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Inadequate page design for when downloading files

by KEBogan / September 6, 2008 8:26 AM PDT

I've noticed that the actual download page for files hosted on download.com (the trigger page) no longer have direct links to the files to download.

This is a massive oversight, clicking the help link now brings up the "Why isn't my download starting?" dialog, instructing people on how to add the site to their allowed sites list - but this is poor security practice and not desirable.

If I want to download a specific file, I'll go to the page, let my browser tick over and block the automatic download, then click the download to manually instigate the download myself. I do NOT want to have to be forced into adding an entire site to my whitelist just to download one app, there is no guarantee that any site can ever be 100% safe to download from, all of the time (particularly if it's in the public arena).


I strongly advice CNet's web team to reimplement the manual download link on each download page, removing it was a really poor choice.

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My posts are also being incorrectly attributed!!!
by KEBogan / September 6, 2008 8:29 AM PDT

I've also just noticed that my last post was attributed to 'KEBogan' - when I am 'christopherwoods'! The post does not show up in my "latest posts" profile page, and I'm definitely logged in correctly.


What the hell? I know it's a known issue, but I thought it would've been fixed by now - I've never had this problem. Two problems in the space of five minutes... Not so good.

christopherwoods

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Historic posts are also incorrect..
by KEBogan / September 6, 2008 8:36 AM PDT

I've just noticed as well, but all four of my forum posts prior to today are showing up in my user profile, but when you view them, they're being attributed to the wrong users.

Example: http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7813_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=213413&messageID=2282924&tag=commProfileMain;profileBot#2282924

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7813_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=203540&messageID=2186241&tag=commProfileMain;profileBot#2186241

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7813_102-0.html?forumID=77&threadID=205802&messageID=2206875&tag=commProfileMain;profileBot#2206875

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7813_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=204230&messageID=2188819&tag=commProfileMain;profileBot#2188819


All four of these posts are mine, but are being attributed to BirdMan1890P.


Please, someone sort it out. My account must be pretty seriously fubared to be doing this. And don't forget to add the manual download link back in to all download.com download pages!


christopherwoods

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