Reddit has always had UX that could only be described as intentionally inaccessible. I actually ignored the site for years just because I disliked it so much.1 But sharing a link to a specific Reddit comment with the “new” layout really is something else. Earlier today I sent a direct link to the comment with the YouTube link, pictured in light blue above. This screenshot is what the recipient sees after opening my link. There are more than 4.2k comments in the thread to which I sent a deep link. But you can only see three and a half of them, because more than half of the screen is just other things put there to dRivE uP eNgAgEMeNt. We both work in tech, we both spend 90% of our time on the interwebs, and the recipient still reacted with “Wow, and the video in the comments is really crazy as well”. Because they didn’t see that I already specifically linked to that comment. And I can’t blame them at all.

Most of the time I just say (comment link!) right after sending a comment link, just to make sure. It’s always awkward and embarrassing to share such a link. Did they really get it? Or did they just read the post itself, not the specific super funny/important comment I linked to? Do I ask and make them feel bad/dumb? Do they now think I’m weird because they think I sent them the post instead of a comment, and the post doesn’t make sense for me to send? To some people I just would never even send any link to Reddit, because I’m so sure they would not be able to parse it. It’s almost as if they don’t even want me to share links. I’ll probably just use the new Apollo feature and send beautifully rendered “screenshots” of comments in the future. It is an insanely nice feature, and I hate that it is needed.

Bonus points for iMessage link previews, which have absolutely no visual difference whatsoever between a link to a comment in a thread and a link to the thread itself.


  1. Joke’s on me, I suppose – now I yearn for keeping that old layout. [return]

If you right click an item in the macOS Music.app where would you expect the contextual menu to show up?

1) Roughly in the area where you right clicked on
2) Not at all
3) Top left corner of the screen

Airmail has a fun new feature where you have to guess if any of the settings you’re trying to toggle is part of the premium subscription or not.

Thanks @herrherrmann for the post!

Some HTML tags are allowed. But not all! Don’t you just love it when a product has fun little games like that, where you can only find out relevant information by trial and error? No? Me neither.

That entire knowledge base entry has big “rest of the fucking owl” energy.

I guess Messages.app on iOS heard I was talking shit about its big (or little?) brother and felt left out. Let’s ignore the preview-less PNG image above, because it is almost 4 megabytes big and how could we ever expect iOS to handle such an amount of pixels. Instead, focus on not just one but two mysterious wireframe iMessage apps. Apparently they were both left over after I deleted the app which installed… one of them. iOS seems to hold them more dearly than me, because it freaks out when I try deleting them.

In Preview.app you have to really resize that Inspector window to see more of your data instead of more whitespace to the left. That way, when it finally reveals what you actually want to see, you get to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Thanks @nickheer for the video!

A few days ago we joked about Bavaria in iMessage, as seen in the screenshot to the left. Yet when I search for “bavaria” on my MacBook, as seen in the on macOS screenshot in the top right corner, I only get one result from last year. Of course, when I manually scroll back a few days (which itself is an experience so laughably bad that I’m honestly at a loss for words) the message is obviously also available on my Mac – as seen in the lower right corner.

iMessage is eight years old. Never once in its entire existence has search on macOS (it’s such a long time that it wasn’t even called macOS back then!) worked properly. It is so ridiculously bad, there’s actually a third-party app that provides a functioning search. This total embarassment of a sitution is so old that said third-party app has been around long enough that I was still a student and too broke to buy the app back when I first heard of it. Instead, I built a poor man’s version myself – it’s just a simple SQLite database after all, nothing a few shell aliases couldn’t query quickly and efficiently. But apparently it’s still a problem too hard to solve for the almighty Apple.

Don’t even get me started on how utterly horrible the UX (it should not be called that, it’s just… pain) is for actually navigating between multiple search results on macOS. When I need to find something in my iMessages I just grab my iPhone. And let’s not forget that this option has only become viable since iOS13, before which it was just as bad on there as well.

Just like everyone else these days I’m registered for a minimum of 27 Slack workspaces. Every time I have to sign up for a new one Slack treats me like I’ve never even heard of them before.

I really hope that at some point they’ll just have a unified account with workspace identities. The way that Discord does it where you have one account across all “workspaces” is also not an ideal solution.

Yes, I am ignoring the bigger problem which is the fact that open source software projects shouldn’t even use a closed-source, history-paywalling silo like Slack.

Trying to sign up for Prime again after seeing the delivery fees. I guess that’s what happens if your links are not real links but spans with a JavaScript click event.

Neither of those folders contains any unread items. When I enter one of them, both unread counts vanish. It then reappears (with different counts) every few days.

Annoyances vented by Manuel Grabowski and Philipp Defner.

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