The Twitter account Sh_t User Story (name censored for profanity filters)
has a wealth of examples of bad technology design many of which would be at
home with RISKS. All are presented in the "User Story" format. One relevant
to this post:
I want to...
whitelist news websites from my ad-blocker plugin
I can take a long break between the first two paragraphs of
the article, and then be served with a paywall
Link ROT-13rd, again for profanity filters:
There are real risk lurking in all of this. Some of them:
1. People who can pay for news get it, but propaganda remains free.
2. Ads have become the normalized way of making micropayments on the web,
but ads frequently include enough unpleasantness that people take a lot
of steps to avoid them (NoScript and ad blockers).
a. There's no real middle between ad based micropayments and long term
b. There's not always an easy way to find comparable news stories on a
site one already subscribes to. This is particularly true for stories
passed as URL without further details.
3. Search engine discoverability is critical for many sites, and search