Adobe's Game of Mao
You may have played Mao, the only card game created with the goal of reducing new players to tears. I don't mean this in a figurative sense, either. I mean real, literal tears which may accompany fighting and card-throwing. Just ask my mom. (On second thought, don't.)
Anyone who knows me knows that I love having a good time at the expense of others. Mao takes it a step further. The game is designed with the idea of forcing someone to learn the arbitrary rules by actively ensuring that they lose, and lose really badly. The sport of Mao isn't really in winning against others who know the rules. It's in crushing the defenseless, penalty card by penalty card.
In a sense, the object of the game is to prevent people from learning how to play the game, for the sole purpose of being able to repeatedly penalize them for not knowing what the hell is going on. Apparently, Adobe's web developers enjoy treating their users with the same level of respect.
Site Requirements? Where?
A few days ago I needed the ability to save a PDF file as text. Ghostscript's text conversion didn't seem to work that well on the particular PDF I had, and the PDF viewing software I normally use wouldn't allow me to save as text without a paid upgrade.
After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I visited Adobe's website to download the bloated Acrobat Reader, and a warning caught my eye at the top of the page:
The first clue to me that Adobe's webpage is in serious need of a redesign is the fact that they need a page dedicated to telling me what I must run to view their consumer-oriented website. I understand the need for such a page on a video streaming site such as YouTube, or an application such as Google Maps, but adobe.com is not and should not be simply a showcase of technology. Primarily, it should be a usable website to anyone who wants to know about the company and/or download their products.