I've just been having a tussle with the afl.com.uu site. I thought I'd communicate my frustrations with the AFL so they would have some idea of my experiences on their site. But that seems to be impossible.
The AFL site is not really their site -- it's simply a Big Pond site showing AFL content. And you can't get through to the AFL from there at all. All contact possibilities end up going to Big Pond or even Telstra. So the AFL ends up being insulated from any comments that fans trying to use the site might want to make.
On the unlikely possibility that someone at the AFL might see this, here's today's main beef. ...
Clicking on a Match Report link in the Gameday Live section takes me to a page which starts by announcing that "Your browser does not support rich content, or you have scripts disabled"
On the contrary, my browser does indeed support rich content and scripts are not disabled. What is really happening, as you can see if you click for any video link, is that the site is coded to expect Internet Explorer, and if you choose to use any other modern browser, you're expected to watch some other sport on some other site. Here's the statement on one of their video pages: "This site has been optimised for Internet Explorer 6 and above. For the best experience, please view this site with Internet Explorer."
Well, at least they're polite in their ignorance. But really, the days of programming a web site for a proprietary brand should surely be over. Is Australia so far behind the rest of the world that they think Microsoft owns the web? Or is Microsoft a big investor in Telstra or Big Pond?
Well, there, I've vented. Thanks for letting me do so here. Now let's hope some mid-level manager at the AFL takes note and prompts Big Pond to join the rest of us in this century.
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