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What is the worst user interface you've ever had to use? One that made you want to somehow locate the creators over the internet, personally fly to their location, and then beat them severely with a large trout.

What made it so terrible? Was it too many screens, ill-marked buttons, or just really annoying dialog boxes showing up everywhere? Screenshots are a plus.

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Best UI Ever

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Worst UI you have ever used on the User Interface SE site.

+340  A: 
VonC
Woah, scary-looking.
blizpasta
Wow, that looks really powerful.
HS
That is truly terrible. A complete sensory overload.
Jack
my eyes are bleeding!
Mitch Wheat
Lol that is horrid
My eyes! The goggles do nothing!
Dinah
I thought I could contribute an answer to this one but...you win.
T.E.D.
Holy God on a pogo stick ... That's ... Wow. I've flushed things that were prettier and more usable.
John Rudy
copy pasted from the Daily-WTF...
shoosh
Will someone please come help me, my jaw wont shut. I'm at a loss for words.
Kit Sunde
My god .. ITS FULL OF STARS!
Tim Post
Can someone reupload the image so we're at least not leeching their bandwidth?
Andrei Krotkov
Absolute classic of a programmer designed GUI. Only a programmer would call a menu "MPLs"! It's so obvious!
20th Century Boy
This thing is still alive. Latest version was in March 2008 and supports Vista.
Alex B
I used to love it.
Richard Hein
@Richard - another one here.
ldigas
dear lord, file manager....I think it would have been quicker through explorer!
James
omg backstreet boys, best band ever
Baddie
I wonder if it supports plugins... You know... For additional functionality.
Sivvy
I feel bilious...
Cocowalla
Developers should be allowed to create thing like that!
Fladur
my favorite thing there is the "options" button
Matt Briggs
+558  A: 

Lotus Notes.

Seriously.

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Picture from the CodingHorror article "Lotus Notes: Survival of the Unfittest"

VonC
Reminds me of a brilliant Notes error: "this feature is not active in the beta release" And it was definitely no beta release!
Gamecat
haha, even the frustration in that photoshopped splash screen is putting a positive spin on how bad Notes is. (I only checked into this thread to writes about Notes)
Steven Adams
+1. Lotus notes - what a pile of crap. It's akin to having teeth pulled...
Mitch Wheat
Any way I can replace the Notes splash screen with that piece of gold? Bearing in mind that I'm in a restrictive corporate IT environment (DUH - I am using Notes aren't I?)
madlep
My only wish is that I could upvote this more than once.
Brandon DuRette
Notes makes my eyes bleed. They constantly say that users are wrong about how bad the UI is, they just need more training. If users need to be trained to send an e-mail, the problem is _not_ the users. Oh, wait, we don't send email. We replicate memos.
Greg D
Love the splash screen.....I am so glad we are getting rid of lotus notes and replacing it with exchange.
Michael Kniskern
Yes, I hate Lotus Notes. A few years ago I contemplated building a community whose sole purpose was vent hatred and disgust of Lotus Notes. +1 For sure!
BobbyShaftoe
I wish I could vote this up everyday for the next 50 years....
Mitch Wheat
Has anyone else come across the "consultants" who see Notes as the solution to every problem ? They were a real plague a few years ago but even now there are still a few around. From my dealings with them they had been on a lot of Notes training courses in the distant past and just couldn't let go.
IanW
+1It even has it's own Interface Hall of Shame Web Page!http://homepage.mac.com/bradster/iarchitect/lotus.htm
thenonhacker
...and press F5 to refresh... Ooops, nope, that logged you out. F9 is refresh.
Christopher Mahan
Wow, the website you link to should be on the list too.
Josef Sábl
+1 from former IBM'er ... the splash screen above is classic!
Eric Asberry
Of course, what other programs let you use a double-right-click to close the current tab?
Greg D
Using notes at work, and still hate it even at notes 8!
phsr
+1 for the hell I went through with Lotus Notes back at my previous company..
Ric Tokyo
You said it. I even worked very briefly as a Lotus Notes instructor, and it will definitely make you bleed from your eye sockets. The UI has 4, count them, FOUR separate 'delete' buttons/menu items.... and they work in DIFFERENT ways!!!! EPIC FAIL!
Jens Roland
I wish I could +1 this a million times
James Caccese
+1 for Notes-induced brain damage. My company is married to this horrific PoS.
sstock
madlep, re: changing the splash screenIt depends on how restrictive your environment is. If you can overwrite the exe, it can be done using a resource patcher (unless IBM figured out a stupid way to store the image). From the old days I remember Restorator, which lets you patch resources in exese
David
The woman on the right seems to have a headache - why would they put that image there anyways?
Arve Systad
I wish I could vote this up a dozen times.
Randolpho
How are there so many people here that used Notes? I worked at Intel and IBM, didn't know anyone else used it. Actually recent notes are not bad at all... But circa 1997, oh god...
Uri
phsr
My wife's company is just switching from Exchange to Notes. In 2009. C'mon, seriously.I've had to suffer it for the past 3 years and am afraid to admit that it's beaten me. I no longer notice its glaring deficiencies, obtuse UI and have given up trying to integrate it with any of our other systems
Lunatik
lol everytime I see those people in the picture
dotjoe
The fact that Notes even exists makes me question if evolution is even possible.
ojblass
Marketing success over engineering...
Subtwo
Notes is a development platform that you can use for all sorts of stuff. The problem is, when you do, you can't actually hide the dev platform! So when an e-mail user wants a new message, they can't just hit ctrl-n, oh-no, that makes a new database!I hated notes when last I used it (2 jobs ago). I've seen worse, but still...
Michael Kohne
Yeah they fixed a lot of stuff from v8 onwards. Now it's almost usable as an email client (sorry, database application framework)!
20th Century Boy
Interesting. Most of the annoyances here are actually caused by not wanting to change a habit from microsoft's user interface.
ldigas
I would prefer to poke my eyes with pencil instead of looking/using Lotus Notes UI.
SolutionYogi
I had to use it once. Never again!
Colin Mackay
Unfortunately it's quite popular in corporate environments cause they can usually get it for free, vs paying for exchange. For some reason really popular with banks too, like the one I used to work at.
BBlake
Copy and Paste drives me batshit insane. I still have no idea what it's trying to paste when it does but it sure as heck wasn't what I copied.
CptSkippy
I've never used Notes, but this answer and these comments is proof positive that it's the worst software in history. Wow.
MusiGenesis
It's not just Notes itself. It is the whole eco system of outrageously overpriced crapware that is built on top of it.And the Mafia of Notes customization firms that is required to get this crap even to run.Yet, my company buys one of these completely unacceptable atrocities after another... :-/
Robert Giesecke
I pressed Command + F searching for the Notes as soon as the page loaded. The browser did not have to scroll far :)
Andy Gaskell
+1, i wish i could give more tough. I have to use this thing at work and it's the worst piece of software i've ever used.
Botz3000
As much as Outlook/Exchange is not exactly my cup of tea, I was thrilled beyond belief when we switched to it from Notes. In fact, I think I would have preferred the sweet release of death to continuing to use Notes.
Tyler McHenry
Stupid F5 that logs you out, inefficient CTRL+F, horrible rich formatting, anti intuitive menus, worst embedded browser ever, etc, etc. Definitely the worst UI ever. But a big hope for all applications on earth: the proof that you can build crap and still make lots of money if you are a good thief^Wvendor.
Pascal Thivent
Nice drive-by trojan download link
code_burgar
Fortunately Ray Ozzie moved his UI skills to Microsoft. I'm sure he's not in an important role there so he can't, say, veto skinning stuff.
John K
Lotus Notes made me very happy that my time at IBM was temporary.
canadiancreed
I've seen a few people here that's used Notes 8 and above, and from what they say it isn't that bad. They made a complete overhaul of the entire UI in the Notes Client, and now it looks like this http://www.notesdesignblog.com/NotesDesignBlog/NDBlog.nsf/dx/lotus-notes-8.5.1-accept-or-decline-meeting-invitations-more-easily.htm/content/M2?OpenElement. As someone else said though, Notes is a development platform and Mail is just an application sitting on top.
vrutberg
The funniest/saddest part about R8 is that they did not fix any of the worst problems that the app has had over the years, such as those mentioned in these comments: "Stupid F5 that logs you out, inefficient CTRL+F, horrible rich formatting, anti intuitive menus, worst embedded browser ever".I used to work at a company which used Outlook--and then got bought by IBM. The day that my mailbox was migrated over was sheer hell. I started venting on my blog and when the lead program manager at Lotus noticed, I quieted down a little. A little. Was happy to leave.
halr9000
worst interface ever! - comic guy voice.
melaos
On a positive note, it does have a tabbed interface. Very useful if you have lots of emails open.
dogbane
+264  A: 

Gimp. Hands down. It's a pretty powerful editor, but its UI is pretty difficult. It may be pretty powerful once you learn it, but there are other image editors out there that are just as powerful and easier to learn (albeit cost money).

Jason Baker
Interesting, I find Gimp much easier to learn how to use then, for example, Photoshop. Maybe the order in which you use them is important, since it's easier to learn new stuff if you don't expect anything. Yes, I used Gimp before I tried Photoshop.
Milan Babuškov
So did I and I found Photoshop easier to use. Different strokes for different folks. :-)
Jason Baker
I think just about any GUI that uses GTK is going to be a little clunky. I love Gimp, but the GUI is less than inspiring.
Wyatt
Gimp is just exactly as easy to use as Photoshop. Which is to say, not at all. But if you're going to be stuck with a rubbish UI, you might as well not suffer the extra injury of having to pay money for the thing, I say...
bobince
If you want to make Gimp seem easier to use, try Lotus Notes for a while!
Mitch Wheat
When I last used Gimp, it had some serious UI issues that made me never use Gimp again. The tipping point was the awkward layer management, all layers come with crop, and that just plainly sucks when you move stuff around alot or change the canvas size. I use Photoshop or Paint.NET instead.
Spoike
I used GIMP before Photoshop - it took me a month to learn GIMP, 2 to move to Photoshop. I still use GIMP for HTML template slicing.
Ross
@Wyatt: I'm guessing you've mostly used GTK apps in Windows.
Adam Lassek
I'd much rather use paint.net
wbkang
I prefer Paint.NET more. GIMP'UI is so unnatural to me.
m3rLinEz
GIMP is chaotic, OMG. Even if the UI is similar to Delphi 4 IDE with all those scattered palettes, it's so chaotic.
thenonhacker
Sometimes I think Gimp port to Windows should have never been made. I tried it on Windows, and it does suck. On Linux however, it's quite ok.
Milan Babuškov
GIMP is the perfect example of open source applications needing to enlist the help of UX professionals. Photoshop isn't easy to use by any means, but it's still light years ahead of GIMP.
Mark Hurd
I always thought GIMP looked like Photoshop exploded and no one knew how to put it back together.
benjismith
They've improved the UI since 2.6. They eliminated the quirk where only file operations were done from the toolbox, which presented the "what do I do now?" dilemma after starting Gimp or closing the last image.
spoulson
Agree with m3rLinEz and wbkang. Paint.Net is the stuff.
asp316
I've never really gotten the GIMP UI hate. It's not the best in the world, that's for sure, but it's not that bad. I never feel I'm fighting it, but I never feel like it's helping me either, if that makes sense.
Bernard
benjismith: I. can't. stop. laughing.
Bernard
I really can't tell the difference between gimp and paint.net. But, then again all I need to do is crop or resize so whatever.
dotjoe
Seems to have gotten better with 2.6
Slapout
Maybe I should try Paint.NET again (a few years on) since so many people think it's better than Gimp. I started using Gimp as a free alternative to Photoshop. When I tried Paint.NET I found it really unresponsive and lacking in features.
Jacob Stanley
After using Photoshop from v 3.??, the only problems I have with the GIMP is when my fingers go on "hotkey autopilot", and I end up doing something completely unexpected.
Adrien
The thing that I hate about GIMP (or more likely, GTK) is the awful window management. Whenever I open new files, for example, the window is never on top, and switching between different images is a nightmare of focusability!
DisgruntledGoat
Actually, gimp has improved and is improving in the past few years. It's getting much better
Berry Tsakala
If you prefer photoshop-like UI (or something which doesn't seem "exploded", anyway) try GIMPshop (www.gimpshop.com). It's "a modification [hack] of GIMP, intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop."I've never really tried it myself as I honestly prefer the classic GIMP UI, as soon as I put it on a workspace by itself.
Utaal
Older version of Paint Shop Pro had the best UI of all image editors.
Vadim Ferderer
GIMP is the worst UI I ever used. Maybe I'm lucky, but Paint.NET is still WAY more intuitive. Too bad it doesn't work for Linux... :(
luiscubal
I've been getting used to GIMP and I've found some pretty significant usability wins over photoshop, specifically massive drag handles (you don't need pixel-perfect accuracy to select edges/points).I've been a photoshop user for a few years and haven't really had much trouble moving to GIMP. I don't really get the hate either. It could be because I use the mouse as little as humanly possible.
Ali
Try Gimpshop. At least GIMP will have everything in 1 window. Thank God.
futureelite7
First time I tried using GIMP 1, I dumped it completely. First time I tried using GIMP 2, I was well onto my way of creating images in no time with few problems. And this was after not having used any image editor for years. Dunno why people can't figure out the GIMP...
Tom
This reminds me of Eclipse. I tried some ancient version of Eclipse once (sometime around 2002), and it was absolutely horrible, painfully slow, unintuitive, and had an ugly color scheme. I vowed never to use Eclipse again - until a school project in 2006. I didn't recognize it. By then, Eclipse was actually pretty good. Maybe GIMP has gone through the same sort of (r)evolution?
Cybis
Is it only me who finds Photoshop more confusing than GIMP? The windows floating all over are very annoying, but that's the same in PS! The menus on the other hand are better in Gimp.
ionut bizau
I was going to say Gimp too. A pretty UI is the only thing that holds it back.
Ben Shelock
Try zooming in on a big photo so you only see the middle section (common use case if you're er, Photoshopping) and copying a selection from it, then pasting as a new layer. It will appear that absolutely nothing has happened, because your selection will be pasted at the top left even though you pulled it from the halfway down. It's a series of small things like this that make it absolutely maddening to use for anyone who is at least slightly impatient.
Ben
I can't wait for GIMP with tabs to reach my package manager...
luiscubal
I tried to figure out how to write a gimp script once. I haven't tried again. Documentation? Wizard to help? Sensible, labeled arguments? Ha.
Kimball Robinson
I've never really understood why people say "GIMP is hard to use"...I can handle it with ease. I especially don't understand such people which don't wanna look beyond there noses when they say "GIMP is hard to use because it is not like Photoshop"...that's like saying Linux is hard to use because it is not like Windows.
Bobby
GIMP doesn't have a pretty UI, but I don't really know what the fuss is all about: it has excellent keyboard shortcuts!And the point of a good image editor really is fast image editing. Imaging dragging your mouse across to the crop button, dragging it all the way back and then doing your thing. Much easier: Shift+C (left hand), make selection (right hand).
Here Be Wolves
A: 

Telelogic Synergy is pretty bad. There is no consistency between pop-up dialogs... i.e. some have a 'Save' button and some don't and buttons aren't placed where you would expect from one dialog box to another.

It also remembers what you had selected on windows that are no longer open so if you tryto 'add selected' to a task you get some fairly random collection of objects.

Klelky
+218  A: 
Robert S.
Lotus Notes is indeed the worst thing of any kind ever, pipping genocide at the post because of the "memo" thing.
oxbow_lakes
I hate notes so much I'm up voting this, even if it is a dupe...
Aardvark
Even I vote for your (much more detailed) post (and I posted the Lotus "worst GUI" first!)
VonC
It always seemed to me that Lotus went out of their way to violate Windows UI standards, as if to give a big F. U. to Microsoft. Too bad it only hurt the users.
Patrick Cuff
I upvoted this dupe as well; I loath Notes that much...
Mitch Wheat
How on Earth could the programmers that wrote Notes not see how infinity horrible it was?
Mitch Wheat
Don't forget how the entire application grinds to a halt if you try to check mail on a non-responsive server. If you have Domino Designer or Domino Admin open at the same time, they hang too.
Will Wagner
I do like the ability to use a double-right click to close the open tab though! Oh wait, no, that's stupid.
Greg D
I wouldn't list "No HTML email" as a disadvantage. I fucken hate HTML mail.
Adriano Varoli Piazza
@Moranar, would you rather have the HTML sent to you rendered, or would you want the raw HTML?
Robert S.
Olaf
We use Notes 7 here where I work - Ctrl-N actually does do something. It opens the "New Database" dialog :p But yeah, everyone here at our regional office hates the steaming pile of crap.
Alarion
Oh and for selecting multiple emails, I will give them credit - you can just click and drag down the "check mark" column to multi-select a bunch of emails. That's about the only positive I can say about it though
Alarion
My favorite: Hitting F5 does *not* refresh, or check for new mail. No, it locks the screen and requires your password to unlock it!
e.James
"Typing in your password alternates some strange glyphs with several X's for each character" -- This is actually good for stopping the pesky "read over your shoulder" hacks... "Attaching a file required navigating menus and dialog boxes, instead of just dragging the file to the message." -- In 6.5, you can do this.
A. Scagnelli
@A: Finally, FINALLY, someone who actually likes Notes joins SO. It only took 10 months and tens of thousands of users, but here you are.
Robert S.
"Pressing the Esc key on the main window exits the application." - You just gave me nightmares.
Sneakyness
How about the fact that in order to add hypertext you need to go to Create > Hotspot > Link Hotspot. Absurd!
Jim G.
@Robert: stripping the html and leaving the text is just fine. Parsing it lightly like Thunderbird does, even better.
Adriano Varoli Piazza
@Adriano, it doesn't strip the HTML and leave the text. It gives you the raw HTML.
Robert S.
On our shop we use Notes 8.something, and HTML is rendered, I didn't understand your comments before because of this.
Adriano Varoli Piazza
And as if Notes 6.0 wasn't awesome enough, they've improved it in Notes 8 -- now they no longer support the Windows standard Ctrl-Tab keystroke either. If you try to track down why this was broken and never fixed, the response from the Notes UI "expert" is basically "we didn't feel we needed to bother with it". Another great big kiss-off to their user base.
JP Lodine
+182  A: 
Robert S.
Not to mention that there is no easy way to tell if your changing the default, or just the current file/session.
Brad Gilbert
Yes. A million times yes! I was just yelling at someone about this dialog earlier this week.
PeterAllenWebb
There are literally *hundreds* of check boxes in there!
PeterAllenWebb
Sure beats trying to configure Linux in text mode. ;)
Karl
Wait, it gets even worse in Word 2007, they add scroll bars!
leppie
Karl: yes, at least you can "grep -i option" in Word configs. No, wait...
Rytmis
But at least, it comes down to the options UI. Most of it is usable, or at very least, consistent.
Mehrdad Afshari
+1 mehrad (.....10chars)
Click Upvote
+1 for reminding me of how much I hate how the tab positions are not static. If you click on one of the tabs in the top row, that row moves to the bottom of the tab bar! Ahhhhhh!
Mike Sickler
Would you prefer a dozen different options boxes? I think that would confuse the users even more. Personally I hate applications where I have to hunt down several different Preferences/Options/Settings dialogs so that I can set all the things I want.
Vilx-
@Vilx, well, Microsoft Office 2000 is your cup o' tea.
Robert S.
yeah im with Vilx, i hate haveing to hunt around to find a setting, all the settings should be in one place, with appropriate tabs for each section. wouldnt mind if there were multiple ways to get to that one setting box with the appropriate tabbed highlighted.
Petey B
The worst thing about this dialog is that since most developers also use Word, this dialog has served as the template for thousands of crappy applications.
MusiGenesis
I like to have all the options in one place. Could have been done better though, but it doesn't deserve a mention here
Sylverdrag
@Sylverdrag: Let us know what UIs you've designed so we can make sure we don't buy those products.
Robert S.
-1. I agree with Silverdrag. Of course all the options are in one place. As long as they're organised well within that one place (which they are) this is a good thing. When I want to change a setting I know where to look for it: Tools, Options, then find the appropriate tab.
Evgeny
+5  A: 
dan90266
I added a photo and it showed up in the preview but not now. Any ideas?
dan90266
i think you need 15 rep to post a photo or something.
Claudiu
Thanks. Not sure how I feel about this whole reputation thing!
dan90266
... what is 'Compaction'?
Erik Forbes
I think it's something you need to see a doctor about.
SpoonMeiser
+64  A: 
FlySwat
Instant-effect dialogue boxes aren't a bad thing at all; just one method of closing is better than working out whether you want OK, Set, Apply, Cancel, Save or Close. But yes, Undo certainly needs to be well-supported first.
bobince
Undo seems to work fine for me in most of the Gnome apps; have you used it recently? I have to use an old version at work and it's excruciating right enough!I do think the instant-apply settings are good, although they take a little getting used to.
Calum
I don't mind lack of OK/Apply buttons at all. OS X sticks to immediate changes everywhere. It doesn't have redundant Close buttons though :)
porneL
I agree, not having ok/apply seems a bit vague. For those numbnuts as myself, I often open up random dialogs and accidently hit my keys on the keyboard in various fields. Then I need a cancel button!
Statement
Firefox follows GNOME's awful UI guidelines, but it has a hidden option to force Apply/Cancel/OK buttons. Maybe GNOME does too, I haven't used it in years...
Ant P.
Amiga version really rocked, there was "Use, Save and Cancel" - the Use applied the settings but discarded them on the next system boot. The Save persisted the settings and the Cancel cancelled them... Use was a pretty neat thing.
Oskar Duveborn
Firefox only does under Linux. The Windows version follows the Windows guidelines, with tools->options (rather than edit->preferences) and ok/cancel etc. Personally I quite like the instant-apply approach, but each to their own.
Peter
Instant change is a good thing.
Bernard
porneL beat me to it, but OS X does the same thing.
supercheetah
it's the lack of undo that makes it annoying really, not so much the insta-apply
Hugo
Instead of Ok/Apply/Cancel, they should invent Undo/Cancel.
Nicolas Dorier
Apple has the same non-atomic dialog boxes, which means if you open the wrong item by acciden, tough luck
Chris S
Undo / Close should be the only one.
Olivier Pons
Gnome's "configuration" environment is the reason I switched to KDE.
MiffTheFox
OSX does the same thing yet it's rubbish as well.
dr. evil
Actually, a lot of the configuration screens have apply/cancel. True, a lot don't have them, but from the work I've done in Gnome, it's about a 50/50 split that I've seen. Example of one that does have the apply/cancel is the network adapter configuration.
Tom
The OS X equivalent of this does it right though. Editing is modal, and escape resets the form.
Max Howell
+4  A: 

In general, every program written with Xt library. They are a bunch of monochrome rectangles with idiotic (or non-existant) keyboard shortcuts. No other thing comes close.

artificialidiot
A close second: Anything written in Swing on windows. Fugly.
Will
Swing on Windows doesn't look too dreadful, as long as you set it to use the platform look-and-feel. The current default Swing theme (metal) is pretty appalling regardless of platform.
Rob
nah not everything. IntelliJ IDEA from Jetbrains it written in Java Swing and looks very good
OscarRyz
+117  A: 

From Coding Horror, wGetGUI:

wGetGUI

EDIT: I didn't actually use this.

Can Berk Güder
I'm glad you didn't - it looks terrible!
Ross
OK, I love the "Pro Mode" at the bottom. I assume that shows even MORE options?
John Rudy
I love the horizontal line that stabs right through the Hosts options. GNU and GUI are like polar opposites.
Soviut
+1 soviut, haha. that was funny
Click Upvote
IIRC, this was done as a programming exercise -- to make all of the command-line options available in a GUI. And it rather succeeds at that. The problem is that a (simple) GUI is a lousy interface for this amount of options. Or an interface that gradual revealed options, or menus, or something....
Michael Paulukonis
... wget from the command line is so easy too. OW!
TokenMacGuy
Can you imagine what all of the code that handles those checkbox states looks like?
Ed Swangren
This is funny. Once upon a time, I seem to remember using something (part of MPW, perhaps?) that did this for a lot of command line apps. Wow.
Michael Kohne
This is an argument for the command line.
Joshua
This is like what a command-line tool would be like if it were designed as a GUI tool. There are several other examples of this kind of thing, like front-ends to video converters. The "tons of little switches" approach works so much better on the command line, where anything you don't type, you don't need to worry about.
thomasrutter
What is wrong with it? It has everything i might need handy right there for me. No need to search through endless menu's :P
Coentje
see httrack as a positive example, for comparison of a tool doing exactly the same thing but a different
Berry Tsakala
I think if you try to represent a CLI tool in a GUI it's reasonable to get this. These apps just wrappers around CLI for people who can't bother to type wget --help
dr. evil
Oh yeah I remember this :)
Jesper Rønn-Jensen
No info, all info and some info aren't radio buttons? *types wget --help*
Oskar Duveborn
The "pro mode" screen seems to be quite simple in comparison: http://www.jensroesner.de/wgetgui/data/wgetguipromode.jpg
CesarB
Does wget have an option to ignore robots.txt? If so, then I say it's the man page that's the failed UI.
Steve Jessop
It is definitely possible to create a great, usable GUI around a command line tool. It just requires some more thought than "let's put everything in one place."
Thomas
+11  A: 

Most of the SQL management tools - Enterprise manager, OEM of Oracle, SQL Plus are all painful.

MikeJ
IMOHO, they are better then Oracle's tools...
Aardvark
EM isn't that bad, imho. However, I felt the 2000 version was easier to use for noobs than the current one.
Will
The 2008 version of SSMS is much improved...
Mitch Wheat
SQL2K's "Enterprise Manager" is a GUI on top of a bunch of sprocs. And it shows.
Rytmis
Enterprise Manager sucked, the SQL Manager Studio rocks though...
Oskar Duveborn
Are you kidding? The latest Management Studio is still awful. Case in point - the rendering of results when you use the "edit top 200 rows" function... did I miss something or is it 1996 and is this Access?
cbp
actually my one big peeve is that double click on table brings design mode instead of opening/viewing values. i need to look at table values 100 times more often than I need to review the structure of a table.
MikeJ
Query Analyzer was good...but then came this SSMS bull shit. I mean I can't even look up tsql functions with that help search.
dotjoe
phpMyAdmin's is pretty bad, but you get used to it.
Charlie Somerville
That's why I use 'psql'. ;)
jwp
Enterprise Manager only 11 votes? Come on, people!
ionut bizau
+3  A: 

A long time ago Oracle had an application similar to Microsoft's query analyzer where you could type in pl/sql - but the window where you entered code was about 8 characters wide by 10 characters long (OK I am sure I am exaggerating a bit). You could never see more than a tiny fraction of what you were coding. There was no way to increase the size of that little window.

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I could swear that Orcl 10 and 11 still have that POS
StingyJack
You could be right I haven't used oracle in years, but if so it is astonishingly incompetent of them.
unintentionally left blank
several applications still have this
Hugo
+269  A: 
Noah Witherspoon
It does take a bit to get used to, if you can ever get used to it.
Brad Gilbert
I think the guy in the picture just found out that at his new job he'd be using Lotus Notes...
Mitch Wheat
It's worth noting that many of the UI panels shown there are collapseable, so you can just deal with the portion of the scene you need to at any given time.
Factor Mystic
A wise man once said "Blender's learning curve resembles a wall, followed by a mountain"
Firas Assaad
LOL @ Mitch Wheat. If I could up-vote your comment, I would!
BobbyShaftoe
Upon seeing this one, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.
mmagin
That's a hilarious image. Who made that?
MusiGenesis
Kudos for the image!
nes1983
Oh man, that looks redicilously complicated
Pim Jager
The little man appears to have realised where he is, and he is...displeased.
Rob
Love Blender. Totally agree about the UI. No idea how I'd do it better, though.
Jenn D.
Blender's UI is useless, but the hotkeys makes sense.. just forget about the buttons and other UI element and drive it by instinct - it'll work.
Oskar Duveborn
I agree. Blender is the best worst ui ever. There is no hope. You can't figure it out. Period. Once you do learn it, its great!
TokenMacGuy
+1 from me. The UI is so frustrating until you start to understand the madness of the design. It's a great program though.
Alex Fort
I agree that the ui is complicated but does anyone have a better place to put all the controls, it is gpl you know. +1 for the funny pic.
Tim Matthews
Blender is hard to learn. But once you get a feel for it you start to wonder why other pgms don't work the same way.
Slapout
I worked on Blender ages ago and that was a pain!
dr. evil
Blender is complicated - that doesn't mean the UI is bad. The flight deck of a 747 is complicated, it does a lot - how else are you going to do it?
Martin Beckett
Ok, that image is hilarious. I actually did laugh out loud.
zombat
@mgt: Google search does a lot and behind the scenes is very complicated. That doesn't mean the UI has to be.
Judah Himango
I couldn't figure out how to do anything in Blender until a friend gave me a short tutorial. Then I loved it... until I put it aside for a bit and forgot how it worked. Coming back to it was just as frustrating as at first.
Josh G
@Judah: There's not even comparison. You use Blender to create graphics, complicated stuff. You are a simple user looking for one specific subject in Google.
pablasso
I wish I could upvote this twice.
FeatureCreep
Ilove the Blender UI - 3D programs will always have a learning curve and Blender manages to make an incredibly flexible UI which is consistent across platforms. It gets even better with Blender 2.5, which will have a rewritten Window Manager.
Lucas Jones
Just because a program does complicated things doesn't mean the UI must be complex. Maya does a sterling job of keeping the UI comparatively "lite".
DisgruntledGoat
I use three other 3D programs on a regular basis, and they're *all* far more straightforward than Blender. The best defense I've heard for Blender's UI (repeated in some of the other comments) is that it's great once you learn it. But, that only works if you use the program daily. You can't afford to disregard established conventions if you hope for your program to be used by people only occasionally. "About Face" covers this well, in its discussion of sovereign vs. transient and other "postures" for program UIs.
Warren Young
I don't know about blender but Maya is as easy as notepad ... (hint: NOT!)
hasen j
You'll probably only learn Blender if you're using it professionally (on a daily basis) in which case you can probably dish out the cash for 3D Studio Max or Maya.
Joe Philllips
Anecdotal evidence: Friends of mine have learned both 3DS Max and Blender. The 3DS Max people learn to do stuff a lot quicker, but once the Blender people get up to speed, they start doing things about 4 times faster. Just my two cents.
blwy10
All those who bash blenders UI probably never had to use 3ds Max; And thus are still alive. I've been teaching my students blender for nearly 10 years now and they pick it up in about 15 minutes...
Andreas
@Judah - yes but if you click 'I'm feeling lucky' in a 3d animation tool what should it do? Other than make Lara Croft appear in your bedroom!
Martin Beckett
Coming from the Lightwave camp which features a 3D modeler and animator UI that's straight-forward and easy to figure out, both Max and Blender appear pretty annoying in comparison... but Blender has a similar (to me) workflow and is therefore not hopeless to learn by hotkey and swipes only - but the buttons with the tiny useless icons are NOT helping anyone. Ever ^^ Max has a pretty messed up UI too though not as bad, it's the annoying workflow that gets me instead...
Oskar Duveborn
Older versions of Blender weren't organized perfectly. However, once you learn the keyboard shortcuts and general UI philosophy, you'll likely be able to work faster with Blender than with any other 3d program.
Chris Papadopoulos
Blender interface is for scientist and for out of box thinkers.At first the interface looks like controls of spaceshipInitially its tough for new peopleRest the screenshot is of older version of Blender. Dont forget to take a new look on the new blender interface
Gaurav M
Did you see the 2.53 release?
m01
+66  A: 
Judah Himango
This actually isn't *too* bad. Coming from a 3D background this is somewhat clear as long as you follow each option in order from top to bottom. Non-standard naming like "place" instead of "position" or "translate" is a bit annoying. So are the tiny buttons everywhere.
Soviut
Actually reminds me a lot of the level editor for Descent 3.
Kibbee
Leaving the default VB icon on the main window is inexcusable. You go to all the effort to build all of those options, then just can't quite find that last little bit of energy to fix that icon...But I guess that's the least of this program's visual problems.
JeffK
Not that bad as far as level editors go.
twblamer
There are a ton of completely unlabeled controls in that one window, including four checkboxes that are checked for some reason.
Ron Warholic
A typical security camera software looks like this as well.
Hugo
All VB applications are typically horrible
Brock Woolf
Looks a bit like the scene/animation editor I once threw together to edit scene xml files for a quick and dirty directx billboarding/2.5D demo engine... there was no excuse except that there was like a few days deadline on others completing the scenes and we needed a tool to interactively preview, scrub and edit them ^^
Oskar Duveborn
@Ron Warholic : Quote:"including four checkboxes that are checked for some reason." they show number of cpu cores to stop working.
Behrooz
@Behrooz: Of course! And here I was thinking they were somehow related to one of the many controls placed immediately around them. I assume that the two unlabeled buttons next to the 'e' 'p' 's' radio buttons are for opening the CD tray and incrementing the system time by 11 seconds respectively.
Ron Warholic
Pfft, what are you talking about dude? I don't see a problem with that.
iconiK
using MDI should be banned.
Nico
+14  A: 

The IM software Miranda. Try opening up their configuration dialog. It is absolutely hopeless to find even simple things like highlighting or auto-joining IRC rooms.

Epaga
Noooo Miranda options dialog rocks... ! ^^
Oskar Duveborn
Miranda is a nice software
Albert
@albert i'd agree, but the question was about the UI and I can think of no more cluttered options / configuration dialog that has gotten on my nerves as much as Miranda's.
Epaga
Ye, Miranda is the best but its config is the worst
majkinetor
+50  A: 

Facebook is currently my top worst interface.

The toolbars, tabs and widgets are a mess and the various "dialogs" that require input are hard to distinguish from ads.

Cade Roux
this is so so true, and no one notices it because Facebook is such a great site. But the UI is terrible. It's hard to even get people to understand this, because Facebook is so innovative and cool.
Yar
Absolutely true. Leaving aside the problem of the ads, the wall-to-wall behavior is hard to understand and horrible in all ways. The frontpages whit halfconversations, group addings, and everything messed up.
MazarD
I think it's progressively getting worse?
cottsak
Are you kidding me, I love Facebook's interface.At least it's much better than MySpace's.
Charlie Somerville
Yeah I just went back to FB for the first time in months and I had no idea what the hell was going on. All I saw was the "what are you feeling" box and a massive list of what my friends have been doing and had no idea what anything else was...
DisgruntledGoat
The worst part of facebook is the "applications".
jwp
I think Facebook's UI is pretty good, but then I only became a user after they started the streaming-update front page. One thing I do dislike is that it's very hard to understand who will see a given update: All your friends? All of someone else's friends? Only the person you're talking to? The Wall is the worst in this regard. Whenever you're posting something on Facebook, there needs to be a little box on the side that says very clearly things like [Only Bob Smith will see this] or [All of Bob Smith's friends will see this] or [All of your friends will see this].
Kyralessa
If you have to say "better than MySpace", you've already ruined your point.
eyelidlessness
that's a feature xD
fortran
"Better than MySpace" isn't saying much! But I actually think the Facebook UI is quite good, especially when you consider how many features it has. My major gripe with it is that there 3 "top-level" menus: icons at the top, menu on the left and icons at the bottom.
Evgeny
I can name a couple of things that are better about facebook now. Profiles are hidden away which is good because I don't care about the 1000 bands you namedrop in your music section when I write on your wall. Status messages are a plus. Everything else is rubbish.
temp2290
Also, I agree with Kyralessa. It's incredibly annoying when I have no idea how private a conversation is (yes, you can message them, but sometimes that's a bit too much for a small quip.) Also looking at status messages is agonizing. What the hell do I care when some idiot scores 10 points in Pacman?
temp2290
Facebook is fine. Just stay away from the stupid apps.
Pekka
Yes "better than MySpace" makes this a real pissing contest.
leeand00
+30  A: 

I once provided front-line support for an application that presented the user with a menu of options. It looked something like this:

[1] Do something

[2] Do something else

[3] Do another thing

[X] Exit

At this menu, my users were required to press "8".

Kramii
I used to support something similar (but without the hidden options). To this day I still remember that "mru52" is the key sequence required to get to the File Maintenance functions. I can;t even remember what the menus are anymore, but I remember that sequence :)
Jim OHalloran
A: 

Photoshop, completely confusing, and requires training. I guess that is how they can justify what they charge for it. Preview does almost the same thing as Acrobat and it's free!

photoshop becomes second nature after a while, I could almost hide everything and still use it fine. However for a beginner it is a bit much all those 4 letter combos.
corymathews
Photoshop is widely known for its good UI. That's something you can't say about its so called "competitior" - the GIMP.
shoosh
Photoshops interface is brilliant. It's not an application that needs to be immediately easy to use - it does what it needs to (for it's target users) perfectly!
dbr
The people who wrote the spec for lotus notes might have said the same things - "It's not an application that needs to be immediately easy to use - it does what it needs to (for it's target users) perfectly!"
pc1oad1etter
How does Preview as an alternative to Acrobat have anything to do with the Photoshop UI? Sounds like a random Adobe-hater to me.
Jenn D.
I found it easy to use and didn't require training.
CiscoIPPhone
I find Photoshop's interface almost naturaly intuitive. I'm using it since version 3 something, and I find the new ones to be the best yet (there were some more, some less subtle changes over time).
ldigas
Photoshop rocks. It has a nice interface.
Time Machine
Photoshop is a poor solution to a problem without any good solutions. I personally think its UI is terrible, particularly in CS4, but the lack of any better alternatives does give me pause before condemning it completely. With that said, Adobe does have major UI problems in general, again especially with CS4.
eyelidlessness
It CAN'T be easy to use. If you have 200.000 options, there NO WAY it's easy to use or intuitive. It's a professional application, not designed for light editing.
Hugo
Photoshop is very intuitive to use. I try using the GIMP sometimes and just want to Shift-Delete without uninstalling.
Nick Bedford
Why is this -8? Photoshop's UI is bad - for instance, how do you crop to a fixed-ratio? How do you edit a mask directly (ie. the black-and-white view of it)? Where can you find out how big, in inches, the printed image will be? All of these things can be done, but figuring out how to do them (or finding it in the help) is about 200x harder than in, say, Paint Shop Pro (which also has 200,000 options, Hugo, but has them organized nicely)
BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft
If you know how to use it Photoshop's UI does what it has to do, and taking into account the huge featureset of photoshop it's a wonder that they managed to put in all inthere and still keep some kind of overview. But it could be MUCH better indeed ... much ... beter
ChrisR
@Chris: *"If you know how to use it Photoshop's UI does what it has to do"* - you can say that of any UI. That you *have* to know how to use it beforehand (that is, you have to take a class or read a tutorial to figure out how to do simple tasks that are easy to figure out in other, just-as-powerful-programs such as Paint Shop Pro) means that it has a poor UI.
BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft
+12  A: 

+1 vote for Lotus Notes - absolutely horrible.

MS office is an ok UI, but I have to complain about when they change the location of functionality and features from release to release. AIIIRRGGGH!

Most web UIs also stink.

Serena PVCS for web is another "winner"

sorry, no time now for screenshots or descriptions

Tim
+1  A: 

I'd say the Control Data NOS text editor. Combine an interface that makes teco look straightforward with not quite achieving the expressive power of notepad.

Search for a string? Sorry, you have to rewind the file first. Yes, those are separate commands.

In OSes that had, say, somewhat more market penetration than NOS, I'll go with DEC's VMS text editor. Not bad if you were on a DEC terminal, but miserable if you had another vendor's TTY hooked up.

mpez0
A: 

I'm definitely going to second the vote for Blender. I have never been able to figure out quite how to use it (though that could be partly because I'm rather inexperienced with 3D modeling).

Voyagerfan5761
+2  A: 

I must agree with blender, It's what I learned on. But trying to go back to it after using 3DS Max for a while is impossible. Everything is buried under so many tabs.

Donnie H
+409  A: 
JarrettV
Asus is especially guilty of this. See my entry below
Coderer
Abit uGuru uses around 250Mb on start of it on my system, luckily i found that the bios has all the control i need built in - uGuru uninstalled :D
Pondidum
Realtek sound managers. Because you _need_ a setting to make your music sound like underwater or in a cave.
Adriano Varoli Piazza
Hey, don't knock it. My sound card has software to make your music sound like it's in a cave, or sung by a male or a female or a chipmunk, and my four-year-old loves it. :)
Kyralessa
+1 I've used and hated uGuru too
abababa22
+1 including MSI utilities
Hugo
+1 all Asus utilities. Why do they bother?
20th Century Boy
Why is it that all driver utilities have to use their own unique UI instead of the system chrome? And why do they always try to look like a futuristic aeroplane control panel?
DisgruntledGoat
Holy preset photoshop layer styles, batman!
Sneakyness
It's the UI of the next generation, for the cool OC'ing kids, yo, bling bling.
J. Steen
Actually, most software provided by hardware vendors suck big time, not just the UI; down to the kernel mode drivers themselves.
Mehrdad Afshari
My Gigabyte motherboard has several. Firstly there's the Dynamic Energy Saver program which has a huge On/Off button, and I have no idea if clicking it turns DES on or off. But worse is that every time I plug in or unplug my headphone, some window pops up asking me to confirm that I did indeed plug in or unplug my headphone. I think I managed to turn that one off, but it's still an amazingly retarded default.
mcv
+2  A: 

I'd say Windows Explorer. That "user-friendly" interface with nice shortcuts turns an average computer newbie into a completely clueless idiot after a couple of years. Re-educating somebody who clicks without reading and thinking first is very hard, because this becomes a rock-solid habit and affects the way one thinks.

Anonymous
That's not an indicator of a bad GUI. In fact, quite the opposite. The GUI is so simplistic that even the most uneducated computer newbie can master it in a short time. That you find most users forget the more complicated methods after using it is a testament to its usefulness, not harm.
Chris
it makes thing seem simpler than they are. people will refuse to see "the light" because they're blinded by the very simplistic gui that they think it's all there is to it. they become resistant to learning more.
hasen j
+20  A: 

Just about anything done with Remedy/ARS.

Why?

Because these applications are in the worst place: Created by DB-engineers according to business process managers. Neither of which will ever be forced to actually use the system themselves.

(You can find Remedy on the forth place of Dreckstool, a german I-Hate-This-Software-Hitlist.)

christian studer
I agree - we use their change management and help desk ticketing modules and they are both horrible to use. The web-based version is a poor attempt to mimic the original windows GUI and is painfully slow to navigate.
Rich
+1. I further nominate the Midtier, the slow and buggy web interface. Vile.
bobince
Remedy... Ah. I cannot stand that POS...
Christopher Mahan
I've been forced to use remedy before. I still curse its existence.
Jason Baker
At my previous employer I worked very, very hard to make sure Remedy was not selected for use on a large UK govt project. This still makes me happy.
Jon Cram
+1. Its counter intuitive and very slow
n002213f
+59  A: 

Interface hall of shame has a rich collection for your delight.

The site hasn't been updated since 2000 though.
p5ycho_p3nguin
On the other hand, programmers tend to "re-invent" those shameful things over and over again, so it's still up to date. :)
pi
Yes, please, it really doesn't need to be updated - that would be even worse....
Oskar Duveborn
The Interface Hall of Shame is a self-entry.
spoulson
+1 for the irony
Willi
+10  A: 
VonC
+1  A: 

Countless websites with forms for entering addresses while the input text field has a max limit of 10 characters.

Abhishek Yadav
Don't forget those websites that require entering a federal state, or requiring zip codes in a specific format...
OregonGhost
+20  A: 

I would add any interface that tries to draw its own non-rectangular background window, that is, where it has rounded/curved corners in an attempt to look "cool". JarretV has an excellent example posted above. I have yet to see a single app like that that wasn't awful.

Coderer
launchy does that and it's awesome.
hasen j
A: 

The Report Editor in Microsoft Access.

Nowhere near Lotus Notes, but to this day, I still absolutely hate Visual Basic only for the reason that it reminds me of building Forms and Reports in Access, even though it's not VB's fault

Michael Stum
And yet, it's still better than using using Crystal Reports. Believe me, I moved a VB6 application's reporting from calling out to Access Runtime Edition to using Crystal for a former employer and it was a downgrade in experience for me and the end-users.
U62
I find the Access report editor the best. Tell me if there is any better reporting engine and I shall pay money to buy it.
CDR
+2  A: 
Steve B.
A: 

Z-Brush, although a very powerful tool left me baffled and confused. I'm an experienced user of photoshop and 3d studio, but Z-brush really makes me aggressive.

Maybe I could get used to it. Anyone here who works with Z-Brush regularly and can tell me what you think after prolonged use?

Nailer
+86  A: 
ykaganovich
heh. I love the checkbox "I am DJ McDonald's". Yay for obviousness :)
gnud
One big plus of this app: It has an instant preview section! Even shitty UI apps may have some gems others could learn from.
ypnos
i love the "leAve CaSe". beautiful.
Epaga
You gotta love anything with "Superb" in its name.
Michael Itzoe
I like how they're renaming DLLs... that won't cause any problems.
Mark
At least it's color coded... I guess?
Andrei Krotkov
A horrific UI, but a fantastic program. The non-resizable, 3 line folder view in the top left is priceless
Chris Driver
It has to be so, after all, it's "superb" batch renamer guys... !
Kunal S
Oh my god. Where to begin. What, you don't add a "%34" option to all your GUIs?
P Daddy
This must be a VB 3 (or earlier) app; the drive box and file directory components are very familiar. The tool would look better if the developer had used threed.vbx :)
PaulR
Even more fun should be to run this app with random settings on your system Windows folder.
Berkus
this has nothing on `thunar -B`
dotjoe
this is obviously intended to rename porn files.
Nico
+6  A: 

The search in Fogbugz. The version we use at work has a search box and has no advanced search page so if you don't know the query language for the box you're buggered.

L2Type
Oh come on...worst UI you've ever used? It's a search box. And it works.
Judah Himango
@Judah: No, it does not. Entering the exact *title* of the page in the field you are lucky if you get it by the second page...
EFraim
+6  A: 

I used to work at a hardware store, and the retail management system we used was just AWFUL. It was written in FoxPro and had many delightful features:

  • Red text indicated that a text box was editable. Normal text meant it was not.
  • Text boxes were filled with spaces. When you clicked in a text box, the pointer would quickly snap back to the first non-space character. This also meant that typing was also handled by some hacktastic method. If you had the insert key on, you were screwed.
  • When searching (e.g. for a customer, an inventory item), you could only search by one column of the grid they used, and only for strings at the beginning of a word — no actual filtering.
  • The user interface "flashed" at a small size before it was redrawn at a higher resolution.
  • The previous was especially bad when sometimes two to three windows would pop up at a time before you were able to interact with it.
  • To get from one part of the application to another (e.g. from ringing sales to looking up an inventory item), you had to hit [esc] until you got to a completely blank screen. From there, you accessed the menu to get to where you wanted to go. The menus were inaccessible in normal system usage.
  • This is not a UI detail, but multiple retail stations were handled by having a network-mapped database file accessed by multiple clients.
Paul Fisher
Which brings me to a question, how would you indicate optional and required text fields in a nice way on a web page?
Oskar Duveborn
Don't people use the red asterisk near a field for this?
Shivasubramanian A
The app wasn't called 'TSM' was it?
cottsak
No it was not. Apparently there's a lot of suck to be had in the point-of-sale market.
Paul Fisher
+95  A: 

While this is stricly speaking a UI, it's not something I use, but it ranks right up there along the worst of UI design with the pros.

Warning Put on protective goggles before opening the following link:

http://www.arngren.no/

Lasse V. Karlsen
Oh, crap! And I thought that Arngren was out of business years ago :)
Geir-Tore Lindsve
"My eyes! The goggle; they do nothing!"
Abizern
The best part about it is that it used to be a LOT worse in the past =)
Eyvind
Woah this is great... it even loads slowly enough to let you see it come to light in full glory slowly... I laughed so hard my wife complained I must not be working...
Christopher Mahan
that's kinda...offensive. I a programmatic way.
BBetances
I'm amused. All (some) of the thumbnails are 800x400 images scaled down by my browser. No wonder it took so long to download.
J. John
This is a classic user-designed app. When I am doing hallway usability testing, by far the most common request is "can you make that more important? and that? and that?" Of course, if everything is important, then nothing is. So, *those* requests are always rejected.
Mark Brittingham
Wow. I thought this page was a brilliant technical achievement, until I cracked open the source and realised that it's all done with absolute-positioned divs. Amazing.
Dogmang
I love it. Looks just like those classified ads I used to see in some old American magazines my uncle used to treasure.
Vulcan Eager
HA, I love it when sites have a random javascript-clock halfway down the page. It's great for the users who've managed to stumble onto the page without the help of a computer, or the ones that use an OS without a built-in clock.
Grant
That was like road-kill, but online!!
David Robbins
I feel nauseous...
Cocowalla
What's the big deal about a girl taking her bikini top off? Oh wait, there's more...
Hans Passant
There's a special bonus to this site, it's one of the few sites that has higher resolution photos when you use the zoom feature in your browser.
Lasse V. Karlsen
Hm. I'm not sure whether I find this site terrible. Sure, it loads terribly slowly, uses unresized images and not nice to look at in the source code. But, the front page shows off what is an incredibly huge range, with tons of information and dozens of detail photos for each product. The right kind of crazy interface for a business whose selling point is crazy stuff. If it had a proper ordering facility behind all the craziness, it would be *great*.
Pekka
I love this bloke: http://www.arngren.net/VTOL.180px-Williams_X-Jet.jpg
David
I guess they tried to imitate the million-dollar homepage. http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/
Thomas
I just had an amazing experience, "Jockey-Polka Op.278" by Johann Strauss started to play EXACTLY when I opened that website. The effect was undescribable, use Spotify and try it out yourself!
ciscoheat
lol, I clicked on the British flag thinking it would translate the page to English and it redirected me to a page of electronic handheld translators for sale. I feel like I just bought a used car.
Evan Plaice
"Ow, my balls!"
Jesse C. Slicer
+27  A: 

I couldnt go thru all the posts (protecting my eyes), but Crystal Reports suck pretty bad!

leppie
Apparently SQL reporting is even worse :(
leppie
SQL reporting services IS worse. It makes baby <deity> cry.
Chad Ruppert
I didn't think it was possible to get worse than Crystal ...
Adrien
AMEN! It drives me BUGGY how when you want to resize an item on CR, if you are off the handle by even ONE pixel, NOPE! The freakin resize-handles are WAYYYYY too small!
eidylon
@eidylon - that's when i zoom to 200%
dotjoe
+414  A: 
Coentje
You poor bastard.
WW
Yay, changing an option here would at bast take you only 2 hours and 6 days of your life.
Pim Jager
My favorite part is that there's no apply/cancel functionality. Good luck! Ugh.
Greg D
I'm in a similar situation, and none of the fields in the tabs are user controls so the one form is a few hundred pages, and all of the ui controls are default names (textbox1, textbox2...textbox40). I feel your pain.
SnOrfus
Funny. At least "everything's there" ;)
Milan Babuškov
Holy mother of god...
Rob
Happy debugging!
labilbe
are times really that tough for you? I know the job market is soft right now, but soft enough to maintain this POS?
Dave Markle
It is luckily just one of the many applications we are maintaining here and this is the only form that is that bad. THe code behind all of the application and the datamodel are just about as bad as the form is though. Luckily i moved on to greener pastures (applications)
Coentje
b.t.w. it is not a POS but a patient registration system for a small clinic in holland.
Coentje
I think you misunderstood the meaning of POS. ;)
Bernard
Apperently i did :P so you do not mean point of sale but piece of s....
Coentje
That is... that.. man, I got nothing.
Alarion
o my jesus christ!
DaDa
may the gods have mercy on you
Hugo
Well... I don't know if it's better to be the developer who maintains this abonomination, or the final user...
Nicolas Dorier
What on earth were they thinking?!
20th Century Boy
"It's full of tabs..."
Chrisb
can't stop laughing :)
Kris
I actually like this UI. Everything at sight, and it isn't really that bad if you need different categories of forms often. Unfortunatelly, it's too small a picture to read it clearly; lower button is what ?
ldigas
Better than scroll arrows to show more tabs
Time Machine
I think this should be #1 voted
Mike Wills
I love to rant against multi-line tab controls, but ... man. Since the universe curves back around on itself, is it possible that this interface is ... the best ever?
MusiGenesis
lol... what the hell? hahahahahha :)
Eduardo Xavier
pro HCI !! ..
mnml
i just threw up in my mouth
Jarsen
You are who you choose to be Spiderman!
Andrew G. Johnson
please tell me you killed the entire team that worked on this !
Yassir
My sympathies are with you.
Ben
How many backups do you have for when the form misteriously breaks for no apparent reason.
PeteT
You know what that form needs? More Tabs!
Mitch Wheat
Could you reupload the picture? I get a 404 on it
Earlz
It seems to be working again already.if not try here http://yfrog.com/3utabsvp
Coentje
Everybody else is just jealous that they didn't come up with this sweet form.
Dan Tao
Where is Brice Richard when you need him?
aaaa bbbb
+26  A: 

The Realtek sound control panel. Because you obviously need an equalizer setting to 'sewer pipe', 'underwater', or 'cave'.

Adriano Varoli Piazza
Not fair. I've written reverb algorithms before, and if they were all named realistically you'd just have 'Big room 1', 'Big room 2', 'Big room 3' ...
MusiGenesis
That might be a reason to do just one of them, I guess. Or to learn to name variables and things better :)
Adriano Varoli Piazza
+1 for the sewer pipe :-)))
ldigas
A: 

System properties, if you right-click 'My Computer' on Windows PC

Varun Mahajan
Any particular reason?
Ted Percival
On Vista, that's actually a nice and clean dialog. Maybe you're talking about the environment variable dialog?
OregonGhost
+29  A: 

Any SAP UI ruined my day. Large parts of it are transactional which means you'll run across some weird behaviour and will type everything 3 or 4 times.

Stephan
Fully agree. I don't have a screenshot around right now, but SAP has probably the most retarded GUI I ever saw.
Nils
Oh, now I understand what "transactional" means, finally.
Berkus
+471  A: 
GateKiller
reminds me of geocities
hasen j
+1, myspace is impossible to read
Click Upvote
A Dutch variant of these kind of sites (immensely popular in the Netherlands) is - to me at least - even worse: http://www.hyves.nl/
peSHIr
The sad thing is that this is one of the better ones out there...
Dan Herbert
@Dan: The old photo has gone and tried to quickly find another. Feel free to update the image with a better one :)
GateKiller
+1. Hell even the 'default' non-'pimped' myspace layout is terrible. If you look at the HTML, it technically isnt even valid (repeated IDs on different elements).
rally25rs
ha "Geo-shitties"
StingyJack
Well, myspace users are the ones to blame.
Eduardo León
This is the site Firefox's [View->Page style->No style] was made for!
bobince
Tim Matthews
And if you use an old Mac (PowerPC) and flash, it halts your computer.
Uri
We have the same problem in the netherlands with the popular dutch social networking site hyves (hyves.nl). However they fixed that by adding a: 'View in default lay-out'-link to all profiles. It ereally is a genius solution.
Pim Jager
Facebook's hardly much better either!
Paul Suart
You could have picked something much much worse from myspace. This one is actually readable.
TheTXI
If you think MySpace layouts are bad, try searching for events there.
Daniel Daranas
For some reason, all social networking sites are like this.
Jorn
i sort of like the chaos of myspace sites, give me the chaos of myspace versus the "clean" corporate , sanitized view of facebook anyday. myspace is for people who could care less about clean UIs and more about the finer things in life, e.g music.
geejay
Here's a MUCH worse myspace page (for lots of reasons): http://www.myspace.com/joeyg411
MusiGenesis
And yes, that link makes me ashamed to be a Unitedstatesian.
MusiGenesis
That's actually one of the better ones. If you want the real 'myspace flavor' you've got to include the massive horizontal scrolling caused by people posting ill-formed HTML on your wall.
Chad Okere
Myspace isn't a social network, it's an ugly page generator.
FryGuy
Geocities met Web 2.0 at a bar and MySpace was the bastard child.
John K
Myspace is the perfect example of why you shouldn't be cheap with web site design.
canadiancreed
+23  A: 
plan9assembler
kdevelop is really weird. I prefer raw kate + make over kdevelop.
Ronny
Please can you split this into the normal one-answer-per-reply format? I want to vote for the IE settings dialog but not for kdevelop.
user9876
man that IE thing is terrible, have they heard of check-boxes?
Shraptnel
+1 on the IE thingalthough no-one that actually CONFIGURES the software they use, use IE.
Hugo
Same thing in Folder Options... all check boxes, and one pair of radio buttons to either show or hide hidden files/folders...
Thomas
I wouldn't vote for kdevelop, because, even if it's weird like ronnybrendel says (and I myself use kate more, though kdevelop4 is getting there), it's still heaps better than Eclipse UI.Here you go, a clumsy 2AM comment.
Berkus
or anything with a 'k' prefix for that matter.
Evan Plaice
+16  A: 

Microsoft outlook. While I'm ok with the rest of the office suite this one just leaves me baffled. Why have email, calendar, tasks and whathaveyou combined in one application when there's no real integration between them? The search is ridiculously slow and "oh you wanted to search in other places than your inbox? well just click here and here and here".

I guess what it boils down to is combine the stress and burden of your emails with a subpar interface and you have the recipe for a really unpleasant experience.

Dan Sydner
Search is instant if you actually let it index (in XP) or use Vista+ (indexes by default). Also, flagging an email will make it into a date-centric task making the whole calendar thing meaningful.
Oskar Duveborn
Must be a Lotus Notes fan :)
BenAlabaster
Must not be using Exchange. My email, calendar, tasks and whatnot are all pretty well integrated.
Michael Itzoe
You must not be an enterprise user. Email, calendar, and tasks are definitely integrated in the enterprise.
radesix
Never had a problem with search in Outlook. It's infinitely better than Thunderbird, which only has a filter for subject/sender at the top. You have to go into some confusing dialog for a full search.
DisgruntledGoat
Outlook's email management is a bit last century. Amongst other things, it is the *only* app that I currently use that does not scroll the folder as you move the scrollbar. And Opera's email client does search and filtering much much better.
staticsan
Not only are those well-integrated, you get loads of stuff like presence and such in other office documents as well - want to phone the author of a document? It's right there in say Word, with online status and email, chat, free/busy for the day, you name it... the search needs and indexing service, then it stops doing that stupid thing.
Oskar Duveborn
@DisgruntledGoat - you find a dropdown confusing? Get a nearby IT professional to set it to Search All Messages for you and never worry about it again.
Robert Grant
+1  A: 

I have never seen a time tracking application with a good ui. (I'd be delighted to be proven wrong though)

Dan Sydner
http://www.letsfreckle.com
Charlie Somerville
@Dan Sydner - I agree, although like yourself I have yet to find a good tool.
scunliffe
+117  A: 
Jason Baker
But it's so colourful!
dbr
That looks like a MySpace page...
rally25rs
Reminds me of http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/
GateKiller
these guys are subtle
This is what happens when fruit salads become angry.
Tim Post
@rally25rs - I never thought I'd say this, but don't insult MySpace pages like that.
Jason Baker
Its like a leftwing version of Drudge... only with a worse layout, if thats possible.
Will
what IS that? i can't seem to find what that site's for, or what it means :S
Hugo
Is it possible this site is actually just a joke?
Nixuz
@Nixuz - I would hope so. That would give me hope for humanity. :-)
Jason Baker
HOLY SHIT WHY DID I CLICK?! MY EYES!
LiraNuna
For those who don't want to click the link, this site is over 60 PgDn's long (for me). There is whitespace about 30% down the entire length of the page (though it still keeps the 5 column layout that we've grown to love) but it turns out that it's just a layout glitch. A new text wall starts up at about 40% down the page and continues that way until the bottom.
Grant
holy crap, did obama made that website by himself??
kar
I clicked it and my browser froze. Is that TRWTF?
mrduclaw
If you manage to get to the bottom, you'll find a box starting with "HavenWorks.com has been an Aesthetically Challenged News Website Since 1998" and listing the worst website awards the site has gotten, as if it's an accomplishment.
Ricket
I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit
Evan Plaice
+243  A: 
shoosh
lol [asdfgh10chars]
Click Upvote
I remember thinking it was cool when I was about 10
dekz
There go 8 years trying to forget it down the drain!
Christopher Mahan
Every time I get close to WMP (not head, just regular one), I get completely confused. I fave no idea how that crap is intended to work
Slartibartfast
That head always freaked me out, I'm sick of windows media player, I'm over the gloss.
Shraptnel
lol so long ago.....
WalterJ89
This head just must look like that it is realy in pain
Oleksandr Bolotov
Wow, so cool man, he's got like music in his head or something. Rad!
20th Century Boy
It's green, too.
Andrei Taranchenko
That's my head...
ThePower
@The Power, you ears are actually that big.
kjfletch
Nice playlist, @shoosh
Jeremy
The head is just an extreme example of why "skinning" is such a horrible concept. The only people worse than programmers at UI design are users.
MusiGenesis
This thing always gave me the heebie jeebies
Jarsen
Darn, You just reminded me. It took me so long to forget it...
THEn
I will start seeing this damned head in my dreams again...
THEn
+273  A: 

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I won't say what my companies app is called incase I get fired but it looks just like this.

Tim Matthews
where's the tabbing?
Christopher Mahan
@Ctrl Alt D-1337-You must be new to consulting ... that's nothing! ;-)
John MacIntyre
@John MacIntyre Have you got some screenshots to share with us?
Tim Matthews
@Ctrl Alt D-1337-I'm not saying I'd do this ... just that it's a pretty basic run of the mill business app.
John MacIntyre
that is an exact drawing of a licensing app i used to support...give or take a couple fields :)
dotjoe
The bottom one looks just like a help desk app I'm finishing off at the moment *sigh*
Lunatik
Looks a somewhat like a data entry screen I did over 20 years ago. :-( In my defense, this was using Pick BASIC (no gui there - at least then), and pretty much followed the design of all the company's other apps ... which probably explains why the users wanted it that way!
PTBNL
@Christopher Mahan - you have to scroll down to get to the tabbing.
Stephen Denne
This is a very nice concept to keep things simple! Shows that most application is developed by developers who doesn't have usability skills (and shouldn't I mean.. hire another one!) ;) cool
Eduardo Xavier
What, no "Reset" button?
Craig
Oh god that's good -- I'm keeping this for future reference.
Thanatos
+1 for the disclaimer comment! ^^
Leif
And the "Touch" button in the Apple product probably comes pre-pushed from factory...
CesarGon
That app is significantly better than one used at my current company, in that it has actual buttons, as oppsed to typing in number options or cryptic screen codes, has an Undo function and Help available.
Nathan
This is the most honest answer. I think the *worst* UIs we've *all* seen have to be in-house apps at companies where we've worked... perhaps even apps we've worked *on* (certainly true in my case).
Dan Tao
pifff...it's missing a Cancel button. Certainly they didn't implement undo/redo actions.
dotjoe
+4  A: 

The Powerbuilder IDE givis me the creeps.

Dean
It was not so bad in the 1990s. But PB 11.2 in the age of VS2008, Eclipse, et al? It badly needs a refresh. roll on PB12 and embedded VS
Colin Pickard
+306  A: 

The godawful "Select Folder" dialogue on Windows XP and all its ilk (I do not know if it is in Vista).

Prepare to browse the entire structure of your disk through a tree view inside a small, non-resizeable window. And no, you can't just copy paste the full path to the directory you want because there's no text box to do so in.

It would be merely annoying if it wasn't used in every Windows application and installer ever.

zaratustra
some variations include a text box for pasting the path ...
hasen j
Yeah, the fact that it isn't resizeable is the killer in my book.
Greg D
I want to vote this up a thousand times.
Mark
I agree. You still can't resize it in vista/seven.Java applications tend to use a file select that only filters folders. That rules.Pasting the path would be GREAT! I usually have already copied the location.
Hugo
It's also the fault of the developer who refuses to enable the textbox for pasting. Mostly because the user could enter a path that doesn't exist.
VVS
It can be resizable - if you add the correct flag (_browseinfoW.ulFlags BIF_NEWDIALOGSTYLE). Unfortunately, it isn't the default so it requires a program change to happen. Smart MS, real smart.
Gerry
Well, at least it doesn't fire up the 3.1 version like the add fonts dialog
Gavin Gilmour
Codesector's free Direct Folders (http://www.codesector.com/directfolders.php) has a great feature especially for this predicament: "ClickSwitch feature will make a file dialog instantly jump to the folder already opened in Explorer". And its other features are cool too, I use it all the time...
ohadsc
In Safari on the Mac, I just love having the ease of dragging the file on the `Browse...` button and miraculously Mac OS figures out what path to insert there. I hate Windows and all its long paths to the stupidest things.
Anriëtte Combrink
+3  A: 

I dislike gimps UI. For the sake of multiple top level windows, or windows in front of windows which have no taskbar entry. Hell no.

Ronny
In defense of GIMP, I find those multiple windows a godsend with a 2-monitor setup.
Juliet
+10  A: 

PeopleSoft

our university forces us to use it, it sucks, I hate it!!!

hasen j
Same, it's the only sure fire way to make me cry.
Rev316
My university just switched from a bunch of custom web apps to People soft. Their original stuff wasn't the best, but was WAYY better then this crap
prestomation
@prestomation: same story, our university had a bunch of (what seemed to me at least) custom scripts (perl, maybe?). They weren't the best, but way better than the piece of crap that's called people soft.
hasen j
A: 

Standard Time - Its web interface is not intuitive at all.

Manoj
+12  A: 
dogbane
All helpdesk applications have bad UIs. It seems to be some kind of industry requirement.
U62
A majority of the Remedy screens I've seen are custom developed (like the one you posted above). You can't blame the product for what people do with it. Remedy is more of a platform. ArSystem out of the box isn't too bad at all.
asp316
+6  A: 

The tcsh shell.

It's vilely inconsistent and buggy.

As a small example, set/setenv/alias all use different notations for assigning variables (or aliases):

dbr% set something 'a'
set: Variable name must begin with a letter.
dbr% set something='a'
dbr% setenv something='a'
setenv: Syntax Error.
dbr% setenv something 'a'
dbr% alias something='a'
dbr% alias something 'a'

Even little things like the history is reformatted when you retrieve it..:

dbr% if(1) echo something;
something
dbr% if ( 1 ) echo something ;

There's much bigger issues I've run into at work (with an older version of tcsh we're basically stuck with), but the above transcript is from tcsh 6.14.00 (the most recent is 6.15)..

There are a lots of articles on it's buggyness, for example this one from 1996 or this, and quite a few of the bugs are still around in the very recent version shipped with OS X Leopard..

dbr
+1  A: 

I once worked for a company that had a web-based UI that had a transition page with a button containing the text 'Do not press this button' on it. Pressing the button caused it to grey itself out and display 'Do not press this button again'.

Adrian
Copyright Douglas Adams :)
ChrisF
what the fuck? :/
Charlie Somerville
Maybe "Don't Panic" would have been more appropriate
Nathan
+1  A: 

Photoshop is an otherwise fine example of a good GUI imo, but they did get one thing horribly wrong: F12 which is "save as" in Office is Revert to last saved change in Photoshop - No questions asked and no undo!

Brian Rasmussen
+9  A: 
thenonhacker
looks pretty tidy IMO
Hugo
It suffers from being a front-end for a command-line app. "Lots of small switches" works well for command-line apps, where anything you don't use, you don't need to worry about as it will take a reasonable default value. In a GUI front-end, mapping every switch to a control causes this sort of thing.
thomasrutter
Still i think its pretty clean
Quamis
+4  A: 

Allen-Bradley's ControlView. It was one of the first SCADA's, built onto an MS-DOS based, so-called-real-time kernel which pre-empted threads every 500 milliseconds. It featured EGA (640x350, 16-color) graphics when 800x600 SuperVGA's were becoming mainstream, Microsoft-only mouse support when even Microsoft supported Mouse Systems Mouse emulation, it had to be installed in a C:\ACCESS directory whose name was pretty much hard-wired all over and which contained all sorts of obscure sub-directories with three-letter names... but the real PITA was its graphics editor, called "Mouse Graphix". It had a built-in mouse driver clearly written for a 5-dpi-or-so mouse, so a very firm hand was a must, otherwise you were almost sure of selecting the wrong menu item; needless to say, next to one of the most used items there was the infamous "Clear All", whose confirmation dialog box was absolutely the worst piece of UI ever conceived. It went like this:

Cancel this operation? (Changes will be lost)

YES         NO

"Obviously" you had to answer NO to confirm and YES to cancel.
"Obviously" changes would be lost if you answered NO.
"Obviously" there was no Undo. Oh wait, there was an Undo feature, but you had the option of disabling it altogether and we usually did, because it slowed down things to the point where every single operation would cost you 30 seconds of waiting for the hard disk to apparently grind coffee.

To make things even worse, Mouse Graphix automatically moved the mouse pointer to the default button every time it displayed a dialog box, just as Windows can do, but with no option to avoid it. And, its built-in mouse driver had no hysteresis applied to the button states, so any less-than-heavy click could easily turn into two or three click events... need I really tell you which was the default answer to the dialog above?

Other parts of ControlView were not so bad (I just loved its real-time database and PLC communication features, for instance) but Mouse Graphix, man, I've had nightmares about it for years.

+47  A: 
nes1983
Gah! What is this? And it's a Mac app too!
Johan
Take it back, please
zem
+1  A: 

Intel VTune!

NeARAZ
+14  A: 

phpMyAdmin is increadibly bad in the terms of user interface.

I am especially frustrated with new version where developers decided to switch functionality of table selector.

There always was the name of table which led to structure of table and tiny unclickable icon that led to data of table. It was bad, but when you got used to it, it could be used. Now they switched it and as we manage more servers with different version it is always trial and error to get to where you want to.

Many more bugs and anti-features plague this product, but I am afraid that there is nothing better to be used.

Josef Sábl
So true about the table name links. I've just started using SQL Buddy which isn't quite as full-featured but the interface is a dream!
DisgruntledGoat
Agree here, phpMyAdmin sucks a big one. Much much happier with the mysql prompt now (and it's good for you sql skillz too).
Ali
It's terribly dated and confusing, but I've seen much worse.
Brian Ortiz
I agree that phpMyAdmin is useful but has a horrible UI. Just an example:http://www.fireworkswebsites.com.au/PhpMyAdminTutorial_files/phpmyadmin6.gif
Dlaor
+17  A: 

Crystal Reports

I haven't used it in a few years, so hopefully it's improved since.

Gordon Bell
Having to use CR XI daily, I can tell you it still sucks very badly!
dotjoe
The worst thing for me now is I don't even notice!! I did see SAP online the other day though oh my god Crystal Reports is an example of clean concise UI compared to that.
PeteT
+1, I've used CR7 and CRXI and I find both to be clunky, although XI is less so.
Heather
+7  A: 

One more: Microsoft Project. And for the ultra-hardcore fans out here: Microsoft Project Professional with Project Server 2007.

I think it's the Lotus Notes of Project Management Software.

Michael Stum
+228  A: 

iTunes for Windows

Chris S
iTunes in general.
Oskar Duveborn
Got to agree. On my mac I love iTunes, on Windows.... not so much.
Isaac Waller
I consider iTunes a virus - if I find it installed on any computers, I format the computer.
cbp
Seriously, why cant apple just do silent updates or allow us to turn the notifications off without having that big stupid multiproduct update window showing up once a week.
StingyJack
Never having used a Mac seriously since this 128/521K days, stuff like iTunes is what puts me off Apple. If iTunes is the best they can manage then I'm staying clear.
Lunatik
I... like iTunes on Windows and the Mac. Does that make me a bad person?
Jason Baker
I use iTunes on Windows...what's wrong with it? It's simple... On the left is your full library and your playlists, on the right is your songs. Optional browser for artists and albums... I don't see how it's a horrible UI.
Carson Myers
#1 Yes. #2. It's got a terrible skinning engine and runs like the usual slow bloated Apple Windows products - Quicktime is the other obvious one. Safari 3. Safari 4 is marginally better but still hides all of your browsing history in strange places.
Chris S
The problem I have with iTunes is that it brings the whole "This Is The Way You Play Music" mindset with it. At least SonicStage only goes so far as "This Is How You Play ATRAC Music". :-/
staticsan
Not to mention it shoves its store in your face whenever possible. Yes, I KNOW I can buy music from you guys, you don't need to remind me...
musicfreak
I don't see what the problem is with iTunes in Windows.
Mike Wills
I hate it, I've got a VM just to install iTunes. One of the worst piece of software written for Windows.
dr. evil
1. When I click the iTunes icon, nothing happens. I click it again, nothing happens. I remember that this always happens, so I get up and go to the bathroom while I wait for iTunes to start. When I come back, I see a dialog that says "A new version is available blah blah blah". I click HELL NO and then wait even longer for the program to come up. Then the second instance of iTunes (from when I clicked again at the beginning) comes up.
MusiGenesis
2. When I right-click anywhere, nothing happens. Why not? Because it's a Mac app, and Mac apps are more intuitive! Yay!
MusiGenesis
3. How do I create a new Playlist? By clicking the FILE menu! Why? Because a playlist is a file! Except it isn't.
MusiGenesis
4. I have Vista, but I hate the Vista look, so mine is set to classic Windows. So everything looks the way I want it to look, except for iTunes which still looks like Windows Vista. Why? Because Mac is more intuitive, and they know better than me what I want.
MusiGenesis
5. The [email protected]#%$* splitter bars are so painfully slow, I've had to train myself to move them a little, and then wait for freaking ever while the panes redraw themselves.
MusiGenesis
6. The title bar that acts like a windows title bar (double-click, drag) but doesn't look like one. Why? Because Macs are more intuitive, so they don't need visual cues that are remotely consistent with the OS!
MusiGenesis
7. Don't get me started on podcasts. It took me forever just to figure out how to even find them on my iPod after syncing. Are they in the "podcasts" folder? Of course not!
MusiGenesis
8. The whole point of shuffle is so that I'm surprised by each song as it comes up. In iTunes it just resorts the list, so that you see what's next, and there's no other way to do it.
MusiGenesis
9. iTunes is completely owner-drawn, and sometimes it messes up badly and leaves text splooged all over the screen.
MusiGenesis
10. Recently Apple decided to stop selling crappy 128-bit versions of songs, and now they're helpfully offering to let me upgrade the ones I've already bought to higher quality. For a mere 30 cents per song.
MusiGenesis
I need a Zune.
MusiGenesis
Also, I pity anyone who needs to use music on the network drive with iTunes. It should store 60x as much information, rather than opening the file every single time it needs to check stuff.
Macha
@MusiGenesis - Don't get a zune. Get RockBox for your ipod
KitsuneYMG
@MusiGenesis: You can sort your playlist by whatever you'd like. If you don't want to see the songs in the order they're going to play... then stop sorting by play order. :D
andyvn22
iTunes became really offensive the moment it sneakily tried to install Safari on my box...
TM
@kts: Ooh, I hadn't heard of Rockbox before. *sends an email to Home reminding myself to check it out*
R. Bemrose
On topic, iTunes clear UI fault is that it doesn't provide a menu of actions - many actions are only GUI buttons, some of them even unlabeled (burn, eject). Other actions are only drag and drop. This is a symptom of it not having a clearly exposed chain of command.
Erik Olson
+100 Yes. This is one of the worst pieces of junk software. Not only doesn't it barely function in Windows. Takes 2 years for apple to develop a way to get it to install on 64-bit windows. Not work, just install. And it is malware that installs useless junk on your machine and downloads even more useless junk like Safari.
Nick Berardi
I have used iTunes on Win and Mac, Good or bad, I didn't see much of a difference per OS.
John Isaacks
Another pet hate. iTunes is all wrong. Look at Rhythmbox to see how it should be done right.
Matt Joiner
rhythmbox got it right. iTunes search is so unintuitive!
Here Be Wolves
+10  A: 

phpMyAdmin is pretty bad.

It has had its ups and downs. I think recent versions are actually very good. But previous versions have suffered from annoying things, like important buttons containing icons but no explanatory text, and that sort of thing.
thomasrutter
phpMyAdmin is simultaneously terrible and not so bad. I don't really know how they accomplished that.
eyelidlessness
oh so true. Did anybody understand how to predict when updated query will open in a new window and when not?
Agos
+11  A: 

I'm going with any Mac OS prior to OSX. Everything was the same color.

Or iTunes.

BBetances
+1 for iTunes. It's the worst music player on the planet...
André
What's wrong with having a consistent color scheme? I think the classic Mac look was clean and simple.
Amuck
The one-colour look was a hardware limitation, not bad UI design.
MGOwen
+19  A: 

Super converter. The application is really useful, but just look at this...

Main window:

SUPER main window

Context menu:

SUPER context menu

And you really don't want to see the "skins" that come with it....

Mussnoon
+1 on the popup menuthe windows actually seems quite tidy
Hugo
Heheh.. "show useful hints"? Nah, I prefer useless hints.
Wouter van Nifterick
I've tried many video converters over time, and this one seems to do the job best, I give them that. But the UI is not optimal if you're new to the program. I remember it took me some time to find out that there were more options in a popup menu if I right-clicked. Nothing suggests that you can do that. A main menu on top would be useful..
Wouter van Nifterick
Heh, yeah I've use this thing too but the UI is sooooo bad.
Simon H.
Why would you need to skin an app like this?! All I can say is thank God for Avidemux on Linux! When you first start Avidemux it looks a little cluttered, but as soon as you open a video file everything is really intuitive.
DisgruntledGoat
+1 at Super. You should not name things prefixed with Super unless you're Nintendo.
dotjoe
Super also has the lovely tendency of silently installing system-wide codecs that don't always work, which is a pain to troubleshoot (without the CCCP Insurgent that is)
AKX
+5  A: 

SketchPath

I wrote this XPath Tool and agree with much of the first 'nomination' comments (though 'despise' was a bit strong - it illustrates well just how emotive UIs can be). Various aspects of the UI are unconventional (some even experimental) and therefore unintuitive. Also, guilty as charged for not hiding more controls from the 'average user' - quite a lot is hidden already - but I could have done more.

This product was written to fill a gap, which it hopefully does, but further work is scheduled to improve the UI.

SketchPath Screenshot.

Screenshot of SketchPath

[Update] Seen below is a 'worst-case' for the SketchPath successor. This deals with 10,000 files instead of 1, but hopefully learns lessons from earlier criticism of the UI? (Vertical panels inspired by TweetDeck)

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pgfearo
Sorry, Screenshot of SketchPath didn't work - preview was Ok
pgfearo
+1 to make up the votes I sucked away. My bad!
Will
+34  A: 
Judah Himango
"labyrinth-y"?...
annakata
Yep, Labyrinthy. :-)
Judah Himango
I love the onion.
Pim Jager
ha! This was one of the greatest things to come from the Onion news :)
Sergey
+244  A: 
Jenn D.
Finally someone willing to admit this...
Uri
I purposefully do NOT report bugs to any company who uses this software. I have tried and I always bail out halfway through the process.
Alarion
actually, it's very bloated, but the fact that it's so tidy really helps a lot :) plus, it's pure HTML, no AJAX, so works on anything
Hugo
You've got to admit though that you're looking at the "Advanced" search page there. The regular search is just a single box and submit button, so lots of people will never see or need to worry about the extra options.
thomasrutter
I think it's actually pretty good UI. Everything on one place, tidy and clearly putted. What is it you don't like about it ?
ldigas
I really like Bugzilla 3.4. The UI uplift is pretty good.
Druid
I knew I didn't like Bugzilla when I saw it had "quips" (random quotations) that could be displayed. That was time wasted that could have been much better spent improving the software.
Collin Allen
I installed Bugzilla at my company but we had to abandon it because no one could get past the interface (they are non-programmers, but they need to file bug reports). It just throws too much at you at once. We had better luck with Redmine (though it was a PITA to install). Users will give up very quickly when given your standard bugzilla screen.
Grant
+1: Late vote, but last time I was here, my company didn't yet use Bugzilla. Now they do, and I know the sheer horror that is its UI.
R. Bemrose
Not sure JIRA is better.
Thilo
JIRA is definitely better. And if you want really user friendly, look at Trac. Edgewall is doing their homework well.
Berkus
+4  A: 

Vista & Office 2007 - moving the location of learned functionality of previous iterations for the sake of calling it improved is not only subjective but maddening

and that friggin Ribbon!
asp316
I actually love the ribbon
hasen j
Uhm, the Ribbon is the best UI improvement ever. Read up on it, it's made in that way that mouse movement is mimimal and most-used things are easier to find, while least-used things are still easily accessible. Ever pressed ALT in Office 2007? No need to remember shortcuts. ;-)
TomWij
Besides that, you shouldn't buy new software if you don't want new improved things. ;-)
TomWij
@TomWij: I didn't buy it, it was forced on me at my job by some organizational honcho many levels above me. I'm sure the same is true for many people.
PTBNL
Fun fact: Most of the feedback Microsoft was getting about Office was people suggesting features that were already there (but presumably that the people couldn't find or didn't understand the purpose of). Which prompted the interface redesign. Once you get used to it it's not that bad.
Artelius
@Artelius: Fun fact: I've spent countless hours searching for functionality in Office 2007 that I *know* was there in earlier versions. I gave up. I have concluded that MS decided to drop lots of functionality from new Office suite, and I'm using the 2003 versions again. I only use the 2010 versions if someone sends me a document that can't be opened with the old version.
nikie
+44  A: 

alt text

The login window for the Lotus Notes utilizes a security "feature" to defeat would-be onlookers from learning your password.

-- Interface Hall of Shame

dotjoe
I always thought Lotus Notes' password entry was particularly clever. The changing icon is like a hash that gives you enough information to tell if you mistyped your password, but not enough for a shoulder surfer to recover it.
Paul
from that website..."This is not the login window for a weapons targeting system; it is an e-mail application. We wish the designers had spent their time improving the usability of the application itself rather than wasting it on useless diversions." lol...but, yes it is quite ingenius :)
dotjoe
@Paul: I've read somewhere that the icons can actually give you a significant amount of information about a password if you're shoulder-surfing and can remember them. It's enough to make brute-forcing a reasonably secure password quite feasible.
Doug
That brings back memories... How many characters have I typed so far?
RichardOD
Um. Couldn't you just as easily find out if you'd typed your password correctly by hitting return? And if it doesn't let you in, you retype it more carefully? This icon-hash thing seems like more trouble than it's worth.
Beska
really bring back those BAD memories, but I thought its was meant to deter others from checking your password as you type. With all those characters and icons changing, its enough to distract me let alone someone over my shoulder.
n002213f
Doesn't those random number of x:es appear with each key stroke? It seems easy to disregard the number of x:es (and the hash icons of course) and just look at the number of times a sequence of x:es is generated to easily shoulder surf it? I haven't actually used that dialog in years so I may be wrong (sometimes x:es are printed without you typing anything, or vice versa?)
Oskar Duveborn
Shoulder surfers look at peoples' hands, not the display.
Dour High Arch
+258  A: 
OscarRyz
I used Eclipse for years, and mine never got that cluttered. Although Eclipse is just plain inconsistant between windows. Different item groupings, keyboard shortcuts, sometimes settings don't stick...
rally25rs
These fly-out styles are truly hideous UI (KDevelop and VS have them too). Nothing should encroach the text editing area in my opinion. Luckily, VS (at least up to 2K5) and Eclipse can undock those panes which is great on dual monitor systems.
Skizz
Glad to see I'm not the only one who feels this way...
Nik Reiman
yeah, eclipse is a PIA for new users.
StingyJack
Dude, buy an extra monitor. Window->new Editor FTW
thesmart
@smartj: Of course!!! an extra monitor... geee, WHY I didn't thought about that!!!! The solution for bad interface design. Except that... Wait I minute, I use a laptop!. Oh I guess I just have to figure out how to carry the extra monitor in my bagpack.
OscarRyz
@Iraimbilanja: he heh he I know, that's some sort of oral tradition.
OscarRyz
Dude, just drag and drop tabs! ;)
Averroes
@Averroes: Well, yes, but "WHY?" I hate having to separate my hands from the keyboard while coding. It's ok when I'm watching surfing the web, or just watching youtube, I don't mind ( too much ) grab the mouse and drag and drop stuff. BUT WHEN I'M CODING and I'm thinking on how to solve a problem
OscarRyz
... I want to think about the problem, and not get distracted by the interface, I don't want to take my hand of the keyboard I don't want to be interrupted!!, One time, or two times at day, I can handle it. But when I'm working with eclipse happens all day long. Ctrl-M solve most the of the problems
OscarRyz
... But I would like to have this automatically ( like in IDEA ) Other thing I hate is: The IDE should know that when I run the program I want to see the console output and when I stop the program I want to see the editing area. Why can't the IDE understand this and show the right one each time!!!
OscarRyz
c'mon you had to open all those windows like that. That ain't the default. I could do the same with VS.
dotjoe
@dotjoe: Not really I think if you press "run" button in VS it automatically displays the console output. I'm not sure. IntelliJ Idea DOES that. When I stop the program and press ESC my editing area becomes receives all the display area. :)
OscarRyz
You had me at Eclipse....
ojblass
it's hard to get started in, but once you get familiar, you can say it's pretty well designed
Hugo
I use Eclipse on everyday basis and it's great, powerful and intuitive in a way, but first few weeks were actually horrible. I wish some keyboard shortcuts were a bit more consistent with other software, like Ctrl-Tab for example, which I always map to switching editors instead of Ctrl-F6.
macbirdie
Eclipse bites, and I pity the fool who uses it, but you've got to admit that screenshot is not typical. Surely you would have to be intentionally trying to make it as messy as that.
thomasrutter
I found Eclipse much easier to use, than Visual Studio, for example. Granted, the learning curve is quite steep...
Zsolt Török
Being easier to use than VS doesn't make it good. A powerful tool, should not necessary hard to learn. Take IntelliJ IDEA, it is pretty intuitive and very powerful.
OscarRyz
ECLIPSE ROCKS!! WOO!!
Ash Kim
@chikininabiscuit: It does, it does. It's a shame its GUI doesn't help too much :P
OscarRyz
Eclipse is pretty comprehensive as far as IDE's go and once you figure out how to custmize the UI it ain't that bad.
Ali
Java programmers are jealous of Visual Studio? Or is that just an "urban myth"
Chris S
I worked on the Eclipse team as an intern in 2008, and it grew on me, but I'll admit it's tough at first. CTRL+Shift+L will show you just about every shortcut in the app, which is handy for learning.
jbrennan
Because of eclipse, I prefer Netbeans !
mnml
All this and more! It is also slow and uses up all your RAM.
Max Howell
Eclipse is fantastic. Obviously if you expand all the windows it will look bad. But it doesn't take long to figure out at all. In fact I think it's one of the best IDEs I've ever used. I tried netbeans. The GUI stuff was irritatingly buggy at the time.
Chad Okere
Yeah, it looks like you dragged every one of the default tabs out to their own position in an effort to make it look more horrible. Granted, it has its problems, but Eclipse is a good Java IDE and I have never seen it look like that - even when I am doing J2EE development or testing.
JasCav
@Jason: Yeap, probably that's a bit unfair, I accept it. But it is just to make a point. It is a good IDE yes, but the user interface get's in the way too many times!!...
OscarRyz
Can't believe Eclipse (ok, tough to setup, but great once there) and GIMP (the most counter intuitive programme I've ever used) have a similar number of votes.
Pool
For me Eclipse was very easy to use from the beginning. Anyway I was very experimented in programming IDE's.
helios
I'd say Eclipse could use some work, but it can't be "the worst", since most people get pretty comfortable with it. It's not one of those programs where no matter how long you use it, it still sucks.
Brendan Long
I think Eclipse is an amazing IDE, but yeah, it took a while to get used to it (then again so did most IDEs I've used, Eclipse is just one of the latest). Just a quick tip: learn the shortcut ctrl+3. It's a quick search of basically *anything* you can do. Try it, it really makes life much easier.
Edan Maor
"Open many windows and organize them as mosaic": wow, it sucks, amazing... Ridiculous screenshot.
Pascal Thivent
@Hugo: One usability heuristic is learning curve, and if it's awful there's a problem. Users should not have to learn a lot to get a little done.
Kimball Robinson
Oh it's not that bad, it just has a bit of a learning curve that's all...suck it up man! Are you a developer or an end-user?
leeand00
L2Minimize tabs. You can't possibly tell me that your eyes are gleaning information from all of those windows at all times.
Jon Weers
Eclipse is why I use notepad-like editors to code, I CANNOT get my head around it. I use `gedit` and the like.
Matt Joiner
You **COULD** get such a screenshot with Eclipse, but why **WOULD** you? It's like an answer to this question with 25 Firefox windows all with different sizes filling the monitor. My Eclipse window has 4 tabbed panes **at all times**, the largest only for source files.
Geoffrey Zheng
+3  A: 

I vote for the old ZoneAlarm interface. it was awful. Fortunately the latest update really cleaned it up, but I don't have a screenshot any more...

rally25rs
+4  A: 

I'd have to say GroupWise client. It's obvious it wants to be Outlook, but can't quite cut it. Display settings are often lost and have to be reset. Most options are not found in the Option dialog. Just tweaking the UI is a pain. If I want to rearrange my folders, is it in the View menu? No. View | Folder List? No. Maybe Actions? No. Window? Tools? Tools | Options? No, no and nope. Try the Edit menu. Wha??? Totally unintuitive.

Michael Itzoe
Their options dialog is really terrible, but the UI as a whole seems decent.
thomasrutter
Funny how many complaints in this doesn't like the office options menu because there are too many things crammed in there. This is the oppoesite end of the spectrum. It may not be possible to make everyone happy.
Esben Skov Pedersen
+8  A: 

I just saw an IP phone software yesterday that a friend wrote. The UI looks fine - looks like a cell phone - but behaves in a most unusual and surprising manner. Right clicking on it brings up the options dialog (ok that's kinda acceptable if there's nothing else to be put on the context menu) but if you double click it...the application exits. Most applications on Windows maximizes on double clicking and those that use a different look than the default Windows look (or don't want to be maximized) disable the double click, but it was most shocking to see a Windows application exiting upon double clicking (to be honest, not even linux or mac applications do that). He said their UI designer had said he wanted to give users "a new experience". One might as well hire a monkey as a UI designer then.

Mussnoon
I don't think screaming "what the hell just happened?" at their computer is "a new experience" for most people :)
Jim OHalloran
hahaha. I actually laughed out loud when I read this, and just typing LOL would not have been enough
Hugo
@Jim, made me laugh, thank god we can upvote comments these days.
Pim Jager
I had a what the F happened moment with stardock fences a program that I love in every other way. If you double click on the desktop all your icons disappear, scarred the hell out of me.
PeteT
+5  A: 

GPG. So unbelievably usability-free.

chaos
If you think gpg is bad, check the man page for dd, the options have bizarre names ("if" and "of" meaning "infile" and "outfile"?), and are specified in a way that is incompatible with pretty much every other command line app.
Justin Smith
I've used dd. It's weird and clearly comes from another era, but I've always been able to do what I needed to with it, given a little research. On the other hand, I can remember a situation where I, who have been a professional sysadmin (though I'm mostly a developer lately) and someone who is currently a professional sysadmin were trying to exchange a piece of information using GPG, and we *failed*. Take into account in this the legendary reluctance to "let the machine win" (that is, cut one's losses) that is characteristic of Unix admins.
chaos
+295  A: 

MSDN

I find the MSDN (online) navigation slow and a tedious way of putting together about 100 books.

MSDN

Would you find a book like this in a library? 9 different categories before you reach the chapter you're after. Obviously most people just use the search or site:msdn.microsoft.com on google

Update

MSDN now has a low bandwidth version which is a lot nicer to use

Search Bookmarklet

It's a bit off topic but this is Google search bookmarklet for MSDN (make a new bookmark, copy this in as the url)

javascript:q = "" + (window.getSelection ? window.getSelection()
 : document.getSelection ? document.getSelection() :
 document.selection.createRange().text);
 if (!q) q = prompt("You didn't select any text. Enter a search phrase:", "");
 if (q!=null) location="http://www.google.com/search?btnI=&q=site:msdn.microsoft.com%20" 
+ escape(q).replace(/ /g, "+");%20void%200
Chris S
Do you prefer those horrible JavaDoc pages then?
DrJokepu
More like 1000 books. But yes, MSDN is one of the best, well put together set of documentation out there, but it's impossible to navigate without using Google to go directly to the article you want (and somehow they've made it worse in the latest version).
David
No, Javadoc should be on this list a lot higher than MSDN. My post is about the online "deeptree" that MSDN uses.
Chris S
Javadocs are actually quite good. At least they give BigO notation...
thesmart
Some of the Javadoc content is ok (except the complete lack of examples), but the navigation and UI - no :)
Chris S
MSDN is easy to navigate... thank's to Google! :P
Cshift3iLike
I hate the MSDN navigation tree. But the whole system is way better than that horrific JavaDocs mess.
Judah Himango
Whoha. Didn't know about the low bandwidth option. Thanks, that was much better! :)
Erik Hellström
and it takes longer to load than even starting up IE! It is faster to google a keyword than to press F1 in visual studio.
sean riley
+1 for making me find out the low bandwith version, thank you
Utaal
As far as bad UI's go, MSDN shouldn't even be on this list. I agree, searching it could be better, but there are a hell of a lot of apps out there that are orders of magnitude worse than MSDN.
jrista
Here's my (least) favorite thing about MSDN: content that is too wide for the display panel is handled with a freaking horizontal scroll bar. Ever heard of "word wrap", guys? Classic example of why developers shouldn't ever be issued big monitors.
MusiGenesis
Thank you for that bookmarklet, that is slick. I hate going directly to the site myself.
Cj Anderson
They are also making a new "Lightweight" version. If you browse msdn these days, you should see a button in the lower right corner saying Switch.
Pierre-Alain Vigeant
The "horizontal scroll bar problem" for me means I can't middle click and scroll down the article because it defaults to horizontal scrolling.
Dale Halliwell
I actually think the ScriptFree version is the best of all.
Dan Tao
I think MSDN sucks for documentation. For instance you go to a class you want info about and it gives you so little info that it hurts. You have to click on Methods and then if the method you want to see is actually derived from somewhere else than you have to figure out which class it derived from. I ask questions here rather than waste time trying to understand MSDN
Earlz
I think that depends on the framework Earlz. The core .NET framework is really well documented but things like Silverlight (except a few pages), SQL Server .NET components, Exchange server are as bad as the mono documentation.
Chris S
+1  A: 
muteW
+6  A: 

Definitely SAP R/3.

RegDwight
+1  A: 

Vodafone Mobile Connect Lite

Most of the UI is acceptable at best.

Points of particular annoyance:

  1. Gratuitous use of notification balloons which sometimes screw up and take ages to fade out
  2. Usage metere is dependent on which USB port the device is plugged into
  3. The app was written in VB 6 and looks the part
  4. With older device firmware the device is not usable through windows RAS UI making the application unavoidable
  5. The aforementioned older firmware must be updated on a windows xp box, attempting to do so on vista results in a bricked device as one might expect
  6. The session timer will not excedd 9:59:59. I'm not sure if this applies to the current session data metre but it wouldn't surprise me

Also why hasn't anyone mentioned Comunity Server yet

Crippledsmurf
+4  A: 

I'll be impressed if I get any votes for this, but I suspect that most people out there that have tried this product would agree...

Campaign Cartographer, by ProFantasy.

This is a piece of mapping software, where you can draw landmasses, drop on some widgets like cities or mountains, etc. This sounds very straightforward, but trying to do darn near anything in this product is incredibly difficult.

To erase an item, for example, you would think you would click on the item, and then press delete or backspace or something like that. Not so.

Instead, you must first find the erase button, among the many mysterious buttons that line up around every side of the app window. You click that, then you must draw a box around the item you want to delete. Then you must right-click elsewhere on the page, and select "Do It" from the pop-up menu.

It only gets worse from there.

Beska
Wow, that sounds terrible, "Do it" lol
Shraptnel
Oh god. I tried. I tried really hard to like it.
Alex Feinman
@Alex: I did too. I kept thinking, "well, once I get used to it..." But between that, constant crashes, counterintuitive naming schemes (layers are *not* what you would think, but are similar enough to confuse you mightily), it just wasn't worth it. And I tried, oh god, did I try, to be productive with it.
Beska
+4  A: 

Maybe not so bad compared to some others, but I always shudder in fear when I have to use Super (c) video converter alt text

Scott Evernden
third time somebody posts this.. I'm not going to vote this up the third time
Wouter van Nifterick
bye quality!......
elcuco
third time -> downvoted
Zitrax
+3  A: 

AIM Messenger....

Why? Everytime see someone use it and regardless of the platform they're on...

It's hideous!

Rev316
As is Pidgin, MSN, YIM, and just about any IM app I have ever used. IM seems to be infected with the same sense of "MORE MORE MOAR!!" that social networks seems to suffer from. It takes featuritis to a new level.
Macha
Pidgin is quite lean for what it does! :)
voyager
+3  A: 

All of the default apps on Windows Mobile. Phone is just could not be used as such without third-party replacements. They look ugly and they can't do they job at all.

vava
+16  A: 
Bob Somers
I wouldn't wanna work in an industry where this is a standard...
André
It makes for great job security. :P
Bob Somers
Photoshop is also an industry standard. Quality of UI doesn't appear to be considered a factor when these things take over.
Macha
Looks like a normal app.
ldigas
WTF does this do? I feel like Tom Curious - er, I mean Cruise - in one of those Mission Impossible movies when Tom looks at schematic and figures out he can squeeze down a chimney or something.
David Robbins
Allegro is PCB layout software.
Bob Somers
Photoshop is not that bad, it's conforming to standards. (file, edit, preferences..) That's more you can ask of most.
Blub
Macha: Photoshop is a lot better than some people seem to think, at least when using it to actually draw or edit pictures. You just need to know the keyboard shortcuts, but that applies to vi as well.
Skurmedel
+4  A: 

I would have to say Word 2007 for Windows, at least on first use. I upgrade from 2003, and bam!: "Where on the earth did my icons and menu bar go?". And why is there a freaking start menu?

Thankfully this corruption never hits the Mac version.

Uri
I agree, the new UI ends up taking more space and manages to put menu items in strange places, that and the actual buttons aren't even that intuitive, they're just bigger.
Shraptnel
Entirely disagree. The latest Word is a huge UI improvement over the hundreds of options burried deep inside a hierarchy of menu systems.
Judah Himango
Matter of taste, I guess.
Uri
Give it some time. I also hated it when I first used it, but after a week or so I came to really appreciate it.
I tried it again, still hated it. My wife tried giving it a few weeks (she's a writer) and hated it as well. I then got her a mac and she preferred the new system. I use a Mac anyway.
Uri
"Thank god that this corruption never hit the Mac version." be careful with what you say... It's never too late.
Hugo
@Uri - no, matter of poor thinking, IMO. Such drastic change in two consecutive versions, and not an option to at least choose between the interface you like more (office 2003 vs 2007) is very irresponsible. Our secretary has half the hair she had one year ago, when she was still using '2003.
ldigas
I've been using excel recently for some statistics analysis in my new job, and my workplace uses the windows version, and it's been a nightmare. I consider myself well versed in Excel, and most of the functionality that I'm used to has become very difficult to find. These days I just send it to my mac and remote into it.
Uri
+4  A: 

Ebay

mdresser
Obviously! Ebay **is** ugly! Especially the custom pages. It's like Myspace: lets you customize everything.
java.is.for.desktop
+5  A: 

TOAD for Oracle management.

Paul Stovell
+1 because I loathe TOAD.
Cesar
+2  A: 

Settings in Outlook 2003...

Lars Hildebrandt
+9  A: 
Bogdan Constantinescu
That's usually self inflicted through. the fault interface is quite nice.
Martin
@Martin - you can't raid without addons similar to those in the picture I have posted :)
Bogdan Constantinescu
get grid and bartender
blu
@Bogdan Sure you can, all you need is a boss and agro plugin if you're dps. no need to ef up the whole screen
Justin Johnson
@Justin Yes, sure, but if you're healer...
Bogdan Constantinescu
The default settings on CTMod are the worst. I have to spend 10 minutes fixing them for each new character...
Tom
that's why we need specialized game keyboard~
Lily
+2  A: 

Oracle SQL Developer and its wonderful ability to freeze for minutes every time I click somewhere, on every machine I tested it on.

Raibaz
+21  A: 
Martin
I agree on the need for skill. I doubt I could design something like that even if I wanted to.
Hugo
Pim Jager
Pim Jager. Spot on - she is a broker for leasing companies. Actually the service provided is very professional if you do use it. However, her personality is 'very colourful' and is reflected in the website.
Martin
I was going to submit this. Free lunch!
xenon
She's an ego maniac
Dan Diplo
That webpage is 4Mb!
Pool
LING's cars was on Dragons Den a TV show in the UK where people ask for investment in their companies from successful entrepreneurs. I don't think she got investment but I bet getting on TV made her website more popular.
PeteT
I especially like the "raunching nucrear rockrets into the car reasing indistry" part at the bottom.
Evan Plaice
+5  A: 
Vulcan Eager
+52  A: 

At the risk of being stoned to death ..

Emacs and Vim!

hasen j
How is your vimming going?
ojblass
Stone in hand....
ojblass
oh it's alright .. but I'm having a bit of trouble wrapping my head around some "buffer" concepts ..
hasen j
Vim user interface can't suck, because Vim doesn't have user interface.
zeroDivisible
@zero, yes it does. a UI doesn't have to be graphical. plus, gVim also has a crappy interface. Though by now, vim has become my main text editor :D
hasen j
The vim ui is why people use it. It's like marmite, you either love it or hate it.
Ali
`vim` has the least newbie-friendly UI in the world (I guess a 747 flight control panel is easier to understand on a hurry, thanks to the standard inverted T at least), but its UI *is the reason I like it* :)
voyager
Don't mess up with vim, here's an stone for you.. !.. but wait, I must admit it. It took me like forever to learn the basic commands. Since I really needed to learn them I spend a week or so practicing. Since then I have never forgotten those commands ( or what is worst , learned new ones!!! ) I don't even think about them, they just flow out of my fingers. I can split the window with the content of a buffer and switch the position of the split and even swap the buffers, but I just don't know how to do it, nor what are the keyboard combinations ( except for split with is :sp )
OscarRyz
Funny... no one is taking up for emacs....
Jeremy Powell
Emacs as a platform for the thousands of utilities built in emacs is more internally consistent than any other computing environment with that wide a range of functionality. I can cycle through paste registers in my chat window with the same keystrokes I use in irc, and search always has the same interface whether displaying html source code or rendered html or a letter to my Grandmother or my todo list. Also all of these activities are extensible with the same programming language, and the programming language for writing extensions is the same what most of the app is written in.
Justin Smith
Strange: VS never hinted me what shortcut should I use next time instead of the menu. Talk about user-friendly UI.
EFraim
+1 I don't work with `vim` often, so every time I get to working with it I have to remember all this shortcuts, because otherwise you can't do a damn thing.
Malcolm
+2  A: 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office's patent search pages.

I've just been searching for some patents a friend has. Difficult search interfaces like this make you so grateful that Google came along when it did.

Should be easy, but it's really hard. Just searching by Inventor Name has lots of little gotchas. You start by typing in Joe Blogs no answer, you try Blogs, some patents come up, you look at them, realise names are listed like Blogs; Joe A. (obvious eh!?), try searching for Blogs; Joe A., get nothing, mess around and eventually realise that Blogs; Joe A gets you what you want. Gah!!

You can also query using this strange DSL where you can do things like search for: in/"Joe; Blogs" AND an/"XYZ Corp" to get patents for Joe Blogs on behalf of XYZ Corp. Quirky. Probably powerful if you take the time to learn it. But who wants to do that?

most government websites require a crash course in SQL just to perform queries.
Talvi Watia
+32  A: 
At least you have a search box.
gix
If I had a nickel for every non-resizable dialog Microsoft has ever created, I'd be richer than Bill Gates.
Kyralessa
Even worse is the menu editor. I couldn't figure out how to use it at first, and then a coworker showed me the bit about dragging a menu option from the open dialog over the menu on the main form. Most unintuitive thing I've ever seen.
MusiGenesis
Ah, it is a PITA, but finally they made an "export options" option that works, so I can live with that. Pain once, gain the rest of my life.
ldigas
A: 

A mexican banking site called BancaNet, accessible through banamex.com - the worst banking site I've ever seen.

Chochos
A: 

Worst Developer Tool UI:

Borland's StarTeam Client Tool (any version)

George
A: 

I'm going to be general here and just say "Any UI that has all the options in the main window"

The main window should be clutter free and only perform the main action. If you want to perform some other action. Then you should move away from the main window, into another main window, where the main action is the action you requested.

Ólafur Waage
Not realy. My youtube downloader has a text field, two checkboxes, one button, and some progress bars. All in the main window. I can thinkof DOZENS of utilities with little options which have GOOD UI designs and all the options in the main window. Also, you're not really contributing to the thread/question/whatever.
Hugo
+7  A: 

I would say the Windows Vista/Networking configuration tool (TCP/IP, wireless networks, etc).

Even with some experience in it I can never find what I want without clicking the wrong items, or without opening at least a couple of (modal!) windows.

Try explaining (without a computer in front of you) to your grandmother over the phone how to delete a wireless network and reconnect to it because the security has changed from WEP to WPA (A completely fictional example by the way :)).

I think Modal dialogs are one the most horrible and overused UI elements, and generally not necessary.

Lotus Notes (especially the so-called 'designer') is a good second.

Zidad
+228  A: 
cgreeno
and that's their cleanest page - a simple list of alternate domains (granted, there are way, way too many and you wouldn't consider any of them, but still...)
DisgruntledGoat
oh hellz ya. I stopped using godaddy because of their GUI. Kinda sad to admit that I used them at all. The healing begins now. ;)
jwp
The Worst web site GUI ever.
Andrija
The multiple waves of up-selling when you try to checkout anything is truly grim.
frou
It's hard even for experienced developers to buy a freaking domain name. Fail.
Brian MacKay
Haha, goDaddy is definitely the worst.
Discodancer
I'm so disgusted with this company, their website and their showoff ceo appearing randomly on your face with cheesy race-girls all around. I hate when my clients tell me they have a godaddy account, i do my best to avoid it at all costs. now i'm thinking the time that i switched to mac was when i started seeing ballmer around.. hmm
Devrim
I signed up for hosting and there are no scantly clad ladies stopping me in police cars yet! This is false advertisement!
Earlz
I'm surprised they don't fix the interface - I've actually had to call them on the phone to figure out how to change the IP address to which my domain points as well as other simple things. How can this be cost effective!
bowenl2
+5  A: 
cottsak
Although I love the new features in 2007, I hate the interface. It feels so dumbed-down (possibly because it is?)It's also way too hard to find things in.
Charlie Somerville
I really like the ribbon. It defenitly is better then having 80 toolbars on top of your document.
Pim Jager
If only it was easy to use
cottsak
It's actually very easy to use if you have patience and take the time to learn the layout.
David Brown
Surprisingly a lot of people downvoting this. I don't care for the ribbon, though It's far from the worst UI I've ever used. This is just a slight, distant reflection of the pain that is Blender3D
TokenMacGuy
I don't see what people's problem with the ribbon is. At first glance, the tabs are the old File/Edit/View menu. As soon as you click one, you realize that it's much nicer to see the functions (e.g. Copy, Paste) as large buttons and well-ordered.
DisgruntledGoat
Although the ribbon is different, it is very intuitive much more logical than its predecessor.
RAGNO
I find the ribbon much harder to scan than a menu or toolbar, because of the differing sizes and layout of the controls.
Mark Ransom
Ribbon is great once you get used to it.
Ray
I hate 'tis thing. Ribbon vs. old toolbar::: menubars are still here, icons are big and take more space (I had no problem finding the small ones on screen, why did they have to enlarge them), toolbars were more easily customizable. I think this thing was invented to further stupify new users. Experienced ones had no problem with old toolbars. Not to mention, that the drop of productivity once this was introduced hardly justifies the redesign.
ldigas
The Ribbon looks good but it makes things hard to find since its such a shift in the way things are naturally found. Toolbars were fine!
Nick Bedford
I hate hate hate the ribbon, I spend ages find things I know have been in the program for ten or more years. I want menus!
HLGEM
The philosophy behind the ribbon is that the things that are the most important / or that you use the most are the largest icon. Yet this is violated by HOW SMALL THE HELP ICON IS!!!! I have to it all the time because MS FREAKIN' RUINED EXCEL WITH THIS NEW DUMB INTERFACE!! There are times I can't find the stupid help button!
David Robbins
For me the ribbon works in word and excel. It should have a search though. In Access for me it just makes things impossible to find.
PeteT
Save and Print are located under a circle thing that looks like some strange logo - WTF? 12 boxes in Word that all say AaBbCcDd - WTF? In Excel all the stuff I commonly used was previously on a toolbar in plain site, now they take 2-3 clicks.
phkahler
Oh, and looking some more all the menu text is blue on a blue background. Rule #1 is no blue text - it's well known to be the hardest color for humans to read. The ribbon and the .xlsx files have forced me to OOo at work.
phkahler
+22  A: 
nemke
I don't see why is this such a bad interface. I mean, it clear, concise and generally has everything on one screen. Zagrebacka banka ?
ldigas
Access is meta-bad: we don't make the interface, we make the interface worse.
MusiGenesis
+1  A: 

Any website that uses a table to limit the width of the content to <800px.
Like wordpress, or blogspot.

Additionally, if I use my browser to zoom in, i get one word per line, and HUGE empty space on the sides.

Hugo
@zoom thing: Use a browser that supports zooming into the site, instead of just increasing text size. Both Firefox and IE support that. This feature really saves me every now and then when another stupid website does that. But I don't care anymore ;)
OregonGhost
Yeah, I CAN solve the problem by changing my browser, but that still just means poor UI design (if it forces me to change browser, it must be :P)
Hugo
To add to this, any web design app (Frontpage) that defaults to rigid (px) widths instead of flexible percentages.
Tom
+1  A: 

BridgeTrak. I finally convinced the project manager the database password so I didn't have to use it anymore.

Actually, since they hosted it on our old dev server, I had the sa password anyway. However, because of the annoying way it set up its schema, it was almost impossible to query unless you used its own user.

These days, sales reps are a bit impressed that I can look up info faster than they can by typing into query analyzer (BridgeTrak takes forever to load).

Joshua
+9  A: 

Windows Explorer definitely. Copying files from one folder to another is tedious. Also the command prompt should be in the bottom of it like it is in Total Commander.

Mihaela
i'd give you a 100 ups for the TC. W E is THE WORST EVIL!
Peter Perháč
100 ups for MasterPeter and Mihaela. I always want to pull my hair out when I see super expert hacker guru's struggle like a total noob when they do file operations with explorer.
Wouter van Nifterick
Hello my fellow citizen. +1 for the command prompt comment (I like the rest of explorer, though).
ldigas
I like the recent incarnations of Explorer, but it needs tabs.
prestomation
+400  A: 
Lukas Šalkauskas
Wow... that is simply amazing.
Zifre
ABC News really likes to molest children, apparently.
Sukasa
That looks made up just for this thread, I mean seriously, is that real?
André
Oh. Mah. Gawd.
Beska
So where's the browser?
musicfreak
I bet it's got some extreme pop-up blocking going on.
Rorschach
Seriously this is very usual. Every time I get called up for fixing a relatives computer, IE usually looks like this.
bjarkef
typical beginner user
Carlo
hahaha awesome... vote up up up..
Vivek Sharma
I doubt it's made up. If you installed Kazaa a few years back (maybe now too?) you'd end up with something pretty close.
DougN
That is ridiculous.
Ali
too much man !! :D made me lol... and @Sukasa, +1 for amazing comment :P
Kunal S
I'm not sure this is a novice user - they *do* have the menu bar showing, and it takes some know-how to do that.
Cristián Romo
install firefox, block extensions.
erenon
I would like to know how many spyware there is on this computer ..
mnml
:D actually checked that pc with ad-aware, there was about ~900 infections (spyware)..
Lukas Šalkauskas
Holly f*** what hell..
Fábio Antunes
So what happens when half your toolbars have popup blockers and the other half produce popups? Who wins? Google or mywebsearch?
Grant
I checked that pc with ad-aware, it had more than 2500 infections. :D
Lukas Šalkauskas
That must have every IE toolbar ever written installed on it. I'm struggling to believe it's real, to be honest. I mean, how much spyware can one grandma install?!
Evgeny
Thats freaky.Blew my mind.
Ravi
poor grandma :(
cottsak
OMG! My wife actually likes it! I don't know why...:(
flq
That's the funniest thing I've seen all day!
Steve Mc
Recently, I've seen an Internet Explorer like this. Except that it was even worst - it was IE 6. It really hurt my soul to look at it.
luiscubal
+10  A: 

Any application with a curved border even when maximised, such that clicking in the top corner of your screen will miss and close the application underneath it!

Apple Safari for Windows used to be guilty of this.

thomasrutter
I have closed underlying apps so many times because of applications doing this.
Pim Jager
And this seems to becoming the latest trend :( grr !
ldigas
A: 

Telelogic Doors. It's terrible...

Spence
+24  A: 

EFTPS.gov: They have these long complicated tax forms, with helpful looking little ? boxes next to some of the fields. I got 2/3 of the way down one of the forms and wanted more info. I thought, "no... they wouldn't do that to me, right?", so I clicked the question mark. It took me to another page and cleared my original form. (Clicking "back" took me to the blank form)

JerSchneid
gotta middle click those :)
dotjoe
or does that clear the form also?
dotjoe
Shouldn't. It was his browser that cleared them, so opening in a new tab would preserve the state of the previous tab. Still poor design, because many users don't use tabs.
Karl
Clearly :) I forget why I didn't... this was a couple years ago, maybe I wasn't as browser-tab conscious as I am now.
JerSchneid
@Karl: Opening the link in a new tab or new window is the user's decision. It's got nothing to do with preserving the state of the original tab/window.
Cerebrus
Wow, I never knew about the middle click. Awesome!
Jess
It's different depending on how you have your mouse set up. My middle-click brings up a window manager by default, but I can right-click and select new tab or new window. New window is cool sometimes because it preserves your history and you can go back from the new window.
Bratch
Most government web sites are horrible.
Brian Ortiz
+6  A: 

A website I use to pay one of my credit cards gives you a transaction # (~20 characters long) at the end (which I like to put into Quicken rather than print out) but their body has the following attribute:

<body onselectstart="return false;">

Which means I have to view source and then find text around the transaction number, just to copy/paste it. It seems so arbitrary, like the developer thought he was clever by coming up with it. I cannot imagine how it could help the experience, and in this case (that the devs might not have considered) it hurts.

AgileJon
This sounds like something you could fix with Greasemonkey. But you shouldn't have to.
Ori Pessach
As far as I know, the onselectstart event is IE-only. In Firefox, for example, the way to prevent user selection is with a CSS property, -moz-user-select. If the developer who made that site isn't aware of this, you may be able to work around this problem just by switching to a browser that's not IE...
Joel Mueller
I hope you've emailed them, or at have at least switched to FireFox + NoScript.
overslacked
+2  A: 

Gotta but the escape button in theDraw (an early 90's ASCII drawing editor) being the Help button.

Zahir
actually it was put there because theDraw was the ANSI editor of choice... and since almost all ANSI uses `^[` it was only natural to make it an important key. I think if I remember right, ctrl-esc would actually echo an escape character if you wanted to.
Talvi Watia
+1  A: 

an ERP application originally written in ASP had a large animating telephone GIF on one of the pages, it was constantly moving and very annoying!

KM
Push escape. Stops all animation on that page. (At least, in Firefox, it does.)
Thanatos
KM
+19  A: 

I think tab index

when it's not set properly, using the software can be a pain

Fredou
+81  A: 

Progress bars that aren't accurate. I hate a progress bar that reaches 100% (or 99%) after a minute or 2 and then sits there for another 20 minutes before "completing".

Mark
And progress bars that restart for different aspects of the process, leaving the user with no information whatsoever.
Karl
Well, they know the process isn't locked up, so there's *some* information provided. But no more than you'd get from a spinning circle, to be sure.
Joel Mueller
But sometimes it's impractical (or impossible) to accurately track progress.
Cybis
@Cybis - Ummm... so don't use a progress bar?
Nathan Ridley
progress bar that goes both ways. It is usually used to show that the application hasn't crashed... yet
Eric
Or, on the other side, a progress bar that really doesn't indicate "progress" at all. I saw one app where the progress bar was basically a glorified "wait cursor" - it continually filled and restarted on a fixed time basis, regardless of what the app was doing at the time.
GalacticCowboy
@Nathan - that's not what I meant. I'm simply saying that sometimes it's understandable when the progress bar hangs at 99% - it's measuring progress based on an inaccurate heuristic. An extreme example is trying to build a progress bar for an A*-Search algorithm.
Cybis
Thanatos
Really all progress bars are there for the user's sanity. If they see any kind of movement or progress at all, then they think the app is actually doing something and are willing to wait alot longer for it to complete than if no response is given to them whatsoever. They will just as assume that the app has crashed or is broken and simply give up and become impatient.
jlech
The time estimates in windows for moving/copying are my personal hate. However the time estimate and speed are calculated it is a terrible way to do it.
PeteT
I have inaccurate scrollbars in Eclipse windows on Mac. The scrollbar handle does not match the position of search result markers at all.
Thilo
Or progress bars that are just animated gifs, like on the verizon online account loading screen.
eknown
Reminds me of the shutdown progress bar in the Office Space movie.
Matthew Lock
+1  A: 

The french train company: SNCF

Boris Guéry
The whole company?!
P Daddy
+8  A: 

Two things:

  • Tooltips that cover what I am reading (yeah I like to point at it with the mouse pointer :)
  • That I accidentally grab a folder an pull it into another folder just because I happend to apply a little too much pressure on the left mouse button. (I guess the feature is "drag and drop" in this particular case).

Oh, it's three things:

  • That Windows copies the formatting by default instead of having that option as an extra.
FeatureCreep
you read my mind.. three times
Frank Schwieterman
Does paste special have a key combo??
Aaron
@Aaron: in OpenOffice, it's Ctrl+Shift+V, but in MS Office I don't think it has one by default, and I have a vague memory that it's not possible to assign it one, but I may be wrong.
rmeador
I frequently have your drag and drop problem in VS 2008. All of a sudden my projects they don't compile and it takes me a few minutes to realize its because I've accidently scrambled them.
grimus
OS X does the same "copy formatting" by default. Luckily you can remap Command-V to "Paste and Match Formatting"
kubi
+5  A: 

SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Manager. Not a single dialog window can be resized so you're left scrolling textfields with the keyboard in order to see their content, and scrolling through a list of all your tables that only displays 5 at a time when you've got an enterprise database back there with over 200 tables on it. Beggers belief that no one at Microsoft put this through its paces.

banjollity
While there are some great features in Management Studio in 2005 and 2008, I often find it was far easier to see what I want to see in Enterprise Manager. On the other hand, being able to change connection on your scripts it the query window is awfully nice.
HLGEM
Boy, I wish I could give this one more than one up-vote. I would really like to track down the idiots at microsoft who thought it would be OK to cram a complex UI into such a tiny control, and show them exactly how much I appreciate that feature.
chris
+1  A: 

How about clicking on "start" to end a Windows session?

Joe Suarez
They fixed that in Vista.
Slim
Are you sure, because I'm using Vista and with Aero turned off I still have a "Start" button... and I also have 9 widgets within the menu to sleep, lock, switch user, log off, lock again, restart, sleep again, hibernate, or shut down.
John Cromartie
Sorry, I had a knee-jerk reaction when I saw the word "legacy." I forgot that the "start" button that bemused me for so many years is now the start orb in Vista. To tell you the truth, I managed to avoid Vista until two weeks ago and the absence of the "start" didn't strike me until somebody mentioned it now.
Joe Suarez
this is an old, tired rant. I hate microsoft enough as anyone else but it's not really that huge of a travesty. it's funny and it's ironic to be sure, but at the end of the day you're complaining that a button should say "system-wide functions and services are here" rather than "start". <shrug>
Bryan Oakley
or the fact that, in XP's default configuration, the first thing you CAN click in the start menu is "Shut Down..."
A. Scagnelli
or worse that Windows7 has no classic mode start menu! (the unskinned xp-style menu is hideous, but I still unwillingly use it.)
Talvi Watia
+1  A: 

I have to say that in over 30 years of using computers, Clarity has by far the worst interface ever. Clearly the designers never actually tried to use what they came up with. Discussions take too long to load (and you can only see one message at a time, so useful for a project that takes months or weeks), so people don't bother with them, instead they send emails, so details of actual decision are not documented in a project. There is literaly no way to see what project you are in half the time (especially if you come inthrough an email link) and no way to sort by client (or even see what client the project belongs to on most screens) or put something on hold and on and on. Every task takes a ridiculous number of keystrokes to perform and simple things that should be availble to anyone involved in a project aren't. Designers clearly never actually tried to manage multiple projects from this thing. Thank you for letting me vent.

HLGEM
+13  A: 

My interface feature pet peeves are:

  • Straying too far from the style of the environment you're developing for, i.e. Apple software on Windows.

  • Don't alienate existing users by completely changing your interface paradigms between versions! i.e. Microsoft Office.

  • If your software requires a 50 page manual just to explain the lexicon of the subject your software covers, it's too complex. The learning curve should be shallow for the target audience. If the end user has to apply any different concepts than they already understand for their everyday job, then they should be as simple to understand as possible. Don't make them have to learn to do their job completely differently to understand your software. In fact, if at all possible, don't even make them think!

  • Why don't installers follow the same design concept as other software? I don't understand them and no matter how much reading I do on them I just don't seem to get it. Why am I limited to template forms, and why are they such a pain in the a$$ to build? I should be able to write forms (a la C#) and insert them into the workflow just like I can on any regular C# application. Is this one of those concepts you either understand or don't? like pointers/recursion? A build script is similar - written in XML... consequently I just don't understand this whole genre of software. How can you build a piece of software from essentially a database? So I guess this whole genre of software comes under my software design pet peeves. WiX, InstallShield, Windows Installer, Wise, InstallAnywhere... All the tools out there for this appear to try and renovate the same concept in the same but slightly more useful way. Someone needs to completely renovate the entire underlying concept to something more dynamic and intuitive.

  • Web Interfaces - Use the label's "for" attribute to tie labels to their respective controls so that when I click on the label, the cursor is put in the control.

  • Use the correct tab indexing so that I can tab through fields in the right order. There's nothing worse than tabbing to the next field to find you're not in the field you should be.

  • Don't use auto-postback on fields that don't require auto-postback, there's nothing worse than having to wait to fill in the next field. Use AJAX if you need dynamic fields!

  • Don't automatically assume I want your software run at startup or put in the task tray, ask me and I will choose if I want that or not!

  • xkcd - I love xkcd, but the tooltip picture title never shows long enough to read it, and when I mouse back over the picture it won't come back unless I click on a different window first. Usually I have to view source to read the whole thing!

  • StackOverflow pet peeve - when I click on a link it doesn't open in a new tab/window. It takes me off to the new page, then I can never remember which window had StackOverflow in so it takes me a minute to get back to the question I linked from! I have to remember to right click the link and select open in new tab/window.

  • Outlook Web Access for Exchange 2003 - The change font drop down never seems to work, I have to fiddle with it for ages to get it to select the font I want. And then sometimes, it seems to change the font through some combination of keystrokes I have no idea of and then I can't put it back because it won't let me select any of the fonts in the drop down as it keeps flicking back to the currently selected one!

BenAlabaster
You can middle-click links to open them in a new tab (in Firefox at least). That takes care of your SO pet peeve.
tj111
XKCD isn't really their fault per se - they're just using the alt text on the image, which most browsers display as a tooltip, and the browser is responsible for showing and hiding it, as well as the other annoyances you describe. Though, knowing this could be an issue, they could have chosen a different way to show their witty comments...
GalacticCowboy
re: XKCD, that's your browser misbehaving. FF3 works fine. re: SO not opening links in tabs, you can ctrl+click to open a link in a new tab (in IE, FF, and I think chrome). You can also middle click to do the same, but I don't know if support for that varies between browsers. I like your other points though.
rmeador
I can't stand the opposite of your StackOverflow pet peeve - when the developers don't want me to leave their precious page, so they open links in new windows/tabs for me. Let me control when to open new tabs. By the way - control or command click, in addition to middle mouse click, will open up a new tab.
Hooray Im Helping
@rmeador - +1 for the ctrl+click tip. What's with all this "middle-button" click stuff. I thought I had a fairly advanced mouse, the Logitech MX Revolution and the wheel doesn't appear to raise a "click" event. Since when was "middle-click" a common mouse feature?
BenAlabaster
"Web Interfaces - Use the label's "for" attribute to tie labels to their respective controls so that when I click on the label, the cursor is put in the control."You know that's for accessibility, right?
Gromer
@Gromer: Yes, I know it's for accessibility, but it's good practice to use it for those that need accessibility options on your site. It peeves me when it's not used, it takes next to nothing to use it and makes your site so much more... accessible.
BenAlabaster
I really hate it when links open in new tabs. If I wanted it in a new tab, I would have opened it in an new tab (I did that before tabs came around even).
StuffMaster
@GalacticCowboy: xkcd is actually nice in that it uses the alt-text for an actual alternate text for when the image can't be displayed. The witty comments are in the title attribute as they should be.
Alex Brault
re: Alienating users by changing design paradigms. I'm in favor of this. Too many apps refuse to make the necessary changes because they don't want to upset current users... at the expense of any future users.
kubi
+1  A: 

A graphical programming environment with barely any interactivity: like visually laid-out flowcharts with no ability to rearrange or connect or disconnect nodes in the graph using the mouse.

John Cromartie
+74  A: 

Any web page with highlighted words that you mouse-over and a popup wants to redirect you. Most of the time the highlighted words have no relevance whatsoever to the story you are reading or are redirects to advertising.

PaulG
i would upvote this ten times if i could
Kris
almost every browser handles these terribly, since they're usually image-heavy. my computer slows to a crawl every time i accidentally hover over one. using a page with one of these is like playing a bad version of minesweeper.
A. Scagnelli
There's a firefox plugin "GreaseMonkey" that lets you hack the local copy of webpages, and they have a plugin to edit out those horrible popup text hover things. http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/3637
Karl
It's particularly annoying on major websites such as Yahoo or the NY Times to be reading an article only to accidentally mouse over one of their "keywords" that you then spend the next minute trying to get rid of. It's definitely the most annoying web-UI option next to pop out flash banners.
+5  A: 
  • Double clicking on a word sends you to another page even if the work is not a link. It's killing me since I'm always double clicking randomly while reading a page. I know, I have issues...

  • Text on a web page that is disabled and not selectable. Why can't I select the text???

  • Mouse right click displaying "No right click on this page!"

  • Links opening in new windows without warning me

marcgg
I thought I was the only one who clicks around randomly in text I'm reading. +1
Pim Jager
Same here, people HATE standing behind me while I show them something online, I'm always highlighting text and clicking around randomly.
tj111
I feel less alone ^^
marcgg
All good ones. I also dislike when they change the text selection color.
StuffMaster
+1  A: 

In the second version of a popular football game for the PC, there was no room to add another interface piece, so the decision was made that you'd get a detail menu by DOUBLE-CLICKING on a radio button!

Obviously no one would ever find it on their own, so the instructions had to tell you how find the menu.

Nosredna
+41  A: 
MikeJ
the question was for annoying features, not amusing bugs.
Bryan Oakley
+40  A: 

Disabling right-click on a web page. Especially when coupled with a javascript alert to tell you it's been disabled.

Sam Wessel
More it's doesn't work with FF, and you finally get the menu...
Boris Guéry
And often it's to protect the 'source code' of the page. It's 2009, I'll see it if I want to - even if I have to dump the HTTP packets.
paulbeesley
+51  A: 

Forms that clear all the inputs when there was a minor validation problem in one of them

Sam Wessel
haha those are really annoying. sometimes on small applications, i get lazy repopulating the forms :P (except when I use Zend_Form)
wenbert
+3  A: 

Basically any program that overrides standard keyboard shortcuts like command+C and command+V for copy/paste (or in the windows world when control+insert doesn't copy or shift+insert doesn't paste it really ticks me off).

Kris
+9  A: 

Anything found in Lotus Notes.

Ken White
My favorite is when you are composing an email and try to use the arrow keys to move the cursor, but it move all the text. What is that good for?
Slim
My favorite is when you try and open the email database from the workspace, and the entire Notes screen turns to a white nothingness for the next 10 minutes, and then redraws itself in bits and pieces.
Ken White
+2  A: 

My favorite is when itunes renders all the text labels on top of each other after any type of session restore (lock, sleep and especially hibernate) or when it renders the entire window black

The fact that the Express edition of SQL Server doesn't come with any real UI besides VS which I suppose reflects it's market a little but they have released an express edition of Managemnt Studio, why they dont ship with that I don't know

The Office Assistant, any place at all where Microsoft Agent is used, especially when it's used as an ActiveX control on a web site.

The Safari preferences UI on windows doesn't have an OK button, I am aware that simply closing the window constitutes a save on OS X but when I'm on windows it's disconceting to use the close button on a dialog when not abandoning changes. The annoying growing / shrinkinhg animation on that dialog when you change tabs

Synergy, aweful aweful buttons and background colours, reminds me of VCL buttons a.k.a. Botland buttons. Windows media player 7 8 9 and 11 when used on vista, the massive overuse of Aero glass in that UI Infinite loops in Access when trying to close a form and you havent filled in a required feild with an input mask your unsure of

Small footprint mode in Task Manager

Crippledsmurf
+3  A: 

Without a doubt for me it's the "are you sure you want to exit" popup that some apps seem to insist on displaying. 99.99999% of the time I'm certain I want to exit, yet 100% of the time I have to respond to this dialog.

Fortunately not too many apps do this, but when I encounter one it drives me up the wall.

Bryan Oakley
+8  A: 

Web pages that "cleverly" turn off the right click (in a purported effort to prevent users from saving/copying information or images).

Grrrr...oss!

Cerebrus
I absolutely despise that. That has to be one of the fastest ways to permanently drive me from a site. Well that, or have something playing sounds.
BigBeagle
+44  A: 

Annoying being the keyword...

MS Office's Clippy

Chris Persichetti
It should add a check box "Never start me again"
Luc M
How about "Click here to watch Clippy die in a hail of bullets, and never start again."
GalacticCowboy
Why, I love to see this guy again! (Now that it's not a threat that he will ever pop up when I am typing.) I was a kid when he was around and I kinda enjoyed him.
Peter Perháč
+1000 if I could. I got the sudden urge to castrate Clippy the moment I first saw this one: "It looks like you're writing a letter. Would you like help?"
DanM
I used my last vote of the day for this. Very glad that abomination is no longer in Vista and Office 2007. My reply to Clippy: So fuckin' what?
iconiK
+26  A: 
  1. Automatically putting focus on the "user-name" field of a login form. I can't tell you how many times I entered part of my password in the "user-name" field just because I didn't want to wait for the page to finish loading.

  2. Flash websites. They're slow, annoying with all the animation, and you can't right-click / "open in new tab" the hyperlinks.

Cybis
Even google does that annoyingly.
HeavyWave
+2  A: 

Go to http://www.gazza.com.na/, enter the site, and check out the navigation menu at the top: every item opens a single subitem that is identical to itself. Not so much annoying as puzzling and pointless, that one.

On the other hand, Gazza is a sweet musician, in my opinion. So all is forgiven.

Dan Tao
A programmer wanted to show his boss he knows how to use javascript...
Luc M
Wow thats awful!
Egg
+12  A: 

Personalized Menus. You know, the ones where menu options are hidden because you don't use them very often, and then you have to completely open up the menu to get to the other options.

I remember where things are in relation to other things (by proximity), so when a program hides menu options, I get lost.

Also, multi-row tabs, where you click on a tab in the middle row, and suddenly all of the tabs are shuffled around. Now I have to read all the tabs again. In general, I don't like it when programs move things around. I like them to stay in one place where I can remember where they are.

Robert Harvey
Both of these are HUGE pet peeves of mine that I didn't realize I had until just now... +1
rmeador
+2  A: 

Too many options. For example, Windows Start > Log Off / Shut Down / Hybernate / Sleep / Lock

Also, dialog boxes that won't let you focus/ALT-TAB anything else.

rlb.usa
One of my favourite Joel posts, though I don't necessarily agree 100%. In any case, there is definitely no need for more than 4 options. Sleep/Hibernate are basically the same, as are Log Off/Lock.
DisgruntledGoat
@DisgruntledGoat: I disagree. Logging of and locking are very different, even with fast user switching enabled. The distinction between ending your session and not is very important. Sleep and hibernate are more similar, but if you know the difference and are impatient (as I am), then you appreciate having both options.
P Daddy
+1  A: 
User
+5  A: 
  • drop-down menus that go more than two levels deep, and have a short timeout to close - so you have to try and select the option 5 times before getting it right.

  • excessive use of modal windows in a web app.

ScottE
I think ANY use of modal windows in a web app counts.
Daniel Straight
+4  A: 

See just about anything Bruce Tognazzini has been writing about for aeons, my (least) favorite is applications that steal focus.

SqlACID
+1  A: 

The unanchored multi-select used by iTunes is ridiculous. If you hit Shift-Down to select multiple items, pressing up will expand the selection from the top rather than shrinking the list from the bottom. You then have to start over or use the mouse to fix your selection.

JC
+25  A: 

Any web page that starts playing music or video without me explicitly clicking something to do so... I am IMMEDIATELY out of there and never coming back.

Aaron
+2  A: 

"Controlled Single Document Interface"

See: http://library.gnome.org/devel/hig-book/stable/windows-primary.html.en#csdi

Also see: GIMP, http://www.gimp.org/screenshots/

Instead of menus and toolbars and such, we'll just stick entirely separate windows all over your desktop! Who wouldn't want that?

Daniel Straight
I actually enjoy working with GIMP for one.
Dmitri Farkov
+6  A: 
  • Javascript hyperlinks which you can't open in a new tab.

  • Websites where the pages gets dynamically shifting URL:s which you cannot bookmark or link to, but have to link to the main page and describe the sequence of clicks....

This is a dreaded plague nowadays.
Berkus
+2  A: 

Most annoying feature I've seen was in an old simulation language (Simscript I believe) if you typed:

c:> simscript /?

The response from the program would be:

Enter simscript /h for help

No other missed command line would do that, just the '?'. It new what I wanted but refused to give it to me.

Jack Cox
+1  A: 

javascript dropdown menus that goes horizontal first then vertical. You need gamer mouse accuracy to follow the thin horizontal line to get to your selection.

Also radio buttons/checkboxes that would not allow you to click on text to toggle. This is because some clever programmer decided that it wasn't cool so they juxtaposed a label next to the actual button

Eric
A: 

anything with "ribbons"

Mark
+3  A: 

Disallow allow copy/paste.

Daniel Ribeiro
+1  A: 

Partially loaded pages in Firefox (and possibly some other browsers) don't enable all of the location bar buttons. Two problems with this:

  1. There's no point in any level of any page load that I might never wish to interrupt. In particular, those obnoxious pages that set the focus to their search or login. So when I click in the location bar because I've browsed to the wrong page, half of the url ends up in the location bar and the other half ends up in the page's useless search field. Another option is those obnoxios pop-unders adverts that annoy you when you try to close them, but if you stop them quickly enough they might not get the chance.

  2. Sometimes I'll want to refresh a page that hasn't even loaded yet. Most often this is because the server is unreachable the first time I've tried. Once I get the connection up or the server listening for requests, the page will load fine. Except that the browser never saw a page and I have to click in the url field and press enter, or some other such hassle.

TokenMacGuy
+1 for this. Just because none of the page has been received yet, it shouldn't stop me from reloading!
DisgruntledGoat
+3  A: 

Not so much a part of the application UI itself, but I hate it when the installer creates a Start Menu folder using the company's name and then the application's name as a subfolder. Makes finding the shortcut again very difficult, because now I have to remember who made the program rather than what it's actually called.

Anna Lear
+1 - Some software companies (:cough: Microsoft :cough:) seem to be in love with their own names. It's difficult to navigate through your start menu with the keyboard when a large number of items start with the same thing. Try starting "Microsoft Word" with the keyboard.
P Daddy
P Daddy
+2  A: 

Nested tab controls can be particularly exasperating. Some internal business systems I've seen had up to four levels of nested tabs ... ugh!

LBushkin
+39  A: 
Trampas Kirk
And aren't circular references found? Maybe that's Windows OS options ...
Smandoli
+8  A: 

They do what they can to create close-to-usable user interfaces in Java, but honestly, I haven't seen ONE Java-written UI I could say I like. The look and feel of every Java application is just strange.

Btw, has anyone noticed how in Eclipse you sometimes cut stuff out of the editor and it magically disappears from the clipboard before you try to paste it? The way Java programs handle mouse/keyboard events is odd. If you disagree, please provide an example of a Java-written UI you are satisfied with.

Peter Perháč
eclipse does have a decent gui, though I hate how *slow* it is.
hasen j
Eclipse has a as-good-as-it-gets GUI. I love Eclipse, and admire it's potential, but aren't you ever tired of, e.g. selecting a workspace (for me, the most frustrating little dialogue window ever)? Again, Eclipse IS good, and a well designed interface, but the look-and-feel is (IMHO) ~just not right~.
Peter Perháč
Borland's JBuilder 2005 was quite good for a Java application. It almost felt like native Delphi, sometimes.
OregonGhost
+169  A: 
Peter Stuer
i want to upvote this at least +1000
bastianneu
SAP is definitely worse than Lotus Notes - and I used both!
alex
Too bad you can't upvote multiple times because I would do +1000 just like bastianneu. And, thank god, I have moved on an no longer have to use this (and I too have used Notes v6.0 and v6.5 and would rather suffer through Notes than SAP).
Jeff Siver
I switched jobs within my company to avoid having to use this monstrosity when we switched over to it.
Stewbob
That's strange, that people still buy it! Worked for SAP. It was one of the reasons why I'm not there anymore... (You can't work with it 10 hours a day)
Nava Carmon
Yes, I think the SAP UI is best described as a "fugly behemoth" :)
Cocowalla
I always thought the SAP front end we use was awful as my employers had skimped on the SAP customisation but it appears everyone thinks it is a dog. Can anyone explain why SAP still exists in 2009 ?
IanW
+1k. This was one of the reasons I quit my last job.
Noufal Ibrahim
@bastianneu, @Jeff Siver and @Noufal Ibrahim: just create 1000 SO-Accounts and upvote 1000 times. **I think it would be worth it!** Or can we talk Jeff into programming an exception into SO (if question == worst UI and answer involves SAPGUI) { allow multiple upvotes }?
scherand
Therefore most of the customers (big ones) develop their own UIs on the top of SAP system.
Skarab
OMFG. I forgot just *HOW MUCH* SAP sucks.
demonkoryu
A: 

Telelogic Rhapsody. (Now it's Rational Rhapsody since IBM bought Telelogic)

One of the most important thing for me while using an application is the ability to carry on doing things using only the keyboard, without the aid of the mouse. But Rhapsody has a great policy: "Refresh the dialogs and lose the input focus whenever possible". That just drives me crazy.

alisami
+9  A: 
gix
I actually find it to be pretty usable once you hide all that pointless crap and are left with a barebones UI. It works much better than Visio or Enterprise Architect, at least. Definitely not something I'd be proud of making but it is usable. Some of the stuff is particularily preplexing, though... like a toolbar button for creating a new diagram... that is, one button for every possible diagram type!
Sander
It reminds me a lot of Rational...
voyager
-1 for blaming Java for the speed of this application
Malax
I didn't blame Java for the speed, I just said it's extremely slow.
gix
+139  A: 
Ash Kim
oh man, that drives me CRAZY.
Electrons_Ahoy
Rapid Environment editor (http://www.rapidee.com/en/about) might not be perfect, but it's way better than the built in way of doing this.
Laserallan
I'd upvote it, if I hadn't mentioned it already.
ldigas
Idigas: do you think i should delete my post?
Ash Kim
chickeninabiscuit got there first so if anything idigas should delete his post ;) Kind of bizarre his has more votes...
DisgruntledGoat
+1  A: 

The text editor on an old Data General.

Client: "You ever used vi?"
Me: "Ugh...yes."
Client: "Well this is going to make Vi Look like Word."

reallyJim
A: 

HummingBird's information mining tool, was it written by the same follows behind Remedy

n002213f
+8  A: 
crimson13
Ha love it! I look back at some of my own Win32 GUIs and they're slightly horrible :P
Nick Bedford
+1 for sincerity.
RHaguiuda
+7  A: 
Ben Griswold
It's certainly improved for me since they started using DevExpress UI components compared to what they used to have. Although I am an experienced user.
PeteT
+54  A: 
dave4351
I think one of the things that make craigslist so popular it's its simplicity. Yes it's cluttered, but yes, it is simple.
Carlo
@Carlo, and free. Free can out-weigh many concerns/UI issues.
David Thomas
I agree with Carlo. Craigslist is usable by people who are too retarded to use structured navigation.
analytik
Free makes it sucessful, success makes people think that the interface is successful too. Noone bothers asking people if the interface is good, it must be good since they use it.
Peter Lindqvist
This is where ctrl+f comes in
PeteT
Greasemonkey FTW
Robert Grant
It's textonly, so the real beauty is that you can quickly grep it with Ctrl+F.
Berkus
Thank you! I was going to mention this! And morally speaking it's as bad as it's interface looks!
leeand00
+8  A: 
Nidonocu
The left side start menu is also not nice :P
Macha
It was a brief phase I was going through when I was running on a widescreen monitor at home. What can I say? I was young and foolish. ;)
Nidonocu
I don't find the database ugly. The giant taskbar however freaks me out. It takes 1/8th of your screen.
ldigas
Hey now - I use left start menu and while its quite unstandard it really, really, really works well for me, so much better than top or bottom.
qstarin
+13  A: 
Jon
I've had some good times with Cubase
ThePower
I think you're doing it wrong.Or you need more monitors. Our producer uses Cubase and swears by it. It also looks quite fine to use (though not perfect by a long shot).
Nick Bedford
Yeah? I'm pretty sure I'm not doing it wrong. Cubase sucks from a usability perspective, Ableton Live and Protools are much much better...
Jon
Pales in comparison to Band In A Box on the ST, though...
Alex Feinman
Hahahahaha.... band in a box...
Jon
+17  A: 

Windows Update's balloon notifications (from the Windows XP era). Every time I click a button it minimises to the system tray and pops up a notification. I click the notification to dismiss it and the dialog comes back. It's whack-a-mole hell.

Ted Percival
+1 for 'whack-a-mole'
cottsak
the professors at my university always have these balloons popup every 10 minutes during their presentations... its kinda funny ;)
smerlin
+242  A: 

Windows windows that can't be resized and should be made resizable.

alt text

Why this isn't made resizable is beyond me ...

alt text

(the latter is mentioned in this Microsoft Connect request)

ldigas
Ohhhhh yeah, that one sucks. Especially after you click Edit. I always end up copying the value to notepad, editing it, and copying it back.
jspru
@dayman: And I thought I'm a little bit crazy to do something like that ;)
OregonGhost
to ease the pain: http://www.rapidee.com/en/about
utku_karatas
Yes, this drives me madddddddd! Especially when it shows a full path to something and you can't see what that is!
Dan Diplo
"Why this isn't made resizable is beyond me ..." I have the answer to that: Anything that is considered a dialog by Windows isn't resizable.
R. Bemrose
@R.Bemrose - then get them to stop calling it a dialog :-)
ldigas
YES!!! I was so hopeful for this one in windows 7 but NOOOOO... :( Why after all these years can I not type my PATH into a multiline textbox?
Toji
@Toji uhh because the PATH is not multiline?
Ricket
@Ricket True, but it also serves the same basic function as the "include paths" in Visual Studio: a list of paths delimited by a semicolon. VS gives me the option to edit it inline OR to open a dialog that displays one path per line and allows me to edit each individually, and this works quite well. So why can't Microsoft follow their own example? It's a small thing, but it would be a big improvement.
Toji
True, true... :)
Ricket
If they did decide to make it resizable, I bet they would add "Resizable?" as a dropdown option on the dialog.
Renesis
+3  A: 
Ibn Saeed
Ugly by default yes, but you can make it look all sexy.
Liam
At least it doesn't have a color scheme that makes your eyes bleed.
Cristián Romo
+2  A: 

The Microsoft Certification Exam application - both the practice one you get with those Microsoft Press Training Kits and the real-deal one. Poor keyboard support, unresizable, seemingly overtly hostile towards scrolling in every way imaginable.

Hafthor
+5  A: 
fortran
You're lucky with fifty-something characters. In Echelon's LNS, an entire absolute DB path must never, ever have any more than 23 characters. And that's not even a UI limitation...
OregonGhost
he he, not so lucky, as the user accounts path were already something like /mnt/students/class-year/1000xxxxx xD
fortran
+5  A: 

Most of the posts here are UIs that are more complex than necessary, this is the opposite. Simplicity at the cost of utility.

It's incredibly complicated to actually accomplish anything with overly sensitive vertical scroll/clicking pad in the middle, along with the completely unpredictable buttons on the sides (I still don't know what the curved arrow with the dot button in the upper left does, all I know is you exit your current playlist when it gets clicked, which you can't get back to easily).

The touch pad in the middle that controls both scrolling and clicking is by far it's worst feature; it seems to have an shockingly accurate ability to sense which you're trying to do, and chooses to do the opposite.

Creating a playlist of more than a few songs is completely out of the question, as is diligently controlling the device in anything other than a completely stationary context (ie running or in a moving vehicle). If you click when you're supposed to scroll you can get anything from moving to a different screen unpredictably to exiting and losing a playlist you were in the middle of building.

Also if you plug into a computer and copy songs using the usb mass storage device feature you get an unpredicatble number of entries in your song list. I have some songs that are on my playlist as many as five times because of this.

Graphics Noob
+1 for mentioning the mysterious 'curved arrow with the dot.'
David Thomas
Weird, I never had any problems using this. You can control the sensitivity of the scroller...I actually made mine *more sensitive*! And the unknown button - it's a shortcut button, which is configurable. I think by default it picks 20 random songs to play.
DisgruntledGoat
Though I agree with your last point, it happens when you rename your mp3s, which I often do with tagging software.
DisgruntledGoat
@DG, lol @ picking 20 random songs. I didn't RTFM since I promptly lost it, but you could see why that would be frustrating when it gets pressed accidentally.
Graphics Noob
+21  A: 
cwap
You're only saying that because you haven't used any of the alternatives. Still, for UML in Visio you really need: http://www.softwarestencils.com/uml/index.html
Johan
Other UML modeling tools are really PITA. Umbrello is especially awful!
Vincent
Inconsistency in various types of clicks in MS Visio just add to the awfulness of it.
Esko
+1  A: 

It's Stack Overflow.

.

.

.

.

Just kiddin'. It's phpMyAdmin.

Time Machine
+9  A: 
Leif Ericson
I know that you are being sarcastic, but I'd argue that Notepad has the cleanest GUI in any bundled Windows application.
voyager
I saw this and I hurfed.
Will
Even *this* UI could be improved. What's with using "Ln" as an abbreviation for Line? I understand abbreviating Column, but Line? That's four characters. Are it's not like the rest of the status bar will ever be used for anything.
DanM
Oddly enough this is a great example of how a simple interface is actually better than a zillion options. I'm sure I could show this to a 4 year old and they could figure it out without any help.
scunliffe
+24  A: 
voyager
mmm Windows 3 look and feel. MS Query is just as bad and that's still being distributed with Office.
pjp
MS Query has *other problems* too... Like the blocking access to the database. I learned that the hard way!
voyager
+3  A: 

Solomon IV Service Series was awful. No, that doesn't do it justice. Solomon was impressively F*#@-ed up.

I had almost forgotten the horror, but thanks to this thread my long-repressed memories have bubbled to the surface. So much for all that precious time and money spent on therapy and hypnotism!

We had to upgrade all of our systems to machines 2-3x as fast, with 4x as much RAM, just to run it. Even with the blazingly fast new workstations, Solomon still ran (er...crawled) slow. We commonly joked that the faster machines just allowed Solomon to crash faster and let us reboot more quickly. Sadly, it was only a joke for the first couple of days...after that, it was just a very disheartening statement of fact. Originally we were still running Windows 95--that had to go, too, because only an enterprise-class operating system like Windows NT 4.0 could handle Solomon's frequent crashes without requiring a reboot. Well...almost. We found out later that WinNT couldn't always handle the crashes, but at least we were sometimes able to save any other files we had open and semi-gracefully reboot the system.

In order to do anything, you had to memorize seemingly random patterns of buttons and menus to click on. There was no logic to the order in which you opened up new screens to enter new customer data, look up existing tickets, etc. There were several different ways to do do almost everything, but nobody could get the same series of steps to produce the same result (except for hanging the system--that feature was implemented particularly well).

To top it all off, Solomon Service Series was apparently built on top of a set of lobotomized VB libraries, which meant Solomon didn't "work" (if you can call it that) like any other Windows application any of us had ever used. The text fields' behavior sometimes wasn't even consistent within a single screen. A few cases in point:

  • Several text fields were stuck permanently in overwrite mode, so you had to copy & paste the contents of the field into Notepad, edit the contents, and copy & paste from Notepad back into Solomon.
  • Many text fields wouldn't allow you to copy or paste (including some of the fields that were permanently stuck in overwrite mode). You could neither right-click the mouse nor use Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V to copy/paste these fields.
  • Several fields were too short to insert meaningful messages.
  • The UI was an absolute maze.
  • Every dialog and screen had a numeric title which meant nothing to the user.
  • Buttons and menus had cryptic names, some of which did the opposite of what you would expect them to.
  • The program was astoundingly slow. Just tabbing to the next field would often bring the system to its knees. Imagine how much we dreaded actually clicking on buttons!
  • Solomon frequently (and sometimes nondeterministically) locked up the entire system, requiring us to reboot Windows or do a hard reset.

After several months of blood-boiling frustration due to system hangs and lost productivity, we discovered that you could sometimes interrupt a system hang and regain control of Windows. The on-site "Solomon Expert" from the third floor finally got tired of hearing us complain about the lock-ups and came down one day to demonstrate that the system worked perfectly for her.

I noticed that, as she zipped through the screens filling out a support ticket, something on the left side of the screen kept flickering on and disappearing, and she frequently reached all the way to the left of her keyboard to do something. Being the Windows 95 Power User that I was, it didn't take me long to catch onto what she was doing: she was pressing Ctrl+Esc, which is the keyboard shortcut for bringing up the Start Menu (none of our keyboards had "windows" keys, so I don't know if that would have also worked). As she continued demonstrating how great the system worked, I pointed out the Start Menu flicker to some of my colleages and we asked her, "Wait, what did you just do?" She showed us several more times as we tried to get her to notice that she was using an undocumented "feature" that nobody had ever told us about, but she didn't even realize she was pressing any extra keys until we told her to go one keystroke at a time and stopped her in her tracks when she reached for Ctrl+Esc. Somehow she had figured out a "hack" that allowed her to just barely trick this unusable software into working well enough for her.

In my free time, I started working on a replacement GUI app that would interface with the same database as Solomon, but which would actually "work," so to speak. My code-name for it was "DSD," for "Die, Solomon, Die." Unfortunately, I only had a copy of Visual Studio.NET Beta 1 to work with, and the GUI editor in Beta 1 really wasn't ready for prime-time. The time it took to refresh the GUI editor was apparently n!, where n was the number of components added to the Windows Form. On top of that, my tenure as a student was drawing to a close. I was about to get a new job, far, far away from Solomon, and nobody else really seemed to have the appropriate background or enough time and interest to pick up where I left off.

Oh, what we all would have given for a UI as sleek, robust, and user-friendly as FileMatrix.

rob
No clue about the program, but +1 for the rant!
Tuzo
+2  A: 

VMware Infrastructure Client

It is slow! It doesn't work, and it breaks all the time.

Try to create a new VM. As it is being created, you can see it on the list of VMs. Now right click it and select Edit settings.

How can you edit settings on a machine being created? You can't. You get a freaking null reference exception!

And it has way more flaws than you could ever imagine.

VMware and the concept of virtualization is great. But the Infrastructure Client is the Worst UI I've Ever Used!

MartinHN
I used this client on my last project and it was absolutely reliable for every operation. Odd.
recursive
+8  A: 
ThibThib
Could not agree more! The most frustrating thing is when you know exactly what actions should a button do but there is no way to set it through the configuration software. Wish there was an alternative app.
gius
+3  A: 

My own in my latest project.

AZ
+9  A: 

Anything made by SAP.

ChristianLinnell
A: 

I've got to say the interface to find servers and join games in the Battlefield series games. (Battlefield 2)

They should all be slapped.

Nick
+4  A: 
Dan Diplo
Cubase does quite a good job in my opinion. Of course the matter itself is complex and has a steep learning curve.
galaktor
+60  A: 

Today I've met the:

Flash settings manager!!

That's the oddest settings manager I have ever seen.

It is ultra counter intuitive.

It took me about 10 minutes to realize: "That was not a picture"... and other 5 to figure out what to change.

Right click -> advanced:

alt text

Yes advanced please!

This strange page from adobe with a lot of text shows up. Usually I just quit at this point. With a strange feeling of What did I do wrong???

where to go from here

What did I do wrong?

Now, where to go from here?!!

Ok eventually and after reading and clicking all around, I came to this page ( well actually somebody drop me the directly to it )

And I did what I guess most users do when they get this far ( if they do ). I stare at the page wondering what to do next.

As I knew there was "something" there, I .. read .. :P

Oh THAT's not an image that's the actual setting manager. What is it doing in the Adobe site?

that's not an image

Oh that's not an image

Ok, changed something here.. now what? Should I save? mmmhh nope, just close the window? What? What?

I have to just close the window, the this was the strangest experience I have ever had.

It does against all the habituation's we have formed using computers.

Did you knew were the Flash players settings are?

OscarRyz
Although I didn't have as many problems when I first used this, it really is extremely weird. They could at least just have it pop up in its own window instead of embedding it in an ordinary looking support page.
deceze
What the heck! I never realized there was actually an advanced dialog there! I thought it was only documentation! This must really be the worst GUI *ever*. Worse than Lotus Notes.
Konrad Rudolph
@Konrad: Me neither. And I guess 99% of users won't notice it either, I would like to think they put it there thinking regular users don't need to access it ( I mean, I hope it was put there on purpose rather than as a design failure ) If it wasn't for this question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1280803/change-the-playing-video/1338718#1338718 I would've spent my life unaware of it.
OscarRyz
I had NO idea whatsoever... this made my evening.
Oskar Duveborn
This made my evening as well. I really thought this is just a stupid documentation webpage on Adobe's site.
Berkus
+2  A: 

vBulliten. It is absolutely hideous (the default theme)

+23  A: 

The worst UI I've ever used is not one found on a computer screen.

I hate the 'vocal' interfaces you get when you call a company (read: wireless companies and financial institutions) and they try to impress you with their voice activated menu systems that a. never gives you the options you need, b. can never quite understand everything you say and c. needs you to start banging numbers a couple of rounds, or swearing to get to a person to have a conversation and try to get exactly what I need.

If I wanted to do the simple stuff (e.g., check my balance, pay a bill) I would have done it online. I call because I have a specific problem that I need to solve, and every time, their voice menu system just throws me into loops of frustration.

The thing that mostly ***** me off about these is that if you don't have a North American accent, they don't understand you. Every time I get one I have to get my wife to go through the system until I can get to talk to someone. I could go on an hour long tirade about this usability issue, but I'll save that for another day.
BenAlabaster
+10000000000000000000000000000.
JNK
+1  A: 
pjp
Looks like Windows 95 material..
Nick Bedford
+2  A: 

Visual Studio's help system.

Roee Adler
F1... ZzzzzzzzZZZzzzzzzzzzz.... Zzzzz Oh finally its up.
Nick Bedford
Another case of the more bloated you get the harder you find to get it up? ;-)
Dan Diplo
+9  A: 
kubi
+436  A: 
lillq
hah a
Claudiu
Haha, made me laugh :)
cwap
Haha awesome, that's impossible to figure out.
Pim Jager
Might as well just press both and see which arrows light up when the elevator arrives.
Matthew Jones
Bad UI is easy with lots of buttons and features, but when the task is simple and the UI is bad it truly shows poor design.
lillq
nice, did you take that picture? I'd guess up is the button in *upper* right.
dotjoe
That's awesome! ROFL
Evgeny
It's...it's like a little koan. Very yin/yang.
Alex Feinman
I wish I could upvote this a million times - perfect out-of-life example for messed-up usability!
galaktor
AMAZING. lol! very funny!
George
What a brilliant example of bad ui design this is, lillq. The user only has one choice, but it is nearly impossible to figure out which button goes where. How could this ever have been accepted for production? Just think of the energy bill of companies using Otis elevators with this kind of interface...!
_pointer
haha. I had to call my officemate and asked him to have a look at this.
wenbert
I think my brain just exploded...
Drew Hall
what I want to know is HTF this managed to get built without someone along the way saying "wait a minute!..."
Mitch Wheat
I don't see how this is very hard to understand. I think it's awesome! The arrows tell you 2 things at once. Which button to press to go in which direction. (the up arrow simultaneously points up and at it's corresponding button) Though it'd be simple to just have the arrow on the button itself instead.
Wallacoloo
@wallacoloo: Point is, there are two possible interpretations: 1) upper button goes up, lower button goes down (your interpretation); 2) The controls are "line-oriented", and each arrow describes the button to its left/right. Both are reasonable interpretations, but give the opposite result. So it's kind of a schizophrenic UI.
sleske
@Sleske: Both are reasonable, but when you think about it, the arrows are up/down. If the arrows described the button to their left/right, it wouldn't make sense (Where did horizontal directions come in?) But it makes sense if the arrows describe the button above/below, since that's vertical. But, it isn't immediately obvious, that's the problem.
Wallacoloo
@wallacoloo: "But, it isn't immediately obvious, that's the problem." Yes, and that's the whole point :-).
sleske
@wallacoloo: the standard arrangement for elevator buttons is that the label for the button goes beside the button. In fact, my money is on lower left button calling for an up-elevator.
Jimmy
I'd start by pressing the arrow in the direction I'd want to go
Stephan Eggermont
@Wallacoloo "*Where did horizontal directions come in?*" From typical reading directions, I guess. I'm with @sleske on this one.
jensgram
+1  A: 

I think www.naturgrise.dk is pretty much a textbook example of how not to do web design.

The page is currently down with the message "Naturgrise er midlertidig lukket pga af sygdom" which translates to "Naturgrise (Nature-pigs?) is temporarily closed due to illness".

You can see how it looked before it closed using archive.org.

JohannesH
+8  A: 

Most cell phones.

GameFreak
+2  A: 

IBM's Rational Rose. Had to use this at school, and I think I'd have preferred SAP over it.

Tom
+3  A: 

We've got this Oster toaster oven. Probably large enough to cook a turkey, but is seldom used for anything larger than two slices of bread. I don't even want to think about how much energy this thing wastes heating up the entirety of its enormous chamber.

Anyhow, the buttons on this thing are those idiotic flush pressure type. Buttons marked "start", "stop" and "toast", which you'd expect to be prominent, are buried within a poorly arranged cluster of about a dozen buttons. I have to stare at this piece of garbage for ten seconds to figure out how to make toast or to stop it once it's incinerated another perfoectly innocent slice of bread.

Bob Kaufman
+3  A: 

The windows command prompt. Bash to the rescue!

Michael
If you havent heard try power shell, object based bash is probably the easiest way to describe it. But yes command prompt is terrible, should just make power shell the default
Matthew Hood
A: 

Infragistics AppStylist

codemnky
Infragistics property managers can be a world of pain
blu
+1  A: 

Pretty much any Linux GUI application I have used.

Dana Holt
Sounds like you haven't used many linux GUI apps lately. I can get around there easier than I can in Windows, and I have to use both daily.
Tom
@Tom - I use Linux on an almost daily basis. I agree in general they are better than in the past. There are even some really good ones, but most of them only a developer could love. :)
Dana Holt
+1 for teh truth!
Randolpho
+4  A: 
rstevens
have you seen how it shows the exceptions ??
Yassir
No. Do you have a screen shot?
rstevens
This is another example of a great tool with a total WTF-GUI.
galaktor
+2  A: 
Hugo
+42  A: 
Kev
Ahaha thats hilarious. Dear selectable text field, where art thou?!
Nick Bedford
Btw, Hitting Ctrl+C on such a dialog box will copy the whole text in the clipboard
Brann
That's extremely useful. I never knew!
Kev
Well, you can't say it's a weak password ;-)
ldigas
PostgreSQL installer FTW
ykaganovich
@Brann, really? o.O
hasen j
+14  A: 
Ravi
You can still force shutdown your PC, I consider this message better than no message.
Blub
+5  A: 
  • GIMP
  • Blender 3D
  • Internet Explorer 1-6
Nick Bedford
+1  A: 

Not sure if this is the worst, but certainly took the cake in the most frustration and time wasted. It would be the web interface in Microsoft Project Server!

There used to be a great website called the user interface hall of shame. That had some fantastic additions and notes about why the listed pieces of software were so bad.

Matt H
+6  A: 
Michael Foukarakis
Holy wow that's amazingly bad.
Nick Bedford
A: 

Metrowerks CodeWarrior.

StackedCrooked
+6  A: 
Buggieboy
why, this web page is sweeet :)
Peter Perháč
+14  A: 
Ravi
You seem to have left your email address in the picture!
Pool
Not a problem I guess.
Ravi
why is the date 19 oct while Post.Date = 18 oct?it is a little confusing.
Behrooz
+8  A: 
galaktor
I'd bet this was done on purpose just to see how complicated the author could make it. Probably lost a bet, was drunk, or something similar :D
Tom
+2  A: 

http://mythicmind.com/

  • hundreds of links with names like "link", "click me", "read me"
  • page too wide to fit on a 1680 display
  • generally categorized as a sprawling mess
James Morris
+4  A: 

Amazon website. How do you log out once you have logged in?

There is a button that says "Not " but why would you click that when you are you!?

Davie
Just don't log out. Why would you?
Berkus
OK Berkus, you won't log out, and I'll order books charged to your credit card.
Windows programmer
A: 

Oracle SQL Developer

Especially the Auto-Complete

John Gietzen
+1  A: 

A telephone for any IVR application. No way to enter individual letters since each key corresponds to 3-4 characters. No display of entry, even no password ones. Many must wait for whole message before entering. Excessively long messages. Useless messages "to ... press 1 on your phone" (as if I was going to press 1 on the microwave).

Brian Carlton
+15  A: 

Stupidest dialog boxes ever.

Mac shareware version of Risk

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I am sure you will read this one twice.Couldn't control myself laughing at it.How worse can something be?

Microsoft's SQL Server 6.5 -- Enterprise Manager

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Ravi
A: 

I always loved the brilliant idea Microsog had in Office to make menus simpler by showing the full menu "after a short delay"

tomm174
+4  A: 

SharePoint. Hands down awful for the user community. What were they thinking? You have constantly scroll and click way too much when configuring web parts. And don't even think you'll be able to train users to update content - it's way too complicated, and people who have other CMS systems revolt when they have to click Site Actions, find the web part, click Edit, scroll to right, scroll down, then type a URL - oh wait, I forgot to copy the URL so I have to start over.

David Robbins
A: 

Pro Engineer beats them all. There are pop up menus and status bars from every conceivable place. No dialog is self consistent in the application. Doing anything unless you've been taught how to do it is difficult. Take the simplest thing you might want to do in a cad system: measure something. Takes a lot of clicks.

Modal dialogs to do everything. It should go back to Unix from whence it came.

They recently converted 1/2 the application to the MS 2007 style, and left the rest alone. Help has improved, but still sux.

The only reason we bought this was because one customer required it. Would have gone with Solid Edge if we had any choice.

Ben
A: 

Office 2007/8 ..... "The Ribbon"

Dal
+1  A: 

This was an "Error" which occurred while installing Net Beans.It do suck.

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Ravi
Usual stacktrace. Nothing interesting.
kubal5003
A: 

Designing user interface without customer will be worst user interface for the customer.

javaloper
Not necessarily. Customers don't always know what they want or need. And when you make it for them and it's wrong it looks bad on you, not on them.
David
Yes, not necessarily. For example, many patient go to the doctor and they give up themselves to the doctor. many patient go to the doctor and they act like doctor is a patient.
javaloper
+1  A: 

Our new Internet Banking app from Standard Bank Mauritious, the irony is now they released it we have to pay 30 bucks a months to use it. I could go on about various things and how impossible it is to use but what takes the cake is

A Fatal Error Has Occurred

[ Yes ] [ No ]

If I say no does the error go away and I can continue to do my banking?

Matthew Hood
A: 

Toad!

Perhaps this is just the result of my frustrations in migrating from SQL Server (and having tools like Enterprise Manager and Query Analyzer) to Oracle (and trying to do certain things in Toad), but it seems to me that even the most simple tasks are unnecessarily complex. I can tell that it's a very sophisticated piece of software capable of doing some really incredible things if I can ever figure them out, but the UI is so difficult to navigate that I have a hard time doing the not-so-sophisticated things.

I'm rather surprised nobody else has said this. Perhaps I'm just a noob, but like I said, it seems to me that transitioning from SQL Server tools should be a lot easier.

steve
+1  A: 

Anything I wrote for personal use that I thought would be a "one-time temporary solution."


Seriously, I've written "UI" for myself that consisted of a bunch of spaghetti modules in VBA within Access with absolutely no commenting and no GUI interface. When I originally used the app, I simply pressed F5 on the keyboard while within a certain procedure and then waited for the magic to happen as it subsequently jumped through a dozen or so different procedures. The next time I went into the app, I had no idea where to start and couldn't even use it :-/.

Ben McCormack
+27  A: 

I apologize if someone already mentioned this, but I hate when windows tries to do me a favor by selecting the space after the text I am trying to copy.

Jim
+2  A: 

Cars have a pretty bad UI. Whose idea was it to put the "go" two inches away from the "stop," then hide them both down by your feet?

I've heard of a ton of completely preventable accidents caused by "I meant to hit the brake, but hit the gas instead!"


Also, the placement of the horn is not something you want drivers to have to think about in a time of emergency; unfortunately, it's non-standard, being in the center of some cars and the edge of the steering-wheel in others.

Back in the days before air-bags, there was a big round ring that you could press on anywhere to cause the horn to go off.
airbag-free horn
Cars today need to improve upon that idea, by keeping the current, less-dangerous-to-smash-your-face-into design, while allowing users to push anywhere on the center of the wheel to honk the horn. This should be standardized, or even enforced by law, to prevent as many accidents as possible.

BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft
@BlueRaja: Some cars had an ingenious design for triggering the horn: just squeeze any part of the outside ring that you normally hold on to.
Harvey
headlights.. wipers.. blinkers.. door locks? are any of those standard? every car is different! now they want to move where you normally put your key!
Talvi Watia
@Talvi: Yes, that would be nice too, but how many times have you had to turn on your blinkers in a split-second emergency? An extra second of thought there isn't going to get anyone killed, unlike the horn.
BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft
+8  A: 

Hibernate on Windows XP.

Stand By

Who would of thought of holding down the Shift key!

Hibernate

Gordon
Heh, never knew that. How obscure!
UpTheCreek
Whoa, how did you know that?
Jonathan Czitkovics
After dredging through some help files. Don't know why they just didn't add a new button or use a drop down.
Gordon
when you use the old-style-login screen you will get a drop-down box with hibernate.
smerlin
Especially as you almost ALWAYS want hibernate and not sleep. Do people really use sleep more often?
Johan
+1  A: 

How come anyone doesn't mention Oracle xe/apex ?

c0mrade
A: 

My hand watch / pulsemeter from Polar.

It has 3 buttons and a pretty simple LCD screen with 5-letter alpha display, standard 88:88 digital number display and some fixed LCD elements.

It would seem that should be enough for "up, down, OK" and a cancel option for a consistent menu-driven UI of "previous, next, OK" and each menu containing a "cancel" or "next, OK, cancel".

But in fact it feels like about 5 different apps, each using buttons according to their own system and changing their meanings as you go. Like, press left to enter alarm setting. press right up to switch from alarm setting to time setting. press left to increase minutes. press lower right to switch to hours. press and hold lower right to toggle 12/24h. press upper right to enter setting date. press again to exit time setting. now pressing it again will enter the file menu, where all keys have a different meaning again (you need to pressleft to exit it...)

SF.
+5  A: 
Ravi
Nice !!! LOL , buhahah haha
Alexander Corotchi
The last time I saw something like this the only thing left in the folder was the uninstaller. Sounds like another developer couldn't figure out how to delete the uninstaller from within the uninstaller.
Joshua
You can't delete an open file in Windows.
Berkus
@Berkus:but you can use a vbscript to do it as the simplest way.
Behrooz
+1  A: 

The Microsoft Office Products' GUIs aren't too bad normally. But on EVERY SINGLE NEW VERSION THEY ALWAYS CREATE A NEW UI. Sorry for caps, but it seems as soon I get accustomed to using PowerPoint (Seems to be the most common multimedia tool at our school D: ), the school gets a new version of it and I have to start learning the UI from scratch again.

Wallacoloo
+2  A: 

The SUPER video converter website. It takes three hard to find "Download" links to get to the download itself from the homepage, the first two of which lead to another unorganized page consisting of either lists of features or instructions on how to do complicated things.

Then there's the interface of SUPER itself.

http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

Alex
+2  A: 

Modal Dialogues!!

I hate modal dialogue boxes. Especially in apps that supposedly have multiple independent windows. You pop up a dialogue box on one and suddenly, you can't do anything in any of the other windows either. Especially select and copy information to enter into the dialogue box.

Adrian Pronk
A: 

Autoraise on focus.

On Windows, I use "focus follows mouse" (aka XMouse from the TweakUI kit). IDE's (and our old friend Lotus Notes) are the worst offender for raising their main window over all other windows when they receive focus.

My mouse accidentally strays over the IDE window and wham! Suddenly it obliterates the window I was looking at and raises itself over the top of all other windows. Why can't they make that an option?

And yes, I know that the alternative would be that the IDE can gain focus while its window is obscured behind the program I'm debugging, and that's confusing.

Maybe I'm not just enough of a conformist.

Adrian Pronk
A: 

Apple Logic. The only Apple application I'm aware of that has two different menu bars. EEk.

Agos
+2  A: 

Eclipse isn't that great either compared to it's competition (netbeans for example) but the absolute worst UI that i have used would probably be hotmails

ChrisR
A: 

dd

"if" as an abbreviation for "input file"

"of" as an abbreviation for "output file"

Justin Smith
and "dd" is an abbreviation for what?
Marek
Well yeah, that is a problem too huh. Overall a nonintuitive interface to an extremely dangerous command. At least rm can't destroy your filesystem.
Justin Smith
+3  A: 

Probably I do better not suggest this one:

useit.com

(Actually, I really do like what Jakob teaches)

Uwe Keim
I love what Nielsen has to say too, but his website is one of the great ironies of our time.
nerdabilly
A: 

Maybe Safari for Windows is just trying to help users out on right-clicks, but… I hate how a right-click on any word will select it. An ultra-short context menu comes up instead of allowing me to get to the "View Source" item that I really want.

Frederick
+1  A: 

I am somewhat surprised that no one has mentioned this yet, but the BMW iDrive is absolutely horrible. Nearly everything except driving -- changing the volume/radio station/current mp3, setting a GPS destination, changing the A/C or heating, etc. -- is done using a single knob, which you can spin, press in four directions, or push down on (the image is of the newer version, which mercifully adds a little more functionality):

A safe driver's worst enemy

This is the interface:

OH GOD WHY

Making this even better is that to get to most things, you have to navigate multiple nested menus -- typically something like 3-7 -- to do anything at all. Better still, if you accidentally went barking up the wrong part of the menu tree, in the original iDrive you couldn't go back to the parent node; instead, you had to start at the root.

Now, admittedly, BMW made the system a little more usable in the current iteration, by adding programmable buttons and a modicum of voice control, but god help you if you bought a BMW with the original in it. The iDrive is proof that sometimes, minimalist interfaces are bad. BMW should have left i-prefixed devices with minimalist interfaces to Apple.

Toli
+7  A: 

Windows cmd.exe

Why can't I select text (using the mouse as usual, or shift + arrow keys) and use Ctrl + c to copy and Ctrl + v to paste text to it, like in every other Windows application?

Additonally the edit > mark "feature" cmd.exe has is not line based but rectangle based, so most of the time you have unwanted stuff in your selection as well.

And it's really cool that it doesn't support UTF-8, but uses codepage 437 (or 850).

EDIT: Just noticed, that you can temporarily change the codepage to UTF-8 in console programs, but you cant set UTF-8 as default encoding.

smerlin
Because you haven't configured it properly: Click the c:\ icon in top left corner, go to properties, check `Insert Mode` from Options -> Edit Options and you have mouse-selectable copy-paste. If you want any more advanced features though, get Microsoft PowerShell.
Esko
The MODE command lets you select the codepage.
Windows programmer
I have Insert-Mode, still you cant paste with Strg-V, and you still have that rectangle- (and not line-) based selection. And selecting other codepages doesnt help, since you cant select utf-8...
smerlin
...in the days of DOS, I always made sure to use `4DOS` and `list77a` for file management. They worked so good, I was surprised they were never implemented in future releases, but thats M$ for ya.
Talvi Watia
+1  A: 

Everybody's old (not)favorite - IE6. Forgot about its pop-bar?

Worst nightmare ever, I must say. :D


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Ravi
+2  A: 

YouTube, which cannot scroll through comments without blowing the video frame off the screen.

Pavel Radzivilovsky
Oh C'mon m8 what is wrong with you tube, they have one of the most simple yet one of the better UIs
c0mrade
Why would anyone want to read youtube comments is my question.
zaratustra
they want to read the comments, for example, hoping to get interesting material, and to fill in the time of boring gaps in a cool video. They cannot.
Pavel Radzivilovsky
+3  A: 

You'll wish you hadn't seen these websites. Sorry for this :P

FAIL#1

FAIL#2

Ravi