails to come up at all!
You get a "The page cannot be found" error.
Again, the form writer should be professional enough to check his work before
inflicting this on the public. And again, one would think someone at the Galt House Hotel
would check up on this form once it was clear no surveys were coming in.
Finding a valid email address to the domain uniform.com was particularly hard.
They don't seem to accept email to that domain. Big mistake for them.
I eventually emailed the Galt House Hotel directly to complain about this.
Last updated : August 25, 2008
Copyright 2008 Al Wong, Los Angeles, California, USA